by James Slater - Exactly 40-years ago yesterday, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the career of one of boxing's most fascinating, most mysterious and most brutal heavyweight champions came to an end with a bloody victory. A 38-year-old Charles "Sonny" Liston, over six years removed from his tenure as the world's heavyweight champion, and six months removed from his painful 9th-round KO at the hands of Leotis Martin, took on a relative unknown called Chuck Wepner.
Wepner, a 31-year-old from Bayonne, New Jersey with a 20-5-2 record, was a tough brawler who had been in with names like Buster Mathis and George Foreman (Liston's sparring partner in the late '60s-early '70s) - and he also had a ring moniker that spoke volumes. continue
by James Slater - As we now know, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye's next fight will not be against Wladimir Klitschko, the Ring magazine, IBF, WBO, IBO ruler; because "Dr Steel Hammer" is to defend against his IBF mandatory, Alexander Povetkin in September. It seems, then, that the long talks Team-Haye had with Team-Klitschko, came to nothing - regarding Haye fighting Wladimir any time soon, anyway.
But with The recognised #1 big man in the world now busy until some time next year, is there a chance Haye will fight the recognised #2 big man in the world, Vitali Klitschko? The chances of this fight taking place any time soon are also slim, seeing as how Vitali and his group are (or were) in talks with Nikolai Valuev and his main man Don King, about the possibility of the two giants getting it on. continue
by James Slater - It's official: Wladimir Klitschko, the reigning IBF, WBO and Ring magazine heavyweight champion, will NOT be facing WBA champ David Haye in his next fight. Despite reports surfacing that say Klitschko and his team tried their best to negotiate a deal with the Londoner, the eagerly awaited unification clash will have to wait at least a few more months.
Because, as has been reported on Fightnews.com, the also intriguing Klitschko-Alexander Povetkin bout took a massive step towards being set today, as Klitschko's promotional group K2 won the purse bids battle. Winning by quite a margin, at $8,313,000 to the bid of $4, 250, 001 put in by Sauerland Event, K2 now have 90 days to get the fight nailed down. Reportedly, the pencilled in date is September 18th, in Germany.
So, now that Klitschko and his group have won the purse bid for the big fight, can "Dr. Steel Hammer" win the contest that will take place in the ring? continue
Tickets for the August 21st ‘Brick City Boxing Series’ title fight between Tomasz Adamek, the IBF International Heavyweight and NABO Heavyweight Champion, (41-1, 27 KO’s) and Michael Grant, (46-3, 34 KO's) go on sale this Thursday, July 1st.. Tickets are available at 11am. The fight tops a 7 bout card taking place at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ and is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with X-Cel Worldwide. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 30 - It's no surprise that the rematch of the 2009 Fight of the Year between Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez and Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz has made boxing fans around the world circle July 31 on their calendars. Now, Golden Boy Promotions is upping the ante, making the event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. the card of the year as the big guns of the boxing world will roll into Las Vegas to fight on one of boxing's biggest televised cards. The bouts scheduled for Saturday, July 31 will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 79th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Andre Ward, Sugar Ray Phillips, and John David Jackson) will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player or enter our chat on the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host, Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Topics for Discussion
• Julio Cesar Chavez beats John Duddy by unanimous decision
• Is Chavez versus Miguel Cotto next?
• Where does John Duddy go from here? continue
Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Tony Bellew will make the first defence of his title on Frank Warren's annual charity card. This year's DebRA show will take place on Friday 24th September at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Previous events have helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for DebRA.
It is the national charity working on behalf of people in the UK with the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB. continue
Centennial, Colo. – July 1, 2010 – After a heated battle that received “Fight of the Year” honors in 2009, reigning and defending Ring Magazine, WBA and WBO Lightweight World Champion Juan Manuel ‘Dinamita’ Marquez and former three-time Lightweight World Champion Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz will appear larger-than-life on the big screen for their highly anticipated rematch on Saturday, July 31. Presented by NCM Fathom, in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Marquez Boxing Promotions, Marquez vs. Diaz II “Fight of the Year: The Rematch” will be broadcast in high definition LIVE from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to more than 270 movie theaters nationwide at 9:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Pacific. continue
by James Slater - 32-year-old Zab Judah, the former light-welterweight and welterweight champ, returns to action for the first time in eight months on July 16th, when he faces capable Mexican boxer Jose Armando Santa Cruz in Newark, New Jersey. The flashy southpaw from Brooklyn, back down at his optimum weight of 140-pounds, hopes to kick-start his career and work his way back up towards another shot at a world title at light-welterweight.
In what will very likely be his last chance at climbing back to the top of his weight class, Judah faces a live and possibly dangerous foe in the 29-year-old with the 28-4(17) pro record. Co-promoting the card as he is, "Super" Judah will be looking to live up to his nickname. But can he do so?
Santa Cruz, in many ways a fighter who has been unlucky, is probably best known for two fights - the 10th-round stoppage loss he suffered at the hands of David Diaz, and the 12-round split decision loss he suffered when he met Joel Casamayor three fights later. continue
Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, Rodney Berman/Golden Gloves, and Zanfer Promotions will present a sensational world championship fight card on Saturday, August 14, 2010, at the Laredo Energy Arena, located at 6700 Arena Boulevard in Laredo, Texas. This internationally-flavored event will feature boxers from South Korea, Mexico, South Africa and Brazil. Featured fights will be televised live on TV Azteca, Fox Sports, and live internationally worldwide. continue
Nineteen-year old defeats Paul David in super middleweight final to make history - Teenage sensation Patrick “Tiger” Mendy broke all Prizefighter records on his way to winning the super middleweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday night (June 30).
The nineteen-year old from Maidenhead entered the tournament as the youngest ever boxer to fight in the competition an wasted little time in making further history after he stopped Dudley’s Sam Horton after just one minute and 26 seconds into their fight – the quickest win in the competition’s 13 nights to date. continue
Javier L. (Dallas, TX): I read your FaceBook comments about Julio Chavez Jr.'s performance. Can you talk about what his victory means for his personal growth and legacy as a fighter?
Vivek W. (ESB): I thought the performance of young Chavez Jr. was stellar. Without question, he legitimately solidified himself as a fighter by finally cementing his own identity, rather than clinging to the coattail of his namesake, Papa Chavez Sr. Admittedly, I have been very tough on the young Chavez Jr. in the past, because I simply felt that it was beyond time to see him tested on a more difficult level. It didn't happen when I would have preferred, but nonetheless, it happened, and I give him and his team full credit. Also, I think you have to credit Manny Pacquiao, (who told Chavez he needed to consider Freddie Roach if he truly wants to progress in the ring); And you have to give full credit to Roach and Ariza for a job well done. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 29 - It's been another big year for students at the Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo Charter High School in Los Angeles and on Wednesday, June 30, the school's fourth graduating class will be honored at East Los Angeles Community College. Approximately 97% of the senior class will be graduating from the school, which earned a silver medal from U.S. News and World Reports this year (after receiving a gold medal last year) and a second consecutive honor as one of Newsweek's Best High Schools, with 61% of those graduates have been accepted by four year universities. The remaining three percent of the senior class are expected to finish their studies by the end of the summer, with support plans offering tutoring, summer classes and college/career guidance created for these students. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 30 - The biggest rematch of 2010 is rapidly approaching and to get fight fans ready for the July 31 showdown between boxing superstars Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez and Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz, TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" is devoting its entire broadcast on Friday, July 2 to one of the sport's most highly anticipated matchups. Highlighted by a rebroadcast of Marquez and Diaz' classic 2009 Fight of the Year in it's entirety with commentary from former three-time World Champion Israel "Magnifico" Vazquez and Alan Obrador, the ninety minute show (which airs on TeleFutura at 12am ET / PT) will also feature exclusive interviews with Marquez, Diaz and boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya, as well as highlights from past fights and training camp footage that you won't see anywhere else. continue
By Peter Heintzelman - The main event at Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, Connecticut, witnessed an unknown pride, power, and determination of the heavyweight division, as previously unheralded, Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha, came to town and made instant oatmeal out of local favorite, Tony “TNT” Grano, in less than two rounds of a scheduled ten.
The likeable 31 year old, out-of-towner, Firtha, from Akron, Ohio, went right to work against the local hero, and made short order of the WBF All-American Champion, by lighting the fuse right from the beginning of the first round, and causing an explosion of fireworks, that landed “TNT” on the canvas, not once, but twice.
Firtha hovered over Grano, who attempted a right jab, but got hit by a left to the body and and right to the head, that sent Grano into the ropes, and referee Flaherty started a count. continue
by James Slater - Fast becoming a fan-favourite, due to his relentless, hard-punching approach, 23-year-old banger Ji Hoon Kim of South Korea gets a chance to become a world ruler on August 14th, when he will face Mexico's Miguel Vazquez for the vacant IBF lightweight title in Laredo, Texas.
Kim, 21-5(18), and last seen earning his shot at the IBF crown on ESPN, when he took out Ameth Diaz inside a single round, is a quite remarkable fighter. continue
Northern Irish European super-middleweight champion Brian Magee has offered the ultimate incentive to tomorrow night’s Prizefighter Super Middleweight fighters – lift the trophy and get a shot at my title.
The Prizefighter Super Middleweights take over York Hall in Bethnal Green live on Sky Sports on Wednesday evening and on top of the £32,000 for the winner, the possibility of a title fight with 35 year-old Magee is on the cards. continue
By Peter Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Heintzelman - On Saturday night, at Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut, Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver overcame his opponent, Mauricio “Indio Boy” Pastrana, in a co-feature Super Bantamweight bout scheduled for eight rounds, but ended by disqualification, when referee Michael Ortega, called the fight off in the 8th round, due to repeated wrestling and rough play tactics by Pastrana.
“Mike Mike”, under a New England favorite trainer, John Scully, was as sharp has he has ever been, throwing crisp effective jabs, that impressed the judges, and racked up the score card in a way that frustrated his Columbian opponent.
Many seasoned observers were worried for Hartford, Connecticut’s Oliver going into the fight. He has had mixed results with Columbians. continue
Former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley of Washington, D.C. (36-13-1, 21 KOs) will fight Detroit southpaw Damian Fuller (30-7-1, 14 KOs) in the July 10th co-main event at the Patriot Center, replacing Baltimore’s Tim “The Pitbull” Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) who suffered a laceration on his head during training last Thursday that forced him out of the fight. continue
by James Slater - With Great Britain, not just America, looking for its next big thing at heavyweight, people in certain quarters within the U.K are getting excited about a 31-year-old giant named Larry Olubamiwo. Possessing one of the most impressive physiques this side of Evander Holyfield, the rock-solid, approx 260-pounder certainly looks the part. However, having come to the sport of boxing at a late age, and after only having had eleven amateur fights, there will be a lot of work to do if the man creatively dubbed "The War Machine" is to reach the heights he and his trainer, former British and European super-middleweight champion James Cook, feel he can reach. continue
by James Slater - Undefeated son of a legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior turned in a career-best performance last night in San Antonio Texas, as he pounded out a clear and wide 12-round unanimous decision over an always-game John Duddy. Showing off some of the new skills new trainer Freddie Roach has taught him over the past few weeks, the 24-year-old improved to 41-0-1(30) and proved that he belongs at 160-pounds (even though it's possible Chavez jr's next fight could be back down at 154 - more about that later).
Winning the WBC's "silver" title at middleweight, Chavez jr is now looking forward to becoming a legitimate world champion. In dominating Ireland's Duddy, who fell to 29-2(18) and remains a fighter to have never been stopped, Chavez put himself in line to face either 154-pound champ Miguel Cotto or world middleweight king Sergio Gabriel Martinez.
According to promoter Bob Arum, Chavez jr will likely have one more fight before going for a world title - likely against either the Puerto Rican who holds the WBA belt at 154-pounds or the Argentine southpaw who holds the world's middleweight crown. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The 2010 USA Boxing National Championships participants have been finalized following regional tournaments throughout the United States. Nearly 300 of the United States’ top amateur boxers in both the men’s and women’s open divisions will convene in Colorado Springs for the event, which is being presented by the Daniels Fund and co-hosted by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. continue
Back on the road to a world title shot, bantamweight contender Jose Navarro will headline the next edition of Golden Boy Promotions' "Fight Night Club" in his hometown of Los Angeles on Thursday, July 22 at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia in a six round fight. The co-featured bout on the hit monthly boxing series will be what promises to be a bantamweight war between Montebello's Nestor Rocha and San Diego's Benji Garcia in a six round battle. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani: Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7) proved he has something left to offer when he coasted to a ten round unanimous decision victory over Adailton De Jesus (26-5). This was ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’s first fight since March of last year when he was overmatched by Amir Khan in a fight that was ultimately stopped by a gruesome cut Barrera suffered early from a clash of heads. Now 36 years old, many were wondering what (if anything) the proud Mexican warrior had left in the tank. Apparently, he still has something. All three judges saw the fight in his favor with final tallies reading 100-90, 98-92, and 99-91.
The shopworn Barrera showed no major signs of ring rust. He looked sharp, fluid, and showed off some nice skills on offense and defense. A crisp intelligent jab helped Barrera dictate the pace of the fight. Always known for being selective with his punches, Barrera knew when and when not to punch. When he did punch, he was often doubling and tripling up the jab effectively, and following this up with some good right hands that landed with frequent precision. At times, he even showed glimpses of his former brilliance when he doubled up with a left hook to the head and body. continue
by James Slater - Top British boxing promoter Frank Warren today announced a quite sensational eight-fight bill for September. Set to go ahead at The LG Arena in Birmingham on September 18th, the "Super-Show," to be televised live by Sky Sports, will feature no less than three European title fights as well as two British title fights.
Top of the bill, and very possibly the best fight of the lot, is Matthew Macklin, 26-2(18) defending his European middleweight title for the first time, against unbeaten contender Darren Barker, 22-0(14). Both 28-year-olds have been wanting to fight each other for some time, and the fireworks in this one could well satisfy the fans all by themselves. However, before this grudge-match gets underway, fans will get the chance to see rising star and potential world champion of the future, 23-year-old Nathan Cleverly, 19-0(9) facing a TBA in a light-heavyweight clash. continue
Former British featherweight champion Paul Appleby believes he can be a force at 9'4. And the Edinburgh prospect wants to prove it by fighting for Ricky Burns' old Commonwealth super-featherweight title. Appleby will feature in an eight round contest on September 4 at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall live on Sky Sports It will be his first fight under new promoter Frank Warren. The 22-year-old has not fought since he lost his British nine stone belt to Martin Lindsay, his only defeat. Weight-making issues mean he has stepped up a division, and he wants Burns' championship should the world-title contender vacate. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani: Julio Cesar Chavez Junior (41-0-1) and John Duddy (29-2) received a fair share of criticism in the lead up to their fight. This was not without good reason. After all, both have looked less than spectacular in recent outings. Now that the dust has settled, questions about each fighter’s skills might still remain but few can now question the heart of either man. Chavez was awarded a twelve round unanimous decision (120-108, 116-112, 117-11) over a courageous Duddy in a fight where each combatant exhibited the type of warrior mentality that both die hard and casual fans can appreciate.
The fight was an exciting one. The first six rounds saw some explosive back and forth action where both fighters frequently landed flush with power shots. Early on Chavez appeared to be the heavier handed of the two whereas Duddy seemed better at absorbing punches. Defense was certainly not on display and this helped make for a very entertaining action-packed scrap. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Last Friday night, Blake Caparello (5-0, 2 KOs) stopped an extremely tough Kane McKay (8-9-2, 4 KOs) in the eighth round to claim the WBF Australasian Cruiserweight Title and Bob Rose Cup at the Malvern Town Hall, Victoria, Australia.
The bout scheduled for 10 rounds, was controlled by Caparello whose busy work rate saw him find his mark on McKay with regularity. McKay, who always keeps coming forward, was never shy of an exchange with Caparello and seemed to have a complete lack of respect of his power. continue
By Harold Kuppelle: Undefeated Julio Cesar Chavez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) easily defeated an over-matched John Duddy (29-2, 18 KO’s) on Saturday night, beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas. The final judges' scores were 120-108, 116-112, 117-111. Duddy, 31, just didn't have the power or the arm length to stand in and trade with the 24-year-old Chavez. Bob Arum, Chavez's promoter from Top Rank, seemed to get a little carried away after the fight, saying "a star is born." I wouldn't go that far. Duddy looked like a B level fighter in the eyes of many before this fight, and looked about the same tonight. . continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Showtime boxing commentator Al Bernstein. Following Andre Ward’s impressive victory over Allan Green in the final group stage two match-up of the Super Six Boxing Classic, Bernstein shared his views on the tournament and other aspects of the current boxing landscape. Here is some of what Al had to say:
On Andre Ward’s performance in his group stage two victory against Allan Green:
“Well he was outstanding and one of the things that made it even better was t hat he altered what he did against Mikkel Kessler in that brilliant performance. He decided that one of the things he could do against Allan Green was get in close and smother the big left hook of Green and land a lot of punches. He told us he was going to try and do that a little early in the fight but it worked so well for him that he kept it up during a lot of the fight. He’s a very smart fighter. He’s clever, he knows what he’s doing in the ring, he follows Virgil Hunter’s game plan perfectly, and he was too good and too disciplined for Allan Green.”
On whether he was surprised by how ineffective Allan Green was in his fight with Ward:
“Well yes and no. Yes, because this was the most important moment of his career and if ever he was going to show us what he had, and he kept telling everyone that would listen for weeks and weeks leading up to the fight that he was going to do it, and even as much as when we had the fighter meeting the day before so in that sense I’m surprised, but to be perfectly honest, Allan Green has been an underachiever so the burden of proof was on him to show that he’s not and he didn’t on that evening.. continue
DENVER, CO (June 27, 2010) Saturday night in Denver, Colorado, Robert Rodriguez and Fidel Maldonado, two of boxing’s brightest young prospects, thrilled local fight fans with spectacular first round knockouts.
Fighting out of nearby Greeley, Colorado, 19 year old super bantamweight Rodriguez improved to 4-0-0, dropping pro debuting Michael Montalbano three times in the initial stanza on his way to earn his first stoppage. continue
by James Slater: Tonight in Brentwood, Essex, UK, unbeaten heavyweight hope Tyson Fury dug deep and managed to pound out a 9th-round TKO over former rival "Big Bad" John McDermott. Meeting in a rematch of their highly controversial September 2009 match, which 22-year-old Fury won on points, the two put on another spirited battle.
Finally, after an exhausting-looking effort, Fury got the stoppage he was looking for in the 9th-round. Decking the 30-year-old, who had once again pushed him to the limit, at one-minute and eight-seconds of the round, Fury actually scored two knockdowns - the second one prompting referee Dave Parris to halt the bout. Fury is now 11-0(9). McDermott is now 25-7(16). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - In my previous article Can Miguel Cotto beat Manny Pacquiao in a rematch at 154? I asked fans for feedback on whether they believe Miguel Cotto has a chance to beat Manny Pacquiao if the two squared off again for Cotto’s WBA junior middleweight title. In my opinion, if a fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather cannot be made, this may be one of the best alternatives available for Pacquiao. With Emanuel Steward in his corner, Cotto adds a new dimension to his fight game. In addition, fighting nine pounds north of where they first fought seems to be something which favors Cotto. In the end, I’m not sure the added weight or Hall of Fame trainer will be enough for Cotto to win but I do believe it’s more than enough to help make things interesting.
Here are what some of the fans who replied had to say about this possibility:
With Manny Steward in his corner Cotto probably wins at 154. In the first fight Cotto’s corner was terrible and inexperienced. Cotto already showed vast improvements under Steward in just one fight. Pacquiao and Roach knew they needed an advantage over Cotto so they forced him to come in at 145 which shows how cowardly they really are. If anyone has any doubt about Roach and Pacquiao fearing Floyd Mayweather Jr, just look at all the BS they pulled already.continue
by James Slater - Marco Antonio Barrera, one of the greatest, one of the most popular amongst fans and one of the more exciting warriors of the past 15 years or so, returns to action tonight at the age of 36. Hoping to make one final run at making boxing history by becoming the first Mexican boxer to win world titles in four different weight classes, "The Baby Faced Assassin" takes the first step in his campaign by taking on little-known Brazilian Adailton De Jesus. continue
by James Slater: Due to the way he was soundly and comprehensively beaten in his May 1st grudge-match with pound-for-pound #2 Floyd Mayweather Junior, fans wondered aloud if 38-year-old "Sugar" Shane Mosley would announce his retirement from the sport. For though he managed to shock "Money" in the 2nd-round a few weeks back, catching the unbeaten 33-year-old with two big right hands to the head, Mosley was otherwise never in the fight. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Similar to the world itself, the sport of boxing remains in a state of constant change. Legendary venues such as Las Vegas' famed MGM Grand and New York City's Madison Square Garden remain key staples of the sport, but the men who put it all on the line when the lights in these famed venues come on have vastly changed, ushering in an era that presents more politics and problems than promise.
Despite the ever-changing landscape in the sport, there are some things that remain constant. A few notables which have found a way to stand the test of time would be HBO's duo of Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant; two men measured by words, and validated by presence. Another great example would be a man who could probably care less about either, yet due to his own staying power, they often find themselves having no choice but to care about him - as his age defying ability has kept him in the thick of things, despite being part of a thin stable (GBP). The man at center of this spotlight?......none other than Philadelphia native, Bernard 'Executioner' Hopkins. continue
IRVINGTON, NJ (June 24, 2010) Sensational junior welterweight prospect Francisco “THE PHENOM” Contreras heads to Southern California next week to face off against Mexican veteran Noe Bolanos in the co-main event on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights on Friday, July 2nd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The 26 year old Contreras has become one of the most talked about prospects in boxing since the Dominican native made his debut in the United States last June, brutally stopping Gustavo Mejia in the first round at Michael’s Eighth Ave. in Glen Burnie, Maryland. continue
On Wednesday, June 30, The Kronk Gym Foundation will hold their 2nd Annual Fundraiser. And be joined by Jr. Middle Weight Champion Miguel Cotto, Philip Anselmo formerly of Pantera and Detroit's own Aretha Franklin. The event will include Dinner, Awards, Amateur Boxing, Live and Silent Auctions, all for a good cause. To celebrate its storied history and to raise money so it can help even more kids, the proceeds from this event will help continue to keep the gym open by contributing to the gym's operational needs. The gym is located at 19239 West Warren Ave. Detroit, MI, an average of 40 youngsters train at the Kronk Gym daily. continue
Nigel Benn and Steve Collins performed the Prizefighter Super Middleweights draw at the Covent Garden Hotel in London ahead of the June 30 event on Sky Sports.
Patrick Mendy makes Prizefighter history as the youngest boxer to take part in the show, and he kicks-off the night against Dudley’s Sam Horton, a fighter full of confidence after a positive showing against James DeGale for the WBA International super middleweight title.
The winner of that fight will face a semi-final against either Waltham Abbey’s Daniel Cadman and Birmingham’s Eddie McIntosh in the second quarter-final.
The third quarter-final pits unbeaten Welshman Jeff Evans against Sheffield’s Peter Fedorenko, fighting for just the second time since almost a decade out of the ring. The winner of that fight faces the victor of the final quarter-final, where public vote winner Tony Salam from Stoke Newington takes on English super middleweight champion Paul David from Northampton. continue
NEW YORK, June 25, 2010 – Recognized as sports television’s best storyteller, HBO Sports presents six of its pioneering documentary films Thursday evenings on HBO this summer. The collection of acclaimed documentaries, which feature HBO Sports’ trademark blend of archival footage, home movies, revealing interviews and unique storytelling, launches July 1 with “Joe Louis: America’s Hero…Betrayed” and concludes Aug. 5 with “Rebels with a Cause: The Story of the American Football League.. continue
(June 24, 2010 – Worcester, MA) One of the premiere super middleweight prospects in the world, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, thrilled a crowd of boisterous supporters with a fifth round knockout over tough lefty Ibahiem King on Thursday night at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass. Rodriguez vs. King headlined Homecoming II, a special presentation of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - The Doctor Theodore A. Atlas Foundation is a New York based community service organization that provides help and support to those in need, in particular children. Founded in 1997 by boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas, the Foundation was created to celebrate the memory of Teddy’s father who practiced medicine until he was 80 years old.
I was afforded the opportunity to ask Teddy about The Doctor Theodore A. Atlas Foundation on a recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio. This was a great honor for me personally because Doctor Atlas was my father’s family doctor on Staten Island when he was growing up. My father and relatives have told me many touching stories about the generosity that was commonplace in the everyday life of Dr. Atlas, who frequently made house calls to poor families at little or no charge.
The following is a transcript of what Teddy Atlas had to say about his father and the Foundation: continue
Los Angeles, CA (June 24, 2010) – When capturing the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship in just his 10th professional bout back in January, Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) entered the boxing record books for winning a major world title in the light heavyweight division with the fewest number of fights in his professional career, beating Jeff Harding’s record established in 1988 after winning the championship in his 15th professional bout. continue
WINTER HAVEN, FLA.) – WBC Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) was honored on Tuesday by the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame for his efforts in Haiti and strong resolve in the ring. Berto received the 2010 Commissioners Award for Perseverance at the Polk County All Sports Awards and Florida Sports Hall of Fame ceremony, which took place at The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - There are lessons you learn in the ring that you can apply to your life. Pain and fear are the same for all of us, but the way we choose to deal with them makes us different from one another. And, the only satisfaction that is greater than overcoming an obstacle is to use your experience to help somebody else to do the same.
Boxing Evolution is a personal development company, based in Slough, offering boxing coaching, personal training, fitness classes, life coaching, enterprise training and workshops for everybody, with a particular focus on helping young adults involved in gangs and crime to get out of trouble and fulfil their potential through the use of positive role models and techniques suited to the individual needs of each student. It is a project born out of the personal experience of 27 years old founder Matthew Flavell, from Maidenhead, who runs it full time. He graciously agreed to open up and explain how boxing helped him find a way out of his personal problems and inspired him to help others. continue
World-rated heavyweight contender David Tua (51-3-1, 43KO's), is currently in the U.S. training for his upcoming fight against Monte Barrett (34-9, 20KO's) at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday July 17th. The WBO #2 rated Tua has set himself up in camp in nearby Jersey City, NJ with long-time trainer Roger Bloodworth. This will be Tua's third fight overall, but first in the U.S. since making his return to the ring in October of last year after a two-year hiatus. continue
On Sunday the 25th July some of the biggest names in British Boxing, along with stars from TV, Film and Music, will be gathering at the Brockwell Stadium in Canvey Island to participate in a football tournament to raise funds for The Indee Rose Trust, which provide support to children recovering from brain and spinal tumors. continue
By Conor Ward - Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, April 15th 1985 – a quarter of a century ago now but still an amazing and enduring memory. Undisputed world middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler faced off to defend his title against reigning light middleweight champ Tommy ‘The Hitman’ Hearns. As all boxing enthusiasts know, Hagler won the fight by a third round technical knockout. But that fact tells a mere fraction of the story, for as this extraordinary fight proved, boxing – for all the criticism it receives – can teach us some invaluable lessons.
Promoter Bob Arum christened the fight “The War” in the build-up and sportswriter Jerry Izenberg summed up the anticipation aptly in stating that the fight “could be the purest of big-league boxing matches in a long, long time…no gimmicks…no shameful racism…no untested paper tigers.”
And after all the big fight hype, posturing, invective and conjecture that goes along with events of this magnitude, when the action finally got underway on that special night, it did not disappoint. To say the first round was action-packed would constitute the grossest of understatements, for it was most probably the most violent and compelling opening three minutes in boxing’s recent history. continue
JOHN McDERMOTT has promised fans he won’t be beaten by nerves when the bell rings in his return clash against Tyson Fury.
Manchester Romany gypsy Fury (10-0) risks his English heavyweight title against the Essex man (25-6) at The Brentwood Centre on Friday June 25 in a contest that also doubles as a final eliminator for the British title. continue
by James Slater - Two "world" title bouts featuring British challengers suffered mixed fortunes today; as it has been reported that Jason Booth's IBF super-bantamweight challenge of Steve Molitor, originally set for July, has been postponed due to an injury on the part of the champion, and Ricky Burns' long awaited shot at WBO 126-pound champ Rocky Martinez is all set to go ahead on September 4th. continue
By Michael Klimes: The magnificent Irish/Anglo-American poet Michael Donaghy wrote poems of startling subtlety and shifts in perspective. He became known as a modern metaphysical writer and can be associated with English poets like Andrew Marvell or John Donne and American ones such a Richard Wilbur or James Merrill. The set moves of these poets are superb techniques original turns of phrase and the staggering ability to ambush yet delight readers with their endlessly elaborate conceits. Consequently, they continually trick you and you are left scratching your head in wondered amazement. One of my favourite Donaghy poems is called ‘Auto de Fé’, published in his must read collected poems by Picador. It goes like this (page 23):
“Last night I met my uncle in the rain
And he told me he’d been dead for fifty years.
My parents told me he’d been shot in Spain
Serving with the Irish volunteers. continue
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received WBC welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin at a special press conference in Ankara. On June 5th Aydin had won the first ever professional boxing world title fight on Turkish soil by outpointing Canada based Romanian "Jo-Jo Dan" Ion in front of 10,000 fans in Istanbul. continue
by James Slater - Rival British heavyweights Tyson Fury and John McDermott, who fight a rematch of their controversial September 2009 bout tomorrow evening, have both weighed-in in Brentwood in Essex, and what we saw at the scales was somewhat surprising; even shocking. 22-year-old Fury, who gained a highly debatable 98-92 decision over McDermott at the tail end of last summer, tipped-in at a whopping, career-heaviest 270-pounds! Though a tall guy at 6'7," this weight is not good news for the heavily hyped English title winner. Indeed, eyebrows may well be raised when fans read about the weight of Fury, and some people may well ask if the betting favourite has put in as much work as he should've done. continue
12 Rounds - WBC Middleweight Silver Championship/Title Elimination Bout: Julio César Chávez Jr. 160 Lbs / John Duddy 159 Lbs
10 rounds – Junior Welterweight Bout : Marco Antonio Barrera 141 lbs / Adailton De Jesús 138 lbs
10 rounds – Texas State Super Flyweight Championship: Raúl Martínez 114.5 Lbs / Gabriel Elizodno 114 3/4 Lbs
8 Rounds - Featherweight Bout: Salvador Sánchez II 125.5 Lbs. / Tomás Villa 126.5 lbs
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, Latin Fury 15: La Furia de México, headlined by the Julio César Chávez Jr. vs. John Duddy 12-round middleweight title elimination rumble, will be produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, Tomorrow! Saturday, June 26, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com. For additional information, please go to www.toprank.com . continue
INDIO, CA (June 23, 2010) A press conference was held on Tuesday afternoon, June 22nd in Indio, California by TKO Boxing Promotions to announce the signing of hometown amateur standout Gabino Saenz.
Saenz will make his highly anticipated pro debut against Colorado’s Brandon Sanchez in a four round featherweight bout on Friday, July 2nd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, as part of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. continue
By Laz Izada - This Saturday night on pay per view from the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Tx. Bob Arum’s Top Rank presents Latin Fury 15. The main event will be a scheduled 12 round middleweight (160Lbs) bout between 24 yr old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 41-0-1(30KO’s), ranked # 1 at Jr. Middleweight (154Lbs) by the WBC. Taking on 31 yr old “Ireland’s” John Duddy 29-1(18KO’s) ranked at Middleweight (160Lbs) by the WBC # 7 and WBO #14.
It will be interesting to see who comes out victorious as it is said in boxing circles that these guys haven’t faced real convincing competition yet. There string of knockouts has been against inferior opponents. Once they step it up a bit they win by decision, draw, or lose. continue
By Peter Heintzelman - Brother barristers, Michael and Mark Erlich, proprietors of The Perfect Game Sports Bar, on Water Street in Worcester, Massachusetts, may have never thought that professional boxing would find its home for a weigh in in their bar.
Yet, compliments of DiBella Entertainment and Worcester’s home town hero, super middleweight Edwin “LaBomba” Rodriguez, the bar was a beehive of activity Wednesday afternoon with fighters and fans packed in like sardines, to witness the Massachusetts Boxing Commission do its thing.
Thursday night fights will ring in a short distance away, at the historic Mechanics’ Hall, but first, the preliminary weigh in report: continue
JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. - “At first I thought to myself, ‘Could I really hack it with Freddie Roach? Could I make it? I did and I am a better fighter for it. He has taught me so much in our time together. I am excited, motivated and in great condition. I am going to show everyone Saturday what being in great condition really means. Duddy is a good strong fighter, however. I expect a tough fight and I am sure Duddy will fight hard.. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Undefeated Victoria State light heavyweight champion Blake Caparello (4-0, 1 KO) takes on rough and rugged Kane McKay (8-8-2, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBF Asia Pacific light heavyweight title and Bob Rose Cup at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia this Friday night 25 June 2010.
Caparello, who has enjoyed an impressive start to his career, will fight McKay over ten rounds, his first bout of such distance, in what looms as his biggest challenge to date. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - After the success of The Takeover and with Tony Salam entering Prizefighter by popular demand, Hard Knock Boxing, Spencer Fearon’s promotional vehicle, seems to be on the ascending. All eyes are on Tony right now, but, while he is busy training, we took the chance to meet the youngest prospect of the stable, 18 years old southpaw Light Welterweight Joe Catchpole (2-0) from Dagenham, who turned pro on March of this year. Time is on his side and he is as hungry as they come…
EASTSIDEBOXING: When and how did you start boxing?
JC: I got into boxing when I was about 5 or 6 but didn't join a gym till I was 9. I just loved to fight and had loads of energy, so my mum bought me some equipment on Christmas and I started from there.
ESB: What is your amateur pedigree?
JC: I won 20 out of 29 and was ABA London champ. To be honest, I didn’t take it seriously till I was 16. continue
by James Slater - Britain's Carl Froch, the former WBC super-middleweight champion, is still annoyed at the scoring he received in his title losing war with Denmark's Mikkel Kessler. Insistent he was the victim of a home town decision when he fought "The Viking Warrior" in his native Denmark, "The Cobra" has made it clear he very much wants a second go at Kessler, and that Mikkel is "only borrowing the WBC belt."
Writing in his local newspaper, The Nottingham Post, the 32-year-old said he definitely did enough to keep his title back in April, but that in a return fight he will not leave it to the judges. continue
By Robert Jackson: Despite the so called ‘gag’ order many of the terms of the negotiations seem to be leaking out. These leaks seems to disparage Mayweather’s positions towards making the big fight scheduled for the fall 2010. Top Rank Boss Bob Arum and GBP CEO Richard Schaefer proclaimed a media blackout for the making of this fight citing “we don’t want to negotiate in the media”. A few weeks ago it was announced by some unnamed Team Pacquiao members that Pacquiao had agreed to a 14 day cutoff for blood testing, followed up by a corroboration by the Top Rank boss who said “The ball was now in Mayweather’s court”. No response was given or heard from Team Mayweather who seemed to be honoring the ‘gag’ order. continue
Promo shoot “makes it more real” for June 30 hopefuls - The ten boxers lined-up for Prizefighter Super-Middleweights at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday June 30 live on Sky Sports began the countdown to the show with today’s promotional shoot at Sky Sports studios in London.
The eight starters on the night were joined by the two reserves for a number of promotional activities including Sky Sports interviews for the night and promotional videos and pictures, all within tantalising touching distance of the Prizefighter trophy which will go to the winner of the 13th edition on Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournament, along with a cheque for £32,000.
“I’ve been laughing all day, I’m so excited – it’s been amazing coming down here to Sky it’s such a big thing for me and I’ve loved every minute of it,” said Maidenhead’s Patrick Mendy, who makes history as the youngest boxer to take part in Prizefighter at the age of 19. “It’s made it more real being here and I cannot wait to get into the ring now and show people what I can do.. continue
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, a former two-time New York City Golden Gloves champion, and the WBA light heavyweight champion 1980-81, has joined Zab “Super” Judah’s training team. Judah (38-6, 26 KO’s), the former world light welterweight and undisputed welterweight champion, is in Las Vegas preparing for his July 16 battle with Jose Armando Santa Cruz of Michoacán, Mexico (28-4, 17 KO’s). continue
By Matt Clark - Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai faces the hardest test of his career when he faces fellow Heavyweight fringe contender Travis “Freight Train” Walker over 10 rounds on Wednesday 30th of June, 2010. The fight takes place at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane Australia, on the undercard of the Anthony Mundine vs Carlos Adan Jerez battle, Mundine’s debut at 154 lbs. It is however the potential slugfest between the two knockout artists that threatens to steal the show. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview Floyd Mayweather Senior whose son recently scored an impressive one-sided victory against Sugar Shane Mosley. Rumors have recently been in circulation about a potential showdown in the fight everyone wants to see, and that of course is a fight between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather Senior discussed this possibility and here is some of what he had to say:
On Manny Pacquiao being named ‘Fighter of the Decade’ by the BWAA:
“That’s bullsh*t. It ain’t nothing but bullsh*t, that’s all it is. Like I said, that’s why boxing is going bad because of sh*t like that. Everybody knows this man isn’t f*cking boxer of the decade. He got his ass whopped by two fighters that nobody even knows the fighters that whopped his ass. Nobody even knows who whopped it. The couple of guys who whopped it, nobody even knows who the hell they are. How the hell can he be ‘Fighter of the Decade’? My son’s been fighting top class fighters and beat all their asses. He beat every one of them, and he got two or three losses on his record and he’s ‘Fighter of the Decade? How the hell can that be? It’s impossible. Whoever said that, they got to be dumb, stupid, and crazy. I don’t give a damn what writer, reporter, or whoever it may be—they’re dumb, stupid, and crazy as far as I’m concerned.. continue
YORK, PA , (June 23, 2010) Tickets are now on sale as TKO Boxing Promotions presents ‘THE BATTLE OF YORK 5” on Saturday, July 31st at the Sovereign Bank Stadium, home of the York Revolution. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 through the York Revolution Box Office (717-801-HITS, www.yorkrevolution.com ). Ringside seating and VIP table seating are also available through the box office. (General admission seats will be sold for $25 on the day of the event). continue
Michael Shou-Yung Shum - The group stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Showtime is entering its final round, and – other than Andre Ward who has already advanced – the remaining five fighters are still in contention to reach the knockout stage. Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, and Carl Froch are all on two points after two matches, and will be looking for results in their next fights to go through. Arthur Abraham is in second place with three points and is likely to advance. Allan Green needs a knockout and some help. Here’s how I see the rest of the tournament playing out:
ANDRE WARD VERSUS ANDRE DIRRELL (Sept. 25)
I like Ward on points in this match-up. He has looked great in his two tournament wins (over Kessler and Green), and shown a level of toughness that bodes well for his professional future. continue
Lorenzo W. (Hempstead, NY): I know that you've been pretty big on Andre Ward in the past. What did you think about his fight with Green and what do you see next for Green?
Vivek W. (ESB): I have maintained for nearly two years now that fundamentally, Ward is the best fighter in the world, behind only Floyd Mayweather jr. Few seemed to see think Ward had this capability, but I think last Saturday night's performance was yet another example of how deep his arsenal is, and like Mayweather, he has grown accustomed to being able to dig into his tool-belt and grabbing whatever tool necessary to get the "W". I think the weight/training concern mentioned by Green was actually a legitimate one, but I don't think it would have mattered in the end, as their skill levels are simply on two totally different levels. Green prepared like any other man with a height and reach advantage. What he didn't prepare for was a fighter who had the ring generalship and IQ to nullify those attributes. continue
Paul Albano - With Allan Green’s 12 rounds of conscientious objection to fighting Andre Ward Saturday night in Oakland, Stage 2 of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic is now complete. Ward, by virtue of his two wins (Mikkel Kessler and Green) sits in first place with four points; while Arthur Abraham resides in second with 3 points thanks to his knockout of now disposed Super Six member Jermain Taylor; just ahead of Carl Froch, Kessler, Andre Dirrell (each with 2 points); and then Green (and Taylor replacement) without a point.
The look-ahead is complex more than slightly as Stage 3—offering three fights, each with five possible outcomes (KO or decision for either fighter, or a draw), thus 125 permutations—renders all gloved-combatants still in position to advance to the next and last stage, a final four style single-elimination tournament. continue
By Marius Vibe - A while back, I wrote an article called “Complete Predictions for the Super Six Tournament” – a piece I was pretty happy about and content to leave alone until the whole competition was completed. But, as many of you may know, there has been a big change in the tournament, in Jermain Taylor leaving, and also a controversial outcome in the Dirrell vs. Abraham fight.
So it’s time for me to modify my predictions and comment a little on the ones I’ve already made:
Summary – Group Stage 2:
1: Andre Dirrell vs. Arthur Abraham continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - Timur Ibragimov won the North American Boxing Association (NABA) heavyweight title by decisively outpointing Oliver McCall last week. Ibragimov, an Uzbekistani native now living in Hollywood, Florida, easily won most of the rounds with fast, shifty footwork and peppery long-range combination punching. Although McCall relentlessly stalked and pressured his foe, he could not compensate for disadvantages in hand and foot speed, and was battered by Ibragimov’s rights for much of the bout. The final scores were lopsided in favor of Ibragimov: 119-109, 117-111, and 117-111.
For Ibragimov, victory was sweet for several reasons. For one, NABA is affiliated with the World Boxing Association (WBA), and as the NABA champion, Ibragimov will now be ranked among the WBA’s top 15 heavyweight contenders. Furthermore, by beating McCall, Ibragimov acquired a signature win over a “name” opponent and simultaneously established that he does not shirk from high stakes bouts against dangerous opponents. Most importantly, this victory erases the stigma of Ibragimov’s 2006 loss to Calvin Brock. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 22, 2010) – Hartford super bantamweight Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver, the reigning New England and EBA champion, will be in a crossroads fight Saturday night as he continues his journey back to the top of the 122-pound division, taking on 4-time world title-holder Mauricio “Indio Boy” Pastrana in the 8-round co-feature on the “Pride & Power” boxing show, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. continue
by James Slater - Negotiations for the mega-fight all of boxing wants to see, Floyd Mayweather Vs. Manny Pacquiao, continue as we speak. And as much as he seemingly wants a deal to be made so as to get the fight on, pound-for-pound king Pacquiao is still of the belief that Mayweather is afraid of him and doesn't really want to face him in the ring.
This is the latest word we have heard from Pac-Man, and he spoke to The Freeman on the subject of whether or not the super-fight will actually happen. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 78th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring guests Floyd Mayweather Sr. & Al Bernstein) will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player or enter our chat on the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host, Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy)
Topics for Discussion
• Andre Ward's dominate Unanimous decision win over Allan Green.
• Future super 6 match ups for both.
• Who is the best super middleweight today? continue
After an impressive seventh round technical knockout of Calvin Green that announced his return to the ring, former Junior Middleweight World Champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora is eager to keep the momentum going when he visits the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California on Friday, July 23 to headline TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” against veteran Juan Carlos Candelo. continue
by James Slater - Mexican warrior Jose Luis Castillo quietly returned to action over the weekend, winning an eight-round unanimous decision over veteran journeyman and countryman Roberto Valenzuela in Baja California, Mexico. Fighting for the first time since his 6th-round retirement loss to former "Contender" star Alfonso Gomez, which took place back in March on the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey under-card, Castillo looked in good physical shape at 142-pounds. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer and fight commentator, Teddy Atlas. As a trainer, Atlas is best known for twice leading Michael Moorer to the heavyweight championship. He currently works as a commentator on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” and is also presently training the IBF’s number one ranked heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin who will possibly face Wladimir Klitschko for the titles in his next fight. Here are some excerpts of what Teddy had to say:
On why he started training Alexander Povetkin:
“The only reason I’m back training fighters is because Alexander Povetkin is a kid I think with good character. He’s a terrific kid to work with. It’s actually nice to be in the gym. I didn’t want to be in the gym anymore and deal with some of the things that you have to deal with in this business, but it has been fun with him and his character has been a big part of it bringing me back to the teaching part of boxing.. continue
Three of The Empire Sports and Entertainment's fighters were in action Saturday night, June 19, at the Conference Center in Niagara Falls, as former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, and welterweight sensations "Sting" Bwalya and Cecil McCalla all wowed the thousands in attendance with their skills.
Fighting in the main event, comebacking two-time heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman dropped Troy, New York's Shannon Miller once in every round before getting the TKO stoppage at 1:37 of round four. continue
by James Slater - Heavyweight powerhouse David Tua of New Zealand takes the next step in his comeback on July 17th, when he faces the always-game former two-time heavyweight title challenger Monte Barrett in Atlantic City, N.J. Tua, now 37-years-of-age and 51-3-1(43) as a pro, will be having his first fight in America since September of 2007. The questions is, will Tua get himself a quick KO victory, or will the 39-year-old New Yorker known as "Two Gunz" reach deep inside and pull out one last, huge effort and score a big upset? continue
By Jason Peck - There’s a lot of fighters out there who could have really shaken up this tournament. I mean, really shaken things up. To my mind, little changed when Allen Green replaced Jermain Taylor in the Super Six – there’s the five fighters of the Super Six who are actually in contention. Then there’s him. With this much money and prestige on the line, I have a hard time believing that Showtime couldn’t recruit any fighter it wanted with a snap of its fingers.
I fully recognize my article will change nothing; Showtime certainly has more important things to worry about than an unpaid writer on a boxing site, albeit an exemplary website. For a moment, however, I will pretend otherwise and name three fighters I would much rather see in this tournament. I emphasize that I do not favor any of these three to WIN. Rather, I think these three bring the right tools to the table to make each fight a question mark. After all, hasn’t the uncertainty made these matches all the more exciting? continue
By Paul Strauss: Minnesota fans eagerly await this fall when the first inductees into the newly established MNBHoF will be announced at a banquet held in Oct. at Mancini's Char House, St. Paul.. There are many worthwhile possibilities so anticipation is at a high level. For those of you who think of Minnesota as simply part of fly-over land, you might be surprised to learn that Minneapolis/St. Paul once rivaled such cities as N.Y., Philadephia, and Chicago as a hot spot for boxing. Many great fighters came from the area, and many other great fighters such as Harry Greb, Jack Dempsey, and Gene Tunney all fought here. continue
by James Slater - Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver, the former light-heavyweight champion and a current co-commentator on T.V network ShowTime, announced yesterday how he will be coming back to the ring soon - as a heavyweight. Not having boxed since suffering back-to-back points losses to "Bad" Chad Dawson, in 2008/2009, the 41-year-old said he will pack on some muscle and make a run for the elite big men of the sport such as the Klitschkos and David Haye.
"The champ is going heavyweight," Tarver said yesterday. "I feel if I'm going to stay in the game of boxing and give it my all, I've gotta set big goals for myself. So the Klitschkos, David Haye, be on the lookout because I'm coming.. continue
By Peter Heintzelman - Super Bantamweight Champ, Mike Oliver has a lot to prove in his fight later this week at Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut.
His original promoter, Ritchie Cappiello, of Cappiello Brothers Boxing, has integrated with Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports. With a professional record of 23-2, with 8 KO’s, Oliver is trying to lock in his place under the CES Banner this coming Saturday, June 26th, when he faces yet another Columbian, Mauricio Pastrana (35-13- 2, 23 KO’s) .
His last fight with a Columbian, namely Reynaldo Lopez, in 2008, did not go Oliver’s way, as “Machine Gun” experienced his first professional loss,
Oliver, the New England & EBA Super Bantamweight Champion, is out to redeem himself.
What better place for redemption than at “the Sun”, which has been magical for the likeable 30 year young fighter hailing from Hartford, Connecticut. continue
Ireland's boxers will be looking to heap further misery on the French this Saturday when recent Prizefighter winner Willie “Big Bang” Casey and reigning Irish Middleweight Champ, Gary “Spike” O'Sullivan clash with French opposition on the Yanjing Beer Fight Night at The Neptune Stadium in Cork. They will join European title contender Andy Murray and the Cork based Cuban trio of Mike “The Rebel” Perez, Luis “The Lion” Garcia and Alexei “The Hurricane” Acosta on a big night of boxing on Leeside on an event that is being billed as “The Undefeated's” with all six boxers looking to put their perfect records on the line. continue
Promoter Steve Goodwin came up trumps again on Saturday night with his ‘Summer Fight Night Explosion’ show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. The only downer being the cancellation of the main event,Yassine El Maachi versus Dee Mitchell, due to El Maachi, who recently recovered from a virus that kept him out of training for ten days, having a WBC African title shot next month in Morocco. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - Unluckily for the crowd in attendance at London’s York Hall yesterday night, Goodwin Promotions main star, International Light Middleweight Masters Champion Yassine El Maachi (13-4-0) was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout due to a virus that kept him from training for 10 days. The decision was made by trainer Don Charles with in mind his charge challenge for the WBC African title on the 24th of July in Morocco, opponent yet to be named, a chance for Yassine to propel himself in the world rankings which neither he or Steve Goodwin were willing to risk by having The Showman fighting in poor condition and may be losing.
Naturally, the attention turned on the indirect duel between former English Champion Ryan Barrett (20-8-2) and Mark “The Flash” Alexander (10-4-0), who will face each other on September 11 in another Goodwin card.
Barrett took the stage first in the third bout of the evening against fellow lightweight Jason Nesbitt (8-111-2). It was a one sided affair in which Ryan appeared by far the most technically accomplished boxer. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (June 21, 2010) Sensational amateur prospect Alantez “TEZ” Fox has signed with TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today by its CEO Chris Middendorf. “Alantez is one of the best, young amateur prospects in the world and we’re very excited to welcome him to the TKO Boxing team” said Middendorf. “He’s a terrific young man who’s very anxious to get started in his pro career.. continue
by James Slater - When British heavyweights Tyson Fury and John McDermott met last September, the fight - or the official score the completed ten-rounder received - became one of the most controversial of the year. As fans know, Referee and sole Judge Terry O'Connor awarded the unbeaten Fury with a wide, 98-92 points victory - this after a fight that had been largely bossed by "Big Bad John."
Fans and people involved were angry, and after a short time The BBB of C ordered a rematch. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani: There are two varieties of one-sided fights. In scenario one, the losing fighter remains a serious threat throughout the duration of the bout. These types of fights tend to keep fans on the edge of their seats always wondering whether the losing fighter can land that one homerun punch that changes everything. The alternative involves exact the opposite—a fight that becomes a foregone conclusion in the early stages. The latter represents what unfolded tonight as Andre Ward (22-0) successfully defended his WBA super world super middleweight title against Allan Green (29-2) in twelve one-sided rounds of action. The judges were unanimous in their verdict, all scoring it a 120-108 shutout in favor of Ward.
After a fairly slow opening stanza, things began picking up a bit in round three when the two fighters engaged in what literally resembled a phone booth brawl. Despite being the much bigger fighter, Green was getting the worse of the exchanges and in a bad way. Ward bullied him into the ropes and was able to have his way with him, throwing a nice variety of short hooks and uppercuts that found the mark. This inside mauling pattern continued in round four when Green once again found himself being roughed up and bludgeoned in close quarters. Ward was relentless in his attack and began landing his power shots with more and more frequency. continue
Former British Super Bantamweight champion Matthew Marsh is to fight for the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) belt against unbeaten prospect Kris Hughes. The Marsh-Hughes title clash is scheduled to be on the undercard of the Frank Maloney promoted IBF Super Bantamweight World Title fight between Steve Molitor and Jason Booth at the Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear on Friday 23rd July. continue
Irish legend says super-middleweights must dig deep on June 30 - Barry McGuigan has called for the Prizefighter Super Middleweights to match the heart and strength of Willie “Big Bang” Casey when the aim to lift the trophy on Wednesday June 30, live on Sky Sports.
Irish legend McGuigan was ringside when Casey stormed to victory in the super-welterweights the last time Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournament was staged at York Hall, Bethnal Green – and as the super-middleweights take to the venue in a week’s time, the former world champion said they had to match his countryman’s determination if they want to pocket the £32,000 winner’s cheque. continue
By Paul Strauss: Announcer Antonio Tarver said it best when describing Allan Green's lack of effort. He correctly characterized it as, "Green is catching and Ward is throwing (pitching). He is doing much of nothing."! The large Ward hometown crowd for the Super Six matchup was even surprised at how easily their hero dominated the fighter with the reputation as a fierce puncher. They saw Andre cruise through the first round with a touch of caution, but then saw him start the second with a stepped up pace, and he just took over.
The Oracle Arena crowd in Oakland, CA saw the bully get bullied. Ward muscled Green. He outworked him, and he managed to walk him into the ropes or corner, where he proceeded to work him over. Much of the time he would tie up Green's left, and negating the vaunted left hook, and work him over with his own left. Green would lean, or be pushed back, on to the ropes and on his heels. In that position he was unable to generate any punching power. Meanwhile Ward had good balance, with his head in tight, allowing him to get off short sharp punches. continue
Waldon "TBD" White - Before the start of the Andre Ward vs. Allan Green WBA Championship fight I had time to have a round of discussion with Andre Dirrell. Andre Dirrell 19-1(13KOs) is 1-1 in the Showtime Super Six World Classic tournament with his most recent win a result of a disqualification over Arthur Abraham March 27th. Dirrell was ahead by the scores of 98-91 and 97-92 twice before the 11th round stoppage due to Arthur Abraham hitting Dirrell after he slipped to one knee. Before the stoppage occurred Dirrell was in command landing a fourth round knockdown in a fight many observers thought he had no real chance of winning. Andre was in town to perform a scouting report of sorts as he wanted to get a good look at who and what he may be facing in the next round of the tournament. I wanted to get down to business and find out what was on the Flint Michigan native's mind and heart. continue
by James Slater - The career of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman rolls on. In stopping a gutsy, have-a-go Shannon Miller in the 4th-round of an eventful fight in Niagara Falls, New York last night, the 37-year-old proved he at least has something left to offer. Knocking the 36-year-old down four times in total, once in each of the four-rounds, Rahman showed he still has power in both hands; his right hand especially.
After the fourth knockdown, in the 4th-round, Miller's corner asked the referee, Charlie Fitch, to stop the one-sided affair. The official times was 1-minute and 37-seconds of the 4th-round, and Rahman , who weighed-in at a reasonable-looking 260-pounds, improved to 47-7-2(38). continue
OAKLAND (June 19, 2010) – Andre Ward retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound championship and undefeated record by way of unanimous decision over Allan Green in his second straight commanding performance in the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
In front of his hometown crowd of 8,797 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) secured a place in the Super Six semi-finals by dominating a visibly weak Green (29-2, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Oklahoma, throughout the entire twelve round bout. All three judges scored the fight 120 to 108.
Known for his speed and fast hands, Ward continued to flesh out his repertoire of sweet science strengths by fighting inside and smothering Green against the ropes for most of the night. continue
By Laz Izada - The house was rockin this Saturday night at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach, as Jeff Gibson’s Elite Promotions presented Battle At The Beach 8. Fans on hand witnessed 5 exciting boxing matches along with 4 outstanding mma matches.
The highly anticipated heavyweight main event featured the return of now 24 year old Michael Marrone 19-1, (14KO’s) to the squared circle after a 2 year layoff, against a very game, record deceiving 31 year old Joseph Rabotte 8-14-1(3KO’s). Marrone from Vero Beach, Fl came in at 224Lbs while Rabotte from Myrtle Beach, SC weighed in at 254Lbs. Both fighters stood in at an even 6’ 3”, in the scheduled 8 rounder. continue
It hardly gets any closer than this. At today’s purse bid for the European heavyweight championship between Alexander Dimitrenko and Denis Bakhtov in Rome, ARENA outbid Universum by only 200,- Euros. ARENA’s offer of 157,000.- Euro were slightly enough to make sure that Universum (156,800.- Euro) cannot stage the fight as planned on their last show with TV partner ZDF on July 31st. Russian promoter German Titov won the purse bid by offering 260,000.- Euros. continue
By Harold Kupelle: World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) made it look easy tonight in completely dominating a badly over-matched Allan Green (29-2, 20 KO's) in a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision at the Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California. The final judges' scores were 120-108, 120-108 and 120-108. Green was out of his class from the beginning, backed up to the ropes and pounded to the midsection. He leaned forward much of the time and was a sucker for uppercuts from Ward
For some reason, Green just couldn't pull the trigger on his punches. It was like a replay of his inept performance against Edison Miranda three years, only worse because Ward stayed on top of Green the entire bout and pounded him at will. Green spent much of the time trying to clinch and grab to try and prevent Ward from punching him so much. It didn't hardly work. Ward continued pound the stuffing out of Green round after round without stop. continue
The fight between WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and two-time title challenger Khoren Gevor is off. They were slated to meet on July 17 in Schwerin, Germany. Universum General Manager Stefan Braune said: “We needed to have our plans finalized for our promotional partners and Sebastian Zbik hadn’t signed the fight contract on time. Therefore we had to reorganize and we’re pleased that we’re able to present to the fans two additional great fights with local favorite Jürgen Brähmer and Susi Kentikian.. continue
by S.Warren - Travelling to Germany and getting a win is not the easiest thing to do for a British fighter but Ashley 'Treasure' Theophane has achieved that feat four times over the last few years.
On Saturday 19th June, Theophane captured the IBO International Welterweight Title pounding out a victory against Afghan Harasch Hotaki. The first four rounds saw Theophane circling the ring and working his jab to affect. Hokati had never been past four rounds in his career so this must have been on the mind of Theophane who used caution against an opponent who has weighed middleweight in a few of his fights of 2009. continue
by James Slater - Once again, Henry Ramirez, trainer of heavyweight contender and crowd-pleaser Chris Arreola, was at the airport when I called him for an interview today (I always seem to call at the most inappropriate times!) but he was still kind enough to give me the latest on what his charge will do next.
"The Nightmare," who lost a close decision to Tomasz Adamek in April, is back in training and will likely fight again in August on ESPN - as Henry told me, amongst other things, today.
Here is what the trainer had to say:
James Slater: Thanks so much for your time once again, Henry. We hear Chris will be back in August, on ESPN?
Henry Ramirez: How are you, James? Yes, it appears so - sometime in August. That's what we're looking for, then to get Chris back on HBO in the fall. continue
In his first bout since losing a competitive 12 round decision to top ranked light heavy Karo Murat (22-0), WBA#14 light heavyweight Tommy Karpency rebounded Friday night with a one-sided destruction over late sub Julius Jackson at the Wheeling Isle Racetrack and Casino in Wheeling, West Virginia. Karpency (20-2-1) controlled the fight with superior skills, power punching and effective combinations dropping Jackson with a right/left combination at the conclusion of the opening stanza. Jackson failed to answer the bell to start the second. Karpency's manager, Pat Nelson, stated, "Tommy looked extremely sharp tonight and is not only 'in line' to fight WBA champ Beibut Shunenov (9-1), but also matches up very well with fellow southpaw and WBO champ Juergen Braehmer (36-2).. continue
by James Slater - "The Bible of Boxing," Ring magazine, will recognise the winner of the upcoming August clash between Chad Dawson and Jean Pascal as it's 175-pound world champion, so editor of the legendary publication, Nigel Collins has announced on Ringtv.com.
The fight, a hugely intriguing one set for Montreal, Canada on August 14th, now becomes an ever bigger, more important affair than it already was. In today's world of multiple alphabelt organisations, fans can still trust Ring magazine to do what's right and recognise only the most worthy fighters when it comes to who to bestow their championship belt on. continue
by Waldon "TBD" White- On Saturday June 19th WBA Champion Andre Ward who weighed in at 167 & 3/4lbs defends his title against Allan Green coming in today at 166lbs at the Oracle Arena in Oakland California. This fight is a part of Showtime's Super Six Boxing Classic tournament starting at 10 PM ET/PT which will determine the best of the best in the exciting 168 pound Super Middleweight Division. Tomorrow's fight will be one of the biggest test for unbeaten Olympian Andre Ward who is the favorite his upcoming bout with the dangerous Allan Green. Many words have been said by both camps in regards to the other in this intriguing match up which will be one of Ward's toughest test to date. Green, who feels that he shouldn't have been overlooked originally during the composition of the tournament for Jermaine Taylor will now have a chance to show the world why he should have been included from the gate. Most pundits say that Green has the ability to stop the fight at anytime with one punch and holds the edge in power, while others point to Wards exceptional ring presence and natural boxing ability. Not at a loss for words both camps have traded barbs with one another and had stern warnings for their opponents. Virgil Hunter, Ward's trainer and mentor had very sharp words for the Green camp in response to comments made by Green and his trainer. continue
RENO, NEV. (June 18, 2010) — A limited number of free tickets are available to a July 2nd gala celebrating the centennial of one of boxing’s greatest bouts — the Johnson-Jeffries 1910 heavyweight fight.
The gala will run from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Grand Theatre of the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno. Guests will be able to mingle with boxing writers and historians, local dignitaries, and the families of Heavyweight Champions Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries during the gala. continue
The Chinese national boxing team will play a prominent role in this year’s WBC Night of Champions international boxing festival in Cardiff, 29-31 July.
Leading members of the Chinese team will fight alongside Olympic medal-hopefuls from Germany, Ireland, Kazakhstan and the United States as part of the Rest of the World team against Britain’s Olympic medal contenders. continue
by Waldon "TBD" White - Attending the Andre Ward vs. Allen Green weigh in I got a chance to spend one round with "Fast" Eddie Chambers 35-2(18KO) and find out what he's been up to since his loss on the 20th of March to IBF, WBO, IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko 53-3(48KO). Eddie Chambers is in Oakland to support his brother Welterweight Steve Chambers in his June 19th undercard bout with Hector Alatorre. The 28 year old Philadelphia resident Heavyweight has fought likes of the aforementioned champion, Alexander Povetkin, and defeated once Heavyweight kingpin Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter. He still has time on his side in an aging and splintered division with two dominate European siblings (Klitschko Brothers) holding shares of the title along with a new English champion (Haye) to have another shot at bringing the Heavyweight crown back to American shores. The current champions are all engaged with preparing for new defenses and most have overlooked Chambers do to his style, which is more of a traditional boxing style rather than that of a crowd pleasing knockout artist. Despite the naysayers and latest setback in the ring he has made no secret that he thinks the belts belong back on American soil and wants another shot to prove it. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Twenty-six young boxers won national championships on Friday at the 2010 USA Boxing Junior National Championships at the Geottege Memorial Field House in Camp Lejeune. Final round action was contested in weight divisions ranging from 90 pounds up to the super heavyweight class with the future of amateur boxing on display. In addition to a new national title to add to their resumes, six boxers won outstanding boxer awards. Malik Jackson, George Naclerio and Joseph Bonas received the honor in the male division, and Elizabeth Rodriguez, Ayanna Vasquez, and Clarissa Shields claiming the award in the female division. continue
by James Slater - Unfortunately, fights get postponed on occasion, such is the unpredictable nature of boxing, and it has been announced today that two intriguing bouts - one originally set for this coming Saturday, the other for July - will not now be going ahead as planned. continue
by Waldon "TBD" White: Today at the Oakland Airport Hilton the Ward vs. Green weigh in got into full swing. I had the opportunity to chat with Former IBF, WBC and IBO light heavyweight champion Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver about his thoughts on this weekends fight and what's been happening with his career. Tarver will be commentating for Showtime Boxing's Super Six World Boxing Classic Series telecast of the Andre Ward, Alan Green WBA World Super Middleweight Championship fight taking place at the Oakland Arena.
TBD: "How do you feel about this weekends match up and the renewed excitement the tournament has brought to boxing recently?"
A.T.: " Boxing Don I feel like this is going to be one hell of a good match up I think it's going to be a tough challenge for both fighters involved.. continue
by James Slater - It's been just over six months since heavyweight contender Kevin "King Pin" Johnson's disappointing challenge of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. That December 2009 day in Switzerland, when the then undefeated 30-year-old appeared to have no real ambition other than to go the full 12-rounds (which he did), gave us one of the most boring heavyweight title bouts in years, and it was especially disappointing given the great talk Johnson, now 22-1-1(9) was coming out with beforehand. continue
OAKLAND, Calif., (June 17, 2010) Allan Green relaxes in his Hilton Oakland Airport suite as he gets mentally ready for his Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with WBA World Champion Andre Ward televised Saturday, June 19-live on SHOWTIME, 10p ET/PT- fromOakland's Oracle Arena.
The event is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, TNT Boxing and Dibella Entertainment and sponsored by Corona, Oakland Tribune and River Rock Casino. continue
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.—“No more lies, K2,” Team Valuev said today. “No more posturing. No more subterfuge. No more deceit.”
Team Valuev announced today that they will accept an offer made by K2 Promotions for former two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolai “Russian Giant” Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs), from St. Petersburg, Russia., to face World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs), from Ukraine.
Promoter Don King said much misinformation has been disseminated regarding his position and statements pertaining to Valuev, the fighter he represents with Sauerland Event.
“Due to many incorrect representations in the past, I want to make it perfectly clear that K2 Promotions has offered Nikolai Valuev $2.5 million to face Vitali Klitschko, and on behalf of Team Valuev, we are accepting their offer. continue
By Laz Izada - You’ve heard it right boxing fans and heavyweight enthusiast the kid is back. Marrone if you recall turned pro at 18 after winning the Florida Golden Gloves. His professional career was being guided by Lou Duva at the time and composed an 18-1(13KO’s) record. He decided to take some time off after his first defeat in 2008 in Germany against Francesco Pianeta 20-0(12KO’s), (now ranked #10 by the WBO), at the time of that fight Marrone was recovering from the passing away of his younger brother Chris (car accident). continue
2010 Chicago Golden Glove Champion Genaro Mendez will make his pro debut, Saturday, June 19th at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago. Mendez, who won the 152 lb. open title, will be making his pro debut as a jr. weleterweight. “I’ve pretty much been training since the end of the Golden Glove tournament,” said Mendez. “I took a one-week break, after the tournament and I’ve been training ever since.” Mendez thinks Chicago boxing fans will enjoy his style. “I’m an all-action, come forward fighter,” added Mendez. “People have always said my style of boxing is better suited for the pro ranks.. continue
By Matt McGrain: Arguably, Andre Ward (21-0) has been cheated. The “Super-Six” tournament system that has brought to life some of the biggest fights the 168lb division can deliver is something that every boxing fan should be grateful for, but tournament boxing is never without it’s flaws. In team sports, even an injury to a star player doesn’t prevent the team digging in and fighting for the right result. In individual sports, especially an individual sport given to seeing its participants suddenly and violently rendered unconscious, this is not the case, as Jermain Taylor’s most reasonable decision to opt-out of the tournament after back to back knockout losses has shown. Ward would undoubtedly have relished meeting a fighter in as much mental difficulty as Taylor would have suffered had he decided to box on in what is, after all, a results business, but instead he is met by a newcomer to the tournament - Allan Green (29-1).
“I am calm on the inside, but I cannot wait. In training, mentally, I have to go somewhere I’ve never been before.. continue
The undercard for the July 16th Zab “Super” Judah vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz is shaping up to be a true boxing fan’s treat with abundant local flavor.
The main event featuring Zab Judah, Brooklyn, NY 38-6, 26 KO’s vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz, Michoacán, Mexico, 28-4, 17 KO will be a 10 round junior welterweight crowd pleaser. Zab promised that the match up will be full of action and excitement and that he has a few surprises in store for the fans. continue
(June 17, 2010 – Pawtucket, RI) With just a week to go until he is scheduled to take center stage in front of a crazed hometown crowd, Edwin Rodriguez took part in a media workout on Thursday at Manfredo’s Gym to showcase just how ready he is. Rodriguez shadow boxed, hit the pads with trainer Peter Manfredo, Sr., and put in some rounds in the heavy bag before the assembled members of the press. continue
By Peter Heintzelman & Trish Kilcullen - Worcester, Massachusetts is in for a treat next Thursday, June 24th, when their hometown boxing hero returns to the beautiful Mechanics Hall, headlining “Broadway Boxing.” Featuring Undefeated hometown prospect Edwin Rodriguez, the fight card that should pack the house.
With an undefeated record of 15 wins with 11 knockouts, Rodriguez has sky-rocketed into the super middleweight division, that motivated top promoter, Lou DiBella, of New York City’s DiBella Entertainment, to sign “La Bomba” to a professional contract in March of last year.
Shortly after signing his contract with DiBella last year, and under the continued tutelage of famed trainer, Peter Manfredo, Sr, and the solid management of Larry Army, Jr., Edwin sealed the deal with a second round knockout of Patrick Thompson at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall, on Main Street . DiBella was so pleased with the enthusiastic turnout of fans, that he promised a return to Worcester, and with Rodriguez as the headliner.
And so it was said. And so it is done.
Edwin has kept up his end of the bargain, delivering to DiBella Entertainment, since signing on the dotted line, winning five more consecutive fights, in impressive style, and catching the eye of national television broadcasters, who have televised his performances across the country. continue
NEW YORK (June 16, 2010) – SHOWTIME® is once again the place to be this summer for non-stop sports programming with exciting boxing, mixed martial arts and NASCAR coverage. It kicks off tonight as STRIKEFORCE delivers a special mid-week event with a stacked fight card from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Throw in a matchup of American fighters in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, the world’s No. 1 MMA heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko’s debut on SHOWTIME, ShoBox: The New Generation and weekly Inside NASCAR programs and you’ve got three and half weeks of blockbuster programming. continue
Mexico City, MEX/Houston, TX (June 17)...Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez and Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz are training hard for their rematch, Marquez vs. Diaz II “Fight of the Year: The Rematch,” but it is a day like Father’s Day, which both fighters will celebrate with their children this Sunday, that makes it all worth it. The world championship bout is scheduled for Saturday, July 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV and will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. Marquez has three children ages three to twelve and Diaz has a three-year-old son, so both fighters have grown accustom to balancing boxing and family, staying dedicated to their children while staying dedicated to their craft. continue
by James Slater , photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman / ESB - Fresh off his exciting and impressive 3rd-round TKO win over former IBF middleweight title challenger Sebastien Demers of Canada, 28-year-old Brian Vera is back in the hunt for big fights. The Demers win, which improved Vera's record to 17-4(11) potentially sets the former "Contender" up for another important bout.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with me about his recent win, his plans for the future, including a possible return with Ireland's Andy Lee, and other things, Brian had the following things to say earlier today:
James Slater: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me, Brian. First of all, congratulations on the great win over Sebastian Demers last Friday.
Brian Vera: Thank you. Yes, it was good.
J.S: You said beforehand that you pretty much knew that fight was make or break for you. In hindsight, do you think you fought one of your best fights? You looked great in that 3rd-round.
B.V: Yeah, we worked hard. We'd lost the last three fights, but the fight in New York [against Isaac Rodrigues in February], we thought we'd won that, but got a bad decision. We were kind of robbed in that fight. But we're working on me fighting a more disciplined fight now, not going as crazy in there. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 17 - After an impressive seventh round technical knockout of Calvin Green that announced his return to the ring, former Junior Middleweight World Champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora is eager to keep the momentum going when he visits the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California on Friday, July 23 to headline TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" against veteran Juan Carlos Candelo. This ten round middleweight bout, which headlines a night of world-class professional boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Ringside Ticket Inc. and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" will be broadcast at 11:30pm ET / PT. continue
Seattle’s Walter “2 Guns” Wright will return to the ring on Saturday at Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 77 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Wright, a multiple Tacoma Golden Gloves champion, will meet Joshua Snyder (8-5-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled six-round co-main event. It marks Wright’s first bout in more than three years. “I’ve been out of the ring, but not away from the sport,” said the 29-year-old Wright, who sports a record of 13-3-0 with 7 knockouts. “I’ve been training. I’m in the best shape of my life and I’m focused. I’m really looking forward to getting back in that ring and putting on a show.. continue
By Vivek Wallace: The Super-6 Super Middleweight tournament has given fight fans quite a few recent memorable moments in the sport. The element most intriguing about the tournament itself is the fact that when the best meets the best, you literally have no intelligent idea relative to what could take place, setting the stage for what HBO's Jim Lampley ofter refers to as the "theater of the unexpected". Thus far, we've witnessed everything from Taylor's unfortunate exit, to Kessler's fall and subsequent rise, to a drama filled night in Michigan that left some calling their native son Andre 'Denzel' Dirrell for what a few ignorant minds perceived to be "acting".
Saturday night, fight fans around the world of boxing will turn the page, yet again, as Andre Ward (21-0, 13KO's) takes on newcomer Alan Green (29-1, 20KO's). Although not a household name in the sport, Ward has done everything one could ask a rising star in the sport to do. A dominant amateur career that culminated with a 6 year unbeaten streak carried over to an Olympic Gold Medal, and subsequently to a professional record that also remains unblemished. continue
Unbeaten Welsh fighter Jeff Evans has replaced Tony Quigley in the line-up for Prizefighter Super-Middleweights on June 30 at York Hall, Bethnal Green. Mystery surrounds Quigley’s decision to pull out, with the official reason of a foot injury clouded by rumours of a domestic dispute – but 27 year-old Evans is delighted to have been called up to the 13th edition of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournament, live on Sky Sports. continue
Unbeaten Cavan star Andy Murray is surely one of the World's busiest professional boxer's right now. The European number 3 and reigning Irish Lightweight Champ stretched his perfect record to 20 wins with 11 KO's in Belfast last weekend when he scored a second round stoppage win over the normally durable Jon Baguley.
That was the second bout in a three fight run that started in Limerick last month and will culminate in the Neptune Stadium, Cork on Saturday, June 26th when he features on the Yanjing Beer Fight Night as part of “The Undefeated's”. continue
Montreal, Thursday June 17 2010 – Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gary Shaw Productions are particularly proud to officially announce that WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (25-1-0, 16KO) will make a third defense of his title against undefeated American light heavyweight superstar Chad "Bad" Dawson (29-0-0, 17KO) on Saturday, August 14th at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The highly anticipated event will be broadcast live on HBO as part of their World Championship Boxing series, and will mark the first time ever that the main event of the prestigious series will be aired live from Canada .
This night of championship boxing will be co-promoted by GYM and GSP: "After several discussions we agreed that the best place for this historic fight to take place would be Montreal . Thanks to Gary Shaw we were able to count on HBO's participation, as they have broadcast all of Chad Dawson's matches since 2008. continue
CHICAGO, IL (June 16, 2010) Sensational young prospects Jaime Herrera and Adrian Granados will be featured this Saturday night, June 19th at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 10 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Herrera and Granados’ continued ascent in professional boxing headlines a six bout action packed evening presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. Said Pesoli, “Part of what keeps Chicago boxing fresh and the fans excited is seeing terrific young prospects like Jaime Herrera and Adrian Granados make their ascent in the pro ranks. As we’ve done and will continue to do with our WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT series is bring Chicago fight fans great events featuring outstanding local talent as we’ve done with this show.. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – A full day of semifinal round action was contested at the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships in Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Thursday with over 45 bouts taking place at the Geottege Memorial Field House.
Boxers in both the male and female divisions took the ring in North Carolina, all vying for a berth in the championship round on Friday. Forty-seven young boxers emerged victorious in their semifinal bouts to advance on to the final round. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former two time heavyweight champion of the world Hasim Rahman, who is best known for scoring an upset knockout victory against Lennox Lewis in South Africa for the unified WBC/IBF heavyweight championship. More recently, Rahman took fifteen months off following his loss against reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko. He made his return to the ring this March and knocked out Clinton Boldridge in one round. Now he is preparing to face Shannon Miller as he attempts to put himself back into the title picture. Here is some of what the former champ had to say:
On preparations and training for his June 19 fight against Shannon Miller:
“Everything is going on schedule. I feel good, I feel strong, I feel fast. I feel like it’s time to come to Niagara Falls and put on a good performance.”
On the fifteen month break he took following his loss to Wladimir Klitschko:
“Well I needed some rest. I needed some rest and I had some injuries. I had to get surgery and I had to rehab certain parts of my body so I’ve done that successfully. I’m back and I feel better and stronger than ever.. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 17 - A trio of top-notch prospects will battle it out in the ring in separate bouts at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia on Thursday, June 24. Unbeatens Frankie Gomez, Jessie Vargas and Jamie Kavanagh will return to action at Golden Boy Promotions and AEG's "Fight Night Club". In the main event, East Los Angeles' highly-touted amateur star Frankie Gomez makes his fourth pro and second consecutive "Fight Night Club" appearance in a four round junior welterweight match against Geoffrey Gaya. continue
by Michael Klimes: Before I went to India for the first time in October 2005, a number of people whom I knew informed me, “I would find myself in India”. Apart from their obvious observation, I soon realised that they were probably alluding to the experience of drugs and how it would be funky (if that is the phrase?) to lose myself in an exotic paradise half way across the world. I had never, up to that point in my short life, experienced drugs and I did not intend to begin in India as I was there on serious business. I was on my gap year and had decided to take up the opportunity of becoming an intern at The Hindu newspaper. Ironically, the people that had prophesised, “I would find myself in India” were right as I discovered I had to become a journalist and this combined with my earlier ambition of wanting to be a writer. continue
by James Slater - It seems the chances of an all-British showdown between heavyweights David Haye and Audley Harrison taking place grew today, as it has been reported how "A-Force" has agreed to the £1 million offer he has been given to challenge the reigning WBA champ in November.
According to The Mail, the 38-year-old former Olympic gold medallist has agreed to terms, and all that is needed now is for Haye to get back to Harrison's promoters at Matchroom. The fight is tentatively set for November 13th (venue to be decided, but sure to be in the U.K; probably London) and there is a big chance it will be televised live on pay-per-view by Sky Sports.
If Haye, who will be making his second defence of his WBA belt, does agree to fight Harrison and puts his signature down, fans in America and Germany are sure to criticise him for taking the "easy option" and not facing one of the Klitschkos instead. Maybe, and hopefully, Haye WILL fight either Wladimir or Vitali next year (how long have we been waiting now?) - as long as he defeats southpaw Harrison first.
And, as big a favourite as "The Hayemaker," would be in the lead up to a fight with Harrison, anything can happen in heavyweight boxing, and the chances of an upset occurring cannot be written off completely. continue
Obituary written by Mike Silver - It is with sadness that I report the passing of my friend, the great Ted Lowry on Monday June 14th. Ted’s heart gave out. He was 90 years old. I use the word great in describing him not so much for his extraordinary boxing career but for the type of man he was and the quality of his character. Any of us who were fortunate enough to have had the pleasure of meeting Ted and getting to know him will agree. He was an intelligent, kind and generous individual, who treated everyone he met with genuine warmth and respect.
Ted was a member of what is referred to today as America’s greatest generation. He was born October 27, 1919 in New Haven, Connecticut, but grew up in Portland, Maine. In high school he excelled in every sport he ever tried, winning letters in track, football, basketball and baseball. He was even the state agate marbles champion and runner-up in the national tournament. continue
by James Slater - As avid heavyweight boxing fans will surely know, heavily hyped British big man Tyson Fury got himself a most controversial win last September, as he won a ten-round decision over the experienced John McDermott. The bout contested the English heavyweight title, and Fury, with the help of sole judge (and referee) Terry O'Connor, won his first pro title via a hugely debated 98-92 score. continue
Robert Helenius (12-0, 7 KOs) will make his first-ever title fight on August 21 when he clashes with Gregory Tony (12-0, 10 KOs) for the vacant EU Heavyweight Title. The two unbeaten prospects will collide in Erfurt, Germany on the undercard of the WBO Cruiserweight Title Fight between Marco Huck and Matt Godfrey. “I am thrilled to make my first title fight,” Helenius said. “My hand injured has healed well and I have been working very hard in practice. Tony is unbeaten but this will change on August 21 when we meet in the ring. I want to be a world champion one day, so winning the prestigious EU title will get me one step closer to my big goal.”
Team Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering stated he was impressed with the Nordic Nightmare´s progress. “Robert has done very well in recent months,” he said. “We have always said he has got what it takes to be a champion. Tony is a tough, unbeaten opponent with a fantastic KO percentage but I am convinced that Robert will win his first-ever title on August 21. He has a big future ahead.”
Helenius stopped former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster in January before edging Gbenga Oloukun in Helsinki in March. continue
NEW YORK (June 16, 2010) –- The most competitive matchups, sustained action, consistent excitement and extraordinary drama: The Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME® has offered undeniably the most compelling prizefighting on television. When elite, confident fighters are matched in meaningful fights, one after another, fans are guaranteed closely contested bouts and that has been the case each and every time out in this unprecedented, game-changing tournament that has not yet reached the half-way mark. continue
Just two days before his upcoming “Summer Fight Fight Explosion” event, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, boxing promoter Steve Goodwin is to be a studio guest on the BBC London Boxing Hour (94.9 & DAB) presented by Steve Bunce on Thursday 17th June. Goodwin, who also runs a successful horse racing business, Diamond Racing, is one of the new breed of promoters to recently emerge to challenge the “Big Four”, Frank Maloney, Barry Hearn, Mick Hennesey and Frank Warren, that have dominated the boxing scene over the recent years. The hallmark of Goodwin Promotions events is the return to good old showmanship with spectacular ring entrances and highly exciting well matched fights. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Hollywood, Florida, Uzbekistan heavyweight contender Timur Ibragimov won a convincingly wide 12-round unanimous decision over a returning Oliver McCall. The younger many by a decade at age 35, Ibragimov got the win due to his superior work rate; prevailing via scores of 119-109 and 117-111 twice. Now 28-2-1(15), the durable Ibragimov could possibly go on to challenge for a major title.
McCall, having his first fight back since being arrested on the charge of drug possession back in February of this year, is now 54-10(37) and, having lost in such a clear fashion, the long career of "The Atomic Bull," the former WBC heavyweight king could be over; at least at anything like top level.
McCall's granite chin was as sturdy as ever last night, and he did land his left jab and some right hands to the head on occasion, but he was simply not busy enough. Looking slow at times, the 45-year-old who was in good physical shape at a solid 256-pounds, was never able to really hurt Ibragimov and his punch output was generally poor. continue
Dolphil promotions are proud to announce that Prizefighter 2010 Champion Willie 'Big Bang' Casey makes his eagerly awaited return to the ring this month following his dramatic triumph in last months Super Bantamweight knockout competition. With one eye on top spot in the division, Casey steps into the ring in the Neptune Sports Arena, Cork 26/6/2010 hoping to extend his unbeaten record to 9-0. continue
Patrick Mendy will become the youngest fighter in Prizefighter history when he boxes in the super-middleweights event on June 30 at York Hall, Bethnal Green – the start of a journey he says will take him to a world title. The 19 year-old from Maidenhead has been tipped for big things and got the call up for the latest of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournaments live on Sky Sports as he travelled to spar with European, British and Commonwealth title winner Nathan Cleverly – great preparation for the hotly-tipped teenager. continue
OAKLAND, Calif., (June 16, 2010)–-OAKLAND, Calif., (June 16, 2010)–-Andre Ward and Allan Green met face-to-face at today’s final press conference in advance of their Super Six World Boxing Classic and WBA World Title tilt on Saturday, June 19—live on SHOWTIME, 10p ET/PT—from Oakland’s Oracle Arena. While both men were respectful of one another, the tension in the room was nearly tangible. What’s at stake in the final Group Stage 2 bout:
· The undefeated Ward (21-0, 13 Kos) is making his first world title defense (WBA 168-pounds).
· Green (29-1, 20 Kos) is getting his first world title shot and his first Super Six bout (replacing Jermain Taylor).
· Both are seeking one of four coveted berths in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semi-Finals.
· With a victory, Ward would clinch a spot in the Semis prior to his Group Stage 3 bout vs. Andre Dirrell; Green would still have a chance in Group Stage 3 against Mikkel Kessler.
· If Green is victorious, all six fighters would be virtually deadlocked going into the final and decisive Group Stage 3 matchups. continue
Gary Shaw: The HBO-televised portion of the July 17 card in The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort will open with a 12-round junior middleweight fight between Alfredo Angulo and Joachim Alcine. Angulo is one of boxing’s most exciting fighters and Alcine, a former world champion, presents the single toughest fight of Angulo’s career. Everybody is calling this a pick ‘em fight. So it’ll be a very, very interesting fight to see if Alfredo can hunt down another foe and advance to the front of the line of the 154-pounders.
The main event, Timothy Bradley, the single best 140-pound fighter in the world, recognized on everyone’s Top-10 pound for pound list, is moving up to 147 pounds to show off his wares. Against Carlos Abregu, who is Argentinian Arturo Gatti. Carlos fights like Garrt, and when he gets knocked down, he comes back roaring and has produced some spectacular knockouts himself. continue
by James Slater - I'm sure I wasn't alone when I felt for sure the exciting career of Mexican tough guy Julio Cesar Gonzalez had come to and end back in August of 2008. That night, in once again giving his all in a bout, the former WBO light-heavyweight champion took a quite savage beating from the unbeaten Tavoris Cloud, being stopped for the first time in his eleven-year pro career.
Gonzalez was stopped on his feet in the 10th-round, and he had taken some wicked head shots all the way through the fast-paced battle. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - Success in life stems from the ability of recognizing, creating, and catching opportunities. The biggest opportunity, so far, of 26 years old London based Nigerian Tony Salam’s career (9-1-0) has just knocked at his door. For the first time in the history of the series, Prizefighter gave the public the chance to vote to fill the last opening in the line-up for the upcoming Super Middleweight installment on June 30 at London’s famous York Hall and Tony secured the spot collecting over 5000 votes, thanks to the Facebook campaign launched by his promoter Spencer Fearon of Hard Knocks Boxing. Although only 10 days have passed since his last fight and having just 2 weeks to prepare, the Southern Area Super Middleweight Champion jumped on the opportunity. And we jumped on the chance to meet him and find out more about him.
EASTSIDEBOXING: How old were you when you picked up boxing and why?
TONY SALAM: I was around 8 years old, back home in Nigeria. It’s a family thing: my dad, my uncle, and my brother used to box and I followed. continue
Memphis, TN- Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith(21-4) will keep his streak of challenging the best opposition alive when he goes toe to toe with middleweight prospect and NABO champion Fernando Guerrero(18-0) at the DeSoto Civic Center In Memphis, TN on July 16 on Showtime. Smith will again move up to middleweight to meet the hard hitting Guerrero. Smith will be fighting above his primary weight of 154 lbs, but the Former Contender star has put forth exceptional performances in the middleweight class. Smith will be making his fifth appearance on Showtime, a network which he has compiled a 4-0 record on, the last appearance being a dominating performance over then undefeated Pawel Wolak in 2008. continue
by James Slater - The long and intense Mexico Vs. Puerto Rico battle may have another chapter added in September; as the word is a hugely intriguing clash between Rafael Marquez and Juan Manuel Lopez is in the works for September, in Las Vegas.
Over the years, we have seen classic fights between the finest boxers Mexico and Puerto Rico has had to offer, and the prospective September featherweight battle will perhaps be a fine addition to the long list. continue
by Matt McGrain: When George McFadden passed away on May the 6th, 1951 Nat Fleischer, writing in Ring magazine, called him “a champion in any other era”. And that was pretty much it for George. Nobody has really had very much to say about this pioneering lightweight since his death. But in 1899, “Elbows” McFadden matched a true ring legend no less than three times - all over the scheduled distance of 25 rounds. These three duels, separated as they were by only a little more than six months, should be enough to seal his place in ring lore, but McFadden also found time to match the two other outstanding lightweights of perhaps the greatest era in the history of arguably the deepest division of all, champions Kid Lavigne and Frank Erne.
Elbows also fought eight times outside of the highest class, going unbeaten and scoring five knockouts, but it is the story of his battles with Gans, Lavigne and Erne that I want to tell here, battles that saw McFadden matched to a higher class in a single year than perhaps any other fighter - ever. Doing so is never easy with no footage of Elbows thought to be in existence, but hopefully we can even learn a thing or two about the style of possibly the most modern fighter of his generation, beginning with the fight that was an enormous step up in class for Elbows, who was described before his first duel with Gans as being “a practical newcomer to the upperdom of the fistic art". It's was a fair point with George listed at 20-3-12 by Boxrec at this stage to Joe's 68-4-8. continue
Promoter Frank Warren today won the purse offers to stage Ryan Rhodes next defence of the European Light-Middleweight Championship against mandatory challenger Lukas Konecny of the Czech Republic. Warren's bid beat Konecny's promoter, SES Sports Events, into second place with a another bid from Hatton Promotions trailing behind in third. However, had the Hatton bid been successful, it's validity would have been questioned as it was not endorsed by the British Boxing Board of Control, by way of a simple fax, as per the published rules. continue
Exclusive interview by Charles C. White - Kindly taking time out of his busy training schedule to speak with this writer about his recent shutout of Daniel Tai (18-7-2), future plans, and much more, here is what WBO #12 heavyweight contender Chauncy "The Hillyard Hammer" Welliver had to say...
Hey bro, how are you doing today? Welliver: I am good. Training hard. I just got done running up Tiger Mountain here in Washington and going to my weight lifting now, then boxing tonight. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - Oliver McCall and Timur Ibragimov will fight a scheduled 12 round bout Tuesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. At stake is the vacant NABA USA heavyweight title belt, and the winner will almost certainly emerge as a top 15 or top ten contender in the WBA world ratings. Industry pundits regard the bout as unusually competitive and important for an off-television fight. Both boxers are promoted by The Heavyweight Factory, and according to Henry Rivalta, the firm’s Director of Boxing, “I would like to see Oliver or Timur fight one of the Klitschkos after this.”
Both boxers looked fit at today’s weigh-in. McCall, at 246 lbs, appeared powerful and seems to have trained for a puncher’s fight. Ibragimov tipped the scales at a lean, muscular 224 ½ lbs. McCall (54-9; 37 kayos) and Ibragimov (27-2-1; 15 kayos) exuded confidence at today’s event. Each fighter is on a winning streak and has not lost since 2007. continue
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) will take on Matt Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs) in Erfurt on August 21. It will already be his fourth title defence. “Godfrey is a tough fighter, but he will not get my title,” Huck said. “I want to keep impressing the fans all over the world and I am determined to put on a spectacular performance against Godfrey.”
Huck has just returned to Germany today after joining 2010 International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee Wilfried Sauerland for a special weekend in Canastota, where he also met new stablemate Steve Cunningham. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show --As always, this week's 77th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Teddy Atlas and Hasim Rahman) will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player or enter our chat on the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host, Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Topics for Discussion
• Ivan Calderon defended his WBO junior flyweight championship winning a UD against Jesus Iribe
• David Lemieux beat Elvin Ayala by first round KO
• Yuri Foreman underwent successful right knee surgery continue
With stars such as David Haye and Amir Khan, Britain continues to boast some of the world’s best boxing talent, and ESPN Classic has announced the launch of a new series which celebrates Britain’s rich boxing heritage. British Boxing Heroes looks back on some of the fighters that represented Britain gloriously throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. Presented by boxing expert Steve Bunce, the ten-part series is a combination of little-seen match-ups, classic fights and career-defining moments. The revealing programmes include some of Britain’s most famous boxers showcasing their raw talent in bouts before they had hit the big time, as well as contests featuring fighters in their prime. continue
By Brendan Galbraith – Exciting, Super Bantamweight prospect, Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton put on a boxing clinic on the under card of the McCloskey-Lauri European Title fight, against feisty opponent Ian Bailey, prompting a standing ovation from the Belfast crowd for both boxers. Whilst Paul McCloskey delivered the most spectacular moment of the night with his sensational KO of Giuseppe Lauri – which is surely a contender for KO of the year. Carl Frampton delivered the star performance on the night; high praise given the excellent boxing displays that were on show from Andy Murray and Jamie Conlan.
Belfast boy, Frampton, was making his first professional appearance in front of his home fans, many of whom were sporting ‘Team Frampton’ and ‘Carlos The Jackal’ tee-shirts, and he did not disappoint, showcasing his speed, power and superb technical skills as he notched up a shutout 60-54 points win. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten Cuban star Yuriorkis Gamboa takes the next step towards global stardom next month, when the reigning "Regular" WBA featherweight champion makes his Las Vegas debut. The 28-year-old former Olympian and all-out superb amateur who has lit up the 126-pound weight class with his electric style of fighting, will face durable Mexican and reigning IBF featherweight champ Orlando Salido at The Palms Hotel.
Currently 18-0(15) and a champion since April of last year, Gamboa will be a big favourite to win on July 24th. Salido, a year older at age 29 and currently 34-10-2(22) is a fighter Gamboa and his team have referred to as "slow" and the IBF champ is no big puncher. With this fight, it may be a case of can Gamboa get the stoppage, more so than can he get the win. Without a doubt, it would be one big, big upset if the man known as "Siri" were to derail the Cuban express. continue
by James Slater - Talk about a blast from the past! Remember "Smokin'" Bert Cooper, the one-time world heavyweight title challenger, the man who came within a whisker of taking out Evander Holyfield way back in 1991? Well, according to Boxrec.com the former contender, now aged 44 and inactive since 2002, will return to action this coming Friday night in North Carolina. Set to face the debut-making Corey Whitfield, Cooper, 36-22(30) will (if the fight actually comes off) be having his first fight in almost eight years. continue
Promoter Frank Warren has cancelled his July 3rd promotion at Preston's Guildhall. Local hero Michael Jennings was scheduled to headline the show in a challenge for the Vacant British Welterweight title against John O'Donnell, but the Shepherd's Bush fighter withdrew with a back injury. Previous to this Jennings was due to meet big rival Kell Brook, but Brook damaged his ribs in sparring. Unable to secure a suitable opponent for Jennings, Warren has taken the decision to cancel the show. He said, "We are very disappointed for the fans, Michael Jennings and the rest of the boxers on the show. We will reschedule the bout when O'Donnell is fit.. continue
Marcus W. (Liberty City, FL): I feel Manny Pacquiao's recent appointment as "Fighter of the Decade" was more of a "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" gift than anything. Do you really think Pacquiao deserved the award over Mayweather and others?
Vivek W. (ESB): The appointment to declare Pacquiao as "Fighter of the Decade" was made and I respect the decision of the committee that voted, but I can understand the plight of those who feel he didn't deserve it as well. When I think about the last decade in the sport, I can think of a few fighters one could argue deserved it equally as much or greater. Despite the losses to Taylor and Calzaghe, Hopkins did soundly defeat Trinidad, Oscar Dela Hoya, Wright, Tarver, and a few others. Lennox Lewis retired early in the decade, but he was pretty solid. I think Calzaghe and the K-Bros did a very good job over that span, as well. As it relates to Floyd Mayweather jr., I won't get into another senseless debate about who deserves what, but lets look at the accomplishments and remove the names - then you decide which person you would vote for: continue
By Brendan Galbraith - It wasn't vintage Paul McCloskey, but Dudey was still comfortably ahead on points when he exploded a haymaker flush onto the jaw of Giuseppe Lauri, sending the Italian to the canvas and the 4000 Belfast crowd into a frenzy.
The Kings Hall has been a happy stomping ground for McCloskey, halting Bulgarian Tontcho Tontchev in four rounds in his last appearance on the Duddy-Eastman under card. This time he was the star attraction – making his first headline appearance at the famous Balmoral boxing den. The significance of topping the bill on the 25th Anniversary of Kings Hall ruler, Barry McGuigan's epic World Title victory over fellow Hall of Famer, Euzibio Pedrosa, was a ‘proud moment' for McCloskey. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Trainer John Breen has no qualms about fast-tracking his talented Belfast Flyweight to title fights and on the McCloskey-Lauri under card against durable veteran opponent, Delroy Spencer – who was making his 115th professional appearance, Conlan put on an impressive boxing display.
Spencer arrived in Belfast on the day of the fight and weighed in at 121 ¾ Ilbs (3 Ilbs heavier than Conlan). Conlan was very relaxed and not fazed about getting into the ring with a heavier opponent and told me in the dressing room afterwards: continue
by James Slater- It has been confirmed by Fightnews.com that Marco Huck, the reigning WBO cruiserweight champion, will make his next defence against Providence, Rhode Island's Matt Godfrey. Huck's promoter, the recently Hall of Fame-enshrined Wilfried Sauerland, informed German publication BILD that the fight will go ahead in Germany, on August 21st. 29-year-old Godfrey, 20-1(10), was set to face Steve "USS" Cunningham a short while back, for the vacant IBF 200-pound belt. However that fight fell through due to contractual issues, and Cunningham met and defeated Troy Ross instead. Now the man known as "Too Smooth" gets his title shot against the Serbian-born Huck.
Huck, one of the most active of elite level fighters today, will be making the fourth defence of his belt, and he will no doubt start out as a pretty big favourite to win what will be his 31st fight (just one loss thus far, to Cunningham, 22 of Huck's wins coming the short route). It's not that the challenger is in any way a bad fighter - Godfrey, a former amateur star, is a talented boxer - it's simply that Huck will be fighting at home, he is at or about his peak right now and on a roll, and Godfrey has been somewhat inactive as of late. Add all this up, and a Huck win looks likely. But how severely will Godfrey test the champion in August? continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 14, 2010) – After sparring with world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko for three weeks in Austria, Hartford heavyweight prospect Tony “TNT” Grano returned home for a week before shuffling off to Buffalo for training camp to prepare for his Saturday night, June 26 headlining fight on the “Pride & Power” boxing card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in the 10-round main event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. continue
BY MATT CLARK - Les “Lock ‘N’ Load” Sherrington will face fellow Super Middleweight contender Joseph Kwadjo on August 12th, 2010. Sherrington, who is rated IBF #8, WBA #12 and WBF World Champion, will face Kwadjo, rated #15 by the IBF on the Gold Coast, Australia.
Both fighters are coming off great performances. Kwadjo 14-1 (10 KO), a Ghanaian who boxes out of Fiji, annexed the IBF Australasian title with a seventh round stoppage of Jamie Pittman. Sherrington 26-5 (17 KO), a Gold Coast local, recently defeated former world title challenger Rubin Williams in four rounds. continue
Wilfried Sauerland received the biggest honour in boxing on Sunday night when he was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 70-year-old promoter is the first German since all-time great Max Schmeling to have his lifetime achievements recognized in Canastota, New York. “I will never forget this day,” Sauerland said. “To be up there with all the great boxing personalities really is something special for me. When (Hall of Fame President) Ed Brophy called me to let me know about my induction, I simply could not believe it. It does not get any better than this.”
Sauerland is part of the “Class of 2010” alongside light flyweight champion Jung-Koo Chang (South Korea), featherweight champion Danny “Little Red” Lopez (USA), manager Shelly Finkel (USA), referee / commissioner Larry Hazzard (USA), matchmaker Bruce Trampler (USA) and journalist Ed Schuyler (USA). “Wilfried Sauerland is one of the greatest promoters in boxing,” Ed Brophy said. “He has delivered high-class shows for many, many years and he deserves to have his place in the Hall of Fame. He has done a lot for our sport.” Added Sauerland: “I want to thank all my boxers, trainers, the entire team and especially my family. Without their help, this would never have been possible. I am thrilled that my two sons Kalle and Nisse have successfully followed my path. But when your babysitters are John Mugabi or Chisanda Mutti, boxing really is in your blood.. continue
By James Slater - 38-year-old Lance “Mount” Whitaker, all 6’8” and approx 250-pounds of him, got himself a win last night in Hollywood, California that made it clear he is not done yet. The now 35-6-1(28) big man got himself a most useful points win over 24-year-old Russian hope Andrey Fedosov, getting up from a knockdown to win the entertaining 12-round split decision.
In doing so - and at least temporarily derailing the Russian who was coming off an eye-catching KO win over Lionel Butler in the process – Whitaker set himself up for a few future paydays. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani: After twelve rounds of action “Iron Boy” Ivan Calderon successfully defended his WBO light flyweight title against Jesus Iribe. Calderon was awarded a unanimous decision victory with final scores reading 118-109, 118-109, and 116-11. It was, however, a bit difficult in the early going for the “Iron Boy” who found himself on the canvas in round two.
At the start of the match-up, as is often the case in fights involving Calderon, his foe appeared to tower over him. The difference in size was vast, but so too was the difference in skill. After a lackluster first round, Calderon began using his superior pedigree to outbox his taller foe. Iribe was swinging and missing wildly and just when it was starting to seem that he would be unable to catch Calderon, he nailed him coming in with a solid shot that dropped the “Iron Boy”. Calderon recovered and did not appear shaken, but he did seem surprised to have gotten caught. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Who are the ten best bantamweights of all-time?
This is the seventh in a series of surveys I have been conducting. In the first survey, we peered into the opinions of long-time boxing fans to make a definitive list of the top ten all time heavyweights. Although this is a very subjective topic that is skewed by personal bias, differences of opinion, and the absence of a universally agreed upon criteria to judge past fighters, we can still establish some degree of consensus. While contemplating my own list of top heavyweight pugilists, I decided gathering the input of others might help display a more accurate portrayal of what a 'true' top 10 list should look like. Since then I have had similar surveys involving the light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, and featherweight divisions.
In this survey, which included many of the same individuals from the previous six, I polled 23 long-time boxing fans (myself included). My question was simple. I had each person in the survey provide me with a chronological list of who he or she (there was one ‘she’ in the survey—my esteemed colleague from On the Ropes Boxing Radio, the lovely Miss Jenna J) considered to be the ten best bantamweights in boxing history. continue
by James Slater - In what is exciting and great news for the sport of boxing, it is soon to be officially announced how the legendary 5th St. Gym in Miami, Florida is to reopen its doors later in the summer.
Once THE boxing gym of the sport and home to such all-time greats as Muhammad Ali, Archie Moore, Sonny Liston and countless others fistic immortals, The 5th St. Gym will reopen its doors and be a boxing gym as well as a veritable museum, crammed full of memorabilia that will be denoted by masterful old trainer Angelo Dundee. continue
by James Slater - Back in March of 2008, when they met as middleweights, Andy Lee was the upcoming star of the future, and Brian Vera was very much occupying the role of "opponent." However, there was an upset in the exciting fight and a little under seven-rounds into the bout Lee was suddenly a beaten man; a fighter who had been "exposed."
Both men have fought a number of fights since, and the two men have had differing amounts of success in doing so. Irishman Lee, still only 26, has won all of his six post-Vera bouts, three by stoppage; while Texan Vera, 28-years-old, has won just one of the four fights he has had since tearing the script up against the Emanuel Steward-trained hope. continue
By Julie Cockerham - No fighter today exemplifies the qualities of intensity and stoicism more aptly than Miguel Cotto. With the prominence he has achieved as a professional, he would seem destined to be on the receiving end of some of the more glorifying aspects of the sport enjoyed by his counterparts.
Yet there is nothing that seems to go smoothly for Cotto. His wins and losses share a veneer tainted either by complication or controversy. In the records, his recent successes are cluttered with aggravating and undeserved footnotes – his losses, the same. Nothing is clear-cut.
Cotto is a rare entity within boxing’s pantheon. As a man, he is reserved and respectful, never lowering himself to flamboyant, attention-seeking stunts. As a fighter, he is skilled and courageous. It seems only just that something of greater promise should be looming on the horizon for him. He has withstood the ills of battle as bravely as any, but fate has been cruel in continually dousing his wounds with salt. continue
By John G. Thompson - This Friday evening at the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada every local fighter won, with the exception of those who fought Texan Brian Vera and Mexican Alfredo Chavez. While the second round knockout of Manolis Plaitis 15-1-1 (7 KO’s) by Chavez 5-1 (3 KO’s) was not televised, the third round stoppage of Sebastien Demers 31-3 (11 KO’s) by Vera 17-4 (11 KO’s) was something to see.
Vera had been considered an underdog going into the bout, having lost his last three fights (or four of his last six). Upon closer inspection, however, Brian Vera has fought nothing but undefeated fighters in his last four bouts. continue
By Alan J Kindred: David Lemieux 23-0 (22) violently announced himself as a contender for the middleweight championship dispatching former title challenger Elvin Ayala 20-5-1 (9) in less than a round. Lemieux displayed his inside style reminiscent of a Joe Frazier type of style with huge power and short punches and it was to much for Ayala. I said earlier in my preview it would be a surprise if Lemieux would stop Ayala early and he did just that. Lemieux at 21 years old has a bright future ahead of him. With lots of intriguing match ups in the 160 and 168 lbs weight classes I'm sure we will be seeing this young new star on the rise in many great fights.
In another surprise Brian Vera 17-4 (11) pulled a mild upset against the Canadian favorite and former world title challenger Sebastien Demers 31-3 (11). continue
By Vivek Wallace: The respective careers of Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto and Mexican Antonio Margarito took off at two different times and went two different paths, but after a bloody affair and a great deal of time to reflect, it appears the two are once again on a collision course.
Top Rank promoter, Bob Arum, stated a while back that if Filipino Manny Pacquiao failed in a second effort to come to terms with Floyd Mayweather jr., Antonio Margarito would be the likely candidate to land the job. This statement was solidified in a firm promotional effort to do a twin-bill card in the Dallas Cowboys' Stadium, featuring Pacquiao versus Clottey, with Antonio Margarito fighting on the undercard.
Strong pressure from disgruntled fight fans around the sport and adherence to state the licensing protocol kept Arum and the state of Texas' Athletic Commission from making the event possible. After a few more unsuccessful attempts, Arum was able to finally secure a fight for Margarito back in his native Mexico, bypassing the current licensing issue here in the U.S. continue
It was formally announced this past weekend at the Boxing Hall of Fame inductions The World Famous 5th Street Gym, which was first opened in 1950 by Chris Dundee and his brother Angelo, is once again going to reopen in its original home. Although the original building was torn down on the corner of 5th and Washington, it was rebuilt with a beautiful new design in 2002. A plaque commemorating the 5th St Gym and Angelo Dundee adorns the wall of the building today. Angelo Dundee,Tom Tsatas, Dino Spencer and Matt Baiamonte (Angelo’s chief trainer and protégé) are going to finally resurrect the famous gym that closed in 1992. continue
NEW YORK (June 14, 2010) – Former Irish heavyweight champion and 1992 Olympian, Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride, returns to the ring July 10 for the first time in more than 2 ½ years against veteran Robert “Big Philly” Hawkins in an 8-round bout at Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. The 37-year-old McBride (34-6-1, 29 KOs), fighting out of Boston, is best known for knocking Mike Tyson into retirement. The 6-6, 280-pound Irishman stopped Tyson in the sixth-round of their June 11, 2005 fight in Washington D.C. McBride fought three times after that, his last October 6, 2007 against Andrew Golota, and he’s been inactive ever since. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - Let’s get one thing straight: Spencer Fearon is not a cocky guy. It’s not cockiness when you can back the things you say up with measurable and plain to see facts. And, so far, the Most Talkative Man in Boxing delivered the goods. But, he does like to have the last word. Especially about his own shows. So, here we are again to get his personal feedback on The Takover, the event organized by Hard Knocks Boxing at York Hall on the 4th of June, and some indiscretion on his future plans.
EASTSIDEBOXING: As pointed out in our report of your event, the atmosphere felt somehow closer to a rock concert or a musical than an average boxing match. It obviously has a lot to do with the crowd. Can you choose one word to describe the essence of the evening?
SPENCER FEARON: Diversity. Ethnic diversity, age diversity, sex diversity. Did you see how many pretty girls and young people around? Race relations have always been an issue in this country, but God made us different so that we can know one another. We live in the United Kingdom. UNITED. And what you saw was The United Colors of Hard Knocks Boxing! continue
by James Slater - Having made a most successful U.S debut on May 15th, when he stopped Paulie Malignaggi in a well received fight, WBA light-welterweight ruler Amir Khan wanted to get back in the ring as soon as possible. Very much hoping he would fight "a big U.S name" on July 31st in his native U.K, Khan Vs. Joel Casamayor was reportedly in the works for London.
However, in a news story that has appeared on several internet web sites, Khan's July 31st fight will almost certainly be scrapped and a winter return for the 23-year-old looks likely instead. The reason is The World Cup has just started, and during the summer holidays it is not prime time for a boxing pay-per-view event. So says Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, anyway - in talking to ESPN.co.uk. continue
A typical boxing press conference today at Scottrade Center in St. Louis suddenly turned raucous after undefeated unified 140-pound world champion Devon Alexander's trainer told former WBA junior welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik, a Ukrainian making his first visit to America, "That's a long way to come for an ass whuppin." Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs), from St. Louis, will put his WBC and IBF crowns on the line against Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) in an Aug. 7 world championship doubleheader that will also feature undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs), from Tallahassee, Fla., taking on former IBF world champion Glen Johnson, from Jamaica now fighting out of Miami. continue
by Nick Powers - Less than a week after the observance of Memorial Day, in which Americans honor those who have both past and presently represented our country, one such veteran rejoiced after regaining a similar medal to those presented to our armed forces. Steve “USS” Cunningham, a member of the US Navy from 1994 to 1998, obtained his second world championship in a bout against Canadian Troy Ross for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight title; a title which Cunningham had previously held and subsequently lost. Speaking with On the Ropes Boxing Radio on June 7, USS Cunningham made no qualms about his renewed motivation and excitement for what the future holds for him inside the ring.
“It’s unification time in my mind, that’s how you say you’re the champion in the division”, said Cunningham, whose mindset he affirms has been strengthened under the tutelage of head trainer Brother Naazim Richardson. “I’m ready to take on the world, in order to reign the world”.
The first step towards USS reigning, he said, was to regain the world title he had lost to Tomasz Adamek in December 2008 in what many considered a top contender for Fight of the Year. continue
PHILADELPHIA (June 13, 2010)—On Sunday it was a special afternoon of boxing as Aaron Pryor highlighted a four bout card with a sixth round stoppage over gritty Willis Lockett at the Hyatt Regency on the Philadelphia Waterfront.
The show was promoted by Joey Eye Boxing in association with Gulfstream Sports and Entertainment. continue
by James Slater -Before he was sent to prison to serve a two-year sentence for the crime of buying a gun, thus violating his probation, 26-year-old James Kirkland was busy earning himself a reputation as one of the most exciting light-middleweights out there; as well as one of the most fierce. But, for whatever reason, the Texan, who had been convicted of armed robbery back in 2003, bought himself a new firearm and was in real danger of going away for a long long time as a result. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBA Super World super middleweight champion Andre Ward who is preparing to defend his title on June 19 against Allan Green in round two of the Super Six. Ward shocked the world in round one when he thoroughly outclassed tournament favorite Mikkel Kessler in lopsided fashion. Now Ward looks to build off that victory as he attempts to take his next step forward in tournament play. Here is some of what he had to say:
On preparations for his June 19 round two Super Six match-up against Allan Green:
“Everything is going according to schedule. I’m anxious to fight. I’ve been training for a long time with all of the preparations you’re just ready to go. You’re ready to just get in there and handle your business so that’s my frame of mind right now. I mean the conditioning is there, it’s just maintaining that. The game plan is there, everything is in place, so it’s just a matter of time right now before we are able to take place.”
On his knee injury that caused his fight with Green to be delayed:
“I feel really good. I have zero pain in the knee. The knee has been a non-issue for this camp.. continue
Welsh ace Nathan Cleverly will graduate from Cardiff University in July - and wants to win a world title later this year. Cleverly will become a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics if he passes his finals, but is promising to reach the level of professor when it comes to boxing.
And now his academic duties are at an end the British and European light-heavyweight champion believes he will massively improve as a fighter. continue
MANCHESTER, Conn. (June 10, 2010) – Undefeated, 23-year-old NABF and NABO champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard arguably rates as America’s leading contemporary featherweight and the old-school fighter can’t wait to prove his worth to the boxing world. Remillard, now rated No. 7 by the World Boxing Council, may not have a true signature fight, yet, but he improved his pro record to 23-0 (17 KOs) last month with a fourth-round TKO of Carlos Rivera (16-4-2), retaining his NABF belt and capturing the vacant NABO strap. The Manchester, Connecticut fighter had to overcome his first taste of adversity in the ring, a cut over his eye that required eight stitches. continue
by James Slater - Who will Paul "The Punisher" Williams fight next? When will he fight again? Will we see a rematch of the bizarre Williams-Kermit Cintron fight we saw back in May?
Hoping to get answers to these questions and more, I called up Williams' trainer George Peterson yesterday evening (U.K) time. And though George was somewhat pushed for time he still gave me the following interview.
Here is what the trainer/corner-man had to say:
James Slater: It's a pleasure to be able to speak with you again, Mr. Peterson. What's the latest with Paul Williams, is there any idea who or when he will fight next?
George Peterson: We have nothing yet, I expect we'll hear something in a couple of weeks. But right now, we're not working on anything. continue
Last Saturday night Hammersmith’s Heavyweight contender Ali Adams (9-2-1) moved one step forward to the title shot he’s been longing for. His championship credentials were verified following a top class performance that proved to be too much for his opponent Mark Lewis, who decided to quit at the end of the third round. Adams dominated the fight from the start, making the centre of the ring his own by firing vicious jabs into the face of Nottinghamshire’s Lewis every time he tried to come forward. The times Lewis did manage to get past the jabs he was greeted by some slick combinations and wickedly hard rights. continue
MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA (June 11, 2010) Former world title challenger Elvin Ayala returns to action Tonight, June 11th against Montreal fan favorite David Lemieux headlining “Boxing Under the Stars” at the spectacular Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. Presented by Group Yvon Michel in association with TKO Boxing Promotions, the twelve round bout for the vacant WBC International Middleweight Title will be broadcast live on ESPN2 (8:30pm EST, 5:30pm PST). The 29 year old Ayala will be the toughest test of rising star Lemieux’s career. “He’s knocked out just about everyone he’s faced, but he’s never been in a real war. His team probably feels that I will be another knockout victim but that is not the case” said Ayala. continue
Brendan Galbraith - 3pm in the lobby of the Park Plaza Hotel and most of the boxers had already successfully made weigh. No such luck for Belfast flyweight, Jamie Conlan (2-0) who arrived to learn that his opponent Delroy Spencer will not be landing into Belfast until tomorrow. So, Conlan will have to wait until tomorrow until he can weigh in, as rules stipulate that both boxers must be weighed on the same day. Spencer fought at Featherweight last Friday losing on points to Danny Mc Dermid – so it is highly doubtful that he will arrive at Flyweight tomorrow.
Other news from the weigh in is that Ballyclare man Joe Rea is off the card, he was schedule to face Kris Carslaw. Also, Jason Cook v Charlie King did not weigh in today – presumably that fight is off the card.
However, the Kings Hall show tomorrow boosts a strong card and the late addition of Gavin Rees against Ghanian Sam Amoako – who lost a competitive Commonwealth Title fight in his last outing, is another welcome addition. continue
NEW YORK, June 10th - Allan Green is in the tapering -down stage of training camp now, with less than 9 days before his World Boxing Association (WBA) title bout with Andre Ward he's very confident about his training camp and preparation for his title fight.
The Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 2 matchup featuring Andre Ward vs. Allan Green is being co-promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and will air live on SHOWTIME® Saturday, June 19 at 10:00 pm ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Tickets for the June 19 Super Six World Boxing Classic are priced at $300, $150, $65 and $35 and are available at the Oracle Arena Box Office by calling (510) 569-2121 or online through Ticketmaster www.Ticketmaster.com. continue
by James Slater - The issue of where Carl Froch will face Arthur Abraham in both men's next step in the "Super-Six" tournament remains unsettled. Froch, who lost his unbeaten record and his WBC 168-pound title to Mikkel Kessler in the Dane's homeland back in April, still insists he was the victim of a "hometown" decision, and that he will make sure this does not happen again against German-based Abraham.
Due to a handshake agreement his manager, Mick Hennessey had with Wlfried Sauerland, the manager of Abraham, Froch thought he had the fight set for his hometown of Nottingham. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - EBU champion Andy Murray (18-0) contests a six rounder against Jon Baguley (9-18-1) at the Kings Hall on Friday night and will be aiming to keep busy
Speaking at today’s weigh in, Murray is in top condition and benefiting from a run of fights that will see him in action three times in the space of six weeks and good sparring with the likes of Jamie Conlan and Kevin O’Hara:
“It’s what you want as a young boxer to keep busy and I am very happy with that.”
“I am just off the Limerick show [undercard of Lee-Thiam] and I have been in training for four or five weeks and I haven’t had a break – so my fitness is good and I am just happy with the way everything has gone.
“I am in good form, I am sharp and I am looking forward to getting another fight out of the way.. continue
Purse bids are looming for new European Middleweight Champion Darren Barker's mandatory defence against former champ Matthew Macklin and the Birmingham based Irishman wants it made very clear that he's ready, willing and able to claim back his old title against Barker. Macklin vacated the European crown in March rather than hold it up after he suffered an injury at Freddie Roach's Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles while training for his first defence. That gave Barker the opportunity to contest the vacant title with Affif Belghecham with the Londoner eventually emerging victorious on points after a titanic struggle with his French opponent. continue
PAUL McCloskey hopes a win on Friday takes him closer to an all-British world title fight with Amir Khan. McCloskey, 30, makes the first defence of his European Light-Welterweight Championship when he takes on Italian Giuseppe Lauri at the King’s Hall in Belfast. Northern Irishman McCloskey, who will be fighting in front of his home crowd, believes a good performance could lead to a shot at WBA title holder Khan. “I’m very confident of winning the fight and I’m in great shape,” said McCloskey, winner of all 20 of his professional contests. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Stephen Haughian (18-1-1) challenges Kevin McIntyre for the vacant Celtic Welterweight Title at the Kings Hall tomorrow night and is hoping this will be the springboard for future titles this year.
Speaking at today’s weigh in Haughian is feeling confident about his prospects against McIntyre:
“He is a good opponent, a former British Champion – which speaks for itself – so he has been around and has plenty of experience, but I have plenty of experience myself.”
“I have been sparring in John Breen’s gym since I was 15, so I was sparring Eamonn Magee and Neil Sinclair and when they were holding British and Commonwealth Titles at the time – so I have been sparring them when I was 15 and 16 years of age and I have been a pro for ten years. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Renowned Belfast trainer, John Breen is looking forward to Friday night’s McCloskey-Lauri card and he has a busy roster of fighters on the bill – handling the corner of McCloskey, Joe Rea, Andy Murray and Stephen Haughian.
Another rising Irish prospect that will be fighting under the guidance of John Breen on Friday night is Belfast Flyweight Jamie Conlan (2-0). Breen is brimming with confidence about Conlan’s progress in the paid ranks and is already plotting a title surge for Conlan later this year. continue
MCDERMOTT has laughed off Tyson Fury’s claims that he will knock him out in their rematch. Manchester Romany gypsy Fury (10-0) risks his English heavyweight title against the Essex man (25-6) at The Brentwood Centre on Friday June 25 in a contest that also doubles as a final eliminator for the British title. Fury was a controversial points winner when they clashed last September and is confident of winning inside the distance this time. McDermott was stopped in the first round by Matt Skelton in December 2005, but had serious family problems at the time. He said: ““I wasn’t right when I boxed Matt Skelton and it took me a long time to get back from that and I was questioning myself. continue
By Matt McGrain: Roman Gonzalez is 22 years old and undefeated. He has won twenty-one of his twenty-five fights by way of knockout, has fought in three different weight divisions, has an exciting and aggressive style and yet he still is rarely mentioned as a contender for the top pound-for-pound honours in this next decade. With Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather flirting with retirement almost as keenly as they flirt with one another, and with a pound-for-pound set dominated by fighters yet to establish themselves at the very highest level (Williams, Dawson) and those who have seemingly been exposed at the very highest level (Marquez, Mosley), speculation is rife as to who will step up from the next generation to dominate the sport. Featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa seems to be a favourite whilst Devon Alexander and Abner Mares have caused ripples very recently. But barely a whisper is heard about Roman Gonzalez in spite of raw data that some of these other fighters can only dream of. Gonzalez has a higher knockout percentage than Gamboa for example, and although the two men have the same number of title defences, Gonzalez is the younger man by some six years.
Time is on his side. What are the chances that Gonzalez can use this time to become the pound-for-pound #1, the best fighter in the world? continue
ONTARIO, CA (June 9, 2010) Advance tickets are now on sale as TKO Boxing Promotions presents ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on Friday, July 2nd. Starting at $29, tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com. phone 800-745-3000) or the Citizens Business Bank Arena Box Office (909-244-5600). A five dollar discount is available for students, military, police and fire personnel in addition to seniors for tickets purchased in advance with ID at the box office. (One ticket per ID.. continue
Hall of Fame boxing announcer Al Bernstein has created a special version of his Boxing Party Show as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries fight July 2nd to 4th in Reno, Nevada. Al will perform the show on Saturday, July 3rd at 2:00 PM at the Xtreme Sports Bar & Lounge in the Grand Sierra Resort as part of this important boxing weekend. Al has presented this fun interactive stage show at casino’s and theaters around the United States. It features video highlights, trivia, humor and audience participation, and for the July 3rd performance, he has added special material about the Johnson-Jeffries match. continue
OAKLAND (June 9, 2010) – Andre Ward participated at a free open workout Wednesday at King’s Gym here.
On Saturday, June 19, on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m., ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), Ward (20-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, will make the first defense of the World Boxing Association 168-pound title against world-ranked Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) of Tulsa, Okla., in a Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic at the Oracle Arena.
The event is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, TNT Boxing and Dibella Entertainment and sponsored by Corona, Oakland Tribune and River Rock Casino. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones - It may not be an opinion every boxing fan agrees with, but in my estimation the heavyweight division is suddenly looking much healthier. There seems to be quite a few exciting potential matchups to be made in the top 10. You have Wladimir Klitschko sitting atop of the pile, seemingly unbeatable and in the form of his life. Wladimir has become one of the most difficult champions to beat in his own time. Each new challenger faces an impossible uphill task in which they must overcome a huge array of disadvantages. After Wladimir is Vitali Klitschko, little needs to be added about such a fine champion. Though some signs that he may be slowing down have been on display in his last few fights, few can expect to be competitive let alone victorious when they face him. continue
by Paul Albano - Two things emerged from the main event of boxing’s return to Yankee Stadium Saturday night. First, we’re apparently amidst a recession or something, because the much-hyped bout, headlined by a proven NYC attraction (the Puerto Rican born Miguel Cotto) and the type of old school ethnic clash befitting a championship fight in a famed ballpark, somehow only drew about 10,000 shy of the 30,000 estimate. Second, Cotto (35-2)—no longer prepped for battle by friend and strength coach but not quite-ready-to-be-a-head-trainer Joe Santiago, and instead tutored by the legendary Emanuel Steward—looked good. Really good. Like that guy who not all that long ago beat Zab Judah and Shane Mosley (when both were still near the top of their game) good. He deftly handled Yuri Foreman’s superior hand speed (though the difference was less than expected) by surprisingly out jabbing him, effectively cut off the ring from the lateral moving (at least until his knee gave out in the 7th) Foreman, and even dusted off his vaunted left hook to the body to end it in the 9th. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - It is funny how much things can change over the course of seven months. After Manny Pacquiao administered a prolonged beating on Miguel Cotto in November of last year, nobody was talking about a rematch. Everyone was talking about the “inevitable” showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. It was going to be the biggest fight in boxing history. Unfortunately, it never happened. Pacquiao and Mayweather could not reach an agreement and fans were denied the fight they most want to see. Instead, Pacquiao and Mayweather won one-sided contests in their respective match-ups against Joshua Clottey and Sugar Shane Mosley. This resulted in public demand that the two camps re-enter the negotiations process.
But what happens if Pacquiao and Mayweather still cannot reach an agreement? After all, the demand for the fight was already through the roof and yet somehow or another, these two could not come to terms last time around. What makes us think it will be any different this time? continue
by James Slater - In breaking news that has exclusively been given to this writer, the June 19th heavyweight clash between Tony "The Tiger" Thompson and Friday "The 13th" Ahunanya, has been called off due to a rotator cuff injury suffered by former world heavyweight title challenger Thompson. The scheduled ten-round bout was set to go ahead on the under-card of the Andre Ward-Allan Green "Super-Six" bout in California. Calling up Team-Thompson for a pre-Ahunanya fight interview, I was informed by Thompson himself that he has unfortunately had to withdraw from the important heavyweight clash. However, the 38-year-old southpaw, who has won three-in-a-row since his 11th-round stoppage loss to Wladimir Klitschko, made it clear he will be back in action as soon as is possible. continue
by James Slater - Just yesterday, a news story broke telling of how Audley Harrison's manager, Eddie Hearn, had begun talks with the manager of the two Klitschkos and with the manager of David Haye about a fight with his man. Excitedly talking about how a world title shot was close for Harrison, Hearn spoke of an October date. Harrison, meanwhile, announced how he had given up his European title, and this move led some to feel a world title shot was indeed on the cards. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Twenty-five years ago this week Barry McGuigan stormed to World Championship glory ending Eusebio Pedroza’s seven year reign as champion in an epic night in front of 26,000 at Loftus Road and a global audience of millions. Symbolically, McGuigan returns to the scene of so many of his famous victories, the iconic bastion of prize fighting – Kings Hall in Belfast, this time with his explosive Irish boxing talent – Belfast man, Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton (5-0) who makes his home debut as a pro.
McGuigan who holds British and Irish promoter and manager licences is guiding Belfast man Frampton’s fledgling pro career and as revealed by the Clones Cyclone at Monday’s media workout at the Holy Family Boxing Club in Belfast, McGuigan will return to Belfast in the autumn to promote his first show.
There are high hopes for The Jackal, as McGuigan is in no doubt that his fighter is going all the way to World Title glory and revered Irish trainer Gerry Storey, who has trained so many Irish greats over the years including McGuigan, Neil Sinclair and Hugh Russell, is unequivocal in his assessment of Frampton: continue
World champion Ivan 'Iron Boy' Calderon of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will defend his crown against Jesus 'Azul' Iribe of Culiacan, Mexico on a Top Rank Live! championship boxing event on June 12 - the eve of the Puerto Rican Parade - in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The final press conference will take place at Madison Square Garden's Expo Center on Thursday, June 10 at 11:30 AM. The big card will include Steven Badgley, a U.S. Army armed helicopter pilot, of Camp Drum, N.Y. who will make his pro debut at light heavyweight. Top New Jersey prospect Glen Tapia, an unbeaten junior middleweight is also on the card. continue
Hitman backs event as votes continue to pour in for final place - Ricky Hatton backed Prizefighter as a great way for young boxers to get a foot in the door of the big-time – as D-Day for the public vote for the final fighter to take their spot at Prizefighter Super-Middleweights on June 30 approaches. The Hitman spoke exclusively to Prizefighter about the success of the series ahead of the 13th outing for the ground-breaking format at York Hall in Bethnal Green, live on Sky Sports. There’s also a new twist with the eighth fighter to be selected by boxing fans through the official website. So far, over 2,500 votes have been cast at www.prizefighter.co.uk with the final boxer to be confirmed soon. continue
After more than 30 years in boxing, Wilfried Sauerland will officially be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York this weekend. Boxing-Online.com has caught up with the German promoter to speak about the biggest honour in boxing, the celebrations and the future of Team Sauerland.
Q: Congratulations, Wilfried Sauerland. What does the Hall of Fame induction mean to you?
WS: “It is a great honour for me. When I got the call, I was very happy and also very touched – after all, this is the biggest honour in our sport, the Oscar of boxing! I happen to be the second German after the great Max Schmeling, which makes it very, very special for me. I am very grateful and I want to thank our boxers, coaches and everybody at Team Sauerland – they deserve the credit. But I also consider this a prize for German boxing. When we revitalised German boxing in the eighties, I would have never envisioned Germany to become one of the top boxing nations of the world!. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - After heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe dumped the WBC title into a garbage can it took approximately six years before we had another undisputed champ. Of course, that was when Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield for the “second” time (when the judges finally scored it right). This represented the last time a heavyweight successfully unified the WBC, IBF, and WBA titles. Lewis was subsequently stripped of his WBA title for the “sin” of facing Michael Grant, before he ever had the chance to defend all three titles.
Since that time, the WBO organization has become more or less recognized as a fourth major sanctioning body. This only further complicates matters. Which title is “most legit”? One way to delve into this is to explore the recent chronology of alphabet soup and consider the corresponding popular opinion of the time. continue
Former British Super-Middleweight Champion Brian Magee today withdrew from purse bids for a fight against reigning champion Paul Smith. Magee's mananger Pat Magee informed the British Boxing Board of Control by email today (9 June) stating: "Brian Magee has decided not to challenge Paul Smith for the British Super-Middleweight. Accordingly the purse bids today for this contest should be cancelled."
This follows months of negotiations with Magee's camp and Smith's promoter Frank Warren offering the Belfastman the opportunity of fighting Smith on Saturday 17th July. continue
Super Six World Boxing Classic competitors Andre Ward and Allan Green participated in an international media conference call on Tuesday to discuss their crucial Group Stage 2 12-round bout on Saturday, June 19, on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m., ET/PT, same-day delay) from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) will be making the first defense of the WBA belt he won on a convincing, 11th-round technical decision over Mikkel Kessler in their Super Six World Boxing Classic opener. Oakland’s Ward, who has emerged as a tournament favorite following his win in Group Stage 1, is currently listed as a 1-1 favorite to win it all by USA Today sports analyst Danny Sheridan. A victory over Green, of Tulsa,Okla., will catapult the last American to win an Olympic Games gold medal into the tournament semifinals.
A winner of six consecutive fights, Green (29-1, 20 KOs) is making his debut in the tournament after replacing Jermain Taylor. He enters the Super Six World Boxing Classic with zero points. A triumph by Green, who is challenging for his first world title, would turn the tournament upside down. If victorious by knockout, Green would tie Arthur Abraham for first place heading into the final Group Stage bouts before the semifinals. continue
Moments after hearing that his dreams of a world title had been confirmed, Jason Booth spoke exclusively to Frank Maloney's press officer Andy Scott. Jason Booth meets Steve Molitor for the IBF super bantamweight championship next month after a deal was reached to bring the title fight to England on July 23rd. Booth explained: “I'm over the moon at the news. I knew the fight was coming and now it's finally announced it's like a dream come true. “Jimmy Gill (Booth's manager) said he wanted to fight me but it all went quiet for a while. Then we heard the news of the European title chance and then there were whispers that a world title shot could happen. But once it was actually signed and sealed I just couldn't believe it. continue
CANASTOTA, NY –JUNE 8, 2010 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today reigning, undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute will attend festivities planned for the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th. “Lucian Bute is one of boxing’s most exciting and fan friendly champions,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We’re looking forward to welcoming him back to Canastota.. continue
By Michael Klimes: When Chris Eubank went down on one knee in his second fight with Michael Watson in the eleventh round in 1991, he appeared to be a boxer completely outclassed. He had been surgically pummelled by a motivated and focused Watson. Then, Eubank mysteriously discovered a current of energy as he leapt to his feet and delivered the most devastating uppercut of his career. This infamous punch, which not only ruined Watson’s career but also his health, demonstrated Eubank’s greatest asset – his insatiable killer instinct. Eubank would finish Watson in the twelfth round but the subsequent fallout of the victory with Watson’s permanent brain damage and the evidence of what Eubank’s deceptive power could do changed him as a fighter and as a man. Consequently, Eubank did not show the same type of form in the ring or aura out of it for six years. Most importantly, he lost his ruthless ability to finish his adversaries when he most needed too.
Donald McRae, in his edgy and spellbinding account of boxing in the 1990s, Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing, remarks towards the end of book that he no longer considered Eubank as a great fighter as he increasingly won a series of dubious decisions against second-rate opponents. continue
By: Dave Cacciatore - Sometimes people make mistakes and the whole world finds out about it. Like when an oil company decides to drill in water that is too deep in the Gulf of Mexico with unsafe technology resulting in an explosion that kills eleven people and spills millions of gallons of crude across the sea. Sometimes people make mistakes and no one finds out about it. And other times people make mistakes, we all find out about it, but nothing catastrophic happens. This last category is where Arthur Mercante Jr’s performance in the Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto fight falls. continue
European Champion Paul McCloskey and Giuseppe Lauri come face to face for the first time outside The King's Hall earlier today ahead of their title fight on Friday's Yanjing Beer Fight Night. It's been almost three decades since a European Champion last graced the ring at the King's Hall in Belfast. On that November night in 1983 Barry McGuigan wrapped the famous blue belt around his waist having dispatched Italian Valerio Nati in 6 rounds to capture the European Featherweight crown. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, who trained and prepared Miguel Cotto for his impressive victory against WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman this past weekend at Yankee Stadium. Steward is also currently working with unified IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Steward talked about Cotto’s victory and his future and also touched on some recent news pertaining to Klitschko and a potential unification showdown against WBA champion David Haye. Here is what Emanuel had to say:
On how he would rate Miguel Cotto’s performance against Yuri Foreman:
“I thought he fought a very good fight. I would give him, I would say out of a ten, probably about a nine and a half, a nine—it was close to a perfect fight. He did everything he was supposed to do and I was very proud of him. To lay out a plan is one thing but to actually execute the plan is a different thing. He fought a very smart fight, was totally relaxed—probably the most relaxed person in the whole arena, and that included me. His jab worked very good, but also I think the fact that he was so comfortable with the fight and with everything that was going on around him—which really surprised me, especially after being in so much drama in his recent fights and his personal life.. continue
SANTO DOMINGO, DR, Tuesday June 8, 2010 – On Tuesday June 7th, 2010, the 14 month old son of boxer VICTOR “MERMELADA” CAYO, passed away. Janfor Manuel Cayo, son of Victor Cayo and Gardys Pena Alvarez died suddenly and accidentally, when food became lodged in his throat, cutting off his breathing. This is the second tragedy that has befallen the Cayo family in the last year. continue
By Per Ake Persson: I always wondered how Sweden entered the discussions as site for the Carl Froch vs Arthur Abraham fight and it seems like it´s all due to a misunderstanding. Sweden still does not allow professional boxing in full and Helsinki is not its Capital. Froch vs Abraham will go ahead sometime in September with WBO cruiser king Marco Huck filling in on the original date August 18 with a defence of the title in Erfurt. continue
by James Slater - The Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz rematch, set for Las Vegas on July 31st, is a great fight on paper, and the fans will be there at Mandalay Bay in full force to see the rematch of the best fight of last year. However, the card now looks even better value for money due to the addition of a most intriguing battle of undefeated middleweight prospects.
It has been confirmed that 23-year-old Daniel Jacobs of Brooklyn, New York will square off with 29-year-old Dmitry Pirog of Gelendzhik, Russia at the end of next month, with the vacant WBO middleweight title on the line. Quite a rarity these days, in that two highly promising fighters are being matched against one another at such an early stage in their respective careers instead of being put in with further journeymen types, Pirog-Jacobs could even turn out to be the fight of the night on July 31st. continue
Shannon Miller admits he will be facing the most dangerous fighter of his career when he steps into the ring in the 10-round main event against two-time heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman at "The Rock Returns" event on June 19 at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, New York. But the opportunity to notch a win over a big-name heavyweight and then parlay it into even bigger fights is potentially too lucrative to pass up. Besides, according to Miller, getting hit hard is completely painless. continue
What do you get when you combine three undefeated Cuban sensations with three of Irish boxing's most exciting and promising talents? You get a combined record of 63 wins (43 KO's) and no losses and all six fighters will take to the ring in Cork on June 26th on the Yanjing Beer Fight Night at The Neptune Stadium. Cork based Cuban's Alexei Acosta (10-0 with 10 KO's), Luis Garcia, (6-0 with 4 KO's) and Mike Perez (10-0 with 8 KO's) will be joined by unbeaten Irish prospects Andy Murray (19-0 with 10 KO's), Willie “Big Bang” Casey (8-0 with 5 KO's) and Gary “Spike” O'Sullivan (10-0 with 6 KO's) on a night of “The Undefeated's” as all 6 men put their perfect records on the line. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 76th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Emanuel Steward & Andre Ward and Steve "USS" Cunningham) will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player or to enter our chat on the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host, Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Topics for Discussion
• Miguel Cotto’s ninth round TKO against Yuri Foreman at Yankee Stadium
• Where does Cotto go from here?
• Vanes Martirosyan unanimous decision victory over ‘Mean’ Joe Greene. continue
Richard B. (Bronx, NYC): Miguel Cotto looked impressive in his fight against Yuri Foreman. Do you think Cotto would defeat Pacquiao with Steward guiding him from the corner?
Vivek W. (ESB): Like most, I felt that Cotto showed a great improvement in his performance against Foreman. The two things that stood out to me the most with his effort was the footwork, and more importantly, the patience he displayed. The old Cotto was so busy hunting an opponent down that he often failed to use sound fundamental judgment. There were no traps set, or anything that he could have used to assist in switching gears late in a fight, which made him very predictable. The new Cotto took his time to stick the jab out first and actually watch to see what opened up to followup with. It was a beautiful thing to see him exercise fundamentals along with his typical prowess. All that being said, there are three things that I think will prevent Cotto from EVER defeating Pacquiao. Limited speed, maximum bravado, and critical thinking, (or lack thereof). continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Over 200 of the top 15 and 16-year-old boxers from across the nation are currently making their final preparations before traveling to Camp Lejeune, N.C., for the 2010 USA Boxing Junior National Championships, June 14-18, at the Goettge Memorial Field House. continue
Cruiserweight World Champion Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, who has been receiving high levels of negative commentary from the Canadian media, as well as from Ross supporters, following the fifth round stoppage decision that saw him become the IBF World Champion for the second time, today issued an official statement regarding the circumstances that lead to the fight with Troy Ross being stopped by the ringside doctor.
Speaking from his home in Philadelphia, PA, Cunningham said, "First and foremost, our prayers go out to Ross regarding his injury, I have heard that he needed a surgery, and pray for a complete recovery to his eye. Regarding the fight, we feel great about the win, it was the goal to be champ again in '10, and here we are! I have watched the fight and I feel strongly that I was controlling the fight, Ross was backing up the entire time. The punch that caused the cut was a clean shot, the ref declared so in the ring and even following the fight after seeing the replay. Unfortunately, these things happen in boxing, it is part of the sport. My plan for the near future is to rest up a little and meet with my team about what is next."
Audley Harrison has vacated his European heavyweight title, opening the door to a showpiece World title fight when he makes his return from injury in October. The 38 year-old had an operation on a pectoral muscle last month to correct the injury that forced him to fight one-handed against Michael Sprott from the fourth round of their European title bout at Alexandra Palace in April. The injury hampered Harrison for the remainder of the fight until he produced a stunning last-gasp knockout victory to land the title he is now surrendering. continue
by James Slater - Though 38-year-old Audley Harrison will not be able to return to the ring until October due to the torn pectoral muscle he suffered in his last fight, Harrison and his team have begun talks with the camps of both the Klitschkos and David Haye. Very much hoping he will be next in line for one of the three reigning heavyweight champions, Harrison has vacated the European title he worked so hard to win in dramatic, last-round fashion against Michael Sprott in April. continue
Paul Wheeler - “Matthew’s a great kid and could go a long way in America” Trainer Freddie Roach’s words on yet another British fighter that is working under the tutorledge of Roach.
Matthew Macklin (28-2, 18KO’s), an Irish middleweight based in England is still searching for his next opponent. Winky Wright and Sergio Mora are just two names that have been thrown into the mix, which leave us in no doubt how highly Roach regards his 28 year old pupil.
Macklin is a former European Middleweight Champion, a belt he won in considerable style last September by taking out Finnish fighter, Amin Asikainen (27-3,18KO’s) in the very first round of the bout. Since then Macklin has fought just once (December 2009) against tough Uraguayan, Rafel Sosa Pintos where he won a ten round UD.
A planned defence of his European Crown was set for April 2010 against the unbeaten Russian, Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13KO’s) but an injury forced Pirog to pull out of the bout. A replacement opponent was organised when Macklin himself had to withdraw from the fight due to a nose injury picked up in training. Subsequently Macklin gave up the belt he never got to defend to concentrate on the World Scene. continue
Matthew Hall has a new trainer - and now he wants some new titles as well. The Manchester man lost his Commonwealth light-middleweight crown to Anthony Small last year, but it prompted him to join up with Anthony Farnell's growing stable, which includes Britain's hottest talent Tony Bellew, Frankie Gavin and Ronnie Heffron. And the 25-year-old believes the switch is paying dividends. continue
Co-Founders Greg Cohen and Barry Honig of The Empire Sports and Entertainment proudly announce the signing of exciting Reading, Pennsylvania, heavyweight Travis Kauffman (20-1, 16 KOs) to a promotional agreement. 24-year-old Kauffman rebounded nicely from his only career loss (a thrilling and controversial Showtime-televised shootout with fellow contender Tony Grano) by knocking out respected hard-punching veteran Chris Koval in less than two rounds on May 22. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - This summer the WBC will hold its “Night of Champions 2010” event in Cardiff, Wales. The selection of the festival’s host country, as is well known, is due to Wales’s long and rich boxing history. In this article – subsequent to “The Luminaries of Welsh Boxing History: Part One” -- Eastsideboxing continues its study of Wales’s boxing greats, focusing on the careers of Freddie Welsh, Dai Dower, Eddie Thomas, and Joe Erskine.
World Lightweight Champion 1914-17
Pontypridd’s Freddie Welsh is regarded by many pundits as one of boxing’s all-time great fighters. Standing 5’7” and campaigning chiefly in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, Welsh dominated his foes with a brilliant left jab and nearly flawless technical boxing skills. During his 17-year professional career, Welsh accumulated a record of 74-5-1 (33 kayos). If newspaper decisions are included, Welsh’s overall record stands at 122-27-18 (33 kayos). continue
by James Slater - Serbian-born Marco Huck of Germany, the most active of current world champions, is set to return to action on August 21st. Once again fighting in Germany, the scene of all but two of the 25-year-old's pro fights, Huck will meet an opponent to be named shortly. The reigning WBO cruiserweight champion, fresh off his May stoppage of former heavyweight Brian "The Beast" Minto, will be making the fourth defence of his belt and he will be having his fifth fight inside the last 12-months. That's some workrate.
It will be interesting to see who "Kap'n'" Huck fights in August and fans will be hoping that whoever it is that challenges him will be a natural, and highly-ranked 200-pounder. continue
by James Slater - Though it hasn't been announced officially yet, it seems there is a great chance Britain's long serving warrior Jason Booth will finally receive a shot at a world title in July. According to Boxrec.com, "Two Smooth," at the age of 32 and after having boxed as a pro for fourteen long years, will challenge IBF 122-pound ruler Steve Molitor on July 23rd in the U.K (exact venue to be announced). continue
By Paul Strauss: The fight ending punch was no surprise. Miguel Cotto's signature punch has always been the great debilitating left hook to the kidney, liver or solar plexus. Something of a surprise was the fact that it took him until 42 seconds of the 9th round to get it done.
Up until that time, Yuri Foreman just wasn't there to be hit. Almost every time Miguel tried to throw the clean up hook, he would have to pull up, because Yuri would have already moved out of range. You got the feeling, though, that it was just a matter of time.
Going into tonight's big event at the new Yankee Stadium, boxing fans had to wonder whether this was really going to be a good fight? Cotto was the big favorite with the odds makers, and the only remaining question concerning him was whether he had been too severely hurt in his losses to Pacquiao and Margarito to have regained his former skills. continue
Over 1000 votes cast online to pick eighth fighter for June 30 - Daniel Cadman has been named in the line-up for the Prizefighter Super Middleweights on June 30 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, and he says that local support can drive him to a dream victory.
The latest event in Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournaments follows hot on the heels of the thrilling super bantamweight night where Irishman Willie “Big Bang” Casey took the title back to the Emerald Isle. continue
by James Slater - Promoter Bob Arum, who was happy with the way his latest big show went yesterday in New York, spoke after Miguel Cotto had stopped a brave Yuri Foreman about the fight the whole world wants to see: Manny Pacquiao Vs. Floyd Mayweather Junior. And the 78-year-old made it very clear that his man Pacquiao wants the fight, and that it is now up to Mayweather to decide if he does.
Pac-Man, who earlier this year refused to undergo the blood tests "Money" demanded, is now willing to take the tests so as to get the mega-fight on, Arum said. Also, Arum said he thinks the fight, if it does happen, will take place in Las Vegas. However, the promoter feels Mayweather wants no part of the Filipino legend. continue
Sebastian Sylvester defended his IBF Middleweight Title on Saturday night in Neubrandenburg when he and mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin settled for a draw in front of a wild crowd of 4.500 fans. After 12 close rounds, the scores were 118-111, 111-117 and 114-114. “I am pleased to have defended my title,” Sylvester said. “It was a close, a tough fight. Although Karmazin was more active, I landed the clearer shots. I think I was up a few rounds.”
Sylvester, whose strong defence absorbed most of Karmazin´s punches, turned it on in the later rounds when he punished his opponent with one-two combinations. “Sebastian really connected well later on and the fight was close to being stopped in the 11th,” coach Karsten Rower said. “If Sebastian had landed one or two more punches then, he could have stopped him. Karmazin was a tough opponent with a higher work-rate, but Sebastian landed the better shots and also worked well to the body.”
The 37-year-old Russian, whose left eye was badly swollen, felt he had won the fight. “It was a close encounter,” he said. “I had problems to find my rhythm in the first round because I got a thumb into my eye early. In round six I had problems with my liver so I really had to hang in there between rounds six and ten not to lose my focus. continue
PHILADELPHIA (May 31,2010)— It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of another boxing legend - Raymond Munson, longtime assistant to heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 84. He was an integral part of the HBO Documentary on Liston. Muncie, as he is affectionately called, was a fixture for over 60 years on the Philly fight scene having worked with several fighters including Dorsey Lay, Hughie "Buttons" Kearney and for the past ten years as an assistant along with Frank "The Silk" Montgomery to trainer Charles Ramey and his fighters - Willie "The Gladiator" Gibbs, Hammerin' Hank Lundy, Philip "The Mongoose" McCants and "Dangerous" Darrell Jones. continue
CANASTOTA, NY –JUNE 4, 2010 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today former junior welterweight and welterweight champion James “Buddy” McGirt will return to Canastota to attend festivities planned for the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th.
“We are so pleased to have ‘Buddy’ McGirt return to Canastota,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “He is a real fan favorite and we are excited about welcoming him again to the Hall of Fame.. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani: Following his brutal loss at the hands of Antonio Margarito many observers predicted Miguel Cotto would never be the same. When Cotto struggled to squeak by with a close split decision victory against Joshua Clottey it appeared he lost his edge. After that, he suffered a vicious defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao where he seemingly suffered even more damage than he had against Margarito. Tonight Miguel Cotto redefined himself as an elite fighter with a sensational victory over WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman.
Since losing to Pacquiao, Cotto made a major change in direction by pairing up with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. This switch in trainer proved to be a golden move on the part of Miguel. Under Steward’s guidance, a new Miguel Cotto emerged reminiscent of the outstanding boxer/puncher that once defined him when he was a young prospect climbing the ranks in the 140 pound weight class. Against Foreman, Cotto fought at a much more measured pace than he has in recent years. He was poised, patient, and made good use of his punch selection. Like all of Steward’s protégé’s, a solid jab acted as the foundation for everything, and this was apparent in the first round when Cotto twice wobbled the champion with well timed jabs. continue
LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA, (June 5, 2010) Advance tickets are now on sale for TKO CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, an action packed evening featuring some of the best young stars in the sport, on Saturday, June 26th at The MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Headlined by a WBO World Lightweight Youth Title bout featuring sensational prospect Terence Crawford, tickets, starting at $25, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com) or the MontBleu Box Office (775-588-3515). continue
By Ted Spoon, tedspoon.com - The year is 1985 and Nat Fleicher's fires up his time-travel machine for the first time. Inexplicably playing havoc with the chronology of boxing, two men are matched. Devised solely for the purpose of creating fantasy fights, its juxtaposing has altered the horizon on the 160lbs division. Out of the electrical jolts and dust of time manipulation arrives a 24 year old motor-mouth called James 'Lights Out' Toney…
Over at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, WBC middleweight champion Thomas Hearn's drops himself into his leather seat, ridding his head of perspiration with a towel that drapes around his neck. He cuts a sharp figure within the fussy confines of the post-fight press-conference and hits every reporter that begins to rise with a stern leer. continue
By Matt McGrain: A resurgent Miguel Cotto dominated a very brave Yuri Foreman in New York tonight.
After 42 seconds of the ninth, the fight was stopped in favour of Cotto who had driven the injured Foreman to the canvas with a body shot. In fact, the fight had been over as a contest since round 7, when Foreman twisted his knee and went to ground. Given time to walk it off by Arthur Mercante Junior, Foreman re-engaged in spite of a debilitating limp only to fall and hurt himself once more. Chaos ensued in round 8 when the towel had apparently been thrown in from the Foreman corner - only for the referee to decline to accept the corner’s resignation of their man, as is his right. The referee apparently considered that the towel may not have been thrown in by the chief second (which in fact it had). The ring, suddenly full of officials and cornermen, was cleared after two long minutes (with the assistance of Michael Buffer at ringside) and the fighters allowed to continue. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - Former Welterweight and current Jr. Middleweight titlist, Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KO’s) rose to the top of his game while being trained by his uncle, Evangelista Cotto but after numerous fall outs, the uncle and nephew parted company. In the absence of his uncle, Miguel’s new trainers did not find ways to better prepare Cotto to win against top fighters and he has since been criticized for having conditioning issues that led to lesser stamina in late rounds of big fights, namely his last two outings against Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao. While Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KO’s) is no Sergio Martinez, Cotto looked very good against the five-foot-eleven former Jr. Middleweight titlist as he used his jab, footwork and ring generalship to win in convincing fashion over a very good technical fighter in Foreman. continue
Friday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Venezuelan Junior Welterweight prospect Juan “El Nino” Ruiz (6-0) scored a devastating 4th round knockout over the tall and awkward Jose “La Mosca” Castro who falls to 4-4. The bout scheduled for 6 rounds on the undercard of the Panamanian featherweight clash between Irving Berry and Roinet Caballero, ended in the 4th round after Ruiz caught Castro with a right hand, left hook combination to leave Castro spread out on the canvas for close to 5 minutes. continue
After twelve very close and dramatic rounds Selcuk Aydin beat Ionut "Jo-Jo Dan" Ion by split decision Saturday night in front of 10,000 frenetýc fans at Abdi Ýpekci Spor Salonu to win the vacant WBC Silver Championship.
Aydin started strong flooring his opponent with a right hook to the head in the first round. But "Jo-Jo Dan" not only recovered fast but started to take control in round two to four. Throughout the fight the Canada based Romanian was the more active man in the ring while Selcuk Aydin landed the harder shots whenever he came close enough to hurt Ion. In the end Aydin's supreme defensive skills and his higher accuracy convinced two of three judges to score the bout 114:113 ýn favour of the local hero; one judge had it 116:111 for Ion.
"We had expected a very close and exciting fight", said promoter Ahmet Öner after the bout. "Still I have to congratulate both fighters to their fantastýc performances. This was a true championship battle. I am very happy and proud that we were able to present a spectacular world-class fight like this in Istanbul. The attendance of 10,000 fans ýs a new record for boxing audiences in Turkey.. continue
by Alan J Kindred: Miguel Cotto wins a title in his third weight class tonight against against the former champion Yuri Foreman. It was a much more exciting fight than anticipated as there many heated exchanges throughout. Many experts thought the fight would lead to a boring decision win for Yuri Foreman.
Emmanuel Steward has done a great job bringing the basics back to Cotto and implementing the unexpected game plan of out jabbing the jabber. continue
By Harold Kupelle: Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KO's) had too much power for WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KO's), getting the better of him with power shots and then stopping him in the 9th round with a hard left to the body. The fight was stopped at 0:42 by referee Arthur Mercante Jr. Foreman injured his his right knee in the 7th round. Following the injury, Foreman was almost helpless, limping around the ring and taking big shots from Cotto the whole time. Incredibly, Foreman's corner allowed him to continue to fight even though he was almost helpless. The fight was finally stopped after Cotto dropped Foreman with a hard left to the body in the 9th. Overall, Cotto looked good but he was facing an opponent without much offensive firepower and the injury to Foreman's knee made it that much easier for Cotto. With the WBA junior middleweight title now in Cotto's possession, he can use the belt as bait for Manny Pacquiao to go after his 8th world title.
Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham is once again the IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World, having regained the coveted title, at the Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg in Germany in Germany tonight, after the ringside doctor deeming Troy Ross unfit to continue before the start of the fifth round.
From the first bell Cunningham dominated the centre of the ring using his wickedly fast jabs to keep the shorter Ross at bay. Ross, a seriously tough southpaw, seemed willing to take a few punches in order to get in closer to let off some wicked bombs.
Rounds two and three produced more of the same, although Ross was getting a little more success. The problem for Ross though was that his getting in more also meant he was taking more shots, causing noticeable swelling. continue
Boxing king Floyd Mayweather, one of the top athletes in the world today, "made a wish" come true yesterday for one of his biggest fans when he met Armando Carral, a 17-year old Hodgkin's disease patient who asked to meet the boxing Champion through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening diseases.
"This is a rewarding experience and I'm grateful to be in the position where I can make a difference in Armando's life," said Mayweather. "He is a very nice young man and I would like to congratulate him for staying strong and finishing high school.. continue
by James Slater- It may be somewhat "old news" now, but Dan Rafael, in his weekly "Quick Hits" column over on ESPN.com, has a short piece up about the ongoing situation regarding a possible Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye heavyweight unification clash.
As fans know, Haye, the current WBA heavyweight champ, spent a whole lot of time both insulting and calling out both of the Klitschko brothers last year. Succeeding in getting under the skin of both champions, Haye has now, uncharacteristically, gone quiet. Rafael's piece reports how Bernd Boente, the Klitschko's manager, has offered Team-Haye a very good offer for a big fight with Wladimir, the Ring magazine, IBF and WBO ruler. A 50-50 purse split was offered to Haye, with NO options asked for on future fights. This is a great deal, yet neither Haye nor anyone from his team have responded to offer according to Boente. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis who recently scored an upset knockout victory against Kevin Mitchell in his own backyard at the United Kingdom. Katsidis has been mentioned as a possible future opponent for WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan who systematically outworked Pauli Malignaggi in an impressive victory a few weeks back. Katsidis spoke frankly about his recent victory and various other subjects pertaining to his career and the current boxing landscape. Here is some of what he had to say:
On his recent victory against Kevin Mitchell:
“I was very happy with the result and of course, me and my trainer Brendon Smith, we worked very hard to get that result and of course we’re very happy.”
On whether he thought he would beat Mitchell as easily as he did:
“Well, look, I was very confident coming into it because my boxing has only improved. Over the years I’ve gained a lot of experience and I never underestimated Kevin Mitchell. He is 31-0 and he beat the guy Breidis Prescott who knocked out Amir Khan so he had to be respected. I was prepared to fight for twelve rounds, but of course, when the opportunity was there I took it and got the KO and was very happy about that.. continue
by James Slater - Seeing as how 45-year-old Oliver McCall was arrested for cocaine possession back in February, I felt for sure that "The Atomic Bull's" roller coaster career was finally over. The former WBC heavyweight champion's scheduled fight with Zuri Lawrence, set for February 15th, was cancelled as a result of his latest instalment of legal troubles, and it looked like McCall would face a long incarceration.
However, if you scan Boxrec.com's upcoming U.S schedule, you will see that they have McCall down as boxing again on the 15th of this month, against Timur Ibragomiv! continue
OAKLAND (June 4, 2010) - Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound champion and America’s last Olympic Gold Medalist Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) made his “pitch” to his hometown fans in Oakland, CA to come out and support him when he defends his title against world-ranked contender Allan “Sweetness” Green (29-1, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Oracle Arena on Saturday night, June 19. Featuring his best fastball while tossing the ceremonial first pitch in pre-game ceremonies held earlier today at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum prior to the A’s-Minnesota Twins baseball game Friday night, Ward proclaimed himself committed to continuing to represent his city and all of the Bay Area proudly by retaining his world title and, in the process, solidifying his spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on the SHOWTIME telecast. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - HardKnocks Boxing, Spencer Fearon and Ciaran Baynes’ promotional vehicle, delivered exactly what promised: good customer satisfaction. Without major titles at stakes, sanctioning bodies involved, and no politics whatsoever, the crowd had been treated to 6 fast paced and action packed bouts with clear undisputable winners.
Darren Hamilton (6-1) opened the show at Welter weight in a 4 rounder against Ryan Barrett’s replacement Ideh Ockuko (1-1). Bouncing back from a knockout loss, Darren has proven he learned from his mistakes. Using good movement to dictate the pace and stay out of trouble, Hamilton outworked Ockuko with his jab, following occasionally with straight right hands and hooks and clinching when necessary to break the action in his favor. The bout ends with a 39-37 decision for Darren and a cut on the left eye for Ockuko. continue
by James Slater - Tonight in Hessen, Germany, 36-year-old Juan Carlos Gomez won every round in a keep-busy eight-rounder against Turkey's Oezcan Cetinkaya. Having what was his third fight since losing to WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko last March, the former WBC cruiserweight champion did as he pleased against the 32-year-old, wining every minute of every round. No official scores were announced on the Eurosport broadcast I viewed, but the fight was so dreadfully boring, I didn't care! continue
by James Slater - For a while there, it looked as though Joe Calzaghe would join the vast number of other ex-champions who retired at the top but were unable to stay away for good. A short while back, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions spoke of how he and the former 168 and 175-pound champion met to discuss the possibility of the 46-0 Welshman returning for one more fight, against Bernard Hopkins. And while Calzaghe, in a news article in The Liverpool Echo, has admitted that, yes, he and Schaefer did talk and that he even went as far as resuming training for a time, there will not be any comeback. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former two time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd. Early in the interview, Byrd notified our audience that he does not intend to continue on with his boxing career. Byrd, who was always known as a small heavyweight, used slickness, quickness, and tremendous defensive skills to compete with the best the division had to offer during his long and illustrious career which saw him square off against many of the best fighters of his generation. That someone so small in stature was able to compete and succeed at a championship level in boxing’s most prestigious division during an era of gargantuan ‘super heavyweights’ is a marvel in and of itself. During the interview Byrd reflected on numerous moments from throughout his career and here is some of what he had to say:
On winning the WBO heavyweight title from then undefeated champion Vitali Klitschko:
“Eight days notice I get a call that Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock had backed out of a fight with Vitali Klitschko and would I be willing to fight him. So I was like, ‘Of course, I’m not afraid of anybody’. I had never seen Vitali fight before, I didn’t really know how tall he was, I didn’t know anything about him. All I knew was he was 27-0 with 27 knockouts and I’m going to Germany to fight this monster they called. So we get there and it was pretty overwhelming, the crowd, and they were nice but getting in the ring was kind of crazy because when we got in the middle of the ring it was the first time I ever heard a crowd actually laugh. He was so much bigger than myself and all I was thinking was in four rounds the crowd will change, and of course it changed. I mean they started cheering for me, it was funny. He was just a hard guy to fight. He was very strong, just a complete fighter, and I was just amazed at how tall he was and how much reach advantage and all these other advantages he had over me. So I had to use all my skills and attributes to try and walk him down. You know, I’m a very smart heavyweight with a boxing style, a true boxer who tries to use counter punching but I had to try and walk Vitali down and just win the fight.. continue
The white hot atmosphere at the King's Hall in Belfast should be at it's best for the upcoming Yanjing Beer Fight Night on Friday week (June 11th) when Paul McCloskey makes the first defence of his European Light Welterweight title against mandatory challenger Giuseppe Lauri but one boxer on the card should be cooler than most. Despite facing the biggest test of his career Lurgan welterweight Stephen Haughian has literally walked on hot coals to prepare for his Celtic title clash with former British champ Kevin McIntyre. continue
Undefeated Canadian middleweight "Donnie Boy" Orr (15-0, 6 KOs) has waited a long time for a realistic chance at professional boxing glory. The wait is over.
Having signed with promoter Nick Garone and his X-Cel Worldwide, Orr will be plugged into a successful boxing program in an area sharing a border with a heavily populated area of his homeland. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Alexander Frenkel, 22-0(17) will clash with European 200-pound champion Enzo Maccarinelli next (Sauerland Event, Frenkel's promoters, have reportedly won the purse bid for the bout) and the Ukrainian-born 25-year-old has already started training ahead of his big opportunity.
Seen by many good judges as a potential world champion, Frenkel will be one tough challenger for the recently rejuvenated Welshman who once held the WBO cruiserweight title. "Big Macc" won the EBU title in fine style, taking out Russia's Alexander Kotlobay inside a round in April, but now he must become the first man to defeat the gifted Frenkel if he is to keep hold of his crown. Very kindly giving me the following interview, during which he gave his thoughts on Maccarinelli and the upcoming fight, the 6'1" Frenkel had the following things to say:
James Slater: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me, Alexander. The fight with Maccarinelli is next for you, you must be very excited about this big fight?
Alexander Frenkel: Yeah, the fight is the plan for me, and it's 99-percent finished, it's nearly finished. I'm not sure yet where the fight will be, I think it may be in England - England or Germany. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 3, 2010) – Fireworks will be delayed but only for a few days, exploding in the four-cornered ring July 9 when ESPN Friday Night Fights comes to Twin River Event Center for the “Let Freedom Ring” pro boxing card, presented by Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in Lincoln, R.I. The main event features NABO lightweight champion “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs), rated No. 13 by the World Boxing Association, in his first title defense against challenger John John “The Hammer” Molina (20-1, 16 KOs), ranked No. 9 by the NABO. continue
by James Slater - In a surprising development that few will have seen coming, Australia's Anthony Mundine, the former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion, has called for a fight with pound-for-pound star Floyd Mayweather Junior! - so Fox Sports website in Australia has revealed.
The 35-year-old who next fights Jorge Daniel Miranda down at 154-pounds in June, announced to the media in Brisbane, Australia that he very much wants to become known as the best Pound-for-Pound fighter in the world, and that the way to do it is to defeat the 33-year-old megastar. continue
BRONX, N.Y., June 4, 2010 – (L-R) Undefeated WBA World Super Welterweight champion Yuri Foreman, Brooklyn, N.Y., and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto, Caguas, Puerto Rico, pose after weighing in (Foreman 154 lb,Cotto 153.5 lb) Friday at Yankee Stadium for their upcoming World Super Welterweight championship at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, June 5, on HBO Championship Boxing.
Undefeated junior middleweight titleholder Yuri Foreman (28-0-0, 8 KOs) defends his crown against former 147-pound champ Miguel Cotto (34-2-0, 27 KOs) in the “Stadium Slugfest.” The bout is the centerpiece of the first boxing card at the new Yankee Stadium, continuing the former Yankee Stadium’s long and proud tradition as one of the world’s premier boxing venues. The ring, along with thousands of additional seats, will be set up in right field for what promises to be a memorable night for the sweet science.
(L-R) USA Olympian Vanes ‘Nightmare’ Martirosyan, Glendale, CA, and Joe Greene, New York, N.Y., pose after weighing in (Martirosyan 153.25 lb, Greene 151.5 lb) Friday at Yankee Stadium for their upcoming feature fight at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, June 5, on HBO Championship Boxing. continue
Light-heavyweight star Tony Bellew says using the same training facilities as Everton's World Cup stars will make him a global force to be reckoned with as well. The Bomber, who makes the first defence of his Commonwealth title on July 3 at The Preston Guildhall, does strength and conditioning work with Everton FC staff at Goodison Park. Although the Premiership side haven't supplied any players to England's 23-man squad, a number of other stars - including Tim Howard, Tim Cahill, Steven Pienaar and Yobo Yakubu will be going to South Africa. "It's a real buzz training at Everton, and everything there from the ground-staff to the boardroom has a massive air of professionalism," said Bellew. continue
Tickets for the July 16th ‘Brick City Boxing Series’ fight between Zab “Super” Judah, Brooklyn, NY (38-6, 26 KO’s) and Jose Armando Santa Cruz, Michoacán, Mexico (28-4, 17 KO’s) go on sale this Friday, June 4th. Several local favorites will be featured on the card. The fight will take place at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. Doors open 7:00pm. Promoted by Main Events and Super Judah Promotions. Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $203 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or www.Prucenter.com. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Three time, two division world champion Anthony Mundine (38-3, 23 KOs) yesterday announced his next fight scheduled for 30 June 2010 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia. His opponent will be Argentine Jorge Daniel Miranda (36-8, 13 KOs) for the WBA International light middleweight title.
The fight will be Mundine’s first at the junior middleweight limit of 154 pounds, a move down from his current location at middleweight and 2 divisions and 14 pounds south of the super middleweight division where he’s largely competed over the course of his career.
Having achieved world titles at both super middleweight and middleweight, Mundine is looking to achieve this feat in a third weight division. If he does this, he will be the first fighter in boxing history to win world titles in three consecutive descending weight divisions, i.e. super middleweight to middleweight to junior middleweight. continue
Michael Jennings has wished Miguel Cotto good luck ahead of his clash with Yuri Foreman. And he says he will fulfil a promise made after his clash with the Puerto Rican - and win a world title of his own. Jennings challenged Cotto for the WBO World Welterweight title in New York last February, losing in the fifth. The defeat made Jennings a fan of the hard-hitting Hispanic, and he says developed him as a fighter. Now both men have big fights coming up, with Cotto in action against Foreman on Saturday night in New York in a challenge for the WBA World Light-Middleweight title. continue
Two formidable opponents with intriguing backstories square off in a junior middleweight title clash when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: YURI FOREMAN VS. MIGUEL COTTO AND VANES MARTIROSYAN VS. JOE GREENE is presented live SATURDAY, JUNE 5 (10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT) from the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, exclusively on HBO. The broadcast team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
by James Slater - Heavyweight legend "Smokin'" Joe Frazier, a fighter who once stood atop the Pound-for-Pound rankings himself, will reportedly hand current P-4-P king Manny Pacquiao a most illustrious award this coming Friday evening in New York.
According to ABS CBN News, the Philadelphia legend will personally hand to "Pac-Man" this year's Fighter of The Year award, as chosen by The Boxing Writers Association of America. The special evening will take place at The Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, and the Filipino idol will be presented with The Sugar Ray Robinson F.O.T.Y award by the 66-year-old who once was given the distinction himself.
Back in 1971, when he stood atop the very boxing world due to having beaten Muhammad Ali in "The Fight of The Century," Frazier was the recipient of the marvellous honour. continue
The International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship scheduled for June 12 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis has been postponed. Don King Productions was promoting the event that planned to feature St. Louisan Cory Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) defending his IBF 154-pound title against mandatory challenger Cornelius Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs), from Detroit.
A number of conflicting interests factored into the decision to move the bout to a future card. continue
by James Slater - Australian hero and reigning IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green is set to face his former sparring partner in his next fight, as the man who sensationally stopped Roy Jones Junior in a round late last year will defend his belt against fellow Australian and former WBC light-heavyweight title challenger Paul Briggs. Briggs, inactive since his July 2007 points win over Rupert van Aswegen, a win that took "Hurricane's" pro record to 26-3(18), says he has now overcome the problems he had with his adrenaline and nervous system (the reason he retired) and is fit and ready to return.
34-year-old Briggs, who reportedly pushed Green as hard as can be when sparring with him, has been stopped just once - way back in 1997, when Larl Zada stopped him in what was just his second pro fight (KO 3) - and if he can overcome the ring-rust he just might give "The Green Machine" another hard night's work; this time with a "world" title on the line. continue
Matt McGrain: Yuri Foreman (28-0) is the first Orthodox Jew to lift a world-title since Jackie Kid Berg edged out “Mushy” Callaghan some eighty years ago, and if he successfully defends his WBA light-middleweight strap against Miguel Cotto (34-2) this Saturday, he may be the first ordained Rabbi to ever hold such a title.
“I’m about a year-and-a-half away,” says Foreman. “People might find in scripture: “Don’t hit your fellow man”, but in Judaism there can be loopholes, and legally you can find a way.”
A pragmatic man of true faith then, a rare thing and wonderful thing indeed. Foreman is likely to need both pragmatism and faith if he is to triumph over Cotto, ostensibly his first world-class opponent, but the form Cotto brings to the ring is one of many open questions making this fight so difficult to call. There are more intangibles to be unwound here than might appear in any three fights. Unpicking them is difficult, but the confusion about the eventual winner makes for a pleasant change from appraising the seemingly one-sided glorified exhibitions often served up to us by greedy promoters in the early part of this century. Foreman-Cotto is the real deal. continue
Officially, former light heavyweight champion Montell Griffin had to settle for a surprising draw in the quest for his 50th professional victory last Saturday against veteran Ross "The Boss" Thompson at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
However, Hitz Boxing Founder Bobby Hitz says there is more than meets the eye to this surprising outcome. continue
Three days ahead of his IBF Cruiserweight Title fight against Troy Ross, Steve “USS” Cunningham today arrived in the East German city of Neubrandenburg. The first face-to-face meeting with his opponent is scheduled for tomorrow at the official press conference. “I am in great shape and ready to win back my former title,” Cunningham said. In the main fight of the night, IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester will defend his title against mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 75th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Chris Byrd and Michael Katsidis) will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player or enter our chat on the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
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Topics for Discussion
• Vitali Klitschko's TKO 10 win against Albert Sosnowski
• Where does Klitschko go from here? continue
(June 2, 2010 – Worcester, MA) It may not be the Big Apple, but the bright lights will be shining on Worcester, Massachusetts June 24 when DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returns to Mechanics Hall. In the main event, Worcester’s own undefeated prodigy Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, coming off two nationally televised knockout wins, steps in with rugged veteran Gabriel Holguin of Corpus Christi, Texas in a super middleweight contest. continue
by James Slater - The next instalment of the super-middleweight "Super Six" tournament takes place on the 19th of this month, as the unbeaten Andre Ward, the reigning WBA 168-pound champ, squares off with the once-beaten Allan Green in Oakland, CA. And, as intriguing as this next step in the exciting tournament is, the card looks like having a pretty good under-card.
According to Boxrec.com, the career of their highest ranked U.S heavyweight will take its next step, as 38-year-old southpaw Tony Thompson, known as "The Tiger," will face Friday "The 13th" Ahunanya over a scheduled ten-rounds. continue
by Paul McCreath - If you look back a few years to say about late 2006 the best heavyweight prospect in the world was young Alex Povetkin. He had won Olympic gold in 2004 and the world amateur title the year before. By December of 2006 he had won his first 10 bouts as a pro and seemed headed straight for the top. He didn't waste much time. By late 2007 he had 4 more wins including a 10 round decision over fringe contender Larry Donald and a 12 round win over former champ Chris Byrd in an IBF eliminator. The following January he earned his shot at champion Wlad Klitschko by outpointing unbeaten Eddie Chambers over 12 rounds in a final eliminator. He was now the number one contender on just about every list.
That was close to 2 and 1/2 years ago and we are still waiting for the big title fight. Both fighters signed to meet but Alex got injured and the fight was postponed and never rescheduled. Between stepping aside for Tony Thompson to meet Wlad for the WBO belt and four tune-up fights we have seen one delay after another. The latest has been the addition of a new trainer, Teddy Atlas that required Alex to take more time to get ready for Wlad. Meanwhile Wlad has defended his title four times since Povetkin became the mandatory. It should be obvious by now that somewhere along the line Alex decided that he was not likely to defeat Wlad so he has been in no hurry to get on with the fight. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (June 3, 2010) Former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with TKO Boxing Promotions it was announced today by Chet Koerner, its President. Lorenzo will make his debut under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner against veteran Daryl Salmon tonight, Thursday, June 3rd at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. The 29 year old Lorenzo, 28-2-0 with twenty knockouts, challenged Sebastian Sylvester for the vacant IBF Middleweight Title on September 19, 2009, losing a very close split decision in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. continue
The 12 bout Summer Fight Night Explosion is only 2 weeks ago and it is a night that promises to be truly explosive. International Masters Light Middleweight Champion Yassine “The Showman” El Maachi has his final bout before a WBC ABU challenge in Morocco in July. Yassine takes on the tough Dee Mitchell. Former Olympic Bronze Medallist Bobby George (aka Boris Georgiev) has his second contest in the UK. Bobby has signed with Mervyn Turner at the Shamrock Gym in Luton who has entrusted fledgling promoter Steve Goodwin with the task of getting Bobby to a title shot within two years. continue
by James Slater - One of the many great things about working and writing for Eastside Boxing is having the opportunity to travel to fights, both big and small, in a number of different places. This past weekend, I was ringside at the Vitali Klitschko-Albert Sosnowski WBC heavyweight title clash in Germany; and I have to say the whole weekend was a great experience (ok, the fight was no classic, but it was no stinker either, and I was never bored during the ten-rounds the bout lasted. The Johnathon Banks-Jason Gavern fight, now that's a different story!)
One of the things that struck me whilst in Germany was just how absolutely massive both Klitschko brothers are in their adopted country. Everyone, and I mean everyone - from bar staff, hotel workers, taxi cab drivers and everyday men and women from all other walks of life - know who the two giants are. The very mention of either Wladimir or Vitali invokes a smile, a cheer and an opinion. Heavyweight boxing may have lost a ton of its former appeal in America, where the average Joe has no clue who the heavyweight champion is, but this is not the case in Germany. continue
Team Sauerland head coach Ulli Wegner today received the German Federal Cross of Merit. The 68-year-old, who has been voted German coach of the year seven straight times, was honoured for his career accomplishments. He has led the likes of Marco Huck, Sven Ottke, Markus Beyer and Cecilia Braekhus to world titles and also guided ex-champion Arthur Abraham to international stardom. “This is a great honour,” Wegner said. “It really means a lot to me. Without my team and of course my athletes, this would have never been possible. I am deeply touched.. continue
IAN NAPA has vowed to unleash his anger Stuart Hall this week. ‘Dappa’ Napa will fight in Hall’s back yards when they square off for the vacant British bantamweight title at Peterlee Leisure Centre on Friday (June 4). The Londoner (19-8) is still seething at losing the title on a controversial points decision against Jamie McDonnell in January. That setback cost Napa a European championship fight, and to make matters worse McDonnell replaces him and won the title. continue
Geoffrey Ciani: Light heavyweight contender Otis Griffin is recently coming off of an impressive eighth round technical knockout victory against former WBA super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell. Griffin, who is a former winner of Oscar De La Hoya’s reality television program ‘The Next Great Champ’, now has eyes set on bigger and better things. I recently was afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with Otis and here is what he had to say:
Q: Otis, a couple of weeks ago you just scored an impressive victory over Byron Mitchell. I was wondering, how do you evaluate your performance in that fight?
A: I thought it was, I would say an A-/B+. I really feel like I could have done even better, but to be honest with you we followed the strategy to the tee. We wanted to make him move faster than he needed to move due to his power punching ability and his stationary deficiency. After that, from one to six, we were making him move fast and then for the last six rounds we were looking to get him out of there six, seven or through the ninth round but we ended up getting him in the eighth. continue
by James Slater - It's quite likely a good number of fans will cringe upon reading this news, but Denmark's former heavyweight contender Brian Nielson is set to return to the ring later this year - at the advanced age of 45!
ESPN's Dan Rafael has reported that promoter Kalle Sauerland has confirmed how the Dane has signed a comeback deal, and that he will likely fight again for the first time in eight years in November. continue
IBF Middleweight Title: Roman Karmazin (Russia): 71,5 kg vs Sebastian Sylvester (Germany): 72,3 kg
IBF Cruiserweight Title: Troy Ross (Canada): 87,9 kg vs Steve Cunningham (USA): 87,5 kg
Cruiserweight: Zack Page (USA): 91,3 kg vs Yoan Pablo Hernandez (Cuba): 90,0 kg. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - On November 30, 1979, all-time great middleweight Marvin Hagler fought his first world title fight, a controversial draw with reigning champion Vito Antuofermo. After 15 grueling, action-packed rounds, Hagler seemed the winner by a close but clear margin. In a bout that took several dramatic turns, Hagler started strong, winning most of the first seven rounds. Antuofermo, however, fought his way back into the match between the eighth and 13th rounds, accumulating points on the scorecards. The fighters exchanged punches at a frenzied pace in the final two rounds, which Hagler appeared to win due to his piston-like combination punching.
But the judges’ did not favor the challenger. While Duane Ford had Hagler winning by 145-141, Dalby Shirley saw Antuofermo winning by 144-142. Hal Miller’s 143-143 scorecard sealed the draw. Antuofermo retained his WBA and WBC world title belts by the slimmest of margins. continue