01.03.09 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez - During this March the country of Colombia will have four intense weeks with six exciting, world-class boxers fighting for glory, money, and world titles. Fireworks will start on the 7th with Monteria-born Joel Julio, who is scheduled to fight in San José, CA against James Kirkland in a highly anticipated match. The same day, but in Dresden, Germany, 27-year-old Franklin Teherán (27-2-0, KO´s 21) who now fights out of Spain, will face unbeaten Zsolt Bedak (12-0-0, KO´s 3) of Hungary for the vacant WBO European super bantamweight title. continue
By Paul Strauss: – Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime - Showtime came up with the more exciting night of boxing at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. when both Tomasz Adamek and Giovanni Lorenzo scored big knockouts. Neither fighter had an easy time of it though, as both were rocked.
Giovanni Lorenzo pulled closer to a show down with King Arthur Abraham when he did in Dionisio Miranda in defense of his IBF Middleweight Title. He started cautiously, but looked strong and solid in the first round. About two minutes into the second round, he started to step up the action, as it was evident Miranda could not fight backing up. However, Miranda did manage to land a good right to the chin of Lorenzo, which Lorenzo withstood well. Only a few seconds passed, and Lorenzo landed his own big right hand, and down went, he wasn't getting up. It was a one-punch knockout at 2:48 of the 2nd round. Now, the question is can Lorenzo afford to get hit with one of King Arthur's punches like he did with Miranda? continue
by James Slater - After what seems like months and months of ongoing and quite difficult negotiations, WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch and former WBC 160-pound champion Jermain Taylor will finally meet on April 25th at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. For a while there it seemed as though the two camps and their respective promoters would be unable to reach a deal, but now the intriguing and possibly explosive fight is on. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Tonight, fight fans will get a chance to watch what could amount to be a "Fight of the Year" candidate as Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz square off in a lightweight showdown. With the exit of both Manny Pacquiao and Nate Campbell from the lightweight division, one of these two men are expected to carry the torch, solidified by the opportunity to walk off with a good portion of the divisions currently vacant hardware. For Marquez, this will be yet another chance to finally capitalize on the big stage, as each of his previous trips have ended in either controversy, defeat, or both. continue
by James Slater - Tonight in Norwich, UK, unbeaten and highly touted British heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury made short work of 35-year-old Daniel Peret, the Russian-born Norwegian resident. Stopped after the conclusion of the 2nd round due to a bad cut above his left eye, the burly veteran protested angrily, but the referee Ken Curtis had made up his mind. In improving to 3-0(3), 20-year-old Fury became the first Brit to stop the usually durable fighter nicknamed "Shrek," who fell to 15-21(6).
Barrelling out in a somewhat crude manner, the flabby-looking Peret gave it a go in the opener, but his rushes were nothing to trouble the vastly taller and faster man. Fury, with both hands held very low, fired out good left jabs followed by fast combos to both head and body. A couple of desperate charges by Peret aside, it was all Fury in the 1st. continue
Friday night at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, former world light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson finally got his chance to put his controversial 2003 draw with Daniel Judah to rest, and he made the most of his opportunity, scoring a near shutout ten round decision over his opponent in the main event of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. continue
February 28, 2009 - Toyota Center in Houston TX - Philadelphia's undefeated Jr Welterweight prospect, Danny "Swift" Garcia, improves to (11-0, 7 KO's) with a dominating performance against crafty veteran Cristian Favela, now (17-19-6, 10 KO's). In the early rounds, Garcia pressed the action, landing accurate jabs, followed by some impressive counter punching that appeared to dishearten the will of his opponent. continue
By Ted Sares: Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson did exceptional body work on Daniel “Big Danny Boy” Judah over ten rounds to win a unanimous ten round decision at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida and avenge a previous draw. However, the fight almost ended toward the end of the first stanza when Johnson connected with a flush right that decked Judah who was saved by the ropes and later by the bell.
Judah, who had a marked height and reach advantage chose not to use it and inexplicably fought inside which, of course, was made to order for Johnson who thrives in close. Mixing thunderous left hooks to the body with good work upstairs, Johnson kept the pressure on throughout as is his wont and finished strong as he upped his record to 49-12-2. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in being interviewed after his impressive 8th round stoppage win over the previously unbeaten and highly touted Jonathon Banks, IBF cruiserweight king Tomasz Adamek said how he would one day like to move up yet again in weight and go for a fight against heavyweight champion(s) Klitschko. As crazy as this planned move may seem to be upon initially hearing it, could the Polish tough guy maybe have a chance against the giants of his sport? continue
NEWARK, N.J. (Feb. 28, 2009) – Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime - It was all right hands on Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation. International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (37-1, 25 KOs) successfully defended his title against Johnathon Banks (20-1, 14 KOs) with a win by technical knockout at 1:30 of the eighth round. In the evening’s co-feature, Giovanni Lorenzo (27-1, 19 KOs) impressed the crowd with a second-round knockout over Dionisio Miranda (19-3-2, 17 KOs). The event, promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with K2 Promotions took place from The Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. continue
By Ted Sares: – Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime - Johnathon Banks, 20-0, started fast winning the first two rounds, but then Tomasz Adamek, 37-1, began breaking his opponent down with brutal left hooks to the body. While Banks was able to buzz the pride of Gilowice, Poland, on occasion and keep things reasonably close, his lack of punch volume turned the tide in favor of the tough Pole who demonstrated a granite chin, resolve, and power in both hands.
A patient Adamek finally floored the undefeated Detroit cruiserweight with a hard right during a violent exchange in the eighth round as his Polish backers in the Newark crowd went wild. Banks beat the count, but he was in no condition to continue and Eddie Cotton could well have halted the action right there and then. Tomasz quickly trapped him in a corner and turned him into a rag doll with a flurry of flush shots, as Adamek wins both the IBF ands IBO cruiserweight titles. continue
LAS VEGAS (February 28, 2009) – The World Boxing Association Championship Committee has declared two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs), presently rated No. 3, as the mandatory challenger for the winner of this year’s Ruslan Chagaev-Nicolai Valuev WBA title fight. continue
By Suge Green:, OnTheGrindBoxing.com - Danny O’Connor impressed the Friday night crowd at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, winning a 4 rounder televised live on ESPN2. O’Connor defeated the 2-1-1 Jamar Saunders by way of Majority Decision, in what turned out to be more of a light welterweight slug fest than a boxing match.
The 24 year old Saunders didn’t have the pedigree that the decorated former amateur O’Connor comes equipped with, however Jamar showed a lot of heart and fighting spirit in remaining vertical for the entire 4, and in landing more power shots than Danny in at least one round. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, at The Barnsley Metro Dome, UK, 28-year-old European super-bantamweight champion Rendall "2-Tone" Munroe of Leicester saw off the challenge of Spain's 22-year-old former champion Kiko Martinez. Meeting in a rematch of their March 2008 fight, Munroe repeated his points victory - this time prevailing by a UD with winning scores of 116-112, 116-113 and 118-110. Southpaw Munroe, a dustbin man by day, improved to 18-1(8) as he successfully defended the belt he won from the Spaniard for the fourth time. "La Sensacion" fell to 20-2(15).
Tonight's rematch was a much better fight than the original contest, and Martinez was far more aggressive and dangerous-looking, especially in the first two-thirds of the action. Coming out all guns blazing right from the first bell, the challenger let loose with both hands. continue
By Jerry Pinder - When Chris John (42-0-1,22ko’s), of Indonesia, enters the ring tonight to battle Rocky Juarez (28-4,20ko’s) he comes in as the WBA featherweight Champion, but to many boxing fans around the world he is still a mystery as his title fights have been in Indonesia, Australia and Japan. The fight on Saturday will be telecast on HBO giving millions of fans around the world their first look at Chris John, and no doubt a chance to compare him to other potential lucrative high profile opponents. I’m sure it is no coincidence that he is featured on the same card as old rival Juan Manuel Marquez. continue
Photos by Will Hart/HBO Sports - Marquez weighed in at 134 1/4 pounds & Juan Diaz weighed in at 134 1/2 pounds. Rocky Juarez weighed in at 125 1/2 pounds & Chris John weighed in at 125 1/4 pounds. HBO Sports presents a doubleheader of furious ring action when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ VS. JUAN DIAZ AND CHRIS JOHN VS. ROCKY JUAREZ is presented live SATURDAY, FEB. 28 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from the Toyota Center in Houston, exclusively on HBO. The highly anticipated main event pits former featherweight and super featherweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez against former lightweight champ Juan Diaz in a scheduled 12-round blockbuster lightweight title contest. continue
VITALI KLITSCHKO: STOP WHINING, STOP LYING, STOP CRYING
By Oleg Maskaev: Dear Vitali, Let’s stop the nonsense. When I fought you for the CSCA (Centrum Sports Club Army) Military Championship, I stopped you in the 1st round. You were badly hurt and your corner threw in the towel. Stop making excuses, stop lying and be a man and admit it. That was our 1st fight.
I became Heavyweight Champion in August ‘06 and made my 1st defense in December ’06 in Moscow before a sellout crowd in the 1st Heavyweight Championship bout in the history of Moscow. Your people contacted my promoter, Dennis Rappaport, and said that the WBC had designated you Champion Emeritus; and as such you had the right to immediately face me for the Heavyweight Championship. I agreed to fight you despite the fact that you were inactive for about 4 years and that you cancelled your last 4 fights due to injury. continue
LONDON (February 27, 2009) -- Pound-for-pound boxing king and reigning Fighter of the Year Manny Pacquiao was in his hotel room throwing feathered darts onto a practice dart board on Friday night. "Just want to sharpen up little," said Manny who will face Ricky Hatton in a darts competition at pub in Manchester on Saturday afternoon. continue
by James Slater - Oscar De La Hoya, it has been reported on the net, has admitted he is giving the idea of having a third meeting with old rival and present business associate "Sugar" Shane Mosley some serious thought. The 36-year-old living legend has also agreed with those people who feel he is a fighter who is way, way, way past his best, and that retirement is the most obvious path he should go down. However, such is his pride and ego, "The Golden Boy" would like to go out a winner. continue
By Vivek Wallace, photo by Naoki Fukuda: This weeks ‘C.E.O. Fridays’ segment shines the spotlight on a man that most would view to be a very under-appreciated talent of sorts. Despite his many career milestones and accolades, he remains a silver lining in a perceptually dim sport, always eager to perform, and far from inadequate in effort while doing it. Like any of my other ‘C.E.O. Fridays’, we’ll take a look at the full circle surrounding this spectacle. The ‘Supportive’ perspective, the ‘Critics’ perspective, and to tie all loose ends, a more ‘Neutral’ perspective. After each perspective hit’s the table and our subject has been officially ‘called out‘, how we individually perceive him all falls within the deep mind of the beholder….
Juan Manuel Marquez (Supportive Perspective): For those around the sport who have a strong penchant for seeking formidable talent, yet zero interest in good sound bytes and a big ego, Juan Manuel Marquez the man. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The three most experienced boxers on the U.S. team emerged from the USA vs. Ireland Dual competition with victories on Friday at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. With one walkover victory, the United States took four of the 12 bouts at the event. Due to an AIBA rule change, the time and number of rounds has changed to three, three-minute rounds in 2009, and the USA vs. Ireland Dual was the first event featuring the new change for many of the boxers. continue
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME -- The four fighters who will appear on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, Feb. 27, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) made weight on their first try Thursday at The Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Tomasz Adamek (left), of Jersey City, N.J., by way of Poland, and Johnathon Banks, of Detroit, square off after the weigh-in. continue
February 27, 2009 - By John Martinez, IronBoxing.com: Texas has developed a reputation for doing everything in grand style. Tomorrow night will be no different when the city of Houston plays host to an outstanding boxing card featuring two title bouts that rank as “must see” events on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. The telecast will air live from Houston’s Toyota Center beginning at 9PM central time. The main attraction of the evening will pit the former two division three- time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez against Houston’s very own former undisputed lightweight king, Juan Diaz in a fight for the vacant WBA and WBO lightweight titles.
Golden Boy Promotions, not known for putting together a complete card, has hit pay dirt this go round. In Marquez and Diaz, fight fans will be treated to an all out battle for supremacy in the lightweight division. continue
by James Slater - Manny Pacquiao, who has just officially vacated his WBC lightweight championship, will be made the organisation's number-one contender for the 140-pound title, it has been declared by president Jose Sulaiman - if he can beat Ricky Hatton in their huge May 2nd showdown. "Pac-Man" and "The Hitman" will battle for no major alphabet title in May (instead duelling over the far more valued Ring magazine belt), but there will be few if any people out there willing to dispute the fact that the winner is the best in the world at light-welterweight. Therefore the WBC's announcement is unlikely to annoy or upset anyone. continue
The long awaited showdown between America’s leading young heavyweight prospect, 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada, and Alexander Povetkin, 2004 Olympic gold medalist and the IBF’s No. 1 contender, will finally happen April 4 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) and Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) should have fought in the amateurs at the 2003 World Championships or a scheduled USA-Russia dual meet later that year. Estrada, however, as the No. 1 USA super heavyweight, had to fight in the Pan-American Games, where he captured gold in his Olympic qualifier. continue
By Leon de Juda: The heavyweight division, is by far the most watched and respected class in both amateur and professional boxing. The big men who compete at this division atract more fans and more media than any other. It is without a doubt what boxing is all about. Even people who have never heard of the smaller weight champions know of Ali, Foreman and Tyson. In recent times however, the Heavyweight division has been suffering from a real Champion not to say that there are not any good talented heavyweights out there. Names like the Klitschko's stand out but the present Heavyweight division lacks a real true Champion. A Champion that always dominates and never leaves any doubt or controversy behind his win. This is of course, not possible in today's heavyweights.
Let's take a moment now and look back at two great men who in their time were simply " unstoppable ". continue
Tyson Fury and Sam Sexton finally came face to face in Norwich yesterday but a heavyweight showdown between the two still doesn’t seem to be any closer to reality. Fury was in Sexton’s hometown for a press conference ahead of his fight with Daniel Peret at the Norfolk Showground on Saturday night. Fury’s third pro fight is part of the undercard to Jon Thaxton’s first defence of his European Lightweight title on a Hennessy Sports show, which is being broadcast live on ITV4. While it will be Peret in the opposite corner on Saturday night Fury was hoping that Sexton would have accepted his challenge to step in the ring with him. continue
New York, N.Y., February 27, 2009 – On the upcoming installment of the HBO Sports digital series Ring Life, fast-rising junior middleweight prospect James Kirkland will be showcased beginning Monday, Mar. 2 on all the new media platforms that distribute the series. At 24, Texas native James Kirkland is quickly showing the boxing world that he’s a force to be reckoned with. With the help of his trainer, former two-division female world champion, Ann Wolfe, Kirkland has amassed an unblemished professional record of 24-0 (21 KOs) and now has his eyes squarely set on the title belts of the junior middleweight division. continue
YERINGTON, NV (February 26, 2009) Photo courtesy of "Let's Get It On" Promotions - Twelve days after Reno’s St. Valentines Day Massacre in which Jesse Brinkley bloodied and beat Joey Gilbert over twelve rounds, the world ranked super middleweight is looking for bigger fights against boxing’s top echelon. “The fight with Gilbert was pretty easy. He never changed his game plan, he kept on moving and I kept on tracking him down and drilling him” said the Yerington native. “He proved that he’s not a top 20 fighter, he’s a front runner and we’re at two different levels.” Brinkley and Gilbert were both participants on The Contender, Season One which sparked their animosity.
Brinkley improved his record to 33-5-0 (22KO’s) with the dominant decision over his long time rival by scores of 120-107, 120-107 and 119-108. His current seven bout winning streak includes an 11th round knockout of Otis Griffin one year ago for the vacant WBC USNBC super middleweight title. Prior to the fight with fight with Gilbert, Brinkley was world ranked #13 by the IBF. continue
In the short hours leading up to tonight's big triple championship boxing bill at local venue The Metrodome, the town of Barnsley, England has been flooded with fans who have invaded "The Tarn" for the European super bantamweight title rematch between reigning champion Rendall Munroe and the man he beat for the title, Kiko "La Sensacion" Martinez. The crowds in Barnsley are split between various camps as the Munroe faithful from Leicester mingle with Martinez's small but passionate contingent from Spain along with the vocal supporters of popular undercard combatants such as 2008 Olympic Bronze Medallist Tony Jeffries, who will be making his much anticipated professional debut. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - Every major sport has some sort of novice league. It is in these leagues where athletes groom their skill, perfect their craft and prepare themselves for the professional ranks. There are only a few precious pro spots so in theory only the absolute best get an invite. This isn't actually the case for boxers though and it quite possibly shouldn't be.
As a trainer, ducking has happened to my fighters countless times. Trainers willing to take disqualifications and verbal reprimands from LBC's instead of matching their boxers with more experienced pugilist. Why? continue
NEW YORK - Light-heavyweight contender Shaun George entered his bout with Jaffa Ballogou intent on sending the division a message it could not ignore. It took him only 86 seconds to accomplish his mission, finishing off "The African Assassin" in spectacular fashion in New York City's BB King Blues Club & Grill. "I had a lot of respect for Jaffa going in," George said, now 18-2 (9 knockouts). "I took him very serious but at the same time I wanted to impress the boxing fans and show them what I can do. I wanted a knockout and I would have been very upset if I didn't get it."
George, a native of Brooklyn, began the bout at a measured pace, feeling out the Togo-born Ballogou, now 46-8 (40 knockouts). A right hand to the body doubled-over Ballogou and from there George unleashed a sustained assault to the head and body that forced a halt to the fight at 1:26 of the first round. continue
26.02.09 - By Coach Tim Walker - The Contender ends with a bang as Troy Ross (21-1-0 15 KOs) of Canada by way of Guyana gets the technical knockout of Ehinomen "Hino" Ehikhamenor (15-4-0) in the fourth round of the finale to become the fourth Contender Champion. Previous Contender Champions include Sergio Mora, Grady Brewer and Sakio Bika. Out of growing frustrations with the series' format, which does not show fights in their entirety until the finals, many boxing fans don't tune in but this was by far the best season. It showcased the lack luster cruiserweight division which has historically struggled to find its place in the boxing world. continue
Germany’s Arthur Abraham will defend his IBF middleweight title against Kelly Pavlik anywhere in the world to prove he is the best in the division, according to his agent Kalle Sauerland. Abraham’s next fight is against Lajuan Simon on Saturday 14 March. Sauerland told the Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports News that Pavlik was the only fight Abraham wanted. He said: “We’ve been after this fight for a long time and there definitely hasn’t been any offer to come to Germany. We put an offer to Top Rank [Pavlik’s promoters] and they seem to be hesitant, but I think in the past 48 hours we’re starting to make roads forward. continue
by James Slater - There is still well over two months to go until fight time, but Ring magazine light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton is already, in the words of his assistant trainer Lee Beard, "in great shape" for his hugely intriguing May 2nd battle with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao. Training for the biggest fight of his life, and for his second chance to topple a fighter currently seen as the best pound-for-pound in the world, the 30-year-old Manchester warrior is leaving nothing at all to chance.
Hatton, well known for ballooning up in weight between fights, has done no such thing on this occasion - indeed, "Ricky Fatton" has been nowhere to be seen. Hatton knows he is in for a rough and unimaginably tough war with the great Manny Pacquiao, and he has more or less left the beers and the junk food alone since his fine win over Paulie Malignaggi last November. continue
New York (FEBRUARY 27th, 2009) – Former light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson will get his chance to settle the score with Daniel Judah tonight on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. Johnson and Judah’s first fight had ended in a controversial draw in 2003. Johnson is on a mission to avenge all the wrongs done to him in boxing, and beating Judah tonight would be the perfect start. continue
by John Carter - “ I’m king of the world, I am the greatest. I shook up the world, I’m king of the world, I’m pretty, I’m pretty, I’m a bad man. I’m king of the world. I’m 22 years old and I ain’t got a mark on my face. I’m pretty”
45 years ago today, Cassius Marcellus Clay of Louisville Kentucky shook up the world after being crowned Heavyweight Champion by beating Sonny Liston in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. continue
By Leon de Juda: The beautiful Island of Cuba, has possibly the longest and richest Boxing tradition ever since professional boxing was introduced in the late 1800's. Since it's introduction, boxing along with other sports like Baseball became an instant National Passion for all Cubans. Even when the Island had a population of just under 5 million, Cuba produced exeptional World Class Champions like Kid Chocolate, Kid Gavilan, Luis Manuel Rodriguez, Jose Mantequilla Napoles, Jose Legra and Ultiminio sugar Ramos. This remarkable men were not just Champions but they were the best of the best in a time when there was just one boxing organization per weight class. These were the times when being a Champion was more than possesing a belt. Fighters like Chocolate sometimes even fought twice a month in a 15 rounder fight!
The Cuban Champions were World Famous even outside the ring and the Island. Kid Chocolate was said to " stop traffic " in France, while people were captivated by his Fame. continue
Bernard Dunne has established a world class training camp in Belfast ahead of the biggest night of his boxing life. Dunne challenges for Ricardo Cordoba’s WBA Super Bantamweight title on the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2, Dublin on Saturday, March 21st in what promises to be a huge night for Irish sport. continue
PITTSBURGH (February 26, 2009) -- Former IBF Lightweight King PAUL SPADAFORA declared himself undaunted, undeterred and ready, willing and able to fight, at an afternoon press conference today at the Pittsburgh Hilton. Spadafora (41-0-1) will headline a six-bout card, Tuesday, March 31 at the Pittsburgh Hilton. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. continue
Up and coming British boxer Tyson Fury reckons he’ll be a bigger success at heavyweight than fellow Brit David Haye. Fury faces Russia’s Daniel Peret at the Norwich Showground, Norwich, in only his third professional fight this Saturday. In an interview on this Thursday’s Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports News Fury said that Haye stood no chance at heavyweight, calling the Hayemaker a “baby”. He said: “David Haye is a cruiserweight and he’s not a big man. He’s 6’2” and 15 stone. I’m 6’9” and 18 stone, that’s a real heavyweight.
“In a couple of years David Haye won’t stand a chance. That’s if he gets past Klitschko.”
A confident Fury said that Haye would stand no chance if the two were ever to clash in the ring. He added:
“It would be no contest to be honest. I know that’s a bit big headed but I’m improving all the time. So in another couple of years I’ll be at his level. So we’ll see if the fight happens.” continue
by James Slater - Super-tough light-heavyweight Glen Johnson will engage in his first fight since turning the age of 40 this coming Friday night, when he meets the man he formerly drew with in Daniel Judah. Now possessing a hard-earned pro record of 48-12-2(33), "The Road Warrior" will be hoping to both set the record straight against Zab's brother, while also earning himself one more, possibly final, crack at a version of the world's light-heavyweight title. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (February 25, 2009) –The hype surrounding 22-year-old lightweight prospect Amir Khan may not be the same since his stunning first-round knockout loss to Breidis Prescott last September, but the 2004 Olympic silver medallist has the full confidence of his head trainer, Freddie Roach, as they prepare in Los Angeles for Khan’s showdown with multiple world champion “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 at The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. continue
by James Slater - There has been no official announcement yet, but some people are saying new WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto's next fight will be against IBF champ Joshua Clottey, on June 13th. Boxing News' website says it will be the underrated Clottey next, while the June 13th date makes perfect sense, as that is the eve of the big Puerto Rican Day parade - with the fight taking place once again in New York's Madison Square Garden the tickets will be snapped up no problem.
For the purposes of this article, let's take it as read that it will be Clottey next for the Puerto Rican. It's about time "The Grand Master" landed a big opportunity of a fight anyway. Inactive as of late, he says because no-one will fight him, Clottey has not boxed since battering Zab Judah to take the vacant IBF belt back in August. What type of fight could we expect from Cotto Vs. Clottey? continue
by James Slater - Usually, if or when a fighter claims he has zero interest in fighting a specific opponent, a number of fans will speak up and claim that there is a serious case of ducking being done on the part of the man who says he gets no motivation or has no urge to fight the guy. However, in the case of WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko, who, it has been revealed by FightNews.com, has filed a complaint with the WBC about his mandated defence against Oleg Maskaev - the overwhelming majority of fans will be totally on Klitschko's side. continue
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - The always-exciting Tomasz Adamek will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight title against undefeated Johnathon Banks in the main event this Friday, Feb. 27, on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The aggressive-minded Adamek (36-1, 24 KOs), of Jersey City, N.J., by way of Poland, will be making the first defense of his IBF title against Detroit’s Banks (20-0, 14 KOs), the IBF’s No. 8-ranked contender who is managed by Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. continue
by James Slater - Who is the best middleweight in the world today? There are, as most fans know, only two fighters out there who could make a realistic claim to being the number-one guy at 160-pounds; Youngstown's Kelly Pavlik, the reigning WBC and Ring magazine champion, and Germany's Armenian-born Arthur Abraham, the IBF champ.
Wanting very much for these two great fighters to get it on, the fans have so far been given no reason to believe the mega-fight will happen any time soon. Certainly, Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com is not convinced the fight will take place this year. Speaking to Rafael about the fight have been Pavlik's promoter Bob Arum and Abraham's promoter Wilfried Sauerland. Both promoters have a different take on the fight the fans crave, each offering opposing reasons for why the unification fight has had a tough time being made. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Connecticut, 33-year-old Guyana-born Canadian Troy Ross won season four of the popular TV reality show "The Contender." Stopping Nigerian Ehinomen Ehikhamenor in the 4th round, Ross won the cruiserweight tournament that made up the most recent series of the show. continue
25.02.09 - by James Slater - Talented lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo, last seen scoring a very impressive win over the then unbeaten Dominic Salcido in September of last year, faces a former world champion in his next fight, as he closes in on a shot of his own at a world title. Now 19-1(12), the 27-year-old Californian who represented his country at the 2004 Olympic games, has put together ten straight wins since he was temporarily set back by his close points loss to Daniel Jimenez in April of 2006. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In May of 2008, Shaun George stepped into the ring to face the highly talented Chris Byrd. Prior to that affair, he was viewed as merely a solid contender with budding notoriety. By the end of the night, the print that he left on the light heavyweight division was quite indelible, and as he prepares to continue that climb to the top, he does it against an opponent who may present more danger than many know.
A little over a week ago, fight fans saw another contender from the continent of Africa with little name recognition - (Ali Funeka) - only to find out that his ability stood as tall as his wired 6-1 frame. Standing in the way of George’s path is similar obstacle; one talented enough to send 40 career opponents (of a total 47) to the showers early after a quick night. His name is Jaffa Ballogou. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman -- Into its fourth season, boxing’s The Contender Show, continues to grow, showing off today’s up and coming pugilists, broadcasting on Versus television. While Tony Danza kicked off events Monday with an all cruiserweight card, photographers eyed the boxers eyeing each other, while Versus production maestro, Jim Sterling disembarked the train in New London, CT, and coordinated his forces by cell phone on his ride to Foxwoods. Danza looked happy and relaxed, the fighters too, but maybe the biggest grins were on the faces of the MGM Grand Theater powers that be, that just can’t wait to showcase their debut boxing event in their new 4,0000 seat theater, with spectacular lighting, state of the art lighting and sound systems, and, trust me on this, not a bad seat in the house. continue
25.02.09 - By Paul McCreath: If I described former top heavyweight contender Tommy "Hurricane" Jackson as different that would be an understatement. Tommy has been called strange, childlike, mentally unbalanced or slow and probably many more unkind things. One thing is certain. Neither his mental state nor his fighting style could be called average. Tommy could be difficult to hold a conversation with although he has been said to hold long debates with himself. continue
by James Slater - Aside from it being yet another world title defence being made by the always-exciting heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, the Feb. 25th, 1989 bout between "Iron Mike" and Frank Bruno didn't mean all that much to its US audience. Yet over in the UK, what with "Big Frank" being one of Britain's most loved boxing heroes, the fight meant a whole lot - and today, some twenty years on from it having taken place, it still does.
A huge underdog going in, Bruno, who had failed in a previous attempt at wining a version of the heavyweight title when he'd been brutally stopped in the 11th-round by Tim Witherspoon in July of 1986 - was given next to no chance, even by his countrymen. The fact that the beloved Londoner actually gave Tyson, then considered practically unbeatable, a decent argument made the fight a memorable occasion for Britain - the fact that Bruno's left hook to the head wobbled Tyson in an electrifying 1st-round made it even more so. continue
RENDALL MUNROE has hailed his former amateur trainers who stopped him from walking away from boxing when he was a teenager. Leicester's boxing binman listened and is on the verge of a world title challenge provided he successfully defends his European super-bantamweight championship against old rival Kiko Martinez (20-1) at Barnsley Metrodome on Friday. Promoter Frank Maloney hopes to set up a clash against the winner of next month's WBA title fight between Ricardo Cordoba and Bernard Dunne if Munroe (17-1) overcomes the Spaniard he claimed the crown from last year. continue
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Adamek/Banks is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with K2 Promotions. Tickets, priced from $38, can be purchased at The Prudential Center box office or by calling Ticketmaster (201) 507-8900. Non-televised undercard bouts begin at 8:30 p.m. ET. Detroit’s undefeated Johnathon Banks (20-0, 14 KOs) will challenge Adamek for his IBF cruiserweight title to be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Banks is the IBF’s No. 8-ranked contender and is managed and trained by Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward. continue
by James Slater - There are a number of Cuban boxers doing their stuff right now that are both exciting and definitely ones to keep an eye on in the future - featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa and heavyweight Odlanier Solis to name a couple. However, 25-year-old light-middleweight southpaw Erislandy Lara (also promoted by the Arena-Box group) may be the best of the lot. Fans who tuned in to Friday Night Fights last week will know a little bit about the talents of this Cuban defector, and these same fans will surely want to see more of the lightening-quick puncher very soon. Count this writer in as one of them!
Born in April of 1983, the southpaw made a name for himself as a fine amateur boxer, winning a welterweight gold in the world amateur championships of 2005. Two years later, wanting to make it as the fine pro he knew he could be, Lara attempted to escape his surroundings; only to be caught by Brazilian authorities and sent back to Cuba. continue
Audley Harrison gives more details on sparring session with David Haye in 2006: "I wanted to give some more details about my sparring session with David Haye and why I say he took liberties in trying to blast me out. After my first lost to Danny Williams, my confidence was low and I went to Miami to hook up with Lennox and try to get my mojo back. I was with my training team and had just signed to fight Dominic Guinn for April 14th. It was early March and we were running along the beach in the morning and we bump into David who was training there and was also running. We talked and as David was nearing the end of camp for his fight back in London, we agreed to speak later as we didn't want cool down. continue
From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: “The WBC has received a letter from the great boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, stating that he has voluntarily relinquished his WBC lightweight world championship. “The WBC is extremely proud of Manny, who has been associated with our organization since 1997, when he won the WBC-affiliated OPBF championship. Manny became the WBC flyweight world champion in 1998. “With severe weight problems, he moved up to the super bantamweight divisioin and immediately won the WBC International super bantamweight title, which he defended five times. continue
By Ted Sares -- If he didn't get sent away, he would have been a champeen, and a good champeen. -- An old-timer
Any boxer named “Guy,” I gotta knock out. --Bobby Halpern
Once Halpern was a very hot pugilistic property, an East Bronx boy and a credit to a neighborhood famous for its fighters, such as Steve and Mike Belloise, Tami Mauriello and Jake LaMotta. -- Taken from Paul Zimmerman, December 5, 1977, “Making a Comeback From Nowhere.”
Bobby with a big smile on his face, shook my hand and pulled me into him. He then hugged me and said “…hey kid… they’re making a movie ‘bout me and I want you in it… you’re the only guy to ever beat me like the way you did… so I want you in it.” (Halpern to Casale in 1978) --Guy Casale continue
Audley Harrison announced today he is targeting a bout with long time friend David Haye, after Audley was snubbed in his attempt to kick start his career on a Hayemaker promoted show. ‘I hear David is looking for a warm up bout after Wladimir decided they over played their hand. The latest I’m hearing from America is David is going to have to wait now and Wladimir is looking at other options.. continue
February 24st 2009 - By Irish Paddy Cronan, OnTheGrindBoxing.com: Martin Rogan has always been an underdog. Going into the Prizefighter Tournament last April, few outside of his coach John Breen and Martin himself would have given him a chance. They sat down and talked however, about what path his career would take if he were to win. That's when Martin stopped John from talking and created his mantra, "when I win". continue
by James Slater - When ring legend Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns made a return to the ring back in July of 2005 at the age of 47 he shocked his millions of fans big time. Well, Hearns, who turned 50 years old in October of last year, is planning to shock us one more time - with a final fight some time later this year.
According to a news article that has appeared in the Detroit Free Press, the all-time great who won world titles all the way up from welterweight to cruiserweight is seriously looking at having one more bout before finally hanging up his gloves. And Hearns says he will do so even without the blessing of long-time trainer and mentor Emanuel Steward - who, it is generally accepted, will in no way encourage his star boxer to fight again. continue
French raider Anthony Mezaache will cross the channel this weekend intent on plundering Jon Thaxton’s European Lightweight title. The two men clash live on ITV4 on a Hennessy Sports show at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich on Saturday night as Thaxton looks to make the first defence of his title. Local hero Thaxton won the title at the same venue last October with a stunning one punch knockout of Juan Carlos Diaz Melero but Mezaache is adamant that lighting will not strike the same venue twice. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 24, 2009) -- SHOWTIME caught up with legendary trainer Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward on Monday for his thoughts on this Friday’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight title fight pitting champion Tomasz Adamek against Steward’s pupil, the undefeated Johnathon Banks in the main event Friday, Feb. 27, on ShoBox: The New Generation (live at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Steward, 64, recently lost one of his best friends and mentors, the renowned Walter Smith, who along with Steward ran the world famous Kronk Gym in Detroit that produced numerous world champions, including eight-time belt holder Thomas Hearns, Hilmer Kenty, Duane Thomas, Milton McCrory and Jimmy Paul. Smith passed away last week at the age of 94. continue
Photo credit: Sumio Yamada - By Ted Sares: There's no place like home --Pavlik to Ray Mancini after the fight.
Marco Antonio Rubio’s corner showed lot’s of courage last night in Youngstown, Ohio, but what they should have shown was more empathy for their fighter who offered little resistance to Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik’s workmanlike and clinical assault on the game but helpless native of Torreon, Mexico. Behind a nice double jab, the Ghost was able to set himself, load up, and tyhen bomb “El Veneno.” with long and accurate rights to the head and solid and well timed shots downstairs at a increasingly frightening rate. Though each round was similar in its systematic bludgeoning, Rubio’s legs started to go in the seventh. In the eight (arguably a 10-8 round), the Mexican was put in serious jeopardy as a right hand rocked him badly with seconds left. continue
Oscar Diaz has been discharged from University Hospital in San Antonio and has been moved to a local rehabilitation facility. "He's doing remarkably well compared to when we first saw him," stated neurosurgeon Dr. David Jimenez as quoted by the San Antonio Express News. "He's totally alert. He's awake, smiles and gives the 'thumbs up' sign. We're very happy with his progress." Diaz suffered a near-fatal brain injury during his bout against Delvin Rodriguez last summer. continue
ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner confirms that two-times Olympic gold medallist Guillermo Rigondeaux has finally defected from Cuba, has arrived in Miami, Florida, and signed with ARENA Box-Promotion. “It’s true”, says Öner. “Our director of boxing operations in the USA, Luis DeCubas, has met Rigondeaux in Miami. Obviously, we are excited that this extraordinarily gifted athlete joins our team of Cuban world class boxers like Yuriorkis Gamboa, Erislandy Lara and Odlanier Solis. They will train together at our gym in Miami. We will announce everything else and answer questions on a press conference in Miami next week.. continue
23.02.09 - Jaime Castro-Núñez, Photo: Marco Pérez/ mpsportimages.com - Last Friday night at the University Center Arena in Fort Lauderdale, FL, we had the occasion to watch Breidis Prescott for the third time. Although the puncher has 21 professional fights, we only got to know him last June, when he took a fight on a 3-day notice against Cuban prospect Richard Abril. Prescott decisioned Abril and we saw him again three months later, in September, against Amir Khan. Before that, the Barranquilla-born had fought 17 times in his native Colombia, once in Panama and once in the United States. Upon knowing that Khan’s next opponent was an obscure boxer from South America, boxing erudites and fans started to dig up the web in order to find out more about this heavy hitter. They discovered two things: his “impressive” record and the youtube fight against Abril. They thought Prescott was not more than a boxer with an inflated record. Conclusion? Amir Khan will dispatch this turkey before the fifth. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - The current economic crunch spans the globe. Without sounding as though I'm standing on a soap box or having my words accompanied by a violinist's sad song, in these tough economic times promoters are going to have to think outside the box if they want to continue attracting patrons. The days of overpricing fight admissions and pay per view purchases are at a standstill, at least for a while, and fight fans are demanding more for those hard to earn bucks. continue
Female WBA / WIBF world flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (23-0, 16 KOs) returns to action in front of her hometown crowd. In a very attractive matchup on March 20th at the „ProSieben Fight Night“ at the famous Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany the “Killer Queen” will defend her WIBF and WBA belts against Elena Reid. The experienced American is best known for her two grueling bouts with female ring legend Regina Halmich. ProSieben will broadcast the fight live from 10:15 pm. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at Madison Square Garden, N.Y, former WBA welterweight king Miguel Cotto returned to action for the first time since his shock July 2008 loss to Antonio Margarito and he took care of business in impressive fashion as he stopped a brave but outgunned Michael Jennings. Most experts felt the British fighter was in over his head, and this proved to be the case, as Cotto decked his man twice in the 4th round and finished him off at 2-minutes and 36-seconds of the 5th round.
There was nothing missing in terms of guts and giving it a go from the 31-year-old from Chorley, however, and Jennings showed grit and heart in getting up from the two painful knockdowns he suffered in the 4th. A sharp left hook to the head from Cotto wobbled Jennings and he fell into the ropes, whereupon the 28-year-old Puerto Rican sent him down with a wicked left hand to the midsection. Throwing and landing the same body punch, Cotto then put Jennings down for a second time. continue
Photo credit: Sumio Yamada - This week in the ‘Left-Hook Lounge’ we look into a set of intriguing questions posed by fight fans all around the globe. Coming on the heels of an action packed weekend, needless to say, many of those on the fight cards made the list. Both Miguel Cotto and Kelly Pavlik lead the way, followed by questions surrounding Joshua Clottey, Paul Williams, and a random topic from a curious fight fan. So, with no further ado, we kick the mailbag off with a question from New York City…. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez - After two months of sterile negotiations and phone calls from Puerto Rico to Barranquilla and vice versa, it is clear that Cuadrilátero and PR Best Boxing reached an agreement for an unification match between WBA interim titlist César Canchila (27-1, KO’s 21) and WBO junior flyweight world champion Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón (32-0, KO’s 6). The card will take place in Puerto Rico on May 23rd. continue
by James Slater - Last night, on the under-card of the Cotto-Jennings fight, 29-year-old unbeaten middleweight John Duddy of Ireland kept his word and boxed smartly against the always dangerous Matt Vanda of Minnesota. Collecting a wide UD after ten rounds in which he relied primarily on his superb left jab, Duddy boxed an almost perfect fight on his way to wining by scores of 99-91,99-91 and 97-93. I say almost because a desperate Vanda, knowing he was way behind on points, came on strong in the final round - shaking Duddy badly with a number of heads shots.
The 30-year-old showed he is never a fighter to count out of any fight, and he came very close to spoiling all the good work Duddy had done. continue
HBO Sports presents a doubleheader of furious ring action when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ VS. JUAN DIAZ AND CHRIS JOHN VS. ROCKY JUAREZ is presented live SATURDAY, FEB. 28 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from the Toyota Center in Houston, exclusively on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Emanuel Steward will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury is predicting another explosive performance in Norwich this Saturday night when he features live on ITV4 on the undercard of Jon Thaxton’s first European Lightweight title defence. The unbeaten Fury will be going for his third straight win as a pro on the Hennessy Sports event when he takes on Daniel Peret in a scheduled 6 rounder. The Norwegian based Russian is a veteran of 35 fights but Fury isn’t impressed. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show --Call-in LIVE: (347) 843-4293 - OnTheGrind Boxing Radio is LIVE Sunday February 22nd at 8pm est/ 5pm pst (1am gmt, Monday) with our weekend wrap up show. BigTime Tim Kudgis and Ireland Correspodent "Irish" Paddy Cronan will be wrapping up their "on location" reporting from New York City, for the big Miguel Cotto fight last night. Tonight's special guest will be none other than boxing superstar, Zab Judah.
The OnTheGrind Team will be getting Zab's take on the current state of the sport, and his career specifically. Call in and talk to Zab live. As always, BigTime Tim Kudgis and Suge Green will be keeping you up to date on all of boxing's latest developments as they bring you the commentary, analysis, updates, and predictions that make OnTheGrind Boxing Radio the Pound4Pound Kings of Boxing Broadcast Journalism. continue
by James Slater - Showing the character and spirit those who know him are aware he has in spades, welterweight title challenger Michael Jennings has made it clear he is in no way finished because of what Miguel Cotto did to him this past Saturday. Once again upbeat, the 31-year-old who gave it his best shot but was stopped inside five rounds in New York, Jennings spoke about how he sees his future in boxing going. The WBO title challenger began by admitting how hard the superb Cotto hit him to the body. continue
24.02.09 - Lightweight boxing champion Juan Diaz recently partnered with Everlast to give back to his community. Diaz and Everlast provided a $5,000 donation to The Contemporary Learning Center in Houston. The check was presented to the students during a ceremony held at the school. An Everlast endorser, Diaz is a former Contemporary Learning Center student who frequently returns to the school to speak in order to help motivate students to thrive in education and fitness. continue
By Paul Strauss: Referee Telis Assimenios finally had enough Friday night at the University Center Arena, Fort Lauderdale, FL. He warned and penalized Humberto Toledo for rushing in with his head down, but the last straw was when Toledo committed a "Mike Tyson" like bite to the shoulder of Breidis Prescott. As a result, he gave the Bam Baby from Ecuador the DQ. It was, as they say, academic because Prescott controlled the action throughout the fight; although, it's debatable whether Braidys will quickly climb the rest of the way up the ladder in the rankings in the lightweight division. He has another fight tentatively scheduled for 04-03-09, with an opponent TBA, so we'll learn more then.
In Friday night's action, Prescott seemed to get frustrated with Toledo's rushes. He managed to avoid most of the potential damage, but there were head clashes, facial cuts, and punches landed. continue
by Suge Green - February 22nd 2009 - As we continue inching ever closer to the May showdown between Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton and pound for pound superstar Manny Pacquiao, let's consider recent comments made by Oscar De La Hoya about his ill fated effort against the Filipino (as reported in the L.A. Times)..."I felt as if he could just land anything and I couldn't do anything about it. I just didn't care. I didn't care if he was hitting me because I couldn't do anything about it. Luckily he doesn't hit hard. continue
2008 Olympians James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders are mint - and it's official! The terrific trio will all be presented with a special limited edition medal at the prestigious Birmingham Mint next Wednesday ahead of their professional debuts in the city on Saturday night. And they will be following in the footsteps of Barack Obama, whose presidential campaign medal was also forged at the 159-year-old establishment. continue
21.02.09 - By Ron Scarfone at ringside - The boxing event at the University Center Arena in Davie, Florida was labeled as “The Gunslingers” because of Davie’s past history of being a Western town with cowboys, horses, and cattle. However, for the main event, the fight could have been called “The Gumslinger” for what Humberto Toledo did to Breidis Prescott’s shoulder. Prescott is from Colombia and gained prominence by knocking out lightweight contender Amir Khan of the United Kingdom in the first round last year. The undefeated Prescott is now ranked in the top 15 of the lightweight division by the WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO.
Prescott had a significant height and reach advantage over the veteran Toledo. Prescott’s straight right knocked Toledo into the ropes in round five and Prescott scored a knockdown in round seven. continue
21.02.09 - by James Slater - Last night, in Buffalo, New York, former world champion Byron Mitchell won himself the NABA light-heavyweight title with an exciting TKO win over a very game Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters. The fight was stopped upon recommendation of both Walters' corner-men and the ringside doctor, who deemed the cuts inside the 28-year-old's mouth to be too bad for him to continue. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 20, 2009 - Perhaps the most talent rich division in boxing, the lightweight class, will be on center stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, April 4th, as Golden Boy Promotions presents "Lightweight Lightning," an unprecedented four bout, lightweight pay-per-view event that will feature eight elite 135-pounders in four pivotal match-ups that will undoubtedly re-arrange the hierarchy of the highly competitive 135 pound division in one night. In the "Lightweight Lightning" main event, revered and undefeated knockout artist Edwin Valero (24-0, 24 KOs) from Venezuela returns to the ring to face hard-hitting Colombian warrior Antonio Pitalua (46-3, 40 KOs) in a 12-round championship bout for the vacant WBC Interim World Lightweight crown. continue
by James Slater - British-born 28-year-old Ola Afolabi is a level-headed and likeable fighter who, on March 14th, will get what he himself calls a "make it or break it fight" against the big-punching Enzo Maccarinelli. New promoter Dino Duva recently referred to his boxer with the 13-1-3(5) record as "The best kept secret in boxing," and Afolabi himself says he is happy not to be a fighter his rivals can look up and study on You-Tube.
Some fans may have seen his upset, short notice, 10th round TKO over Eric Fields fight, shown as it was on ESPN, but it's fair to say Duva has got something when he makes his claim. And Afolabi, who relocated to California over eight years ago, can fight. Referred to as a gym rat by those who know him, Ola has sparred with countless top class fighters in his time in America. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at the Historic York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, 33-year-old Tony Oakey of Portsmouth won the light-heavyweight tournament of promoter Barry Hearn's "PrizeFighter" series. For those unfamiliar with the Sky Sport's televised series that has given us tourneys at heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight and now light-heavyweight, the competition sees eight fighters contesting a total of seven 3x3 minute round fights between them, with the eventual two finalists meeting to battle it out for a trophy and a pay day of a tidy £25,000. continue
NEW YORK CITY (February 22, 2009) Tampa based heavyweight prospect Lenroy “TNT” Thomas improved to 11-1-0 (7KO’s), with a four round unanimous decision win over Terrell Nelson on Saturday night at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Fighting on the off-TV portion of the Top Rank produced “Two World Title Fights—One Night” card, the brick house built southpaw Thomas, dominated Nelson, now 9-8-0 (6KO’s), from the opening bell with his piston like jab and strong overhand left crosses. Scores at the end of the bout were 40-36, 40-35 and 39-37, all in favor of the 23 year old Jamaican born Thomas. continue
February 21st 2009 - By Irish Paddy Cronan, OnTheGrindBoxing.com: "The first time I met Bob Arum three years ago, I went up to him and I said that I would really like the opportunity to fight on one of his under cards. He told me that he was not into female boxing."
After hearing that Maureen could have given up and resigned herself to the fact that she would never appear on a Top Rank undercard. Instead, she decided she was going to change his mind.
Last month Maureen had another meeting with Bob, and again he told her he was not interested in female boxing. She decided to chance her luck, "They may not be into women's boxing, but they will be into Maureen Shea. Just give me the opportunity, watch my DVD put me on your show and people will enjoy my performance."
Here she is now, fighting for a WBA title on Top Rank three years after being told she would never fight on a Top Rank show. continue
If fighting for the prestigious Ring Magazine and IBO World Lightweight Championship belts wasn’t enough, on February 28th at TOYOTA Center in Houston, Texas, Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz will also have the vacant WBA World Lightweight Super Championship and WBO World Lightweight Championship belts on the line in their highly anticipated showdown. “The more championship belts for me, the better,” said Marquez. “I want to unify the lightweight division and I’m excited to have the opportunity to add two more titles to my collection on February 28th.. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez: Colombian lightweight punching power Breidis Prescott (21-0, 18 KO’s), currently ranked #7 by the WBO, claimed his 21st victory today in Fort Lauderdale as he thoroughly defeated Ecuador’s Humberto Toledo (34-6-2). Prescott was in command of the fight from the very beginning and was ready to win by decision, but at 1:58 of the 10th round, Toledo bit Prescott’s left shoulder. continue
Undefeated IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham and manager Wilfried Sauerland today admitted their surprise at Jack Loew´s most recent remarks in the press. Kelly Pavlik´s trainer had told reporters that his camp has yet to receive a response from Team Sauerland regarding a potential unification clash - a clash that could take place either in the United States or in Germany. Staging the showdown between the two champions is exactly what Wilfried Sauerland intends to do. In fact, he has been trying to set something up for months. “We were very surprised to read Jack Loew´s comments,” Sauerland said. “He must be living on a different planet. Last spring we have picked up negotiations with Pavlik´s promoters Top Rank. We have also been in constant touch with HBO and Showtime. However, in the last couple of months, Top Rank seemed to have lost their interest in a unification. continue
By Jason Peck - For a time Antonio Margarito was regarded as the most avoided man in boxing, despite the fact that he had made millions, appeared on HBO and Showtime, scored magazine covers, and fought in a popular weight division. With Margarito’s shock defeat, Paul Williams had taken up the supposed Most Avoided mantle. But it’s just foolish to think that a name fighter could possibly qualify. continue
by James Slater - Exciting middleweight John Duddy remains unbeaten at 25-0(17), but the Irishman came close to losing the zero at the end of his record in his February 2008 fight against the little known Walid Smichet. Due to the brawling, care-nothing-about-defence approach he had won many fans over with, the 29-year-old was hit plenty by Smitchet and suffered horrendous cuts also. His showing, while thrilling, was so poor it instantly ruled him out of a strongly suggested crack at world middleweight king Kelly Pavlik for his next outing. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This weeks ‘C.E.O. Fridays’ segment takes a closer look at a figure in the world of boxing who has seen his fair share of highs and lows. To witness an example of this, one has to look no further than the events of his last 365 days. Within that span he went from a solid but less-than-respected figure, to standing on top of the lightweight division, right back to being title-less and on the categorical brink of a very feared ‘high-risk-low-reward’ platform. Today, like all of my other ‘C.E.O. Fridays’, we’ll take a look at all sides relative to understand the true depth of this fierce competitor. We’ll analyze the ‘Supportive’ perspective, the ‘Critics’ perspective, and to keep it fair and balanced, a more ‘Neutral’ perspective to tie all the loose ends…..
Nate Campbell - (The Supportive Perspective): In an era of the sport where fighters and their promoters go far out of their way to preserve the “O”, competitors like Glen Johnson and today’s subject, Nate Campbell, prove that more than 4 losses is not a career gone bad, but instead a mere tool for motivation in an individual whose talent evolution has yet to come full circle. continue
by James Slater - 37-year-old middleweight/super-middleweight Antwun Echols goes by the same nickname Mike Tyson was sometimes known as in his heyday - "Kid Dynamite." Yet at his current age and with the number of tough battles he's been through in his near sixteen year career, Echols is no longer anything close to a kid. He has also been the fighter on the receiving end of much dynamite in recent fights - taking heavy punishment while coming up winless in his last seven bouts. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 19, 2009) – A no-nonsense, non-stop action fighter who makes for “Fight of the Year” candidates more often than most, Tomasz Adamek returns to SHOWTIME to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight title against undefeated Johnathon Banks in the main event Friday, Feb. 27, on ShoBox: The New Generation (live at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
Los Angeles, CA (February 19, 2009) – Photo by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions - Big time heavyweight boxing will be played out on March 27 when #3 World-ranked contender Eddie Chambers and #5 World-ranked and former WBC World Heavyweight Champion Sam Peter collide in a monstrous heavyweight battle scheduled for 12-rounds on a special edition of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” (10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT) at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.
"It has been a great pleasure working with Dan (Goossen) and Dino (Duva) and their respective fight teams to bring this exciting and meaningful bout to ESPN's Friday Night Fights. We are equally excited by the opportunity to produce and televise this inaugural boxing telecast from AEG"s state of the art Nokia Theatre" stated Doug Loughrey, ESPN-Director Programming Acquisitions. continue
Martin Rogan is aiming to become Ireland's second heavyweight world champion - more than 100 years after the last man to hold the greatest prize in boxing. And he says victory over Matt Skelton later this month will put him on course to achieve his dream. The 37-year-old from Belfast will face Skelton at the N.I.A IN Birmingham, on February 28. Having ended the career of Audley Harrison in December when he beat the Olympic gold medallist over 10 rounds, Rogan is looking to repeat the trick against Skelton. continue
NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 19, 2009)-VERSUS, the network that celebrates real competition, will air the final fight from the fourth season of the hard-hitting reality show THE CONTENDER, live from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods on Wednesday, February 25, at 9 p.m. ET when Troy Ross and Ehinomen "Hino" Ehikhamenor battle in a 10-round bout to earn the coveted title of Contender Champion. The fight will be produced and presented in HD where available. continue
By Tony Nobbs: Next Saturday night WBA featherweight champion of the world Chris “The Dragon” John (42-0-1, 22 ko’s) defends his belt for the eleventh time against hometown hero and Sydney Olympic silver medalist Rocky Juarez (28-4, 20 ko’s) in Houston Texas.
John, 29, has been in Houston since the start of the month preparing for his long awaited American debut. I spoke to him today as he and trainer/manager Craig Christian were arriving at Lopez’ Gym in Baytown, Houston. Here’s what the humble champion from Indonesia had to say.
Tony Nobbs: Hi Chris, how has preparation and acclimatisation been? continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 19, 2009) Sensational lightweight prospect Luis Ramos will next return to the ring on Saturday, March 7th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on the off-TV portion of HBO’s Boxing After Dark tripleheader presented by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. The 20 year old Ramos has quickly become the talk of the Southern California boxing scene as one of boxing’s hottest prospects. Since turning professional in October 2007, the southpaw Ramos has impressively run his record to 9-0 with five knockouts. continue
MONTREAL (Feb. 19, 2009) – On Wednesday, February 18, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Kendall “Rated R” Holt met at the historic Bell Centre in Montreal to kick off the promotion of their highly anticipated fight that will unify their respective WBC and WBO 140-pound titles. The two champions will clash Saturday, April 4, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
20.02.09 - By Peter Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Heintzelman - Big Time Boxing, in the form of promoter, Lou DiBella, arrived at Mechanics Hall, in Worcester, Massachusetts Thursday afternoon, and signed 23 year old middleweight sensation, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez to a promotional contract, and announcing Edwin’s first fight under the DiBella flag at Mechanics Hall on March 19, 2009. DiBella was all smiles.
DiBella, chief executive officer and founder of DiBella Entertainment, seemed genuinely thrilled to be in Central Massachusetts for the signing today, in front of a crowded Mechanics’ Hall, with media galore, a host of professional boxers, fans, and the City Police Gang Unit, out in force and in support of their hometown man. “This is a very important and significant signing for me,” said DiBella, “Edwin is as good as any up and comer fighter I’ve seen nationwide. continue
Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs), mandatory challenger of IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, will take a final warm-up fight on April 4 when he faces Jason Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) in Dusseldorf. The 29-year-old was scheduled to fight Klitschko in December 2008 but an ankle injury forced him to postpone the hotly anticipated showdown. The IBF ruled that their meeting has to take place before September 13, 2009. continue
By Alistair Donkin: The sport of boxing is governed by politics, it is not always fair. The best match ups regardless of if they make the most sense do not always happen. Promoter Gary Shaw is insistent that his unified super flyweight champ Vic Darchinyan will miss the chance to redeem his only loss to Nonito Donaire because he is unhappy Donaire left his stable for Bob Arum’s. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten 26-year-old cruiserweight contender Jonathon Banks of Detroit faces Poland's Tomasz Adamek this coming Feb. 27th. Trained by the legendary Hall of Famer that is Emanuel Steward, the 20-0 (14) Banks is seen by some as the next big star of the 200-pound division.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with this writer so close to the biggest and most important fight of his career, the challenger had the following answers to my questions as we spoke on the phone earlier today.
James Slater: Thank you for taking time out to speak with me so close to the fight. Firstly, how has training been going?
Jonathon Banks: Oh, training's been going excellent. I've had no problems at all. continue
By Quentin "The Kid" Savoy: In the wild, when the aging lion reaches its end as king of the pride, a new young lion comes in and takes over. Now, I ask, what happens when the King vanishes with the picture unclear, ala Lennox Lewis, leaving the heavyweight division. This maze we now watch. No true ruler. No major power shift to anticipate, but only the wait for a consensus ruler. continue
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO (February 19, 2009) – Wall-to-wall media at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, including two network affiliate television crews broadcasting live, attended today’s final news conference hosted by World Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK of Youngstown, his opponent, No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO of Mexico, and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM, chairman of Top Rank. The last time the Valley area hosted a world title fight was when Youngstown’s Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini successfully defended his WBA lightweight title against Ernesto España in Warren, Ohio, July 24, 1982, also promoted by Arum. continue
by James Slater - Together they brought us one of the fiercest and most compelling trilogies in recent, if not all-time, boxing history - and neither guy was willing to yield in either of their three battles. Unfortunately, neither Marco Antonio Barrera nor Erik Morales - the two super-bantamweight/super-featherweights that gave us the trilogy I'm referring to - are willing to face facts and realise they are ready for permanent retirement, either.
The 35-year-old from Mexico City has already made his ring return, boxing and winning two low key fights, and he is set to meet hot prospect Amir Khan next month. Now planning to join his onetime fierce rival and make a ring return of his own is the legend from Tijuana, Morales. "El Terrible" says he will shift the excess weight he's gained since being idle and then come back as a lightweight - the same division "The Baby Faced Assassin" now boxes in. continue
19.02.09 - By Jake Roberts: On May 2nd, Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao will go toe to toe for what is the ‘P4P’ championship. It already has boxing fans salivating at the prospect of their two all-action styles clashing in Vegas. There are so many intangibles with this fight I don’t know where to start, so lets examine their recent performances. 2008 was a phenomenal year for the Pacman, starting with a razor thin split decision over world class Juan Manuel Marquez. continue
Kelly Pavlik’s trainer Jack Loew believes the middleweight champion must defeat Marco Antonio Rubio this weekend to get his career back on track. Pavlik fights for the first time since he lost to Bernard Hopkins in October last year. Loew told the Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports News that this was a fight that Pavlik could not afford to lose. He said: “It’s an important fight for Kelly. A loss at this point, right now, would be disastrous for his career. He’s got to come out firing on all cylinders. “I think he needs to have a very impressive win.” continue
Photo by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor - Winky Wright, Former Undisputed Junior Middleweight: “I get a lot of people asking me why I’m not fighting. I tell them it has nothing to do with negotiations, it’s because no one wants to fight me. No one wants to fight Winky Wright. They say it’s about the money, but it isn’t that. I wanted to fight Pavlik and Calzaghe, I’d go to England to fight him if he wanted, but the fact of the matter is, no one wants to fight Winky.”
“I’m looking forward to the challenge, I want to show I’m more than a defensive fighter. Yeah I’m a defensive fighter, but I’ve never seen a boxer win a match without throwing punches. I’m definitely gonna need my defense against Paul, because he throws a lot of punches. I don’t go for the knockout, boxing is a sport and it takes more than that.. continue
Walsall lightweight Martin Gethin admits he’s both surprised and delighted Liverpool’s John Watson has decided to go up against him in a British title eliminator on March 28. Believing the fight may have come a little too early in his opponent’s fledgling career, Gethin is looking to take advantage of Watson’s ambition at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. “It should be an interesting fight,” says Gethin, 15-1-1 (7 KO) in his pro career. “John’s an up and coming boxer with lots of talent, but he’s definitely not as experienced as me. That’s where I’ll have the edge. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - Well, the David Haye - Wladimir Klitschko fight is in serious jeopardy. At this point it’s near impossible to know one way or the other if this fight is going to come off. According to various reports Adam Booth, David Haye’s manager/trainer has said that the Klitschko’s are asking for too large a percentage of the UK PPV receipts which Booth believes should largely fall into David Haye’s bucket. continue
CHOKO Boxing in association with Gillett Entertainment Group, Top Rank and Gary Shaw Productions are thrilled to present the first world championship unification bout ever staged in Montreal! On April 4th in today’s boxing most exciting weight division, witness two of the world’s best boxers in the fight of their lives. WBC light welterweight champion Tim "Desert Storm" Bradley will face WBO light welterweight champion Kendall "Rated R" Holt, live at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Bradley (23W-0L) is the only champion of the division to stand undefeated. Holt (25W-2L) has made a name for himself by taking out the undefeated.
In 2008, both men rocked the boxing world and became superstars: Bradley orchestrated one of the biggest upsets of the year by traveling to hostile territory (Nottingham, UK) and defeating the ex-champion, Junior Witter, against all odds to conquer the World Boxing Council Championship Belt. Holt delivered one of The Ring Magazine’s knockouts of the year in a wild 61-second bout with Ricardo Torres to become Champion of the World Boxing Organization. continue
Kermit Cintron overcame a slow start with a determined come-from-behind rally versus interim WBC junior middleweight titlist Sergio Martinez, on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida - earning the former IBF welterweight champion and WBC # 15 rated 154 lbs. challenger, a majority draw, as seen on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Cintron (30-2-1, 27 KOs) from Reading, PA, by way of Carolinas, Puerto Rico, rebounded from a cut and knockdown at the hands of Martinez by utilizing effective aggression and “signature” Cintron power punching to stay competitive with the speedy champ. continue
by James Slater - When 30-year-old Graham Earl of Luton announced his retirement from the ring after he'd been beaten in a round by fellow Brit Henry Castle last October, most, if not all people felt the former British and Commonwealth lightweight champion was doing the smart thing. The Castle loss was Earl's third straight stoppage defeat and his second consecutive 1st-round loss. Earl said he was going to open up his own gym and concentrate on the training side of his sport. continue
Bob Arum: We have Miguel Cotto on the line. He is fighting for the vacant WBO welterweight championship on Saturday, February 21st.
On the same card will be a fight between John Duddy and Matt Vanda. And then after those fights have taken place we will go to Youngstown, Ohio for Kelly Pavlik’s defense of his middleweight title against Marco Antonio Rubio. The fights are being shown on Pay-Per-View television for a suggested price of $44.95.
Miguel Cotto is fit and ready for this test and he hopes to win the welterweight title once again and go onto bigger and better things. So without further ado, I’d like to introduce the pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Ángel Cotto. continue
Today the last details have been finalized for former WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev to face Richie Boruff, 17-2-1, on March 14th at Saransk, the capital of the Republic of Mordovia. If Maskaev doesn’t beat Boruff, he is jeopardizing and will lose his mandatory status as per the WBC order dated December 25, 2008. The WBC ordered that the ‘winner of the Vitali Klitschko-Gomez bout must make the next defense of the WBC Heavyweight Championship against Maskaev. The Winner v. Maskaev on terms set forth in the order. The Winner v. Maskaev shall take place within 120 days after the Vitali Klitschko-Gomez bout. continue
by James Slater -- For the past twenty years or so, whenever a British fighter has gone over to America to challenge for a world title, the writers have wondered aloud if he will be able to pull off an upset just like welterweight challenger Lloyd Honeyghan did when he met huge betting favourite Don Curry back in 1986. continue
Lee Samuels: The champion is here, Kelly Pavlik and his chief trainer Jack Loew are here, they’re in Youngstown getting ready for the big fight next week against Marco Antonio Rubio live on Pay Per View. I’m going to turn it over to Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and he’ll take it from here. Bob?
Bob Arum: Thank you Lee. I’m really excited about this entire endeavor. On February 21 Top Rank is producing for Pay Per View television a world title double header. Starting in New York in Madison Square Garden at 9 pm eastern time and there will be two fights shown on television from New York, and then Miguel Cotto and Michael Jennings. In Youngstown, there will be a complete undercard show and that will end in time for the people in Youngstown to see on the big screen Miguel Cotto and Michael Jennings. Then the screens will go up and then the main event for Youngstown which will be seen in Madison Square Garden, the middleweight championship of the world between Kelly Pavlik and Marco Antonio Rubio. continue
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO (February 18, 2009) – No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO worked out in front of a full media contingent yesterday in Youngstown, including two network affiliate television stations which broadcast live from the gym. Rubio challenges World Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK this Saturday, February 21, at the sold-out Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. The Pavlik-Rubio rumble headlines a two-city / two-world title doubleheader broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View. continue
by James Slater - As has now been widely reported on the net, the March 14th rematch between light-heavyweights Chad Dawson and Antonio Tarver has suffered a cancellation due to IBF champion Dawson having injured his right hand in sparring. Set to meet in a not altogether highly anticipated rematch, it must be said, Dawson and Tarver would have been meeting for the second time in five months - with "Bad" Chad dethroning "The Magic Man" via a dominant unanimous points verdict back in October of last year. continue
Anne Wolfe has totally perfected training for boxers and we never do the same routine twice in a camp. I put my total trust in her...
by Vivek Wallace: When the topic of female boxing comes up, typically the names Laila Ali, Ann Wolfe, or Christy Martin are spoken. In a deeper conversation among well schooled fight aficionado's, the likes of Vonda Ward, and a few select others may surface. To some around the sport those are the only names that matter, yet when you dig a little deeper through the feminine ranks, it becomes obvious that the talent pool is far from shallow. Similar to their male counterparts, the women of the sport have a long list of contenders who remain eager to prove their worth, and in the midst of that group is a woman who stands tall in stature, yet even bigger in determination. Born of German descent, yet raised in Texas, this intriguing middleweight talent goes by the name of S'Kati Katz (4-0, 2KO's). continue
18.02.09 - By Alistair Donkin: It is not very often that a good cruiserweight comes along. A cruiserweight that generates a massive amount of excitement whenever he steps into the ring. A cruiserweight that is brash, flash, talks trash and can generally back it up. It is even less often that a cruiserweight who makes the transition to heavyweight can make a similar impact (Evander Holyfield aside). In David D Haye we have a man who can potentially change the face of the Heavyweight division. continue
Former Two-time world champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, is scheduled to appear at the San Jose Sharks game, Thursday February 19, 2009 when the Sharks face the Los Angeles Kings at the HP Pavilion. Guerrero (21-1-1, 16 KOs) will talk about his upcoming fight against Indonesia's undefeated hero, Daud Yordan (15-0, 10 KOs) scheduled for March 7, 2009 when HBO "Boxing After Dark" hits the HP Pavilion for the first time in history. continue
By Mike Casey - Now here’s one for you. When people sit down to talk about the great middleweights, how come the name of Freddie Steele so rarely enters the conversation? Like a ghost trying to make its presence felt to mortals, Freddie seems to hover in a vacuum that is tantalisingly out of reach. Up there in the celestial heights, he must feel sorely tempted to get his booming left hook out of mothballs and throw a few shots in desperation. He hears people talking about the Michigan Assassin, the Pittsburgh Windmill, the Toy Bulldog, the Harlem Flash, the Shotgun and Marvelous Marvin.
But no Tacoma Assassin. That’s what they called Freddie Steele, the wiry, thunder-punching kid from the Evergreen State of Washington. continue
CHICAGO, IL, (February 18, 2009) Two of Chicago’s proudest warriors, “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez and Luciano “EL GALLO MICHOACANO” Perez will battle in the main event at the inaugural “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT” on Friday, March 27th at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
by James Slater - Exciting British lightweight Jon "Jono" Thaxton, the current European champion at 135-pounds, has had one long ride as a pro boxer. Making his debut way back in December of 1992, the 34-year-old admits himself that he is somewhat surprised he is still going after almost seventeen years as a pro. However, one of the reasons the Norwich fighter HAS kept going is because he has yet to realise his main goal - that of becoming champion of the world. continue
By Ted Sares - Hey! All the padding is out of the damn gloves….It’s all out…Commissioner…Commissioner!“ No padding! There’s no damn padding!’ -- Billy Collins Sr.
It ended pretty near where it had all begun. The 1972 Cutlass hit a concrete abutment at high speed on March 7, 1984 and ended up in a dried up creek. It happened not far from the home of his parents. This was the rural South where Billy Ray Collins Jr. grew up.
He was born in Antioch, Tennessee to be exact, a small town located just south of Nashville. The story goes that his house had plastic coverings for storm windows, but his family was proud, hard-working, and Southern, with documented bloodlines in boxing. continue
by James Slater - It has been over six months since the unbeaten Tavoris Cloud burst well and truly onto the world light-heavyweight scene with his dominant stoppage win over the unbelievably tough Julio Cesar Gonazalez, and such a great performance was the 27-year-old's that the fans can't wait to see him in action again. In becoming the very first man to halt the former WBO 175-pound boss from Mexico, Cloud, 19-0(18) won himself an IBF light-heavyweight title eliminator. continue
When Jersey City's Polish ex-pat Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek defends his IBF Cruiserweight title, on the 27th February 2009, against Detroit's Johnathon Banks at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey; he will have an unexpected supporter cheering him on ringside, former Cruiserweight King Steve 'USS' Cunningham. continue
Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 17, 2009) — Arena Box Promotion in association with JSO is proud to announce an extraordinary night of boxing featuring a new generation of knockout specialists on Friday, February 20th at the University Center Arena in Ft. Lauderdale. With their rapid and punishing punches, card toppers Yuriorkis Gamboa, Breidis Prescott, and Erislandy Lara all have a proven ability to knockout an opponent in the blink of an eye, racking up many first- round victories in their careers. These undefeated pugilists are going into Friday’s bouts off dramatic knockout victories.
“We’ve got some of boxing’s most devastating power punchers on this card,” says Arena Box Promotion’s Director of Boxing Luis De Cubas. “This nationally televised event could set a record for knockouts. For fight fans, what’s not to like about that!” continue
17.02.09 - Universum Boxing Promotion announced that Felix Sturm (31-2) will return to the ring on April 25 to defend his WBA belt against Koji Sato (14-0-0 13 KOs), from Japan in Krefeld, Germany. Sturm retained his WBA middleweight title last November via unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110 and 119-109) over Sebastian Sylvester. continue
17.02.09 - By Alistair Donkin - I am not solely a diehard Ricky Hatton fan. I am a fan of boxing, a fan of the sport of Kings where chance does not often come into the equation, where blood sweat and tears are left in the ring, where the best man wins. If that man is Manny Pacquiao I will not be sad. continue
By Vivek Wallace, photo by Naoki Fukuda - In this weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' we take a good look at some very key topics in the world of boxing. Making the slate is the bittersweet weekend of Nate Campbell, as well as the ability of Kermit Cintron. Also making the list is of course the Margarito hand-wrapping controversy, and in a look ahead, one fight fan fast forwards to the potential Mosley/Cotto rematch. So with no further ado, we jump right in the mix with a question from Miami, Florida where a fight fan wanted to know the following:
Richmond L. (Miami, FL): What did you think of Nate Campbell's performance and how much longer do you think he will be effective in the sport?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think that when you look at Campbell's performance objectively there's only one outlook you can have and that's a very positive one! continue
by James Slater - Super-hot featherweight prospect Yuriorkis Gamboa, a man many see as a definite world champion of the future, is back in action this coming Friday night (Feb. 20th) when he meets Colombian veteran Walter Estrada in Florida. It may not mean all that much, but the 34-year-old will represent Gamboa with his second most oft-beaten foe - with the southpaw having lost eight of his 43 pro bouts. You have to go back to Gamboa's third paid outing, against Joel Mayo, to find a guy he has boxed who had more defeats on his record coming in. continue
The Edner Cherry vs Anthony Peterson fight that was scheduled to take place on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Mike Jennings fight, has been cancelled due to a knee injury by Anthony Peterson. WBC USNBC lightweight title holder Edner "Cherry Bomb" Cherry (24-6, 12 KO's) was scheduled to step back into the ring at Madison Square Garden, on February 21st against lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (28-0, 19KO's). continue
By Wray Edwards at Ringside: all photos © Wray Edwards/ESB. Generally speaking Nate Campbell is a journeyman Boxer. I've seen him sneak into the corner of a boxer who was losing a fight and kibitz a bit on style or a weakness he has spotted in the other boxer and, bingo, the other guy bites the dust. Not only was Nate training to win his match with Funeka, he was also taking on Mother Nature.
For many boxers the time comes when they hit the weight wall. J.L. Castillo, Mike Anchondo, and many others have hit that point in their careers when they just have to move up. Timing is everything in life especially in and out of the ring. The photos below are evidence of that. continue
16.02.09 - By Wray Edwards at Ringside - all photos © Wray Edwards/ESB.
Seriously folks, is a boxing match supposed to be in two halves like a football game?
Well, this one was. The first 6.9 Rounds were sort of…uh…er…BORING! With Kermit ghosting around the ring as Martinez would set and try to box to no avail, the booing was well deserved. I watched Don King sit quietly with little to celebrate as Cintron avoided the issue.
Finally, about the Fourth Round, Martinez decided to press a bit.. continue
16-02-09 - by James Slater - In the sport of boxing there is nothing quite like a momentous upset; the sight of seeing a huge underdog/ largely unknown fighter going out there and giving the betting favourite/defending world champion a beating. Seeing the little guy win makes fans feel happy because seeing the big guy lose to him gives us all an example of what anyone can do if they both believe in themselves and put their mind to it. continue
Former world cruiserweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has offered to box in Germany on a K2 Promotions show in order to revive negotiations for a summer showdown with WBO and IBF world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Originally scheduled to take place on June 20 at Stamford Bridge in London, Haye’s eagerly anticipated duel with Klitschko has hit a series of snags in recent weeks, and now appears on the brink of collapse. Haye’s trainer and manager Adam Booth is willing to sacrifice home territory in the hope of kick-starting the most important and exciting heavyweight contest in years. continue
February 15th 2009 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. How do you outbox your opponent all night, score a knockdown, where your opponent got to continue after being counted out and then with nary a mark on your face after 12 rounds, have the fight ruled a Majority Draw? This wasn’t in Montreal and the referee wasn’t Marlon B. Wright.
Saturday night at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise Florida, Jr. Middleweight contender Kermit Cintron (30-2-1, 27 KO’s) faced Argentine rising star, Sergio Gabriel Martinez (44-1-2, 24 KO’s) in a fight for the WBC’s 154 pound Interim title. Geez…how many titles does it take to completely water down the quality of boxing?
I scored this fight 118-110 in favor of Martinez, who scored a knockdown in the seventh and easily won a wide majority of the rounds in a fight where Cintron gave a new meaning to the term, ‘the art of fighting without fighting.’ continue
by James Slater - Over the weekend, a news story was published in The Daily Telegraph that reported how Ricky Hatton's assistant trainer Lee Beard predicts a stoppage win for "The Hitman" in his mega fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd. Beard even said which round he believes his fighter will score the KO or stoppage in - the 6th. continue
By Coach Walker - 1904, the hubbub of social life is St. Louis, this is when and where boxing became an official Olympic Sport. Americans proved themselves to be the most prolific boxing team by winning all seven gold medals. An even more monumental testament to America's boxing potency is that in this Olympic Games they won 19 of the 21 total boxing gold, silver and bronze medals. The U.S. even had one fighter, Oliver Kirk, win bantamweight and featherweight gold in the same Olympics. A feat that still stands as Kirk is the only fighter in Olympic history to win two titles in a single Olympics. Of course over time other countries would become more skilled and much more competitive. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Jersey, The Channel Islands, UK, former IBF light-heavyweight champion Clinton Woods won what he himself called a make or break fight, as he unanimously out-pointed a tough Elvir Murqi over 12 rounds. There were no knockdowns in the gruelling battle, but the 36-year-old from Sheffield prevailed by wide scores of 119-110 and 117-111 twice. In winning the official IBF #2 eliminator at 175-pounds, the now 42-4-1(24) Woods set himself up for one final run at becoming a world champion again - with a shot at "Bad" Chad Dawson a possibility for later this year. As for the always game "Kosovo Kid," who dipped to 35-5(22), the future looks far less bright.
As the much younger man, at 29 to 36 for Woods, Muriqi entered the ring last night convinced he would exit it a winner. Also, basing things on he and his rival's respective showings against former IBF light-heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver - who almost shout-out Woods to take his crown last April, but who really had his hands full against Muriqi the year before - the Albanian was sure he had the beating of Woods. He was wrong. So too were a good many other people. continue
By Ted Sares - Now that I have been a manager for awhile, I’ve found that the money is not the greatest compared to a real job. But it’s rewarding when one of your fighters does well. I feel this reward is priceless and I would not trade this job for anything… –Stacey Goodson
Without losers, there would be no winners. –Denise Grollmus continue
by James Slater - It doesn't take a genius to work out the fact that there is almost no chance at all of it happening, but promoter Dennis Hobson has already laid down a challenge to the recently retired Joe Calzaghe to make a comeback. Hobson wants the future Hall of Famer, who quit the sport on top only a few days ago, to come back for one more fight - against former IBF 175-pound champion Clinton Woods. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. -- After eleven months of inactivity, Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KO’s) was finally back in action Saturday night at the Bank Atlantic Center in his home state of Florida, where he failed to make the contracted weight of 135 pounds and lost his WBA/IBF and WBO titles on the scales before the first bell rang to start the fight against Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KO’s) of South Africa.
Relatively unknown Ali Funeka proved to be a high quality boxer/puncher. Had he beaten Campbell, he would have taken Campbell’s lost titles back home to Africa. Funeka’s only claim to fame on this side of the planet was his KO win over slick boxer, Zahir Raheem last July. At six-foot-one, Funeka uses his height and his long jab to dictate the action against typically smaller opponents. continue
by James Slater - Though he has had just two pro fights, former ABA champion Tyson Fury is a young heavyweight who has been getting a ton of publicity these past couple of months. Blessed with an impressive physique that is as eye-catching as his jump-right-out-at-you name, the 20-year-old really is a sight to behold. Standing an incredible 6'9" and weighing-in at a solid 250-pounds or so, the man-mountain has certainly attracted the cameras. continue
The best Russian professional boxers of Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab promotion company head for the US for training. Yuri Fedorov: “Seminole Warriors Boxing has set up a camp for our fighters in Florida with experienced sparring partners and best professional coaches like John David Jackson whom we saw lately in Bernard Hopkins’ corner helping him to beat Kelly Pavlik. continue
By Paul Strauss, photo by Naoki Fukuda - There was nothing sunny in Sunrise, Florida for Sergio Martinez. He clearly beat Kermit Cintron, and was robbed of a victory when the judges scored the fight a Majority Draw. He controlled the fight. He used speed and superior boxing ability to confuse and beat up Cintron. He landed a higher percentage of total punches as well as power punches. He caused much more damage than did Cintron, and could easily have been awarded a knockout in the seventh round if referee Frank Santore, Jr didn't bungle the situation.
To be polite, Santore's handling of the fight left much to be desired. He cost Martinez the fight (at least in the eyes of two of the judges) when he penalized Sergio a point in the 12th Round for hitting behind the head. The fact is Martinez's punches were thrown properly, but, were landing to the back of the head because of Cintron's defensive posture. The frog was lowering his head below his waist. In addition, the referee could have and probably should have at least warned Cintron for excessive holding. continue
NEW YORK- As training camp winds down for Shaun George, he prepares for what he says will be "the performance of a lifetime" on February 25 against Jaffa Ballogou at BB King Blues Club & Grill, located in New York City's Times Square. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds and will headline Dibella Entertainment's next installment of "Broadway Boxing". "Everything is going great," George, 17-2-2 (8 KO) of Brooklyn, NY says. "I'm just staying sharp and keeping my timing right. I can't wait to get out there and fight already. Jaffa doesn't stand a chance against me.. continue
British middleweight champion Wayne Elcock says he’s happy to let mandatory challenger Matthew Macklin talk the talk ahead of their massive all Birmingham clash on a Hennessy Sports show at the Aston Arena in the city on March 14th live on ITV4. Macklin is predicting a knockout win over his local rival but Elcock and his trainer have blasted Macklin saying, “Talk is cheap”. The champion though says he won’t be drawn into a war of words ahead of the mouth watering showdown. continue
By Ted Sares - Sometimes getting to the sunshine can be a lifelong trek; some make it, others don’t. - The Author
I recently wrote a piece entitled, “Never Fall in Love with a Fighter.” Many posters responded by indicating their own examples of having fallen prey to this syndrome-- and then having their hearts broken. I am no exception, for it happened to me when Joe Louis was KO’d by Rocky Marciano and it happened again and again after that. Still, in boxing, it’s difficult not to really engage one or two boxers in a way that sets you up for a big fall. I did it with Antonio Margarito and once again my heart was broken, but this time, the fall was not only due to his brutal defeat at the able hands of Sugar Shane Mosley, but also by the manner in which the hand wrap controversy surrounding the fight played out. continue
by James Slater - There may be bad news for all those fans who want to see Wladimir Klitschko face David Haye in his next fight. According to "Dr. Steel Hammer's" manager Bernd Boent, who has been speaking with ESPN's Dan Rafael, a deal for the two exciting heavyweights to meet is still very far from being finalised - or, in the words of Boente, the two camps "are pretty far away from each other.. continue
Nate Campbell: "I had two knockdowns, of course I thought I won the fight. This guy was tough. He could punch, take a shot. He tried to keep me away with his jab, but body shots is how I win fights. His day will come. I felt fatigue from trying to make weight in rounds five, six and seven. I'm moving up to 140 pounds.. continue
14.02.09 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez - Just a few minutes ago I had the pleasure of speaking over the phone with undefeated Colombian puncher Breidis Prescott, who trains in Miami for his upcoming presentation next February 20th against Ecuador’s Humberto Toledo as part of “The Gunslingers” card, which will air live on ESPN2´s “Friday Night Fights”. The 25-year-old prospect is well-known for dispatching British idol Amir Khan in 54 seconds last September in Manchester. Prescott very politely gave ESB an hour of his time. Here are some of his thoughts.
Jaime Castro-Núñez: Breidis, we know you’re busy training, so we thank you very much for granting us this interview…
Breidis Prescott: No problem, Jaime. It’s always a pleasure to be on eastsideboxing... continue
SUNRISE, FLA (Valentine's Day 2009) -- Eighty years to the day, undefeated No. 1 super welterweight contender ALFREDO "Perro" ANGULO played Al Capone, mowing down Cosme Rivera in his own St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Making his case as boxing's most exciting fighter tonight, Angulo (15-0,12 KOs), of Mexacali. Mexico, extended his incredible knockout streak to 11, dating back to July 14, 2006, stopping the game Rivera at 2:38 of the fifth round. This marked only the second time in 45 professional bouts that Rivera (31-12-2, 23 KOs), from Culiacan, Mexico, had not gone the distance. The fight, which was televised live on HBO, took place at the Bank-Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. continue
by Suge Green, OnTheGrindBoxing.com - Nate Campbell had a tough bout but came out on top Saturday night, in his native Florida in the main event of Don King's HBO card. Nate admitted post bout that he was physically effected by his failed attempt to make weight, and psychologically so by losing his titles at the scale. Campbell fought through the physical and emotional adversity however, along with the adversity that turned out to be the very game Ali Funeka. The African employed a solid strategy for defeating Nate and probably would have got the nod from many observers had he not suffered two knockdowns, one in the 2nd round and the other in the 11th. continue
13.02.09 - by James Slater - 35-year-old Juan Carlos Gomez, who challenges WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko in Stuttgart, Germany on March 21st, is certainly a fighter who is absolutely brimming with confidence. "The Black Panther," who is never afraid to speak his mind, aims to put himself in the minds of boxing fans the world over with a win over "Dr. Iron Fist" in next month.
Though he is a gifted southpaw with plenty of slick moves in his arsenal, many fans see Gomez as a big underdog against the formidable Klitschko. Very much wanting to get his name in the big leagues up at heavyweight, the former amateur star is convinced he will be too skilful for the huge man.
Talking to me over the phone from Germany one morning earlier this week, the WBC number-one contender with the 44-1(35) record was cordial enough, while at the same time anxious to get a few things off his chest. continue
By Paul Strauss: Alexis Camacho carried an impressive record into the Roseland Ballroom in New York, N.Y., but he wasn't ready for the bright lights of Broadway. On paper it appeared as though Camacho was the knockout artist, and Molina was the carefully selected light punching opponent. Camacho's people undoubtedly looked forward to another win and another KO to add to the 16 Camacho had already tallied up. continue
14-02.09 - By Vivek Wallace: - I’m ready for those Gatti/Ward type fights. That’s what I love to do and that’s what I train so hard for….those type of wars that bring out the best in both men until the last man’s standing!
The island of Puerto Rico has been long known as perhaps one of the biggest natural sources of talent in the sport. continue
by James Slater - UK fight fans are in for a potentially thrilling night in March, when on the 20th of the month the big-punching Colombian, Edison Miranda, will make his British boxing debut in London. According to Boxing News magazine, the banger will fight at the legendary York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, and the 28-year-old's ultimate goal now is to get a big fight with Britain's Carl Froch, the WBC 168-pound world champion.
So far, no opponent has been officially announced or even chosen for the man who made a big name for himself in America with great, albeit losing fights against Kelly Pavlik and Arthur Abraham (who he met twice, once in the US, once in Germany). But, according to promoter Jim Evans, who, along with Robert Waterman and Miranda's Warriors team, has managed to get the fighter to come to the UK, "Pantera" could wind up facing Joey Vegas. continue
Nate Campbell lost his three lightweight titles on the scales Friday when he failed to make weight for his fight with Ali Funeka. Campbell originally weighed in 3 lbs. over at 138, then returned only losing half a pound...As a result, Campbell has been stripped of his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization titles. Campbell also lost his World Boxing Association title, but that belt was not on the line for Saturday night's fight. continue
The World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman, announced today that the Mexican Federation of Boxing Commissions, the Boxing Commission of Tijuana, and the WBC Offices in Mexico, have agreed to face up together the situation of Mexican fighter, Antonio Margarito, who has been revoked his boxing license (suspended) for a year by the California State Athletic Commission, and defend him. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment shines light on a subject that has already seen more 'spins' than a 4th quarter game-on-the-line spiral released from the palm of Dan Marino. In what has been a tumultuous week for the world of sports - starting with the news of A-Rod's failed drug test, the boxing circuit also managed to find a way to make the news, stemming from an illegal handwrapping incident by Mexican Antonio Margarito.
Whether it's the use of banned substances or the actions of a cowardly competitor, cheating in boxing (or any other sport) has no place and today, we take a look at a few elements surrounding this topic in general. The what's, why's, and how's to be exact. continue
This Saturday February 14th, Valentines Day, Star Boxing's world rated light heavyweight contender Elvir "Kosovo Kid" Muriqi (35-4, 22KO), will travel across the Atlantic to take on former IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods (41-4-1, 24KO). The bout will be held in Woods native United Kingdom at the exclusive and legendary Hotel De France, Jersey, Channel Islands and will be an official IBF eliminator for the #2 ranking in the Light Heavyweight division. Both Muriqi and Woods weighed in yesterday with Muriqi tipping the scales at a fit and ready 173, while Woods weighed in at 175lbs. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (February 13, 2009) – Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. Integrated Sports is distributing three 12-round championship bouts featured on the “Khan-Barrera” card, presented by Frank Warren, in North America for live viewing at 4 PM/ET – 1 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. continue
By Michael Klimes: For some reason I find Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Ricky Hatton in May very interesting. I will even say it is intriguing but I can’t quite put my finger on the pulse of the matter. Let us start with Pacquiao. The Filipino superstar has appeared dazzling of late. His victory against David Diaz last June when he forayed into the lightweight division was nothing short of beguiling and brilliant. Just as Floyd Mayweather Jr. had announced his retirement, Pacquiao put on a performance that seemed to possess the savvy of Mayweather. He darted between the inside and outside effortlessly, demonstrated a jab that had never looked better and his whole style of fighting had the subtlest form, which revealed he was boxing with a newfound intelligence. Move on to December 2008 and the mundane hacks of boxing journalism are predicting his inevitable fall against Oscar de la Hoya due to the size discrepancy. Unfortunately I am in that group and we witness the impossible happen: Pacquaio not only defeats his idol. He potentially sends him into retirement. We should thank Pacquiao as we don’t seem to be burdened anymore with having to guess when Oscar will announce his next fight against somebody who we’ve never heard of and earn a trillion dollars, even in a recession. continue
On Friday night from the beautiful Roseland Ballroom in New York City Joe DeGuardia Star Boxing put together an excellent seven bout card featuring some of boxing's hottest up and coming prospects. The card was broadcast live on the always entertaining ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights". In the main event of the evening, Alexis Camacho lost a hard fought ten round decision to Carlos Molina. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 12 – What happens when two of boxing’s most feared superstars can’t find anyone willing to step up and face them? They fight each other. On Saturday, April 11th, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, former Junior Middleweight World Champion Winky Wright will look to stop the meteoric rise of two-division World Champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams in a 12 round middleweight bout that is destined to land the winner on the list of boxing’s best, pound-for-pound. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show -- Call in LIVE: (347)843-4293 -- OnTheGrind Boxing Radio returns LIVE Thursday February 12th at 8pm est/ 5pm pst (1am gmt Friday) with another great weekend preview edition. In addition to looking ahead to a great weekend of fights, OnTheGrind will be welcoming rising Irish middleweight star, the 16(13)-1 Andy Lee (photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman / East Side Boxing). Also, OnTheGrind's Ireland Correspondent Paddy Cronan will be giving a scouting report about, and interviewing rookie light heavyweight from Limerick, Jamie Power. The OTG team also hears from pal and NABC super middleweight champ, "The Comanche Boy" George Tahdooahnippah 16-0 (15KO), following yet another great KO victory by the up & commer. George tells the guys who his next opponent is, and promises a training update for all of his fans. Of course Friday Night Fights, and the big HBO showdown between Ali Funeka and friend of OTG Radio and Lightweight Champion of the World Nate Campbell will be discussed as well. As always the commentary, analysis, news, and predictions that make OnTheGrind Boxing the Pound4Pound Kings of Boxing Radio will be brought to you by your faithful hosts BigTime Tim Kudgis and Suge Green. It's On The Grind in '09...worldwide. continue
Ulli Wegner is convinced that Arthur Abraham will be the undisputed middleweight king by the end of the year. The undefeated 28-year-old takes on Lajuan Simon on March 14 in what will be the ninth defense of the IBF title he won in December 2005. After WBA champion Felix Sturm avoided an all-German showdown with the hard-hitting crowd favourite, King Arthur has now set his sights on Kelly Pavlik´s belts. “Arthur has worked very hard in training. He has high goals for 2009,” Wegner lauded. “I am sure he will be the super-champion before the end of the year.” However, the coaching legend warned his fighter to take one step at a time. continue
International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association lightweight champion Nate "Galaxxy Warrior" Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) continued his verbal assault on Ali "Rush Hour" Funeka (30-1-2, 25 KOs), the man he will face in the main event on Saturday night at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. (HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, 10 p.m. ET/PT). "I listened and read what he [Funeka] was going to do to me," Campbell said. "He talks trash over an ocean and then he gets here and doesn't have nothin' to say. I'm going to be doing the talking in the ring on Saturday night. He's going to have to face me.. continue
by James Slater - Today, one of the most exciting and still talked about British fighters of the modern era turns the age of 35. Naseem Hamed, the man who took the nickname of "Prince" during his heyday, is the fighter, and even now the man many call the hardest punching featherweight in boxing history continues to suggest that he may fight again - some seven years or so on from his most recent fight.
Much has been written about Hamed over the years, and the debate goes on as to how good or even how great he was when he was in his prime during the mid-1990s to early 2000s. Some say he was a very special fighter who had in his possession some truly unique ring moves - while others still say he was a big puncher, yes - but one who benefited greatly from being carefully guided, and who was then finally exposed when he first met a proven and peaking adversary who was fighting in his natural weight-class. continue
By Yuri Foreman: There is nothing wrong with one man giving another man flowers. I think it’s especially appropriate when the giver is looking to start a fight with the recipient. And this weekend is a big one for florists because it is Valentine’s Day on Saturday. Now, look, I am a happily married man who is grateful to have a gorgeous and intelligent actress-model wife. Any romantic items go from me to her only. But, as a 27-0 junior middleweight contender ranked as high as Number 3 (WBA), I figure that sending out floral gifts to my competitors might help lure them into fighting me in the ring. continue
Frank Warren's Olympic stars face an Eastern invasion when they make their long-awaited professional debuts at the NIA, Birmingham, on February 28. James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders will all meet opponents from former Iron Curtain countries. Olympic middleweight champion DeGale takes on Vepkhia Tchilaia, a 21-year-old from Tblisi, Georgia. Frankie Gavin, the world amateur champion, tackles a second Georgian, 22-year-old George Kadaria And Billy Joe Saunders will face former Hungarian light-welterweight champion, Attila Molnar. continue
Pensacola, FL (February 11, 2009) – Roy Jones Jr., Eight-Time World Champion, returns to Pensacola to fight for the first time since January, 1999 when he battles Omar Sheika at the Pensacola Civic Center on Saturday, March 21, 2009. The fight card will also feature a bevy of Mixed Martial Arts stars headlined by Seth Petruzelli, who most recently knocked out Internet legend and previously undefeated Kimbo Slice. The event is being promoted by Square Ring Promotions in association with Hirsch Borao Boxing and the Pensacola Civic Center and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view.
Tickets, priced at $128, $103, $78, $53 & $28 go on sale Wednesday, February 11th at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, the Pensacola Civic Center Box Office and Ticketmaster.com. continue
Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 12, 2009) — Arena Box Promotion in association with JSO is proud to announce that Yuriorkis Gamboa, Olympic Gold Medalist and 2009 Prospect of the Year, has been added to its February 20th card, “The Gunslingers,” which will air live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” 2009 Prospect of the Year Yuriorkis "El Ciclon" Gamboa (13-0, 11 KO’s) will be in action against Walter Estrada (35-8, 24 KO’s) in an eight-round, featherweight fight. continue
by James Slater - Though we are still, still, still waiting the official announcement that will confirm the heavyweight rumble everyone is talking about - in Wladimir Klitschko against David Haye - trainer Emanuel Steward has revealed how he himself is sure the fight will be the next one for the man he coaches. Recently, Adam Booth, trainer and manager of Haye, said there were still a few details to be ironed out between the lawyers, and that is what we are still waiting on. continue
By Neil Goodman: Joe Calzaghe made the announcement a week or so ago that he is retiring from the ring. After forty six fights and no defeats, he feels and right so, that he has nothing left to prove and that the motivation to go on simply is not there any more.
When you consider that Joe started boxing 25 years ago and that his last defeat was 19 years ago, in the amateurs, it is easy to understand why the prospect of another training camp and the sacrifice associated with competing at the top level is not particularly appealing.
Joe came to prominence, first as an amateur, winning 3 consecutive British ABA titles – no small feat in itself. The amateur schooling, coupled with an intense will to win mark Calzaghe as a man to watch in the pro ranks. continue
RENDALL MUNROE has promised to deliver a knockout performance when he defends his European super-bantamweight title against old rival Kiko Martinez at Barnsley Metrodome on Friday 27th February. Munroe (17-1) caused one of the biggest ring upsets of 2008 last March when he outpointed the heavy handed Spaniard to claim the Euro crown. And the Leicester binman has catapulted into the world rankings with three successful defences since his epic win over Martinez (20-1). continue
International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association lightweight champion Nate "Galaxxy Warrior" Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs), his opponent IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Ali "Rush Hour" Funeka (30-1-2, 25 KOs) and undefeated WBC and WBO No. 1-ranked contender Alfredo "Perro" Angulo (14-0, 11 KOs) participated in media workouts at American Top Team gym in South Florida today promoting Saturday's big "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" card at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. (HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, 10 p.m. ET/PT). continue
12.02.09 - by James Slater - Australia's Anthony Mundine is in line to fight for a version of the world middleweight title later this year, reports The Sydney Morning Herald - but the 33-year-old is not sure who his chance will come against. Mundine - who confirmed his status as WBA champion Felix Sturm's mandatory challenger with a points win over Shannan Taylor on Wednesday night - wants to fight the German title holder, but says he will have to speak to both the WBA and Sturm's management, adding that he feels there is a chance Sturm will vacate his title soon.
If this is the case, the tough 33-year-old would fight for the vacated belt, or, in another alternate scenario, he could wind up facing Ring magazine and WBC 160-pound champion Kelly Pavlik. Mundine is not too concerned either way; he simply wants to become champion, and then one day unify the belts at middleweight. continue
12.02.09 - By John Wight -- So come May 14 the Pac-Man and Ricky Hatton will walk to the centre of the ring, listen to the referee’s instructions, touch gloves, and then retreat to their respective corners with seconds left before what is sure to be one of the classic fights of the decade begins. continue
NEW YORK (February 11, 2009) – Many of the leading Irish and Irish-American boxers in the world will gather St. Patrick’s Day Eve (Monday, March 16), including 2004 Olympian Andy Lee and former WBC bantamweight champion Wayne “Pocket Rocket” McCulough, to fight on the “Erin Go Brawl II” card, presented by Irish Ropes Promotions at WaMu Theater in the famed Madison Square Garden. continue
by James Slater - As readers of this site will be aware (just scroll down to the article written by Paul McCreath), there is a good chance that 26-year-old "Fast" Eddie Chambers of Philadelphia will face former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter in March. The fight is not a done deal yet, as the 33-1(18) Chambers told me over the phone while graciously granting me an interview earlier today, but the contender sure hopes the fight comes off.
Now having won three straight since his January 2008 points setback against Alexander Povetkin, Chambers is anxious to get back into the title picture.
Here are the always accommodating and extremely polite heavyweight's answers to my questions. continue
Heartbreaker Michael Jennings is abandoning his girlfriend on Valentine's Day - so he can concentrate on breaking Miguel Cotto's heart in New York. But Jennings has vowed to return from the States with a bunch of two-dozen red roses - and the WBO World Welterweight title. Chorley's finest flies to America on Saturday ahead of his Madison Square Garden clash with Cotto on February 21. And it means that he'll be spending Valentine's day apart from his partner Zoe. continue
The HBO Boxing After Dark show will feature a 10 round junior middleweight showdown between knockout artists James Kirkland and Joel Julio, two of boxing's hardest punchers. In one of the co-featured bouts, the NABO and USBA junior welterweight crowns will be on the line when "Vicious" Victor Ortiz takes on "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis. Opening the telecast will be two-time featherweight World Champion and Gilroy, California native Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero in a ten round NABO junior lightweight championship contest against undefeated contender Daud Yordan. continue
by James Slater - If ever a fighter had a justified reason to be screaming to the high heavens that the only reason he lost his perfect and unbeaten record is because he was likely cheated out of it, it is Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto.
After losing for the first time back in July of last year, when he was sensationally stopped by Mexico's Antonio Margarito, Cotto's world temporarily fell apart. Shocked that he was unable to master another fighter and shocked even more that he was unable to take his rival's punches, the welterweight star was forced to do some real soul-searching.
Back in the immediate days after July 26th 2008, some fans were even suggesting Cotto had shamelessly quit against "Tony." Margarito, meanwhile, was showered with heroic praise from all corners of the globe. How things have changed in the last few weeks! continue
(February 11, 2009 Detroit, MI) Undefeated Johnathon Banks (20-0, 14 KO’s) goes up against Tomasz “Goral” Adamek at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Friday, February 27, 2009. Banks is vying for the IBF Cruiserweight Championship Title. The fight will be aired on Showtime as part of its ShoBox boxing series, in conjunction with Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with K2 Promotions. continue
By Coach Tim Walker – Alfredo Angulo is no longer facing Danny Perez as a replacement for Ricardo Mayorgo. So which fighter is up next and why is it seemingly so hard for Gary Shaw to make a fight for El Perro? Prior to fighting Ricardo Cortes it would have been a lot easier getting him bouts but consecutive knockouts of Cortes, Richard Gutierrez and Andrey Tsurkan has placed him in the rare KO artist category. continue
By James Slater: This Saturday night, in the unlikely setting of Jersey in the Channel Islands, UK, light-heavyweight contenders Clinton Woods and Elvir Muriqi will battle it out in an IBF 175-pound title eliminator. The two men who both fought Antonio Tarver quite recently know they have to win if they want to keep boxing at anything approaching elite level. Former IBF champion Woods, now aged 36, has gone on record as saying he will quit the ring if he loses on Saturday.
Having lost his belt to "The Magic Man" in April of last year - putting on an admittedly lacklustre showing as he fought in Tampa, Florida - the Sheffield man knows he cannot afford another defeat. In the tough Muriqi, who was born in Kosovo but now lives in New York, Woods will be facing a much younger (age 29) foe who still has major title ambitions himself. In his own, non-title, fight against Tarver, underdog Muriqi surprised many by giving the Rocky Balboa star a real argument - only losing in the end via a majority verdict. continue
Cruiserweight contender Ola "Kryptonite" Afolabi (13-1-3, 5 KOs) is hosting a party on March 14, the day he faces former champion Enzo Maccarinelli for the Interim WBO Cruiserweight Championship at the M.E.N. Arena, in Manchester. "This is my coming out party!" grins the 28-year-old London, England-born Nigerian currently living in California. "He (Maccarinelli) makes his base there, but what people may not know is that the UK is my home country too. I am coming home to win the title!. continue
RENO, NV (February 10, 2009) The Reno Events Center will be the place to be this Saturday night, February 14th, with stars from across the sporting world scheduled to be ringside for the long awaited showdown between super middleweights Jesse Brinkley and Joey Gilbert. Amongst the superstar athletes taking in the “CIVIL WAR” main event; pro footballs’ New Orleans Saint running back Reggie Bush, Oakland Raiders' Demarcus Russell, Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas and Michael Bush, former junior middleweight world champion and winner of The Contender Season One Sergio Mora and from mixed martial arts, former world champion Tito Ortiz, Gina Carano and UFC superstar Diego Sanchez. continue
by James Slater - Gifted trainer of Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, has no doubt at all his man will win the upcoming May 2nd battle with Britain's Ricky "Hitman" Hatton - Roach is also dead sure the fight will be both tough and gruelling for both men. As an article in The Manchester Evening News has reported, the trainer is somewhat concerned the fight may get more than a little bit rough and that it will be Hatton's "dirty" style of fighting that will make it this way.
Hatton has a come forward, aggressive approach, and in the past his style of fighting has led some people to claim he uses borderline illegal moves, such as using his elbows and his shoulders when in close. Roach is one of these people, and he says he expects a much stiffer contest for "Pac-Man" in May compared to what he was faced with back in December, when he squared off with a weight drained, some say shot, Oscar De La Hoya. continue
The California State Athletic Commission’s disciplinary hearing for Antonio Margarito began today. Here are the latest updates:
- Antonio Margarito loses California boxing license
- Trainer Javier Capetillo has license revoked
- Antonio Margarito's trainer takes blame for hand-wrapping scandal
The L.A. Times reported on what was happening at the hearing live from "ringside".
HBO serves up a triple helping of Valentine’s Day excitement when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: NATE CAMPBELL VS. ALI FUNEKA AND ALFREDO ANGULO VS. COSME RIVERA AND SERGIO MARTINEZ VS. KERMIT CINTRON is seen SATURDAY, FEB. 14 (10:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of blow-by-blow announcer Bob Papa, commentator Max Kellerman and expert analyst Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
By Paul McCreath: Last Friday evening on the ESPN Friday Night Fights the announcement was made that American heavyweight Fast Eddie Chambers will meet former WBC champ Sam Peter on March 27 in a fight televised by ESPN. If the report turns out to be true this is a bout that could inject a bit of life into the nearly dead American heavyweight scene or it could go the other way and see the elimination of still another American pretender.
First let us admit that Eddie Chambers is a very talented young fighter, one the best heavyweights in the world if you are measuring technical skills.During his days as a prospect he was considered to be the most promising of the American heavies by many who follow this division. After winning his first 28 fights he really came to prominence in May 2007 when he outpointed Dominick Guinn another one time top prospect over 10 rounds. This placed him in the IBF elimination tournament where he narrowly outpointed the highly rated Calvin Brock over 12 rounds. This bout effectively ended Brock's career. continue
10-02-09 - by James Slater -- The British lightweight scene is exciting enough as it is right now - what with Amir Khan, John Murray and Jon Thaxton to name just three all engaging in good quality and exciting fights. But the weight class can now add the name of Scottish fighter "Amazing" Alex Arthur to its ranks. Moving up to have his 135-pound debut against an as yet TBA opponent on March 27th on the same bill as the Ricky Burns-Michael Gomez clash, the former WBO super-featherweight champion has been promised the winner of the eagerly awaited Amir Khan-Marco Antonio Barrera fight. continue
By Shane Keeling: For those of you who are old enough cast your mind back to when you were 19 years of age. Cool parties, hot girls, cars, bikes and freedom, in any combination. Not long out of school, you had a job, perhaps an apprenticeship or maybe you were still studying at college. Fit, strong and free-spirited, you were starting to forge your own path in life. Even so, at 19 you are still just a boy really, especially in a hard man’s world that is pro boxing. At just 19 years of age and with a record of 14-0 (10 KO’s) Australia’s Lester Ellis became the IBF Super Featherweight world champion. He joined a pantheon of teenage world conquerors that include Lionel Rose (19), Ben Villaflor (19), Pipino Cuevas (18), Tony Canzoneri (18), Hiroki Ioka (18) and Wilfred Benitez (17). continue
09.02.09 - by James Slater, Photo by Naoki Fukuda - After his brutally thrilling battle with super-tough Jorge Arce this past Saturday, fans are naturally wanting to see more of exciting and powerful unified super-flyweight king Vic Darchinyan. Already, the fans are wondering who "The Raging Bull" will fight next, and when. Gary Shaw, the 33-year-old's promoter, is the man who will make the decision on Vic's next match-up, and post-fight on Saturday he spoke about who it may be for his man in the near future.
Most fans would like to see Darchinyan take a rematch with the only man to have ever beaten him. Filipino Nonito Donaire is the only man to have beaten the Armenian who lives in Australia, and he did it via sensational 5th round stoppage in July of 2007. Set to make a defence of his IBF flyweight title against the unbeaten Raul Martinez in March, fans would love to see Donaire move up to super-fly and meet Darchinyan again if he's victorious. This, however, will not be happening - at least not according to Shaw. continue
Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury has called Frank Maloney’s bluff after the promoter challenged him to fight his prospect Larry Olubamiwo. The 6 foot 9 inch Fury has won his two professional contests to date with impressive stoppages against European opposition and faces Russian Daniel Peret next time out in Norwich on February 28th live on ITV4. continue
RENO, NV (February 9, 2009) Just three days before their long awaited showdown at “CIVIL WAR”, super middleweights Jesse Brinkley and Joey Gilbert will once again be face to face at the final press conference on Wednesday, February 11th, at the Showroom Theater in the Eldorado Hotel and Casino. continue
WBC super middleweight champ, Carl “The Cobra” Froch says he’s delighted to hear that Jermain “No Intentions” Taylor is alive and well after all. The former World middleweight champ and mandatory challenger for Froch’s title has been mysteriously quiet of late but he finally surfaced at the weekend.
Taylor released a statement waffling on about Joe Calzaghe but was still ambiguous about his desire to trade punches with Froch who is new King of the super middleweights following his thrilling title win over Jean Pascal in December.
“I’m just happy to hear from Taylor to be honest as he’s been on the missing persons list for the last few weeks now,” said Froch who was honoured with a civic reception in his native Nottingham last week. “Everyone in his camp from his promoter to his trainer is saying that he wants to shut me up but I still haven’t heard that from Jermain. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (February 9, 2009) – Mexico’s four biggest names in boxing converge for the first time, headlining the same boxing card! Top Rank presents “Latin Fury 8,” broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View from Tijuana, Mexico on March 28. The four-bout pay-per-view extravaganza will feature undefeated super welterweight sensation JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ, Jr., World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion HUMBERTO SOTO, World Boxing Organization (WBC) junior bantamweight champion FERNAND MONTIEL and two-time WBC lightweight champion JOSE LUIS CASTILLO in separate bouts. Combined, these four warriors have a combined record of 179-18-5 (135 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 88% and a victory by knockout ratio of 75%. continue
On Friday February 13th, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing will put on NYC's first compelling night of fights for the new year. The card, which will take place at New York's famed Roseland Ballroom, and be broadcast live on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights", will feature some of boxing's brightest Stars, and be headlined by a fantastic welterweight showdown between Star Boxing's Alexis Camacho (17-1,16KO) and Carlos Molina (14-4-1,5KO). continue
By Paul Strauss, Photo by Naoki Fukuda -- It's always nice to come across a man of his word, someone you can count on to do what he promises. Vic Darchinyan proved again last night at the Honda Center, Anaheim, CA to be that type of man. He told boxing fans and boxing writers he would first punish Jorge Arce and then stop him, which is exactly what happened. Thankfully for the fans though, there was lots of excitement along the way.
The fight began with the little Raging Bull out boxing and out punching Arce. Jorge stayed at a distance, and used a lot of movement. Unfortunately though, it appeared Arce had a flawed battle plan, one that had him circling to his right, which was into Vic's power. Initially, his hopeful fans undoubtedly thought Arce might be purposefully committing this apparent blunder to somehow disguise his long looping left hand. continue
In this weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' we take a glimpse at few topics that remain heavy on the minds of fight fans around the globe. Oddly enough, this weeks mailbag steers clear of the De la Hoya's, Pacquiao's, and Mayweather's of the world; instead substituted by a host of fairly new names with just as much to prove. Making the mailbag is rising star Alfredo Angulo, Darchinyan, Dawson, and DeMarco, among others. continue
Bad news for Herbie Hide: The WBC Final Eliminator in the cruiserweight division between the “Dancing Destroyer” and Matt Godfrey that was originally scheduled to take place on March 6th in Cuxhaven, Germany, has to be postponed for at least eight weeks because Godfrey suffered a hand injury while preparing for the fight. Nonetheless Hide (46-4, 42 kos) will make his next appearance on March 6th in an eight-rounder against an opponent to be announced. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr - February 8th, 2009 - Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime -Saturday night in Anaheim, WBA/ WBC /IBF Super Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan (32-1-1, 26 KO’s) displayed his newest incarnation; Darchinyan the ambidextrous power boxer, who uses more than just his left to make his mark. What many expected to be an all out slugfest, was still a slugfest, but only at intervals and initiated mostly by his opponent, former champ, Jorge Arce (51-5-1, 39 KO’s), who after losing the first couple of rounds by being out-boxed from outside, decided to storm the castle and bring the fight inside to where his wild winging ways would hopefully work wonders.
Since losing to Filipino, Nonito Donaire in 2007, Armenian Darchinyan has refined his style a bit. Anyone who’s seen his last couple of fights can tell that his loss to Donaire made him a better fighter. He keeps his hands up higher for tighter defense, has better mobility and rhythm when he gets into his groove. continue
09.02.09 - by James Slater - Vic Darchinyan and the incredibly brave Jorge Arce were not the only small guys busily engaging in a world title fight this past Saturday night. While "The Raging Bull" and "Travieso" were waging war for eleven brutal rounds of super-flyweight action in California, Argentine fighter Oman Andres Narvaez was defending his WBO flyweight title - for an amazing fifteenth time!
Getting nowhere near as much attention as the war that was waged at 115-pounds, the 33-year-old southpaw's fight actually made Argentine boxing history. continue
By E “G” Morales Febus- After what turned out to be a not so close fight but one that had plenty on the line, silence will fall over the arena and the living rooms of fight aficionado’s the world over, not least Mexico, waiting for thee decision. THE VERDICT. Both corners try to hide their nervousness but the look on their faces shows a telling picture. With sweaty palms and anxious moments a lot hangs in the balance. Some fans wait with their fingers crossed, some with lucky charms or religious artifacts in hand. continue
By Trish Kilcullen, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Promoter Jimmy Burchfield had mentioned, at more than one pre-fight press conference, that 2009 was going to involve a lot of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ fighters facing stiffer opposition, and fighting more often. And so it was said, and so it was done.
Before a sell out crowd at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, some local boys were dropping like flies, and stable mates were battling each other, while a vocal crowd cheered, jeered, and chanted for their favorite boxers - it was a fight night worth remembering. Referees Charlie Dwyer and Joey Lopino earned their paydays this evening, as twenty pugilists duked it up, down, and out. Burchfield had delivered the “February Frenzy” promised. continue
By Trish Kilcullen, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - SOTO CAPTURES EBA LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE FROM EKLUND: In yet another fantastic fight, billed as Special Feature, lightweights Eddie Soto, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island faced off with Lowell, Massachusetts’ Sean Eklund. On paper, it looked like the more seasoned Eddie Soto would have the edge, but Sean Eklund had been improving from fight to fight under the guidance of Uncle Micky Ward, and was ready to step up against the veteran Soto. Eddie Soto always comes to fight, and looked strong and confident, while Eklund looked in the best shape of his professional career. continue
by James Slater - It has been confirmed by a number of sources that unbeaten junior-middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Junior will face unbeaten Argentine Luciano Leonel Cuello in his next fight. As part of the Top rank promoted Latin Fury card which will also feature Humberto Soto, Fernando Montiel and Jose Luis Castillo in action, Chavez will be facing only the third unbeaten fighter of his pro career. continue
08.02.09 - By Michael Klimes: In my spare time, and there is not much of it these days, I imagine fights that never took place. I wonder how Sugar Ray Leonard would have confronted Sugar Ray Robinson over fifteen rounds for the welterweight championship of the world. I think that Ali’s fight against Parkinson’s may have been easier if he had retired after defeating Joe Frazier in 1975. I think of Joe Louis’s flawless punching and how Jack Dempsey would have responded if they were launched at his face. Thankfully, there are some bouts that have occurred where I was an insignificant yet very impressed observer. I witnessed the just-retired Joe Calzaghe produce one of the best performances seen in any boxing ring against Jeff Lacy in March 2006. It was my first fight that I ever went to and my entry into live boxing was, one could say, a good one. Calzaghe was fulfilling the very important role of being a brilliant ambassador for the sport by being a punch perfect pugilist. continue
Clash Of the Titans - Steve 'USS' Cunningham vs. Wayne 'Big Truck' Braithwaite -- Former cruiserweight king, Steve 'USS' Cunningham, is close to securing his first opponent, Guyana's Wayne 'Big Truck' Braithwaite, in his quest to regain the IBF cruiserweight crown he lost, by a close split decision, to Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek last December. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Anaheim, CA, 23-year-old Tijuana fighter Antonio "Tony" DeMarco scored his biggest win to date, as he forced rival lightweight Almazbek Raiymkulov - better known, of course as "Kid Diamond" - to admit defeat after 9 hard rounds of fighting. Las Vegas-based Diamond, born in Kyrgyzstan, was unable to come out for the 10th round, having taken a real going over at the end of the 9th round. Officially winning via corner retirement, southpaw DeMarco improved to 21-1-1(15). Diamond, now aged 31, fell to 27-2-1(15). continue
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - NEW YORK (Feb. 7, 2009) – In an intense, one-sided slugfest, hard-hitting Vic Darchinyan (32-1-1, 26 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight world titles with an 11th-round TKO over heated rival and former world champion Jorge Arce (51-5-1, 39 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico, Saturday on SHOWTIME.
In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, Antonio DeMarco (21-1-1, 15 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, scored a thrilling, hard-fought ninth-round TKO over “Kid Diamond” Almazbek Raiymkulov (27-2-1, 15 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nev., to capture the North American Boxing Organization (NABO) lightweight title. continue
09.02.09 - By Loren Robinson: The boxing fans just craned their necks and gawked, or melted into nervous grins as the gargantuan sized man made his way toward the ring. There have been several of these goliath sized boxers throughout the history of the sport such as Nicolay Valuev, Lance Whitaker, Justin Long, Jim Cully and John Rankin. These boxers are truly goliath such as John Rankin was listed at 7-4 inches tall. But, why do smaller more skilled fighters continuously beat these gargantuan sized boxers? continue
NATIONAL SILVER GLOVES - The 2009 National Silver Gloves championships were contested, February 5-7, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence, Mo. The annual event showcases many of the nation’s top 10-15-year-old boxers as they vie for a national title. All of the competitors in the three-day event earned their spot in the National Silver Gloves by competing in local and regional qualifiers before advancing to the national level. continue
Photo: Tom Casino/ SHOWTIME - By Ted Sares:
Darchinyan greatest strength is his mouth. I am not intimidated by the devil; why would I be intimidated by him? His biggest weakness is his chin. When he gets hit flush, he doesn’t get up.
I’ve been chasing, following this guy around Mexico for three years. I can’t wait for Saturday.
In what was a bloody beat down from start to finish, Vakhtang Vic Darchinyan successfully defended his IBF, WBC, and WBA super flyweight belts against heretofore crowd-pleasing Mexican Jorge “El Travieso” Arce (51-4-1) in Saturday’s main event at the Pond in Anaheim, California. continue
RENO, NV (February 9, 2009) Super middleweights Jesse Brinkley and Joey Gilbert broke camp on Sunday in anticipation of their long awaited showdown this Saturday night, February 14th, at The Reno Events Center. Both fighters will appear at open workouts for fans and media on Tuesday, February 10th at the Fourth Street Gym in Reno . Brinkley will work from 11am to 12noon while Gilbert will train from 12:30 to 1:30pm.. The Fourth Street Gym is located at 410 E. Fourth St . continue
by Suge Green February 8th 2009 Paul Williams vs Winky Wright is a match up I'm continuing to look forward to, though I admit to being an observer who thoroughly enjoys watching them both in action. The only drawback to this fight is that one of these excellent representatives of the sport will fall further down the boxing rankings, while the other is shown the much deserved respect due to one who could best either of these two world class competitors. continue
By Per Ake Persson: February 7, Rostock, Germany: WBA heavyweight champ "in recess", but now back, Ruslan Chagaev retained the title on technical decision over Costa Rican Carl Davis Drumond. The fight was stopped after the sixth round with Chagaev badly cut around the left eye after an accidental clash of heads in the third. The judges scored the fight 58-56 twice and 60-54 in favor of Chagaev.
Chagaev dominated the first two rounds and Drumond looked every bit as inexperienced as many people had feared he would. But in the third the challenger rocked the champion with a right hand. Later in the round both bent low with heads clashing and Chagaev emerged with a bad cut but kept control in the fourth and fifth. In the sixth Drumond again opened up and had the champion in some problems. At the end of the round the ringside physician again looked at the cut and called in referee Gustavo Padilla and the fight was stopped. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Birmingham, UK, 37-year-old Rob Norton successfully defended his British cruiserweight title with an extremely eventful points win over the much younger David Dolan of Sunderland. As well as defending his British title for the first time, the veteran southpaw from Worcestershire also picked up the vacant commonwealth championship. In winning by scores of 116-109, 115-110 and a slightly more realistic 114-111, Norton really had his hands full. continue
By Mike Cassell 2/6/09 - PHILADELPHIA - Undefeated Cruiserweight, Ran Nakash, and junior welterweight, Elad Shmouel, each scored 2nd round TKOs against their overmatched opponents last night in North Philadelphia. Nakash 17-0 (13KO’s) has fought inside the Blue Horizon for the fourth time in the last nine months. He easily weathered the early attack of Delaware’s, Ryan Carroll 7-2 (4). Carroll showed guts and grit, but was eventually beaten down by hard left hands to the body, and a staking right cross that even Mike Tyson would be proud of. continue
LEMOORE, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2009) – Photos: Jan Sanders/ For SHOWTIME - Undefeated Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) pitched a 12-round shutout over outclassed Henry Buchanan (17-2, 12 KOs) of Chesterfield, S.C., to capture the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) and North American Boxing Organization (NABO) super middleweight titles Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation.
Unbeaten John “John” Molina (15-0, 11 KOs) of Covina, Calif. flattened Ghana’s Joshua Allotey (15-7, 13 KOs) at 1:28 of the third round in the ShoBox co-feature.
The doubleheader aired on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). It was promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions from The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino. continue
by James Slater - In a very interesting article that has appeared on Wales Online, the recently retired Joe Calzaghe spoke of how he chose to quit the game, primarily, because there were no obvious and big fights out there for him right now at either super-middleweight or at light-heavyweight. Had "The Pride of Wales" been a naturally smaller man, however - say a light-welterweight or a welterweight - Calzaghe says he would have relished being involved in today's talent-rich 140 and 147-pound weight divisions for some time to come. continue
NEW YORK, Friday, February 6th - By Jermain Taylor: “First, it would have been one of the highlights of my career to be in the ring with a champion who has proven himself like Joe Calzaghe! “The best always want to fight the best, and I wanted to fight Joe. As a fellow champion and warrior, I know the price we have to pay in the ring. Joe retired healthy, wealthy and with a Hall of Fame career. Although I am disappointed that we won’t face each other, I applaud his decision to leave on his own terms, and wish Joe the best of luck. continue
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME -- FRIDAY’S WEIGHTS: IBF, WBC and WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan and WBA interim champ Jorge Arce both tipped the scales at the 115-pound limit during Friday’s weigh in at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Darchinyan will defend his three 115-pound world titles against Arce, a former world champ in multiple divisions, in Saturday’s main event, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXIMG (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
North American Boxing Organization (NABO) lightweight champ Antonio DeMarco weighed in at 134 pounds and Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov measured 133 ½ pounds. DeMarco and Kid Diamond will battle for the NABO belt and a chance to move one step closer to the top of the stacked lightweight division in Saturday’s co-feature. continue
From the office of WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The fundraiser organized by the World Boxing Council last month for former WBC super featherweight world champion Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez was a great success. It not only raised a substantial amount of money for Genaro, but also showed the heartfelt support of the boxing community for him and his recovery. continue
by James Slater - 32-year-old Danny Perez of San Diego has stepped in as a late replacement opponent for the unbeaten Alfredo Angulo. Taking the Feb. 14th fight on less than ten days notice, the teak-tough Perez, 34-5(17) fills in, of course, for the "injured" Ricardo Mayorga. It just may be that the 26-year-old Angulo winds up getting his biggest and toughest test yet; as many felt would have been the case had "El Perro" fought the Nicaraguan as originally planned. continue
06.02.09 - By Mike Casey - For once, let us not major on the quartet of fights against the mighty Sugar Ray Robinson. Those battles are etched in the memory of fight fans and film collectors and they haunted Carl (Bobo) Olson for long enough. That is not to say that we can conveniently erase those losses in examining Carl’s greatly impressive record. We cannot cheat by doing that, any more than we can make the niggling name of Muhammad Ali vanish from the records of Sonny Liston and George Foreman. Yes, I know, Sonny and George would have reigned for ever if they hadn’t made a hash of it against old Big Mouth. But they did and we can’t wipe that evidence from the slate in court.
This is no ‘what if’ article on Carl Olson, because we know for a fact that his stock in the all-time stakes would be considerably enhanced if, at the very least, he had split those four fights with Robbie. We will assess the Robinson factor a little further on. continue
06.02.09 - by James Slater - Just lately, there have been two or three different fighters being given the "most feared man in boxing" title - Antonio Margarito and Paul Williams most famously. For a while there in recent days, it seemed cruiserweight banger Enzo Maccarinelli was something of a contender to take the title! Just how hard has it been for the Welshman to get an opponent, and then see this opponent stick around and actually look like going through with the fight? continue
Eight-time world champion “Superman” Roy Jones Jr. will host a news conference in Pensacola to announce his upcoming ‘homecoming’ light heavyweight fight against Omar Sheika. B.J. Flores, IBF No. 2 Cruiserweight, will be featured on the card along with three MMA bouts, headlined by Seth Petruzelli, who most recently knocked out Kimbo Slice, against Doug Marshall; Roy Nelson will battle Jeff Monson; also featured will be Three-Time NCAA Wrestling Champion and Wrestlemania star Bob Lashley. “March Badness,” promoted by Square Ring Promotions, Inc. will take place at the Pensacola Civic Center and be broadcast live on pay-per-view. continue
By Lou McLaughlin - On Wednesday February 4 I had the opportunity of watching Tomasz Adamek spar in preparation for his upcoming February 27 IBF title defense against Johnathon Banks at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Adamek is a three time champion having won the WBC light heavyweight title in 2005 defending it 3 times losing it in his only loss as a professional to Chad Dawson. He went on to win the vacant IBO cruiserweight title in 2007 defending it once before he relinquished it to compete for and win the IBF cruiserweight title in 2008 in an IBF cruiserweight title eliminator against former undisputed cruiserweight champion O'Neil Bell. He defended the IBF title in Newark on December 12, 2008 against Steve Cunningham knocking him down three times in the process
Adamek was exceptionally fast and sharp both offensively and defensively as he went 3 rounds each with 3 sparring partners. After his training session; Tomasz graciously gave some time to speak with me and answer a few questions as follows: continue
New York, N.Y., February 6, 2009 – On the upcoming installment of the HBO Sports digital series Ring Life, lightweight title-holder Nate Campbell, who has battled long odds to climb to the top of an action-packed division, will be showcased beginning Monday, Feb. 9 on all the new media platforms that distribute the series. continue
by James Slater - It's possible, even likely, that only hardcore fight fans have heard of unbeaten middleweight contender Lajuan Simon, a 29-year-old from Philly. But the man with the 21-0-2(12) pro record is sure to be getting himself a fair amount of attention and exposure in the coming weeks. Set to challenge the superb and also unbeaten "King" Arthur Abraham for the German's IBF middleweight crown on March 14th, Simon finds himself with a pretty much out of the blue opportunity. continue
By Ted Sares - If you do, he’ll break your heart just about every time.
Joe Louis (1951)
Joe Louis did it in 1951 when he fought Rocky Marciano for purse money with which to pay back his taxes to an unforgiving government. When he was brutally knocked through the ropes in the eight round, millions wept openly. As a 14-year old, I was one of them.
Earlier, “The Brown Bomber” had done the same thing to Billy Conn in their second fight in 1946 and earned Billy the Associated Press's annual "Flop of the Year" award. Millions of hearts, particularly Irish ones, were broken after that one. continue
Enzo Maccarinelli will now take on rising star Ola Afolabi for the Interim WBO World Cruiserweight title on Saturday 14 March. The bout will feature on the same card as Amir Khan's showdown against Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Maccarinelli, the former WBO World champion, was due to face Argentine Victor Emilio Ramirez, but he will not be ready in time to face the big punching Welshman. continue
Q – Yusaf you are less than 24 hours away from one of the biggest fights of your career, how you feeling?
Great, just about to go to sleep now, but just giving a shout out to the guys out there who will be watching on ESPN tomorrow night, watch out the Mack Attack is coming. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (February, 6, 2009) – Undefeated two-time world light heavyweight champion CHAD DAWSON took time out of training for his world title defense rematch against Antonio Tarver to comment on the retirement of undefeated two-division world champion Joe Calzaghe (46-0, 32 KOs), of Wales. “I applaud Joe’s decision. It’s obvious he and his family gave it a lot of thought,” said Dawson. “Timing is everything and to leave center stage at his peak is rare and certainly comparable to the retirements of Rocky Marciano and Jim Brown. Joe left on his own terms. What could be better?
He held the super middleweight championship longer than anyone, successfully defended it a record-21 times, unified the titles, and then moved up to light heavyweight beating two future Hall of Famers. He has been a man for all seasons and will be an inspiration to me as I look to meet and beat his records. On behalf of all your boxing fans I say, 'Thank you, Joe.' And now I am ready to succeed Joe as the new king. continue
06.02.09 - By Alan J Kindred: This Saturday night is one of those nights that the hardcore boxing fans and experts are getting giddy like they are kids again and its Christmas morning. Its what is called a can't miss fight. It is one you don't want to miss and its one that in no way possible is going to be a boring fight. I highly doubt it will last until the decision is rendered and although I'm hoping for a Corrales-Castillo fight I'll sure settle for a Hagler-Hearns. continue
Nick Chamberlain: A Dream match it most certainly was not, but what did we learn from this showcase? Well, firstly Oscar De La Hoya is well past his best - sadly it looks as though old father time had caught up with The Golden Boy which happens to us all and secondly he was obviously weight drained from making the 147 pound mark. This is not taking anything away from Pac-man’s win but saluting the end of an era in that De La Hoya will never be what he once was, and let’s face it he once was a force to be reckoned with. continue
06.02.09 - By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays ' segment we take a look at a man who needs no introduction. Zero defeats, 15 years, 46 victories, and a million accolades, yet it's the questions surrounding this individual which most will undoubtedly remember him by. Like every other 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment, we'll take a look at all perspectives. The 'Supportive' perspective, the 'Critics' perspective, and to tie all loose ends, a more 'Neutral' one to keep it fair and balanced. So with no further ado, we now shine the spotlight on the "Pride of Wales", Mr. Joe Calzaghe..
Joe Calzaghe (Supportive Perspective): When taking a glimpse back at the career of Mr. Calzaghe, it's literally impossible not to notice the rare mark of perfection. Adding to the unblemished record, yet greater in stature, is the fact that Calzaghe did it with his Father. continue
Weigh-in Also Broadcast LIVE Over iBN Sports Network! Foothill Ranch, Calif. - February 2, 2009 - iBN Sports, a premier Internet-based broadcast sports television network announced that its Al Bernstein Channel (ABBC) will provide “up to the minute” weigh-in along with pre and post fight coverage of the February 7th event, Vic Darchinyan vs Jorge Arce which will be broadcast from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on Showtime. continue
WEST PALM BEACH, FL, FEBRUARY 5, 2009: Daniel Edouard released the following press release concerning his potential fill in for Ricardo Mayorga. "Recently I have been offered a sensationa opportunity to fight in place of Ricardo Mayorga against Alfredo Angulo at the Bank Atlantic Center, Sunrise, FL on Friday, February 14. The fight, which is a title eliminator, will be aired by HBO and though this is a tremendous opportunity it is with great regret that I must decline this match.. continue
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - All four of the fighters who will be featured on Saturday’s excellent doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING participated in a final press conference that was open to the media and the public. It was held at The Village at Orange in Orange, Calif.
In what will be a slugfest from start to finish, Vic Darchinyan will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight belts against Jorge Arce in Saturday’s main event live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The once-beaten, hard-hitting Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, will be making his first defense since unifying the 115-pound division with a one-sided ninth-round knockout over Mexico’s Cristian Mijares Nov. 1, 2008, on SHOWTIME. continue
06.02.09 - By Peter Mark Heintzelman - Photos by Peter Mark Heintzleman Joey Spina 177 ½½ lbs. - Matt Gockel 174 lbs. Joey Spina: "I’m excited to fight again and I thank Matt for coming here. My name‘‘s ‘‘KO Kid’’ and I knockout everybody. He’’s just another victim, another number."
Matt Gockel: We’re going to have a good battle tomorrow night. I’’ve come to fight, come to win. Let’s get it on.. continue
Photos: Jan Sanders/For SHOWTIME - A talented, exciting fighter fans need to keep a close eye on, undefeated, world-ranked Andre Ward of Oakland, Calif., defends his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) super middleweight title against once-beaten Henry “Sugar Poo’’ Buchanan of Chesterfield, S.C., tomorrow/Friday, Feb. 6, on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
By Yero Moody: Joe Calzaghe has become one of the top fighters in the world today. He is undefeated with a legion of fans and followers throughout the world. Calzaghe has made it official that he is retiring from the sport of boxing. Let us take a close look at his legacy. I invite you, the reader, to take a close and analytical look at the "The Pride of Wales" Joe Calzaghe. First, ask yourself two questions: 1.) Why is Joe Calzaghe receiving so much adulation and so many accolades? 2.) Is he truly deserving of this much hype? At the end of this journey I will give my opinion and answer those questions based on my opinion as well as certain facts.
I consider myself a true fan of the science and sport of boxing. I also consider myself very knowledgeable in regards to the boxers who participate in the sport. What I find most troubling in boxing, as well as sports in general, especially nowadays, is that often times the athletes who receive the most hype often times are not the best or most deserving. continue
By Max Lom: Joe Calzaghe retired Thursday with a perfect record and a guaranteed legacy as one of the greatest British boxers ever. As a fixture in everyone’s pound-for-pound top 5 lists, he left the sport on top, and if his decision is indeed permanent, then he can certainly be very proud of what he has accomplished. However, at a time when the sport seems to finally be regaining its stride, one of its leading men will be noticeably absent. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 5 – Boxing’s next generation of stars will be present and accounted for on Saturday, March 7, when Golden Boy Promotions presents an explosive triple-header boxing event featuring the top young talent in the sport at HP Pavilion at San Jose located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The HBO Boxing After Dark show will feature a 10 round junior middleweight showdown between knockout artists James Kirkland and Joel Julio, two of boxing’s hardest punchers. In one of the co-featured bouts, the NABO and USBA junior welterweight crowns will be on the line when “Vicious” Victor Ortiz takes on “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis. continue
by James Slater - Top US promoter Lou DiBella, who promotes, among others, Jermain Taylor, told this writer earlier today how he has been made quite angry at what he has been reading on the internet boxing sites with regards to the still unsigned WBC super-middleweight title fight between his fighter Taylor and the belt holder Carl Froch.
What has angered DiBella the most is the version of events put out there according to the man he has been trying to iron a deal out with, in UK promoter Mick Hennessey - Froch's promoter.
Never did Jermain Taylor view Froch as a fighter to fear, Lou assures us, and never was there even the possibility of the 168-pound clash taking place in Great Britain. Why? Quite simply because there is not the necessary money in the UK to make a meeting between the two a sensible option - the fight would not be financially viable unless it took place in America. "It had to happen here," DiBella said. continue
-- livestream on www.boxing.de --Unbeaten WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs) and unbeaten challenger Carl Davis Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs) met for the first time at a press conference held at the VW dealer FSN in Rostock, Germany. Both fighters will collide in Germany and in a PPV showdown for the USA on Saturday at the StadtHalle in this beautiful Baltic city. This is Chagaev’s first fight since recovering from an achilles tenden operation. With this fight against the WBA #9 rated Drumond, Chagaev plans to test his form and ‘ring feel’ in advance of his rematch with current titleholder, seven-foot ‘Russian Giant’ Nikolai Valuev. continue
Super middleweight boxer Carl Froch has slammed claims that Joe Calzaghe is Britain’s best ever boxer. Joe Calzaghe this evening announced his retirement from professional boxing. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Froch said it was “a shame he’s not had a career defining fight”. He said: “He’s got a good record but I’m not going to lose my mind and say ‘he’s Sugar Ray Leonard’ because he’s not. I said a few weeks ago that he should retire. He got put on his arse by 43-year-old and 40-year-old in his last two fights. continue
05.02.09 - by James Slater - Unbeaten Welshman Joe Calzaghe promised his fans he would make up his mind over the Christmas period and let them know whether or not he would fight again. The decision has taken a while longer than "The Pride of Wales" may have originally thought, but the 36-year-old has finally made an official announcement; the long reigning super-middleweight and light-heavyweight ruler will fight no more. At 46-0, and after over 15 years as a pro, the undeniably great career of Calzaghe has come to an end.
Joe made the announcement earlier today, in an exclusive with BBC Sport.
Calzaghe spoke to the BBC's Mihir Bose, and he began by admitting his final decision was in no way an easy one to reach.
"It was a difficult decision but I have achieved everything I wanted to achieve in boxing," Joe said. "I've been world champion for 11 years. I've got no other goals to go for. That's why I'm calling it a day.. continue
Enzo Calzaghe has backed his son Joe’s decision to retire from professional boxing. Earlier this evening Enzo said he was “over the moon” at the announcement. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Enzo Calzaghe said: “I said to Joe ‘the minute you want to retire I’ll be behind you because enough is enough’. Technically, and on the physical side of things, he could carry on for another five years. “But more importantly it’s the mental side of things, the hunger for it. Lets be honest – he’s done all he can do. There’s nothing left to prove. He knows how to win.. continue
"Ireland's" John Duddy - I've been a part of the boxing history at the Garden and I'm glad to be back. It's a real honor and a pleasure to be a part of this Garden show. It's kind of a homecoming for me even though I'm from Ireland. All that matters to me is what happens next. The past is the past and the next chapter in my career begins on February 21st. In all walks of life we have our ups and downs and boxing is no different. You get up before the count of ten and move on. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, is the ridiculous story about a man who ages backwards. I recently saw this film, which was inexplicably nominated for thirteen Academy Awards. Frankly, I was rather underwhelmed by it. It was extremely slow, terribly paced, far too long and, more to the point, it was boring as hell. I think it is fair to say that the movie is overrated, and most people I know who also saw it tend to be in strong agreement.
The next night, while in the midst of watching some older boxing matches from my private collection, my thoughts slowly began drifting towards movies like Raging Bull, Rocky, and Million Dollar Baby. This got me thinking, “Which current boxer’s life story would make the most entertaining movie?” As soon as this notion entered my head, I glanced up the television and watched as Riddick Bowe slumped over, writhing with pain, after being hit with a solid blow to the groin. As he crumbled to the canvas, his twisted face became the personification of agony. Eureka! continue
05.20.09 - By Adeyinka Makinde: I had been in Jersey City for a couple of days in April of 2007 researching into the life and death of the Jersey boxer Frankie DePaula. My iterinery included long anticipated tours around the sites DePaula lived, worked and played as well as the site of his shooting and his grave. But I was also looking forward to meeting Ron Lipton, the noted boxing referee and three-time New Jersey Golden Gloves champion. Ron of course was a most valuable contributor to the biography that I wrote on Dick Tiger. He penned a heartfelt introduction and had given so much in terms of his reminiscences of the fights he witnessed at the Garden such as Tiger's knockout of Jose 'Monon' Gonzalez, his trouncing of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter and his heartbreaking loss to Bob Foster, that I felt it would be a good idea to put his recollections on film. continue
By Ted Sares - I am a Teddy Atlas fan; always have been because I like the way he can break a fight down in terms that make common sense and I like the way he cares for fighters and for boxing. But every once and a while, even Teddy falls pray to stereotyping fighters too quickly.
On January 30, 2009, lightweight Dorin, 35-5, came in on very short notice to fight homeboy Antonin Decarie, 20-0, on the under card of the Urango-Ngoudjo fight at the Bell Centre in Montréal. At stake was something called the WBO NABO welterweight title. Spivey fights out of Virginia Beach Now managed by Pat Nelson, his trainer, at least until recently, has been all time boxing great Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker, but I am not sure he was involved in this tiff. continue
British heavyweight boxer David Haye could fight both Klitschko brothers as part of a sensational two-for-one contract being thrashed out by lawyers. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Haye admitted that the two-for-one contract was “being talked about”. He said: “To be number one in the world, to be the undisputed champion, I feel I’ve got to beat both of them anyway. That’s not a problem. I want to fight both of them. It’s down to the lawyers now.
London born Haye, 28, is due to fight Wladimir Klitschko at Stamford Bridge in June 2009. And Haye is confident that the fight will go ahead. He added: “The purse split and the terms have been agreed. It’s set to be the biggest fight in the world.
“I’ve got what it takes to knock him out. I’ve got his kryptonite.. continue
Fast-rising boxing star Nathan Cleverly has been handed a tough fight against heavy-handed Samson "The Hammer" Onyango next Friday night. The Welshman was originally scheduled to box James Obede Toney at the Oasis Sports Centre in Swindon next Friday night live on Sky Sports. But when the Ghanaian was ruled out with an injury, in stepped Kenya's Onyango. continue
The King returns to the coast! Undefeated IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (28-0, 23 KOs) will take on Lajuan Simon in Kiel on March 14. “I have big plans for 2009,” King Arthur said. “I will start with Simon – and at the end of the year I want to be super-champion at middleweight.. continue
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Three of the four fighters who will be featured on Saturday’s excellent doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING participated in a workout Wednesday that was open to the media and public. It was held at the TKO Boxing Gym in Anaheim, Calif. In what will be a slugfest from start to finish, Vic Darchinyan will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight belts against Jorge Arce in Saturday’s main event live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The once-beaten, hard-hitting Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, will be making his first defense since unifying the 115-pound division with a one-sided ninth-round knockout over Mexico’s Cristian Mijares Nov. 1, 2008, on SHOWTIME. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - I finished this article one day before the Margarito hand wrap fiasco and was only seconds from sending it to my beloved eastsideboxing.com but had an email error which caused me not to send it. In the subsequent glow of public opinion I opted to wait and allow the onslaught of articles time to pour in. The number of articles has slowed a bit therefore enjoy.
Be first! Be the best! Be number one! If you've ever mounted a line of scrimmage, walked onto a clay diamond, ran stairs to the point of exhaustion or laced up a pair of gloves then chances are you have been told something similar to this. continue
LOS ANGELES , CA (February 4, 2009) Amidst inaccurate internet reports, boxing superstar Israel “EL MAGNIFICO” Vazquez will not be fighting April 23rd against Rolly “Matsushita” Lunas. Said Vazquez’s manager Frank Espinoza “I saw the report and I can say this fight is absolutely not happening. I have never spoken to Lunas’ Japanese manager Naoyuki Kashimi about this. This is strictly a fabricated story and is apparently an attempt for Lunas’ people to somehow attach his name to Israel’s. Truthfully, it’s an insult to Israel to try and use his name like this and mislead the fans.. continue
by James Slater - There has been talk of Carl Froch and Jermain Taylor fighting for months now. Indeed, the name calling, the accusations of ducking and the stalled negotiations have been well documented when it comes to these two top super-middleweights. Froch has wanted the fight from day one, but he isn't so sure the former middleweight champion has; even going as far as claiming the Arkansas man sought to avoid him. This is not so, though, according to the trainer of "Bad Intentions," Ozell Nelson.
Speaking late last night to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Nelson confirmed for the publication that the Taylor Vs. Froch fight is indeed on, and that the two 168-pounders will square off in April, either on the 18th or on the 25th. The fight will also take place inside the US and will be televised in the States by Showtime. The two will, of course, meet for the WBC title currently held by "The Cobra," the world title being won in a sensational and hard-fought war with Canada's Jean Pascal in December of last year. Now, according to Nelson, Froch will make defence # 1 against his fighter. continue
Colchester’s Lee “Lights Out” Purdy says he spent Christmas licking his wounds following the first defeat of his career on in December. Having remained unbeaten in his first ten starts Purdy lost a thrilling Southern Area Light Welterweight title scrap with seasoned campaigner Peter McDonagh live on ITV 4. The fact that the high octane ten rounder was a domestic thriller did nothing to ease his disappointment. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (February 4, 2009) – Undefeated junior middleweight sensation ALFREDO “Perro” ANGULO of Mexico, has lost the scent of his scheduled next victim -- former world champion Ricardo "The Matador" Mayorga. The Angulo-Mayorga WBC super welterweight title elimination bout was scheduled to take place on February 14, 2009 -- Valentine’s Day -- at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., and televised live on HBO, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT However, word has leaked out that Mayorga has taken an extended smoke break from training camp and has pulled out of the fight to determine the WBC's No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger. continue
04.02.09 - by Yero Moody: Dear Floyd, I write this letter to you hoping that you will take heed to its message. I have paid close attention to your career and all the accomplishments you have made. Your status as the pound for pound best is well deserved. I can recall you clearly saying that you wanted to be regarded as the best fighter ever by the time you retire. Quite a lofty goal and one that is very difficult to achieve. Especially, when comparing fighters from different generations and athletes in general.
Throughout the years you have created controversy, garnered respect and earned many accolades as well as fans and detractors. Since your retirement, your detractors have grown in abundance. I have heard, as I hope you have, that your retirement was a move based on maintaining your undefeated record while risking very little. They say you have spent a great portion of your career "cherry-picking" opponents. Many of them viewed as low risk, high reward. continue
2008 Olympian Billy Joe Saunders has teamed up with renowned trainer Jimmy Tibbs ahead of his professional debut on February 28. The 19-year-old was initially working with amateur trainer Danny Hoy, but because of personal commitments he decided to step aside. Instead Tibbs will now take over the reins - and Saunders couldn't be in better hands. continue
The Hunky Dorys Fight Night has officially become the biggest event in Irish boxing history with the news that Ireland’s finest amateurs will also be in action at The O2, Dublin on Saturday, March 21st. Olympic hero Kenny Egan, World and European champ Katie Taylor, Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes and World Junior champ Ray Moylette will all face international opposition as our best professionals and amateurs fight side by side at The O2. continue
04.02.09 - by James Slater - The former "Golden Boy" himself, Oscar De La Hoya, celebrates his 36th birthday today. I say former "Golden Boy" due to the not too shining moment Oscar had last time out against perceived underdog Manny Pacquiao. Also, when a guy is in his mid-thirties, as De La Hoya is, he should not find himself being referred to as anything as insulting as a boy, golden or otherwise. (Who else cringed a little each and every time a post 30-year-old De La Hoya was introduced by the nickname?)
However, as inappropriate as his ring moniker is today, there is no denying the fact that in his heyday everything Oscar touched turned to gold. Even now, at age 36 and after the awful-to-watch drubbing he took at the hands of "Pac-Man," there remains the possibility that the all-time great from East L.A will fight again. But even if he does or he doesn't, what Oscar did in the 1990s and early 2000s can never be tarnished or taken away from him. Without any shadow of a doubt, the multi-weight world champion had a very special boxing career indeed. continue
by James Slater - The word is Nicaraguan wild man Ricardo Mayorga has pulled out of his scheduled Feb. 14th bout against the unbeaten Alfredo Angulo (FightNews.com, among other boxing sites, have reported the news). Promoter Gary Shaw, who is both angry about the 35-year-old's withdrawal from the fight, and suspicious of Mayorga's claims of having injured himself during training, now has to find a replacement foe for the unbeaten fighter known as "El Perro," and quick. continue
04.02.09 - by James Slater - In many cases, a pro fighter's pride sees to it that the first loss he suffers in the ring is a result that simply has to be avenged. In some cases, the need to redeem themselves becomes a thing of obsession for prize fighters. Imagine the great Muhammad Ali, for example, if he'd not been able to get revenge over "Smokin'" Joe Frazier? Or how about if he'd not even been given the chance to do so? continue
Due to the extreme ticket demand for what is on track to become the highest grossing fight in Texas in the last seven years (Pacquiao vs. Solis on April 14, 2007 grossed $1.35 million in San Antonio) and one of the highest grossing fights ever, more tickets for Golden Boy Promotions' upcoming February 28th event at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas have been released to the public for sale. The potential fight-of-the-year candidate, featuring Ring Magazine World Lightweight Champion Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez against Houston's former Three Time World Champion Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz and Houston native and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Rocky Juarez taking on unbeaten WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris "The Dragon" John, has sold over 10,000 tickets in just three weeks.
As this event promises to be a historic night at Toyota Center, more tickets in various price ranges have been put on sale. Tickets for Marquez vs. Diaz, priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25, are still available for purchase online at www.ToyotaCenterTix.com, by phone at 1-866-4-HOU-TIX, at select Houston area Randalls locations and also at the Toyota Center Box Office. continue
Amir Khan's mega showdown against Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera is still on for Saturday 14 March at the Manchester Evening News Arena. There had been concerns that the fight would have to be postponed following the cut Barrera received last Saturday night against Freudis Rojas in Mexico, but following a thorough medical examination he has been given the all clear to box. continue
Legends are made from incidents like 2008 U.S. Olympic first alternate Danny O’Connor experienced last weekend in Canada, when his glove split after he pounded pro-debuting Greg Jimenez’s body with monster-like hooks en route to a win by 4-round decision off-television on ESPN Friday Night Fights show, headlined by the IBF light welterweight title fight between Juan Urango and Herman Ngoudjo at the Bell Centre in Montreal. continue
photo by WBC Images - WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and his mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez met at Hamburg airport yesterday for the first time before stepping into the ring on March 21st in Stuttgart, Germany. Klitschko’s ‘warm reception’: “Juan, my friend, I am sorry that I have to beat you up!” The “Black Panther” answered: “I’m so fast, you won’t even hit me – I will beat you up!”
At the official press conference at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart two hours later the champion and his challenger continued throwing verbal jabs at each other. Vitali told the public that he doesn’t like “fighting friends” and also mentioned the personal relationships between his trainer Fritz Sdunek and Gomez and his promoter Ahmet Öner (who is married to Sdunek’s daughter Kati). “Who are you – Dr. Ironfist or Dr. Psychologist?” asked Gomez. “We’re here to fight and not to talk about family and friendship. And how dare you calling me a friend? Just because we used to train in the same gym I am not your friend, Vitali. We haven’t talked in eight years.." continue
East Rutherford, NJ- Staging their first boxing show in four years, Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions returned to the sport in a big way Tuesday night at the Meadowlands Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ. The show was streamed live across the world online at GoFightLive.tv and featured some of New Jersey's hottest rising talent, as well the return of DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley. continue
03.02.09 - by James Slater - Unbeaten light-middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Junior takes another step closer to what he hopes will be an eventual world title fight when he faces the once-beaten Carlos Nascimento on March 28th. The fight will make up a third of the triple bill planned for Mexico (site to be determined). WBC super-featherweight champion Humberto Soto will also be in action, defending his title against an as yet TBA, while fellow Mexican Fernando Montiel will meet Puerto Rico's Eric Morel in a bout that will decide the interim version of the WBO bantamweight crown. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' touches on a number of hot topics around the world of boxing. Making the mailbag this time around is of course the usual suspects.....Oscar De la Hoya, Joe Calzaghe, and Antonio Margarito. Also on the slate is 'Tito' Trinidad, Andre Berto, and in a first, Colombian IBF Champ, Juan Urango. So, with so many topics to touch and so little time, we jump right in the mix with our first question which comes to us from the Three-0-Five....
Jonathan Rodriguez (Miami Lakes, FL): Trinidad and Oscar are the biggest latin names in the sport over the last decade or so and there's still a lot of fans who would love to see them fight again. What are the odds of us getting a rematch between the two of them?
Vivek W. (ESB): None! Absolutely none! Trinidad can barely make 170lbs and Oscar won't be fighting anyone above 154lbs, because if he was, in this era of catch-weight fights, he would have tried to chase Pavlik in a fight that's only 6 pounds north of where he now resides in a showdown that would have been a mega mega fight with enough pie to go around. continue
by James Slater - The negotiations and the contract for the fight were, in the words of David Haye's trainer and manager Adam Booth last week, "being bounced back and forth between the two camps," but we are still no closer, it seems, to an official announcement regarding the much-talked about Wladimr Klitschko-David Haye fight. continue
February 3, 2009 (Orange County, CA) - - International Boxing Federation has confirmed that promoters of rising bantamweight stars Yonnhy Perez and Silence Mabuza have reached an agreement for the fighters to battle it out for the IBF #1 mandatory position on April 18, 2009 in South Africa. continue
02.02.09 - by James Slater - When top class lightweights Michael Katsidis and Joel Casamayor met back in March of last year, the result was a scintillating battle that was widely heralded as 2008's fight of the year. Stopped and beaten for the very first time in his pro career, Australian Katsidis gave the Cuban great a real argument before being rescued by the referee in the 10th round of their thriller - even putting "El Cepillo" down and through the ropes in the 6th round.
The loss that occurred in California hurt the man known as "The Great" deeply, however, and now the 28-year-old from Toowoomba, Queensland wants a second fight. Returning to winning ways this past Saturday in The Philippines, Katsidis widely out-pointed Argentine Angel Hugo Ramirez over ten rounds, and now he is looking at fighting in front of his countrymen later this year. continue
Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2009) – Scared. Nervous. Anxious. Concerned. Relieved. Excited. Such were the range of emotions experienced by hot East LA prospect and 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada prior to and following last Friday’s second-opinion prognosis what was first determined as a left shoulder injury which would require surgery and extensive physical therapy instead is a minor and highly treatable condition called “Left Long Thoracic Neuropathy.. continue
Star Boxing's top welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2,14KO) ranked #5 in the IBF will face off against Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez (20-1,11KO) ranked #15 in the IBF in a must see match-up of two of boxing's top welterweights on March 6th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. The bout, for Rodriguez's USBA Welterweight Championship, will be shown live as the main event on that evening's ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" telecast. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 2, 2009) – Following his dominating world title unification victory over Christian Mijares, Vic Darchinyan asked reporters at the post-fight press conference “Did I keep my promise (to knock him out)? What about my pound-for-pound ranking? Mijares was No. 6.” Even after a career changing win, the 115-pound International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) champ’s fight against Jorge Arce, Feb. 7 on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, is still about respect. “Against Mijares, I promised to deliver a skillful, smart fight. I promised to destroy him and knock him out. And I did that,” Darchinyan said. “But I still don’t know if I get any respect.”
It seems no matter what the “Raging Bull” does, it is not good enough for his critics. He has been criticized for his aggressive, unorthodox fighting style, yet against Mijares he demonstrated polished boxing skills. continue
by James Slater - Eight years ago today, Feb. 2nd, 2001, the career of former and long-reigning IBF featherweight champion Tom "Boom Boom" Johnson saw its final victory. Unanimously out-pointing the 8-28-3 David Turner, a 36-year-old Johnson was a faded version of the fine talent he was in the early-to-mid 1990s. A pro since October of 1986, the Evansville-born Johnson soldiered on for a further two bouts, losing them both by stoppage. In his heyday, however, "Boom Boom" was a slick and classy world champion. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Anthony Mundine (34-3, 23 KOs) will have to negotiate an injured hip when he fights fellow Australian Shannan Taylor (48-6-3, 34 KOs) next Wednesday 11 February 2009 at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, New South Wales for the WBA International Middleweight Title. continue
02.02.09 - by James Slater - Top Promoter Frank Warren is hoping the cut suffered by Marco Antonio Barrera in his fight with late sub Freudis Rojas on Saturday night will not cause the March 14th date with his fighter Amir Khan to be put off. According to a news article on The Times online, a decision on whether or not the bout will go ahead will be made in 24-hours.
Barrera, who needed three stitches to close the gash Rojas inflicted above his left eye with blatant use of his head, will fly to Florida today, whereupon he will consult with a specialist who will decide if he will be match fit by the time March 14th rolls around. The cut is not as bad as at first feared, but it may still be enough to postpone the intriguing crossroads fight. Warren says the fight will NOT be off for good, even if the original date cannot be made.
"If the worst comes to the worst, we will put it back a couple of weeks," Warren said. But I am hopeful it will go ahead on March 14th. I am an optimist, not a pessimist. I want the show to go on, although I know there are people out there who want it off. continue
With two devastating knockdowns and a swarming attack from rounds one through twelve, Juan Urango was not going to be denied in his battle to regain the IBF junior welterweight title Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, and he wasn’t, as he pounded out a dominant 12 round unanimous decision over courageous Herman Ngoudjo. Now Urango is back on top of the junior welterweight division. continue
Kiko Martinez just may be the most dangerous fighter in Europe and the Spanish Bomber is coming back to England this month to take back what he says is rightfully his. The 22 year old detonation artist from Alicante, Spain has a rematch with British southpaw Rendall Munroe on February 27 and Martinez has vowed that the Metrodome in Barnsley will see his return to the European title. continue
By Ted Sares - When you google Czar Amonsot at Boxrec at Boxrec Boxing Encyclopedia, the following appears: “A once promising contender forced to retire due to injuries suffered in his memorable war with Michael Katsidis.” Most boxing fans surely will recall that his career was almost ended when a speck of blood was discovered outside his brain after the bloody brawl with Australia’s Katsidis, but “almost” means just that, almost.
Dan Rafael, the excellent writer for ESPN.com, did a 2007 piece that stated in part: “…Lightweight Czar Amonsot of the Philippines, who suffered a subdural hematoma -- bleeding on the brain -- during his decision loss to Michael Katsidis last Saturday night at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, was released from Valley Medical Center on Wednesday, Golden Boy Promotions announced. continue
By Neil Dennis - On February 7, 2009, one-time heavyweight contender Kirk Johnson (36-2-1, 26KOs) will take the first step to rebooting his heavyweight career at Norfolk’s Masonic Temple in Virginia. The Canadian will face journeyman Dan Sheehan, who has been himself inactive since his KO win against Paul Philips two years ago. Sheehan has fought at light heavyweight, cruiserweight, and heavyweight against top opposition, going the distance with Daniel Judah, Mario Veit, and Elvir Muriqi. continue
The Kronk Gym is internationally known for turning out champion boxers. Its founder, Emanuel Steward, has become a legend of the ring. But fewer people know all the good work Kronk does for the youth of Metro Detroit, helping to instill in them a sense of pride and respect for their community. To celebrate its storied history and to raise money so it can help even more kids, The Kronk Gym Foundation is holding its first annual fundraiser on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the Townsend Hotel, in Birmingham, MI. continue
Interview by Jaime Castro-Núñez, Photos by Marco Pérez - mpsportsimages.com - Currently training for his championship match against IBF super middleweight titleholder Lucian Bute (23-0-0), Fulgencio Zúñiga seems to be more concerned about the referee than the tough rival he is facing next March 13th in Montreal. Had it not been for the localistic, 20-second count that Marlon Wright gave Bute in the twelfth round of his fight against Librado Andrade, the 1.78 cm challenger from South America would not have any reason to think about the third person in the ring.
“In Canada I’ve to knock him out to be safe. The only thing is that I won’t have a doll in front of me. He’s a boxer and boxers hit. I only ask for a fair referee.” Zúñiga said so last Monday, when I interviewed him after his training session in Barranquilla’s Cuadrilátero Gym. Here is what he said.... continue
GOBBLER'S KNOB, (Groundhog Day 2009) -- At 7:30 A.M. today, Punxsutawney Phil -- the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators -- emerged from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Penn., and proclaimed, in his native Groundhogese, that JORGE “Travieso” ARCE'S reign as the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) interim super flyweight champion would last less than six days, until Saturday, February 7, when he rumbles with World Super Flyweight Champion VIC “Raging Bull” DARCHINYAN, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. SHOWTIME will televise their battle live, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Jalisco, Mexico, ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera won his tune-up fight against late replacement opponent Freudis Rojas, but he also picked up a bad cut that could possibly affect the 35-year-old's planned March 14th bout in England against Amir Khan.
33-year-old Rojas of Cuba, a very late, emergency-like replacement for original foe John Nolasco - who failed to appear at the bout's official weigh-in - was a fighter Barrera had never even heard of before the bout. After getting rid of a little more of the ring rust his thirteen month layoff had put on him, Barrera was the victim of a blatant and deliberate head butt by Rojas in the 3rd round. continue
By Suge Green - February 1st 2009 - As the Margarito hand-wrap saga continues, Antonio finds his trainer Javier Capetillo, along with himself suspended "pending the outcome of an investigation," by the California State Athletic Commission. The material found in the hand-wrap, has been obtained and bagged by the California State Dept. of Justice, for review. The public however has not been slow to speculate, and already parallels are being drawn between this Margarito situation and, the infamous Resto vs. Collins Jr. bout of yesteryear. Now all of Margo's recent victories are being called into question...some reason is called for here though, waiting until the evidence is properly reviewed is key to justice being served. There should be plenty of time in the future for the public to cast the stones that are already being hurled.
The Tommy Morrison fight happened in Laramie, Wyoming despite local fighter and promoter Corey Williams being contacted by "The U.S. Attorney, the F.B.I., the U.S Federal Marshall, and the City & County (officials &attorneys). This fight is not being stopped." said Williams. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show --TONIGHT- Call-in LIVE (347) 843-4293: On The Grind Radio is LIVE Sunday February 1st, at 8pm est/5pm pst (1am GMT Monday). Joining us this Superbowl Sunday, will be Daniel Edouard. "The Haitian Sensation" will be telling the OTG listeners what it's been like fighting his way toward middleweight title contention, and how he plans to break into the top 10 in 2009. We'll get the inside word on everything he's been up to, and what's ahead for the 21(12)-2-2, Port-Au-Prince native. continue
by James Slater - When Filipino flyweight Nonito Donaire flattened the fearsome punching Vic Darchinyan in five rounds back in July of 2007, "The Filipino Flash" sent shockwaves through not only the Armenian-born Australian, but through the sport of boxing itself. Until then, "The Raging Bull," as Darchinyan is known, had beaten everyone in his path, including Nonito's older brother, Glenn Donaire. continue
By Paul Strauss: Juan Urango used head movement, constant pressure and big looping punches to decisively beat Herman Ngoudjo for the vacant IBF light welterweight title. Urango had Ngoudjo down twice in the third round, but Ngoudjo survived and there was some concern that if the fight remained close, Ngoudjo would come away with a hometown decision at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Cananda. That didn't happened, and even though ringside announcer Teddy Atlas unofficially scored the fight 115-113 for Urango, the official scoring of the judges was one-sided: 120-106, 118-108 and 116-110, all for Urango.
The night was not without surprises though, which seems to be common place at the Bell Centre. For example, I'm sure you will recall the Anthony Bonsante versus Adonis Stevenson matchup. Bonsante went down in the first round from a hard left and remained perfectly still with his back on the canvas. continue
By Tony Nobbs: After back to back defeats to Joel Cassamayor and Juan Diaz in world championship fights, Australia’s Michael “The Great” Katsidis (24-0, 20 KO’s) returned to the winners list with a unanimous decision over Spanish based Argentine runner Angel “The Train” Ramirez (19-5-2, 8 KO’s) at the Cebu Coliseum in The Philippines on Saturday night. With the win Katsidis, from Toowoomba, Queensland, regained the WBO Asia Pacific 135 lb belt, vacant going in, that he held prior to stopping Graham Earl for the WBO interim world title in 2007. continue