Earlier tonight, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Warriors Boxing presented an action-packed seven bout card before a jam packed house at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. The show, broadcast live on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" was headlined by IBF #3 rated welterweight contender, Delvin Rodriguez taking on England's Ashley Theophane, in a ten round welterweight contest. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 83rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs). When IBF #1 contender Alexander Povetkin recently backed out of his fight against IBF/WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko, this opened a door for Peter to be his replacement. Peter and Klitschko first squared off back in September 2005. Klitschko was awarded a unanimous decision for his efforts. He did, however, suffer three knockdowns in the process. That inherently makes this rematch one of the more interesting fights that can be made in the heavyweight division, especially since Wladimir has not been involved in a competitive fight since that night almost five years ago. Here is what Peter had to say:
On how he feels about getting the opportunity to have a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko:
“I’m feeling great. We’re going to start where we left off on in 2005. We do it again on Spetember 11.” continue
By John G. Thompson: Delvin Rodriguez 25-5-2 (14 KO’s) made his thirteenth appearance on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, and it proved unlucky as Ashley Theophane 27-4-1 (7 KO’s) won a surprising and mind boggling decision. Also in action from the Buffalo Run Casino Don “Da Bomb” George 20-1-1 (17 KO’s) suffered the first loss in his career via controversial stoppage to Francisco Sierra 22-3 (21 KO’s), and Andy Lee won in impressive fashion. continue
by James Slater at Rinsgide in Cancun - Tonight, in beautiful Cancun, Mexico, unbeaten welterweight prospect Danny Garcia of Philly went to 18-0(12) by halting tough Jorge Romero of Culiacan, Mexico. The 22-year-old Golden Boy hope dropped the two-years-younger man with a bilstering left hook to the head in the 9th, and surely felt the fight was over with. It practically was. The brave Romero, now 17-3(15) somehow beat the count, however, and held on for a few more seconds. A series of hard rights to the head prompted the third man in the ring to call a halt to the action; amidst cries of defiance from the largely pro-Romero crowd. continue
IBF, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko defends his titles against Samuel Peter at Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt, Germany on September 11.
Samuel Peter is 29 years old and #2 ranked in the IBF. After the IBF disqualified Alexander Povetkin for not following its rules, Peter is now the mandatory challenger of Klitschko.
In 2005, Klitschko and Peter met in a dramatic fight in Atlantic City, USA. Klitschko was down three times during the fight but came back strong and nearly knocked out Peter in the 12th round. Klitschko won the fight by unanimous decision.
Wladimir Klitschko: „Peter was one of the toughest fights of my career, he is an extremely hard puncher and has improved a lot in his last fights. I know what to expect on September 11 and I will be well prepared.. continue
By Paul Strauss: FNF's Brian Kenny voiced a strong opinion that super middleweight Francisco Sierra should have been DQ'd in his fight tonight against Don "Da Bomb" George for throwing and landing a big right hand after the bell rang. However, the referee, Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas all thought the right thing to do was penalize Sierra two points for the blow and then go to the score cards for a TD, which was done at the Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma. continue
Saratoga Springs, NY (July 31, 2010) - Maureen "The Real Million Dollar Baby" Shea will bring the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) featherweight title back to the Bronx after defeating tough-minded contender Liliana Martinez at the City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. The end came at 1:18 of the third round.
Shea, now 15-2 (9 KO), accepted the role of aggressor from the opening bell, establishing a rhythm behind her stiff jab. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Joe Calzaghe represents an interesting case in recent boxing history. He is the type of fighter who was probably underrated throughout most of his fighting days. At the same time, he is also the kind of guy who will most likely tend to become overrated with time because he decided to retire with his unbeaten record still intact. Exactly how good was Joe Calzaghe and how should he be remembered?
Calzaghe’s style was not always pretty. He was an unorthodox fighter who utilized speed, volume, and angles. His detractors would often criticize his style and technique, and sometimes he would even appear almost amateurish inside the squared circle. Critics would frequently accuse him of slapping rather than punching. Despite his numerous “flaws”, he was very effective inside the ring and was a proven winner. Why was he so effective? Was it due to a lack of good opposition? Is it because Calzaghe was a special fighter whose genius was simply not appreciated? Or was it perhaps some unique combination of the two that largely surrounded circumstance? continue
By Vivek Wallace: Saturday night, the world of Boxing will look on as a potential "fight of the year" candidate takes place, live from Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay, on HBO PPV. In the main event, Mexican warrior, Juan Manuel Marquez takes on Juan Diaz in a rematch of their first shootout which took place back in February 2009. The first fight was a timeless classic, and all indications show us that this one will be no different. As we get ready for this great night of action, we take a look at "Keys to Victory", "4 (critical elements) to Explore", and an "Official Prediction":
Juan Manuel Marquez (Keys to Victory):
Despite his great efforts of the past, presently, there's simply no way to accurately gauge what Marquez has left in the tank. Diaz brings volume punching and energy, if nothing else. continue
Today Hamburg district awarded an injuction against Juan Carlos Gomez regarding his latest statements against ARENA and promoter Ahmet Öner. According to the judgment Gomez is not allowed to claim that Öner still owes him money or that he has been intimated by ARENA staff in order to sign a new promotional contract. continue
By Julie Cockerham - Floyd Mayweather invited disaster with the superfluous demands he made on Manny Pacquiao in anticipation of their super bout. It’s not unusual for him to exercise his mouth liberally before a fight, but this time his posturing had an effect greater than mere annoyance. This time, his posturing ended with a far more dimensional conclusion than his common ranting. In fact, it gained all-out relevance.
When Mayweather insisted on amplifying the drug testing requirements, he opened a bag of worms. The issue polarized opinions. Understandably, there were those who felt that he was using it as a means of avoiding Pacquiao, cleverly dressing his excuse in legitimizing clothing. Understandably, there were those who felt that Pacquiao should have simply agreed to the demands if he had nothing to hide. Between the two poles, the issue of drug testing itself stuck.
With concern for safety in the sport being called to the forefront, Mayweather was left to be pelted by the sand from the storm he had created. Quibbling over purses was likely to be a prime factor in endlessly flustering the negotiations as well, but once Mayweather’s idealism had entered the picture, he had himself backed against the ropes. continue
Frank Warren says he is confident that James DeGale and George Groves will fight. The Brit rivals have been calling out each other since they turned professional. And they could be on course for a British title showdown later this year if Paul Smith vacates. That fight could get vetoed by either camp if they believe a bigger contest can be staged down the line. Warren says the fight will happen at some point. "Yes, I look after my fighters, but never shy away of putting on big fights," he wrote in his column for The Sun. continue
Las Vegas, Nev. (July 29)... When the Marquez vs. Diaz II "Fight of the Year: The Rematch" undercard was announced, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer promised fight fans "The Night of the Year," stacking the undercard with great fighters and fights with unpredictable outcomes. Now fans can look forward to even more from this spectacular night of boxing with two free undercard preview fights to be broadcast by select pay-per-view providers beginning at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT. Fans should check their guide listings for details. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 83rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with middleweight contender Andy Lee (21-1, 15 KOs) who is scheduled to face James Cook (11-3-1, 8 KOs) today, July 30, at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. The middleweight division is wide open ever since Sergio Martinez scored an upset victory against Kelly Pavlik who has since abandoned the weight class. With a good crop of middleweight prospects on the rise, including Fernando Guerrero, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, David Lemiux, and Daniel Jacobs (who is scheduled to fight Dmitry Pirog for the vacant WBO title this Saturday), Lee is looking to fill the void and become the main man at 160 pounds. Here is what he had to say on this week’s edition of On the Ropes.
On training and preparations for his July 30 fight against James Cook:
“Training has been very good. We’re training so hard and at the gym Emanuel said we’re going to try and get you a fight, so just be ready. Luckily this fight came up. It was on usually shorter notice than we’re used to, but I’ve been training hard and sparring a lot so I’m in good shape and I’m looking forward to it.” continue
LOS ANGELES, July 28 - On Friday, July 30 at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico, top prospects Danny Garcia and Jorge Romero meet in a clash of highly-regarded prospects that will see who takes the next step up the 140-pound ladder and who will be forced to regroup and rebuild. It's a pivotal bout for both young men, but only one can emerge victorious in the 10-round main event fight for the WBC Youth Welterweight Interim Title which will be broadcast throughout Latin America on HBO Plus' "Next Boxing Generation" and on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" in the United States and Puerto Rico. continue
Tonight, live on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” Cestus Management’s undefeated Super Middleweight contender, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (20-0-1, 17KO’s) will have the opportunity to win his first title as a professional when he fights for the vacant WBO/NABO Super-Middleweight Title against tough and rugged, power punching Mexican, Francisco "Ponchito" Sierra (21-3, 20KO’s) at the Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami Oklahoma.
George, of Greek decent, is coming off a impressive and highly entertaining win in his last fight against once beaten Osumanu Adama. It was George’s 2nd win in 2010, and an another win tomorrow night on the nationally televised broadcast will be a yet another major step forward towards Super Middleweight supremacy for the Chicago native. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - From “Philadelphia” Jack O’Brien to Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, the city of Philadelphia has always had a proud tradition in boxing history. Tomorrow night two Philadelphia pugilist are set to do battle when Derek “Pooh” Ennis (21-2-1, 13 KOs) will defend his USBA junior middleweight title against “King” Gabriel Rosado (14-4, 8 KOs). The fight will take place at the Arena in front of a hometown audience in what amounts to a very important fight for the career of each boxer. Both fighters made guest appearance on this week’s 83rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio for a special face off interview. Here is a complete transcript from that segment of the program.
JENNA J: Alright guys, we are back with something very special. We have two Philly guys who are scheduled to face off against each other Friday, July 30. That would be Derek Ennis and Gabriel Rosado. How is it going guys? continue
LAS VEGAS (July 29) - It’s official. The Giant Pacific Octopus at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay entered the sports predictions arena earlier this morning when he aggressively selected Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez as the winner over Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz in Saturday night’s contest between the two pugilists who are fighting for Marquez’s Ring Magazine, WBA and WBO Lightweight World titles at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
by John Wight - With five weeks to go before Scotland’s Ricky Burns steps into the ring against Puerto Rico’s formidable Roman Martinez for the WBO super featherweight title at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall on September 4, preparations for what will be the biggest fight of the Scot’s career thus far have been stepped up.
Along with regular sparring partner and current Commonwealth featherweight champion, John Simpson, who defends his title on the same night against England’s Stephen Smith, Burns has started sparring with former British featherweight champion, Paul Appleby, who will be making his long awaited comeback at super featherweight against an as yet unnamed opponent on the same undercard. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 83rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward who is currently involved in a lot of recent headlines throughout the boxing world. The top story involved a recent change in opponent for heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who was originally slated to face IBF number one contender Alexander Povetkin but will instead square off in a rematch against Samuel Peter. There are also rumors in circulation about a potential match-up between Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr. In other news, Steward’s young prospect Domonique Dolton is coming off of an impressive knockout victory against Jeremiah Jones last weekend, and middleweight contender Andy Lee is scheduled to face off against James Cook this Friday. Furthermore, in addition to the events surrounding some of his top fighters, Steward also completed the first in a series of new boxing clinics last Wednesday and he already has a second clinic scheduled for August 4. Emanuel has been a busy man of late and here is some of what he had to say:
On Wladimir Klitschko’s recent switch in opponent from Alexander Povetkin to Sam Peter:
“Well I was kind of prepared for that. I have never believed that Povetkin was going to fight Wladimir, just not as bad as David Haye. So we were prepared and I told Wladimir to be prepared about two weeks ago that he might have to fight Sam Peter and also that they should contact him to see if he was available, because I had a feeling that this was going to happen.” continue
Universum has loaded up Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” at the o2 World in Hamburg, closing out a successful eight year run of boxing on ZDF. The card features the WBC interim world championship between Sebastian Zbik and Jorge Sebastian Heiland, the WBA super middleweight world championship between Dimitri Sartison and Khoren Gevor, the European heavyweight champion duel between Alexander Dimitrenko and Jaroslaw Zavorotny, plus Juan Carlos Gomez, Karoly Balzsay and Jack Culcay in separate bouts. continue
NEW YORK (July 29, 2010) – Four dedicated, determined fighters with a combined 64 wins with 41 knockouts will be featured when ShoBox: The New Generation returns Friday, Aug. 6, on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
In yet another ShoBox battle of unbeatens, world-ranked bantamweight Chris Avalos (16-0, 13 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., by way of San Diego, will face California state featherweight and junior featherweight champion Chris “The San Diego Kid” Martin (18-0-2, 5 KOs), of Chula Vista, Calif., in an excellent 10-round main event. continue
Last Saturday evening the inaugural British Boxing Board of Control Southern Area Awards Dinner was held at the Grange City Hotel, Coopers Row, London, was an unadulterated success despite the event’s instigator and main organiser, Chairman of the BBBofC Southern Area Mick Collier, being hospitalised and unable to attend. continue
TORONTO – (July 29, 2010) After countless months of rumors and hype, Orangeville natives Logan Cotton-McGuinness (11-0-1, 5 KO’s) and Buzz Grant (9-3, 4 KO’s) are set to square-off in one of the most anticipated grudge matches in Ontario boxing history, Saturday, September 25 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, for the NABA Lightweight title.
The card, UNDISPUTED: RIVALS, is being promoted by United Promotions, Southern Ontario’s leader in live boxing. continue
"HUNGRY". It is a term heard in boxing very often. Before their first fight, boxers are often considered hungry, hungry to get inside the ring and get their career underway. After a few wins, they are hungry to then prove that they are a legitimate prospect. After reaching prospect status, boxers are said to become hungry to get to the level where they are considered a top contender. Contenders have been known as hungry in their quest to get a shot at a championship. It's almost something fighters become programmed to say, but when Star Boxing's Delvin Rodriguez tells you, "I am hungry" there is something different about it. continue
JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ - "Thank you for being here. I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Sports for supporting me. Everyone knows Juan Diaz is a great fighter and I have prepared myself very hard for this fight. When people say 'Why Juan Diaz again?' I always want make the biggest fights and here you have two great fighters.
"I think this fight is going to be better than the first one because Juan Diaz is a great fighter and a great warrior and I am too. I like to fight. Everyone who knows me, knows I like landing so many punches. continue
NEW YORK (July 28, 2010) – WBO No. 2 rated heavyweight David “Tuamanator” Tua complained about a sore left shoulder during several training sessions leading up to his July 17th 12-round draw against former world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett in Atlantic City. However, when asked about it by his trainer, Roger Bloodworth, David said he was okay to fight.
Tua (51-3-2, 43 KOs), reigning WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight champion, is a true warrior who refused to use the injury as an excuse, or even make post fight comments about his damaged shoulder.
“Two weeks prior to the fight,” Tua’s promoter, Gotham Boxing President Cedric Kushner, explained, “I went to the gym to watch David spar. That day he told his head trainer, Roger Bloodworth, that he didn’t want to spar as his shoulder didn’t feel right. His shoulder was obviously hurting weeks before the fight and therefore David wanted to take a cautious approach.. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 28, 2010) Chicago based heavyweight contender Mike Mollo returns to action next Friday night, August 6th at the Windy City’s UIC Pavilion against veteran Franklin Lawrence in a special attraction eight round heavyweight battle.
The Mollo/Lawrence bout is part of a nine bout action packed card broadcast on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights and is presented by 8 Count Productions in association with Vega Boxing. continue
(July 29, 2010 – New York, NY) Argenis Mendez brought his act to the bright lights of New York City, and shined through and through with a first round knockdown en route to an 8-round unanimous decision victory over local hero Shamir Reyes on Wednesday night. Mendez-Reyes headlined the latest edition of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series, in front of a capacity crowd at the BB King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square. continue
Riverside, CA - July 28 - Yesterday was another "consecutive day" in camp for heavyweight world contender Chris Arreola, a training camp which he and his trainer Henry Ramirez are taking a "one day at a time" approach. This training streak reminds Ramirez of the hard work Arreola put in during the early stages of his career, beginning each morning with road work and ending with a hard and complete workout in the gym. The only difference between Arreola's early success and his new found commitment to training is the ESPN2 camera crew following him around to document a glimpse of his training regiment for a special piece which will air on August 13th as part of the show featuring his highly anticipated match against Manuel Quezada.
Arreola seems to have finally taken the necessary steps to provide himself with every opportunity to win, which he'll need against, the hard-working and determined Manuel Quezada in a battle between blood thirsty Mexican heavyweights. continue
I.B.F. Bantamweight champion Yohnny Perez (20-0, 14 KO’s) has signed a managerial contract with well known manager Frank Espinoza this morning in front of officials from the California State Athletic Commission. “I’m proud to be part of the Espinoza Boxing family,” stated Perez, a Colombian fighting out of L.A. “I’m not going to let Frank down. I truly believe he’ll take my career to the next level.. continue
by Casey Lauer and Chris Watson: Tell us about your family? Well my grandfather’s name was Rocky Pepeli, who I was named after. My grandfather was a first generation fighter. He was 14 years old when he came to America in 1915. He was in New York for a few years until he was old enough to leave. He was like 21 or 22. He was going from New York to L.A. to be a fighter, because L.A. was a big boxing town at that time. But then his car broke down in Iowa. He got a job working on a farm for this guy, and this guy’s daughter ended up getting pregnant so he married the girl. That was my grandmother. continue
Vivek Wallace: There were some recent developments in the case of Gamboa and Rojas. With Rojas being injured and stepping back, I understand you and Caballero ( photo by Jody Kohn) stand to potentially get a shot at him (Gamboa) next. How close are we to seeing that fight happen?
Jeff Mayweather: Basically, Celestino was told that the fight is a go......So, we're preparing for it like it's on!
Vivek W: Now, I know that Gamboa's initial fight date was the 11th of September. Are we looking at that same date if the fight goes through?
Jeff MW: Yes, September the 11th is the date that we're preparing for.
Vivek W: OK, now, stylistically, Gamboa is a very fast fighter, good reflexes and a good amount of power; yet Celestino is tall, has great reach, and is far more experience to add to his better attributes. Do you think this variation would allow you guys to exploit certain weaknesses in Gamboa?
Jeff MW: Well, one thing Celestino and I work on regularly is trying to get him to get the most out of his height and reach against any fighter and not be so combative. continue
SAM WEBB will defend his British light-middleweight title against Martin Concepcion in London on Saturday October 16. Webb (16-0-1) won the title in March when he outpointed controversial Anthony Small, but faces a tough night against the Leicester banger. Concepcion (17-7) is arguably the hardest domestic puncher at 11 stone, with ten of his wins coming inside the distance. He is a former Commonwealth champion, a title he won in July 2007 with a shock first round stoppage of Matthew Hall. Promoter Frank Maloney said: “There was criticism that Sam’s win over Small lacked excitement, but that wasn’t his fault. continue
Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez - “I'm not thinking of any way I can be different or do anything differently. I'm coming with everything. I'm not going to be overconfident because I've beaten him, because I've knocked him out. I'm going in just like as it was the first fight, 100 percent ready to take care of business.
“Well, it's very motivating but the key factor there is victory. To me, victory is everything. It's very important. It motivates me. It keeps me going to defend my titles with the pride and honor and having my hand raised at the end of the night, that's the most significant and what brings it out in me. I don't know how but it comes out because of that determination that I have to win. continue
ST. LOUIS, MO (July 27, 2010) Junior middleweight contender Deandre “The Bull” Latimore went back to work this past Saturday night in his hometown of St. Louis, tearing into veteran Darien Ford, dropping him three times in the second round before referee Steve Smoger stopped the bout at the 2:46 mark of the third round following a hailstorm of punches.
The win improved the 24 year old Latimore’s record to 21-3-0 with seventeen knockouts and has him looking to much bigger fights in the talent rich junior middleweight division.
“I was so much more focused for this fight. My training for this bout was on a level for a world title fight. I left St. Louis for eight weeks to train in Las Vegas with Ray Franklin and Jacob Chavez. In Las Vegas I was able to strictly focus on training for the fight and not have to worry about the distractions back home” said Latimore. continue
Next Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK, highly touted, undefeated super middleweight contender, Donovan "Da Bomb" George (20-0-1, 17KO's), will look to continue on his path towards a super middleweight title shot, when he takes on the very dangerous, Francisco Sierra (21-3, 20KO's) in what promises to be an all-out war between heavy-handed contenders in the co-feature on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" telecast. The bout, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Warriors Boxing, is the co-feature to the welterweight showdown between IBF #3 rated, Delvin Rodriguez (25-4-2, 14KO's) and Ashley Theophane (26-4-1, 7KO's). continue
Danny Jacobs, Robert Guerrero and Rocky Juarez are always motivated to succeed when they step into the ring, but this Saturday night, there is more than just winning on their minds. The three pugilists are all fighting for loved ones who have given them strength and encouragement in their careers and in their lives.
Jacobs is dedicating his fight to his grandmother Cordelia Jacobs, also known “Lady Bird,” who passed away Saturday night from lung cancer just months after being diagnosed. Jacobs was already planning on dedicating his first title fight to his grandmother, who helped raise the Brooklyn native and, as a devout Jehovah’s Witness, never actually saw any of Jacobs’ fights. With her sudden passing, thoughts and prayers are with Jacobs and his family during this difficult time. continue
LOS ANGELES (July 27, 2010) – Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ and two-division world champion RAFAEL MARQUEZ, the pride of Puerto Rico and México, respectively, hosted a News Conference Luncheon announcing their highly anticipated world featherweight title fight on Tuesday in the Gold Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.
The fighters were joined by their teams, including promoters Bob Arum, Ivan Rivera, Gary Shaw and Fernando Beltran.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, the Lopez-Marquez world championship fight will take place Saturday, Sept. 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
Philadelphia, PA—United States Boxing Association (USBA) junior middleweight champion Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis and challenger ‘King’ Gabriel Rosado both spoke with confidence Monday evening at the final press conference for their all-Philly showdown on Friday, July 30, at the Arena in South Philadelphia. An overflow crowd at Champps Americana restaurant on Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia—less than one mile from the Arena—turned out to hear both fighters and their respective managers and trainers discuss the biggest local fight in years. continue
PHILADELPHIA (July 28, 2010)—World ranked (WBO #7); and once beaten Lightweight, “Hammerin” Hank Lundy is now a promotional Free Agent after leaving Jimmy Burchfield CES Boxing. Lundy, 18-1-1 with ten knockouts has become a fan favorite because of his action style and many television appearances on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights, will be looking to get back in the win column after his first professional setback which took place on July 9th after getting stopped by Johnny Molina in a bout that Lundy was dominating. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward recently kicked off the first in a series of boxing clinics last Wednesday, July 21 in Atlanta, Georgia, at Sweet Science Fitness. These clinics are primarily intended to educate trainers and boxers (both amateur and professional) about the basic fundamentals of boxing. The clinics are also open to conditioning coaches, nutritionists, boxing fans, MMA enthusiasts, and anyone with a desire to acquire first-hand knowledge about the sport. Steward is looking to share the vast wealth of boxing knowledge he has accumulated during his involvement in the sport which has spanned almost sixty years. Steward will be conducting a second clinic at the Fight Factory in Tampa, Florida on August 4. I was recently afforded an opportunity to speak with Emanuel about his first clinic on this week’s episode of On the Ropes Boxing Radio. Here is a complete transcript from that segment of the interview:
Q: I know you had your first boxing clinic last week and I was wondering how that went and if you could tell the fans out there a little bit about that?
A: We had a very good jam-packed crowd and it was very interesting. Some of the questions that people had asked me in addition to the basic fundamentals about jabs and hooks and the fundamentals of balance, which everyone knows is one of my key points, but we also covered a lot of other areas. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 27, 2010) 8 Count Productions in association with Vega Boxing have announced that ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights will return to Chicago on Friday, August 6th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. “We’re very excited to work with Denis Benoit and the Vega Boxing team and our friends at ESPN to bring an outstanding event to the sports fans of Chicago on Friday, August 6th. We originally had an action packed event planned on that night for our Windy City Fight Night series and now the fans will get more world class boxing for the same price” said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue
The Johnny Eames and Derek Grainger, from the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, organised Boxer & Celebrity Football Tournament proved to be a massive success. The stars turned out in force, as did the paying public to watch the ten teams battle it out for the Ultrachem TKO Indee Rose Trophy.
Almost 200 celebrities, from Boxing, Football, Music, Film, TV and the National Press, made the trip to Canvey Island, Essex to take part in the event, which raised in excess of £20,000 for the Indee Rose Trust. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - When the announcement was made that IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek was going to test the waters in the heavyweight division by taking on former four-time world title challenger Andrew Golota, many questioned the wisdom behind this decision. After all, Adamek had only competed for two years as a cruiserweight and had already moved up in size considerably from the 175 pound weight class. Even though Golota was old and past his best, he was still a big guy with a strong punch. Many observers wondered how Adamek could possibly cope with an experienced veteran the size of Golota.
Adamek proved his detractors wrong and made easy work of Golota stopping him in five rounds. This victory helped establish Adamek as a real player in the heavyweight landscape, but he still had his fair share of doubters. Adamek has since continued to silence his critics and move his way up through the heavyweight rankings by scoring noteworthy victories over Jason Estrada and Chris Arreola. Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) now has his eyes set on what will quite literally be his biggest challenge to date when he faces 6’7” Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) on August 21 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The contest has fittingly been dubbed “The Big Challenge”. continue
A press conference for "The Big Challenge", 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) was held Tuesday at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ.
Michael Grant did not attend the press conference because he is training in Las Vegas, but was present via telephone. Nick Garone, Grant's manager, spoke for Michael Grant. continue
TKO Boxing Promotions was founded two years ago. Between then and now we have signed some wonderful fighters, done forty six shows and crisscrossed the United States trying to build the fighters and the company. Unfortunately, we ran into some financial problems that have set us back considerably, hurt our relationships with many fighters and their managers and derailed many of our plans. We also let a lot of people down and for that I am very sorry. continue
By Coach Tim Walker – It’s difficult to think of New York City in a lesser light than Las Vegas in terms of boxing greatness, but in recent years, Vegas has undoubtedly replaced the once centerpiece of the sport as boxing’s new Mecca. From the MGM Grand, to Mandalay Bay, to Caesar’s Palace, to the Palms Hotel, to the Mirage Hotel, to Planet Hollywood, to well, you get the point. Vegas is not without its share of major hotels and casinos willing to dust the gold accents, polish their silverware and power-vac the red carpets in order to host big boxing events. Vegas has nearly 80 venues currently available to host boxing shows. That may sound like a lot of venues but in comparison, New York City has considerably more (somewhere in the area of 200-300 venues, albeit many smaller or less prestigious venues with the exception of Madison Square Gardens and possibly Yankee Stadium). Still, no city, especially in recent times, can put on a boxing show quit like Las Vegas.
New York is the city that never sleeps but Las Vegas is the city that boxers aspire towards. It is where high rollers fly in on private jets to blow wads of expendable cash. It is the city where models play. It is the city of dreams, where a regular Joe hopes to catch a triple seven on the quarter slots. The buffets are plentiful. continue
Melissa Hernandez returns to New Mexico to face Victoria Cisneros August 14 for the interim WIBA lightweight title. Their battle is the main event at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo on a card promoted by Stephanie Jaramillo and her Golden Girl Promotions. Given the events that occurred December 4 when Hernandez left the Isleta Casino before a showdown with Holly Holm and Cisneros stepped in to replace her, it might be natural for first time promoter Jaramillo to have a few worries. “I'm not worried in the least,” she said. “This is a fight between Melissa and Victoria, and it was a fight that came to me, so we're looking forward to it. It will be a really good fight.. continue
by Matt Clark: Australia's premier Heavyweight, Alex "The Lionheart" Leapai (19-3-3 15 KO), is preparing for his latest assault on the division. Fresh off a thrilling fourth round stoppage over Travis "Freight Train" Walker on June 30, Leapai will step up to meet former world title challenger Owen "What the Heck" Beck. The fight takes place on August 12 at the Southport RSL, Gold Coast, Australia and will be televised around the country, live on Fox Sports. Like so many boxers, Leapai is an absolute pleasure to talk to. His quiet demenour is completely at odds with the ferocity he displays once inside the ring.
Q. Alex, firstly, thanks for taking a break from your schedule and chatting with eastsideboxing.com. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (July 27, 2010) – Fireworks will fly during Mexican Independence Day weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., when two-division world champions JUAN MANUEL “JuanMa” LOPEZ and RAFAEL MARQUEZ collide for Lopez’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title, Saturday, September 18, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The 12-round world title tilt will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
These two warriors boast a combined record of 68-5 with an astounding 61 knockouts – a winning percentage of 93% and a victory by knockout ratio of 90%.
The fight will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions. Tickets, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, go on sale Monday, August 2, at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino.) Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. continue
NEW YORK (July 27, 2010) – The long, often arduous journey for unbeaten super middleweight Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen, a native of Guyana, took him around the world before finally settling in Brooklyn. The 25-year-old southpaw turned pro six years ago in Georgetown, Guyana. Less than a year later, attempting to kick-start his boxing career, he moved to Perth, Western Australia. “I decided to take a risk and move to Australia,” Lennox explained. “I thought that it would be a good step for my career, but it wasn’t working out, and after 18 months there I returned home to Guyana.. continue
European cruiserweight title contender Alexander Frenkel wants to combine a KO win over Enzo Maccarinelli with some sightseeing! The unbeaten 25-year-old will tackle Big Mac on September 18 at the LG Arena, Birmingham.
And not only is he intent on taking the title back to Germany, but he plans to take in a few of the UK's hottest tourist destinations as well.
Born in the Ukraine, Frenkel has never been to the UK before, and is relishing the opportunity of appearing on Frank Warren's Magnificent Seven show - in more ways than one.
Frenkel is also not bothered by the fact he is facing former WBO cruiserweight champion Maccarinelli.
"I don´t care about the name of my opponent - all that matters to me is the title that is on the line," he said. continue
Vivek Wallace of Eastside Boxing takes an in-depth look at the recently failed negotiation attempts between Team Mayweather and Team Pacquiao. With so many thoughts, theories, and takes around the industry, the South Florida based fight aficionado offers his own rendition of why things broke down, who's to blame, and why it's time to simply move on. With so many talented fighters waiting in the wings, perhaps it's time to go from the 'best' to the 'next'. continue
Darren Barker will prepare for his big clash with Matt Macklin with a training camp in Tenerife. The European middleweight champion puts his title on the line against his Brummie rival on September 18. The fight takes place at the LG Arena in Birmingham, and will be part of Frank Warren's massive Magnificent Seven show, live on Sky Box Office While Macklin will jet to the USA to team up with Freddie Roach, Barker will travel to the Canary Islands. "Macklin needs to go half way round the world, I just get on a plane for a couple of hours and I'll have the best training camp possible," said Barker. continue
by Jenna J - As always, this week's 83rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Emanuel Steward, Andy Lee, Samuel Peter, Derek Ennis, and Gabriel Rosado) will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player or 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
• Manny Pacquiao is rumored to face Antonio Margarito on November 13
• Pacquiao-Margarito scheduled to take place at a catch weight of 150 pounds
• Wladimir Klitschko is scheduled to have a rematch with Sam Peter on September 11 continue
Chad R. (Reseda, CA): I think Pacquiao is better than Mayweather, but what do you think the continuous catch-weight request will do to his legacy overall?
Vivek W. (ESB): When it comes to this recent catch-weight agenda, I think my position is an echo of the average fight fan around the globe. I can understand supporting your countryman or your guy, but anyone who fails to find an issue with this is very much in denial with the fact that this move is simply one more reason for many out there to find issue with Pacquiao and ultimately question his level of accomplishment. With his demeanor and style, you'd like to support Pacquiao at all cost, but at some point you just wanna say, "if you're as good as we believe you are, it's time to beat someone in their own element". I think that Pacquiao has done enough to cement his legacy as a future Hall-of-Famer, but when you get into that lengthy debate about the "greats of all-time", (not greatest, but collectively the "greats"), I think this action leaves room to debate Pacquiao's position in some respects and I think it all has to do with the way his management team is writing his script. continue
By Charles C. White - Saturday night, July 24th, WBO top 10 heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver successfully defended his newly acquired WBC Continental Americas title with a shutout unanimous decision victory over Joell Godfrey (9-3-1 with 5 ko's at the time) at The Pagent in Saint Louis, Missouri as the co-feature to the Deandre Latimore vs. Darien Ford fight. Scores for the bout all favored Welliver at 115-113 and 117-111 twice. Joell Godfrey, a contestant on Season 4 of the hit boxing reality show The Contender, was a late replacement opponent for Chauncy. Welliver was originally scheduled to face Galen "Bad Boy" Brown (33-14-1 with 20 ko's), but Brown had to pull out of the fight with an injury suffered in training camp. continue
by Ted Spoon: Behind every fighter there is an ‘essence’, something that perfectly separates them from the ‘powerful’, ‘crafty’ and ‘slick’ traits of everyone else. This is not a simple label; as we may all equally appreciate both Jack Dempsey’s and George Foreman’s powerful intentions, but rather a kind of barcode, if you follow.
Mike Tyson once shed a bit of light on this distinction in reference to his latest DVD ‘Tyson: The Movie’. Referring to his popular style of combat he explained it was the “accuracy” not the “power” of his attacks which made them so devastating. Grappling with the sentiments that pervade most pen-pictures on him, the former two-time champion was compelled to re-establish the idea, that ‘essence’ behind his ring personality…
The unmistakable ‘Brockton Blockbuster’ Rocky Marciano has always proven a fun boxer to discern. continue
Game-changing fight finding service has become crucial tool for the business of boxing. While the average boxing or MMA fan may not fully recognize the importance of MakeAFight.com, to those in the business, in just two years' time, it has become an indispensible tool of the trade. Designed as a resource for fighters, promoters, matchmakers, managers and agents, MakeAFight.com has revolutionized the often time-consuming and costly matchmaking process by maintaining a database of available fighters, as well as promoters searching for suitable opponents for their events and allowing them to contact one another, free of charge. continue
Sherman Oaks (July 25) – The road to success takes a lot of hard work and dedication with only a few signs before the select few arrive. On Tuesday, July 27 WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward will appear on newsstands across America as he graces the cover for the first time of the next issue of Ring Magazine.
“I’ve arrived,” said Ward with a smile, “but there is still so much more that I want to achieve.” Next in line for the American Champion who was the last to bring home gold in the 2004 Olympics Games is his next Super Six bout “I’m focused on winning SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament. I haven’t lost sight of that… my eyes are on that title.. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones - In 2005 they shared one of the great heavyweight clashes of this decade. With Alexander Povetkin’s refusal to return a contract, or show up at a scheduled press conference it now seems as though Samuel Peter (33- 3 (26 Kos) and Wladimir Klitschko (53-3 ( will fight again.
The history between these two men, and chance for redemption offered to Samuel Peter make this a more intriguing bout that the Povetkin clash. With many opponents seemingly walking away from a payday against Klitschko, one needs to respect Peter’s willingness to take this fight.
In 2005 Wladimir Klitschko was on the comeback trail following his third loss to Lamon Brewster. Wladimir’s shock defeats to Ross Purity and Corrie Sanders had been seen as just that; shocks. However, when Lamon Brewster stopped him in five rounds it seemed as though Klitschko could not fulfil his destiny as the world’s next great heavyweight. continue
Chip Mitchell: Corley will challenge Marcos Maidana for the WBC Interim Super Lightweight Championship of the World. The bout will take place August 28, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Chip Mitchell: You just won your last fight against Damian Fuller at The Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Congrats on your victory and how do you feel about your performance?
Chop Corley: I feel great about my performance. I should have started earlier. In the first round, we were feeling each other out. I could have pushed the fight and got it over in the second or third round if I would have started earlier in the first round. continue
By Dave Cacciatore - The biggest risk in life can be the one not taken. You might wonder if Teddy Atlas has ever heard this old saying. As it seems puzzling that his charge, a soon to be 31 year old, Olympic gold medalist, with an undefeated professional record is turning down a shot at the consensus World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and the largest payday of his career. To ask the question in Staten Island vernacular, what gives Teddy?
You have to doubt that even Alexander Povetkin has the answer to this question. After bursting onto the professional boxing scene his star has begun to wane. continue
By Philip Michael Shange - Come Sept. 25, Allan Green will be the new WBC king - at least according to himself.
Champion Mikkel Kessler will defend his throne in Denmark against Green in the third stage of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic. And the challenger is looking for the knockout.
“I don’t see Kessler lasting the whole fight,” Green (29-2, 20 KOs) told Danish TV-station TV2. “Unless he brings something new to the table.”
Green – who entered the tournament as a late replacement for Jermain Taylor – is coming off a lopsided defeat to WBA champion Andre Ward. Despite the loss, Green is still in the running for a semifinal berth. continue
By Coach Tim Walker – Mayweather Cotto: It’s Official? Okay, let me apologize for the headline. It is definitely a bit of propaganda. Stated plainly, Mayweather and Cotto have NOT agreed to fight each other. The sensationalized headline was meant to grab your attention. If you’ve read to this point, it worked a little. If you make it to the end of the article, then it really worked.
What is official is a scheduled meeting between the WBA light middleweight champion and the world’s pound for pound best which was confirmed by Cotto’s advisor, attorney Gabriel Penagaricano. The two superstar boxers will obviously discuss boxing but the conversation may skew more towards them co-promoting boxing shows and tangentially developing fighters, rather than fighting each other. continue
Unbeaten Scottish prospect Craig McEwan had to battle hard to a ten round majority verdict win over super tough Californian veteran Danny Perez on Friday night in their Top of the Bill bout at The Pechanga Casino, Temecula, California. McEwan, cut in the opening round by a head clash, showed real character to battle through to what was by far the toughest test of his career so far. Perez rushed forward from the first bell, throwing wild hooks and overhand rights trying to catch the Scot cold but McEwan countered with classy combinations and slick defensive footwork to edge the close early rounds. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) successfully defended his title against a rather lethargic Viacheslav Uzelkov (22-1, 14 KOs). Shumenov was awarded a unanimous decision victory for his workmanlike effort with official scores of 117-109, 118-108, and 118-108. The fight took place outdoors at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Temperatures soared at a scorching 110 degrees when the card began and finally dipped below the century mark at the start of the main event.
Shumenov entered the contest with a lot to prove. There was a good deal of controversy when he won the WBA strap in his rematch against Gabriel Campillo back in January. The victory against Campillo gave Shumenov the unique distinction of winning a piece of the light heavyweight title quicker than any other title holder in the division’s rich history. He did this in just ten fights. In the eyes of many, however, he did not deserve to win the title in the first place. With this long shadow of doubt cast over him, Shumenov needed an impressive victory against Uzelkov in order to prove his championship merit. continue
By Paul Strauss: Most fans like and respect Teddy Atlas, and rightly so. He is a man of integrity, and obviously has one of the best boxing minds in the world. He speaks from vast experience, and often times points out aspects of a fighter's style that become important factors in the outcome of a fight. He offers interesting and amusing anecdotes. But when will the guy learn to make his point and then let it go? It would be different if he came at it from different angles or perspectives, but in his case it's just repeatability. continue
By Ken Neir: Bob Arum of Top Rank has made his choice for Mannny Pacquiao's next opponent on November 13th by selecting former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito to fight Pacquiao in either Las Vegas, Nevada or Monterrey, Mexico. Margarito, like Pacquiao, is a member of Arum's Top Rank stable. The location of the bout all depends on whether Margarito will be able to get his boxing license back in the United States in time for the fight. Margarito is applying to the Nevada Athletic Commission to try and get his license back. If Margarito is unable to get his boxing license back, the fight will then be held in Mexico. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich- Photo: EZIO PRAPOTNICH - Let’s say you have inside yourself the potential to bring light, but you were born in a place where there is only darkness, and all your life you felt something was missing but you didn’t know what. Let’s say that one day you heard a sound, a voice, which seemed to talk to you directly and express feelings you always had but could not explain. Let’s say that voice changed your life forever, for the better, and lead you on the path that brought you where you are today. Well, many years later that voice is speaking right in front of you and is discussing the other thing you love the most in life…BOXING!
Philip H. Anselmo is a true icon of heavy metal music. Best known as the front man for seminal bands Pantera and Down, he is also a boxing fan, expert, and writer, not to mention a good friend of legendary trainer Emanuel Steward. We met him 2 days ahead of Down appearance at the High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park on the 25th of July.
Q: When and how did you first develop an interest in boxing?
A: I was a kid, very young. One of my first boxing memories is the Holmes-Cooney fight, or, even before that, the early Hagler fights on ABC World Sport. It was my father who got me into that and also taught me the proper posture and fundamentals. My stepfather was a fan as well. continue
WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler has started his training camp for the crucial Super Six showdown with Allan Green. The Viking Warrior will take on his American opponent in Denmark on September 25 at a venue to be announced. This week, star coach Jimmy Montoya returned from his home base in Los Angeles to Copenhagen to prepare Denmarks national hero for the Super Six showdown. They will move camp to Team Sauerlands headquarters in Berlin shortly. “The fun part is over for Mikkel,” Montoya said. “He got his well-deserved rest after the fight against Froch but it will be blood, sweat and tears for him from now on. I was pleased with his performance against Froch but there is still a lot more to come from him. I expect him to get even better against Green.. continue
by Vivek Wallace: As the recent news of yet another failed attempt at negotiations between Team Mayweather and Team Pacquiao began to spread, despite outrage from the radicals who support these two larger-than-life phenoms, a look at the aftermath tells us that there were actually a few households around the globe that celebrated this anticlimactic moment for the sport. A few inquiring minds out there may feel compelled to ask "who would dare celebrate such halted moment of potential progress for the sport? For the answer to this question, one need not look any further than one block south, as the flooded jr. welterweight division seems both prepared and poised to seize the moment.
California native, Timothy Bradley, Great Britain's Amir Khan, St. Louis' Devon Alexander, and Argentina's Marcos Maidaina are widely known as the leaders of the pack; but beyond that quad-squad, the division itself is loaded with some of the best talent the sport has to offer. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 82nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former two time heavyweight title challenger Monte Barrett who is recently coming off of a terrific performance against David Tua. Barrett was a big underdog going into his fight with Tua and he was able to rise to the occasion. The bout was controversially ruled a draw in a fight most observers felt Barrett deserved to win. It was a close fight entering the final round, but Tua was deducted a point for throwing Barrett down to the canvas and lost another point when he suffered the first knockdown of his career, compliments of a nice exchange from Barrett. That appeared to be enough to seal the deal for Monte but the judges felt otherwise. Prior to the contest, Barrett had already announced that this would be his final fight win, lose, or draw. Monte spoke to us about his fight with Tua. He also reflected back on various moments from throughout his career and offered his insight on other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say: continue
By: Cestus Press - On July 30, 2010 , Cestus Management’s 147-pound contender Ashley Theophane headlines a major fight card that will be televised on ESPN’s FNF boxing series. The event will be live from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami , Oklahoma .
Theophane, who is a veteran of 31 fights, will take on perennial contender Devlin Rodriguez in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds. It is a fight that pits both veterans at the crossroads in their career. continue
By Coach Tim Walker – It has been reported recently that Floyd Mayweather Junior is currently in Puerto Rico. This, of course, has opened up the door to speculation that a possible fight between Mayweather and current 154 pound WBA Champion, Miguel Cotto could be looming. Some enthusiasts don’t like the idea of this fight, but it actually seems to be a great option.
I have always maintained that it made more sense for Mayweather and Pacquiao to take on the other reputable fighters between 140 and 147 divisions before actually facing each other. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - It never ceases to amaze me what fighters, their promoters, trainers and advisors expect us to believe. If you paid attention to everything these people said in the press or the many off handed comments you would go absolutely crazy trying to figure out what was actually going on. Trust me don’t spend too much time breathing significance into the various statements floating in cyber space because agendas and individual motivations are difficult to read unless you’re actually on the inside. Negotiating through the press has always been a staple of professional boxing but in recent years it has become nauseatingly key in the failure of many a deal. Truthfully, we never really know the actual facts or the extenuating circumstances of a proposed deal but trust me in some cases even if we did it’s safe to say that it still wouldn’t make too much sense to us. I correspond with a number of very well known scribes whose names you would immediately recognize who actively enjoy the inside scoop when it comes to the finer details of some pretty high profile deals. So, I’m privy to a lot of interesting bits and pieces which I can tell you always leaves me scratching my head wondering how and why people operate the way they do. The pettiness, the grudges, the ulterior motives, the full on manipulation and the out right deceit simply dominates the process. Sure you can probably say that about all professional sports but not to the degree that exists in professional boxing. In some cases, you simply can’t apply logic to these things. Also, in most cases, there’s a back story that impacts discussions. continue
Nathan Cleverly says he's fired up and ready to knock-out Karo Murat after the German accused him of being gobby. The pair clash in an Eliminator for the WBO World Light-Heavyweight title at the LG Arena, Birmingham, on September 18 on Frank Warren's huge Magnificent Seven event, live on Sky Box Office. Undefeated Murat stoked the flames ahead of their fight by laying into the Welshman. Warning him that he was "no Joe Calzaghe", Murat said that Cleverly was nothing more than a "big talker" and should keep his mouth shut. continue
Serious questions have been raised after a shocking ending in which Paul Briggs failed to beat the count after an apparent grazing punch from Danny Green sent him to the canvas in the first round of their IBO Championship bout. The President of the IBO, Ed Levine has demanded a complete and thorough investigation of this fight by all authorities in Australia to get those answers. “Boxing can not stand another black eye” said Levine. “We need and expect answers to some very serious allegations concerning the questionable ending of this fight”. continue
LONDON (22th July) Carl “the Cobra” Froch will be joining up with highly regarded trainer Rob McCracken at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Monday morning (26th) to start his intensive 10 week training camp ahead of his crucial Super Six Group Stage 3 face off against the German based Armenian “King” Arthur Abraham. It was officially announced last week that the last of the Super Six group stage matches will take place in the swanky surroundings of the world’s 2nd smallest country, Principality of Monaco, at the fabulous Chapiteau de l’Espace venue in the ward of Fontvieille, on Saturday 2nd October.
Both Super Six participants will be looking to finish the group stages on a high and guarantee a spot in the Semi Finals, tentatively slated for the first quarter 2011.
Froch who became a proud new father for the first time in June said: “It will be hard leaving my family for such a long time, but to make sure I secure a semi final place in the Super Six I have to get away from all distractions, concentrate, and make sure my preparations are spot-on this time, I cannot afford to leave any stone unturned. continue
LAST VEGAS (July 22, 2010 – If not for a hand injury suffered in the opening round of the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece, reigning WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov certainly would be much better known today by North American boxing fans, especially if he advanced to the medal rounds and fought eventual gold-medal winner Andre Ward. Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs), who represented his native Kazakhstan at the Olympics, won his opening bout against Poland’s Aleksy Kuziemsky (37-22), who is 19-1 as a pro, before being hampered by his damaged hand and consequently eliminated in the round of 16 by Turkey’s Ihsan Yildorim Tarham (27-19). continue
Universum Box-Promotion has announced that former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (47-2, 36 KOs) will fight on their big July 31 card in Hamburg. It will be “The Black Panther’s” first bout under the Universum banner in five years. “We are delighted for Juan,” said promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “He was with us all those years and always remained connected. I believe in him. He can tear up the heavyweight division once again.. He only has two defeats. Although he’s 36 years old, look at 39-year-old Vitali Klitschko and you can see how long you can still get maximum performance. He just has to want it. He must work closely with our training diagnostician. Everything will checked out. This is no picnic for Juan. It’s in his hands!. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic is arguably the best thing in boxing today. This unique and ambitious tournament has created an unprecedented aura of excitement surrounding the super middleweight division. After all, the 168 pound weight class has lived in relative obscurity during its rather brief existence. Its modern embodiment traces its roots back to March 1984 when Murray Sutherland defeated Ernie Singletary for the vacant IBF version of the title. Since its inception only Joe Calzaghe has ever officially been recognized by Ring Magazine as the super middleweight champion.
With its unique round-robin hybrid format, the Super Six has the division’s best consistently squaring off. Fighters involved in the tournament are receiving widespread interest from fans. In fact, they are drawing all types of attention they might not otherwise have received were it not for this tournament showcasing their talents under the spotlight. Even IBF champion Lucian Bute, who is not actually a participant, finds himself benefitting from the enthusiasm the Super Six brings to the division. In two rounds of action the tournament has produced six interesting match-ups that have included a major upset, a couple of razor thin decisions, a dramatic twelfth round knockout, a disqualification, and some good overall crowd-pleasing action. continue
Commonwealth lightweight Champion Lee McAllister chases a record 7th Title when he tops the Bill at the Beach Ballroom Aberdeen on Friday 3rd September. The show, which is promoted by McAllister under his Granite City Promotions, sees Lee box Hungarian Champion Istvan Nagy for the IBO International Light-Welterweight Championship. McAllister said “At present I am in line for a European Title bout at Lightweight but as I get older I am finding it more difficult to make the 9st 9lbs limit, so I am laying out my plans to at some stage move up a weight. I am grateful to have the opportunity to box for the IBO Title and who knows this could be the 1st step on the way to fighting for the IBO World Title. In recent times Matthew Hatton boxed for the IBO World Title and it opened a few doors for him.. continue
Exclusive Photos today of Team Casamayor and Joel "El Cepillo" Casamayor at private IBA Training camp in Las Vegas in preparation for his HBO PPV fight at the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort ...Robert Guerrero and Joel Casamayor fight on the undercad of Marquez vs. Diaz II. The fight will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. All photos by Rick Pineda. continue
K. Swanson: Thanks everybody for calling in. We are almost 10 days out from a great, great fight night on July 31. Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz and we've just had a really great time talking to all of you throughout this promotion and so you getting to know the fighters as well.
Today, we are joined by Juan Manuel Marquez, his trainer, Ignacio Beristain and also translating for Juan is Robert Diaz from Golden Boy Promotions. I'm going to quickly turn it over to Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions to get us started.
Thank you, Kelly, and thank you to all the media members for attending today's conference call with Juan Manuel Marquez. Ten days to go for one of the best nights of boxing, I can certainly remember. I just wanted to remind all the media members that we are going to have a free one-hour preview leading into the pay-per-view. During that one-hour free preview, which all the public can watch for free on the pay-per-view channels. continue
Matthew Macklin has turned up the heat ahead of his showdown with big fight rival Darren Barker - and told him "you will always be in my shadow". The pair clash at the LG Arena, Birmingham, on September 18 as part of Frank Warren's action-packed Magnificent Seven show, live and exclusive on Sky Box Office. Barker's British and European middleweight titles will be on the line in the big showdown billed as the biggest in the division since Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank met 20 years ago. continue
Paul McCreath: In recent months we have heard a lot about the good number of prospects among the big boys in the UK. With the usual lag in activity during the summer months I though it might be a good idea to take a closer look at the top 7 new guns for those who may not be familiar yet with them and try to guess just how good their chances are of becoming well known internationally. You will notice that I didn't call them young guns. Two of them are not so young. I will list the seven in no particular order. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Nineteen year old featherweight prospect Randy Caballero (4-0, 4 KOs) has had a story book start to his professional boxing career. Once regarded as an elite amateur, Caballero won his pro debut in March of this year when he scored a first round knockout against Gonzalo Nicolas. Since then he has had three more fights and has won all four of his professional matches by first round knockout. Most recently, he defeated Jairo Delgado earlier this month. Caballero is looking to stay busy and make a name for himself. Late last week I was afforded the opportunity to have a brief chat with the young prospect. Here is what he had to say.
Q: Randy, you’re coming off of a first round KO against Jairo Delgado a few weeks back. How would you evaluate your performance?
A: Every time I step in the ring I’m ready to fight anybody. Whoever it is I’m never going to be in the ring not being 100%. When that bell rang, you know I was ready, but when that bell rang I thought it was going to last longer. continue
Eugene Carnachan: Challenge Stadium, Perth, Western Australia. On the under card Shane Cameron 24-2 boxed methodically in racking up a unanimous points decision win over Australian Daniel Ammann 19-4. Cameron showed a more technical approach then what we are used to seeing in out hustling Ammann the south paw.
Cameron is now looking to campaign and fight for a world title at Cruiser weight. continue
By Vladimir S: Russian Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KO’s) made easy work of 2004 Russian Olympian Alexander Alexeev (19-2, 17 KO’s), stopping him in the 2nd round of a WBO cruiserweight title eliminator bout on Saturday night at the Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommem, Germany. The southpaw Lededev, 30, ended matters with a short left hook in the 2nd round that caught the 29-year-old Alexeev flush on the side of the head, sending him down on the canvas.
Alexeev attempted to get up, but fell back down. When he did eventually get to his feet, Alexeev stumbled across the ring and collapsed into the ropes. In the meantime, referee Roberto Ramirez had already called a halt to the bout at 2:43 of the 2nd. With this win, Lebedev now becomes the mandatory challenger for WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck, who like Lebedev, is a big slugger known for knocking most of his opponents. continue
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions are teaming up to bring the best of major professional boxing back to Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. In an exclusive partnership with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions, whose president is 10-time World Champion Oscar de la Hoya, will promote a minimum of 12 boxing events a year at the Barclays Center during the multi-year term of the deal. Many of the events are expected to be broadcast on major cable networks. continue
Over 80 of the greatest boxing Champions, and rising stars of the ring, are now confirmed to be attending the WBC Night of Champions international boxing festival. Event organisers today released their second list of confirmed guests to attend the Festival. This second list is led by global sensations such as Miguel Cotto, Carlos Zarate and Zab Judah, as well as such great Welsh names as Joe Calzaghe, Nathan Cleverley and Eddie Avoth. More names are expected to be announced in the coming days before the festival, and some very special surprise guests are being kept back to announce at the festival itself. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 82nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior whose son, Floyd Junior, is widely viewed as one of the most talented fighters in boxing today. The fight that every boxing fan wants to see is a showdown between Floyd Junior and Filipino sensation Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum recently imposed a deadline for exclusive negations on Team Mayweather. The deadline came and passed and garnered a lot of media attention. Floyd Senior spoke to us about Arum’s deadline and the prospects of this fight coming to fruition. He also talked about other aspects of the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of what Floyd Mayweather Senior had to say to me and the show’s Hostess, Jenna J:
JENNA J: Alright everyone, it's time for our second guest of this week’s episode and he is now making his fifth appearance on our show. He is none other than Floyd Mayweather Senior. Hey there, Floyd.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR: How are you doing?
JENNA: I’m doing fine. We’re happy to be talking to you. Floyd, I’m sure you know, Bob Arum has come out in the press and he put a deadline on Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Junior. He said the deadline passed. What are your thoughts on the whole contract situation trying to make that fight happen? continue
STUEY HALL has revealed how he transformed from scraping a living in Ibiza to becoming an unlikely professional boxing champion. The Darlington boxer, 30, makes the first defence of his British bantamweight title when he faces old rival Martin Power (21-5) at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring on Friday (July 23).
A few years ago, Hall (8-0-1) quit boxing after getting disillusioned with the amateur code and moved to the lager louts playground working in bars and giving out leaflets to tourists. continue
Promoter Steve Goodwin has added some extra fuel to the fire that’s already burning between Hackney’s Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander and Former English Super Featherweight Champion Ryan Barrett, by making their 11th September showdown, at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, for a championship title. It’s already more than clear that neither Barrett or Alexander particularly likes the other by the comments each has been publicly making recently. Now with a championship belt on the line it’s become a ‘light the blue touch paper’ situation. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward is preparing to kick off the first in a series of boxing clinics on Wednesday, July 21. The first clinic will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at Sweet Science Fitness. On August 4, Steward will be conducting a second clinic at the Fight Factory in Tampa, Florida. Steward is looking to share the vast wealth of boxing knowledge he has accumulated during his involvement in the sport which has spanned nearly sixty years. The clinic is primarily intended to educate trainers and boxers (both amateur and professional), conditioning coaches, nutritionists, boxing fans, MMA enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest to acquire firs hand knowledge of the sport. I was recently afforded an opportunity to speak with Emanuel about his boxing clinics and here is what he had to say:
Q: Emanuel, how did you first come up with the idea to start these boxing clinics?
A: Well about a year ago I talked to Tom Hauser about the possibility of doing a book. He said, “You should do a book because you’ve been out here so long. You saw everything and experienced so many different things in boxing”. He also said, “Another thing that would be good, you should seriously consider doing a clinic”. I dropped the idea until later on when I thought about it and realized the clock is still ticking and I’ve been in boxing now going on fifty-eight years which is really all of my life. I’ve had a lot of experience and I need to start sharing these experiences with someone before it’s too late. continue
The New York State Athletic Commission, after a hearing today, unanimously voted to lift the July 6, 2010 suspension of Golden Boy Promotions's New York boxing promoter's license. The Commission's Order, as well as its original Suspension Order, is attached hereto. The Commission' ruling unequivocally demonstrates that certain members of the boxing press, particularly George Kimball, had been guilty of unprofessional and personally vindictive reporting that falsely claimed that Golden Boy had been suspended for unethical conduct - arising from supposed financial transactions relating to Golden Boy's May 15, 2010 event in New York - after a full hearing. continue
British and European Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly will be guest of honour at the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh's amateur boxing show at Dale Barracks in Chester this Thursday (22 July). Cleverly, 23, is preparing for his forthcoming WBO World title eliminator against Karo Murat on Frank Warren's huge multi-show The Magnificent Seven on September 18 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, live and exclusive on Sky Box Office, but was delighted to be invited to the show.
The unbeaten Welshman met with the soldiers at his gym last October before they departed on six month tour of duty of Afghanistan and gave his support by wearing the "Support the Royal Welsh in Afghanistan" wrist band. continue
King Arthur Abraham welcomed a special guest on Monday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel stopped by to visit the renowned training facilities in Kienbaum. Hundreds of world-class athletes, including dozens of Olympic gold medal winners and world champions, use the sports center each year to prepare for their events. Team Sauerland also stages its training camps in Kienbaum, which is located 20 miles east of Berlin. Ulli Wegner and his fighters will return on July 28, moving camp from the Max-Schmeling-Gym to the sports center.
Merkel, who honoured Kienbaum with a special award, enjoyed meeting Germany´s top athletes. King Arthur even had a special present for the Chancellor. “I gave her a pair of mini gloves, which she promised to keep in a very special place inside her office,” King Arthur said. “I hope the gloves bring her luck – in politics, you sometimes have to box your way through. It was a great honour to meet the Chancellor. We spoke about a lot of interesting things.”
By Ted Spoon - Being cynical has its place; there are people out there who don’t argue when told that the word ‘gullible’ is not in the dictionary. With Wladimir Klitschko we have to be cynical. He continues to lead a heavyweight division so lacking in (shall we say ‘umpf’) that it’s difficult to consider it one. In reality, the ‘division’ has been between Wladimir and an extended queue of unmotivated, mediocre talent that forgot how to slip or throw a combination.
Plenty of patience, a long jab and an apparent aversion to closing the show is the old recipe, and it has worked a treat. In a recent interview with ‘Ring Magazine’ Klitschko explained that, “I will keep doing what I need to win.. continue
by Paul Strauss: No one is eager for that to happen any time soon, but what if it did? Who do
you think would deserve the honor of being P4P? Here's a few likely choices.
If you're from Germany or the Ukraine you undoubtedly would be picking Wladimir Klitchko, or maybe even Vitali. It's been quite some time since anyone has been a serious threat to their lofty kingdoms. But, have they had the kind of competition that makes a fighter great?
Another fighter from that part of the world is King Arthur Abraham. He only has one blemish on his record, and in a rematch he might remedy that real quick with one punch. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev (July 19, 2010) Two days ago Monte Barrett, a massive betting underdog, fought top contender David Tua to a controversial 12 round draw in Atlantic City. In the opinion of most observers, Barrett won the fight, making the result nothing less than a spectacular upset. Today, Barrett granted Eastsideboxing an exclusive interview. During the conversation, Barrett shared his impressions of the bout, and discussed the training techniques he used to prepare for his superb fight effort.
ESB: I scored the fight 6-5-1 in rounds for you. That translates into 115-112 after adding the extra points you obtained in the final round. Everyone I know believes you were a clear winner. I haven’t found a single Internet report yet that favors Tua. Any comments?
BARRETT: Basically, I feel the same way. I don’t know what the judges were looking at, ring generalship, aggression, or whatever. I was more effective because I was fighting my fight, and throwing Tua off of his game plan. I was winning through ring generalship. continue
Mexico City, Mexico: All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala Jr. and Deportes TELEMUNDO are teaming up once again to present their popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO”on Friday, July 23, 2010 at the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City, Mexico home of the Cinturon de Oro Tournament. In the main event Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico will move up in weight and face Jesus “Nakazato” Ceja of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in battle schedule for 12 Rounds with the vacant World Boxing Council Latin Bantamweight Title at stake. continue
Celebrated boxing coach Johnny Eames, who along with his business partner Derek Grainger, is organising the Ultrachem TKO Gym Boxer & Celebrity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, at Brockwell Stadium, Canvey Island on Sunday 25th July, will be a guest on Steve Bunce’s BBC London Radio show (94.9 & DAB @ 9pm) this coming Thursday evening. continue
British boxing fans have the chance to see an international boxing contest of quality that is rarely seen outside the latter stages of the Olympics, when leading male and female boxers from the United States, China, Sweden and Ireland make up the ‘Rest of the World’ team to fight the cream of British Olympic hopefuls in Cardiff on Friday 30th July.
With Britain’s recent European Championship medal winners facing-up to US National Champions and Chinese and Asian Champions, there are some bouts to savour at the tournament, and a homecoming for Wales’ Andrew Selby, who fights on home turf for the first time since winning his Bronze medal at the European Championships. continue
Sherman Oaks, CA (July 19, 2010) – The countdown has begun. In just four days undefeated Viacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) of Vinitza, Ukraine will take on WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) in the scheduled 12-round main event of the ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" (10pm ET/7pm PT).
Shumenov who captured the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship in his 10th professional bout earlier this year made his mark in boxing history by winning a major world title in the light heavyweight division with the fewest number of fights in his professional career. Meanwhile Uzelkov believes he has steadily improved and proven that he is ready to step into the spotlight and shine as boxing's next light heavyweight champion. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones: HBO recently announced that it would no longer be broadcasting heavyweight title fights, citing lack of public interest as their chief reason. As world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko settles into his prime, one can only say this recent announcement is something of huge disappointment. HBO may claim that the reason is ‘lack of public interest’; however, most outsiders can see a clear link between the network’s decision and the lack of a dominant American heavyweight. Boxing may be entertainment but, it is also a sport like any other. HBO have a history of covering some of the most memorable and legendary heavyweight title fights in recent memory (Tyson Spinks, Tyson Douglas, Bowe Holyfield, Lewis Tyson, Lewis Klitschko etc), they have in many respects an obligation to honour the heritage of the heavyweight championship. Even though we have in Wladimir Klitschko a truly dominant champion, HBO feel no duty to respect him.
If the measure of a heavyweight champion is the size of the task he sets his challengers, then Klitschko is surely one the greats. When people remember Joe Louis they remember not so much the fights he had but, the aura he commanded as a seemingly invincible champion. Whenever someone steps forward to challenge Wladimir Klitschko today, the boxing public feels a similar sense of inevitability. This is surely the sign of a fighter against whom any heavyweight in history would struggle. continue
Team Alexander to Team Bradley: Time has come you have pretended to be the best at 140 while everyone knows, Alexander is the true king of the division. The difference between Alexander and Bradley is, Bradley wants to beg for an opportunity with the great fighters, Devon wants to beat the best fighters in his division and earn the right to fight the great fighters. Boxing fans want to see the best fight and the two fights they want most is, Mayweather/Pac and Alexander/Bradley. HBO wants to make the fight so team Bradley: stop making cowardly moves and stand up and fight, your own fans are tired of your excuses. On august 7th Devon will put on an explosive performance against Kotelnik and then Bradley will have nowhere to hide.
by James Slater - New York warrior Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett once told me, over the phone in an interview for this web site, that he very much wanted to leave the sport of boxing only when he had, as he eloquently put it, "fired all his bullets." Not long after speaking to me, the then 37-year-old travelled to London, England to give former cruiserweight champ David Haye his first test up at heavyweight. Barrett lost, but he at least had the satisfaction of knowing he gave his best in the exciting five-round battle, and he also decided he had some ammo left for future bouts. continue
Jermey A. (FaceBook - Atlanta, GA): I'm a big Floyd fan but I'm starting to think he is trying to avoid that (Pacquiao) fight even though I think he would win it easily. What's your opinion?
Vivek W. (ESB): After corresponding with insiders close to both camps involved, the impression I walked away with was that there seems to be apparent concerns across the board, yet neither camp will go public with them in an effort to stop the madness. Both sides agree that this back-and-forth tennis match spat has grown old on the public, and the less the fight fans know, the better things will be when they eventually figure it all out. A source close to Team Pacquiao has led on that there are unstated and unresolved "concerns" on their end that have held talks up which could be amicably swept under the rug to make the fight happen; while sources close to Team Mayweather have intimated that there are also unstated and unresolved concerns on their end as well, only these concerns for Team Mayweather aren't of the variety that would go away so fast. continue
St. Paul, MN (July 19) – Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell waited four years to get another crack at Arron Lyons and knew he had to look sensational when the two met last Saturday at the St. Paul Armory in St. Paul, MN.
In 2006, Lyons shockingly TKO’ed Abell inside of one round when the latter was one of the hottest heavyweight prospects on the planet. Aside from scoring a jaw dropping stoppage, Lyons blatantly disrespected the Coon Rapids native during post fight interviews. continue
WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye has a busy schedule this coming weekend. On Saturday evening David will be at the First Annual BBBofC Southern Area Boxing Council Awards Dinner. Then on Sunday ‘Hayemaker’ fans will get the chance to not only meet with their hero but also get to watch him in action at The Ultrachem TKO Gym Boxers & Celebrity Football Tournament, in aid of The Indee Rose Trust will be at the Brockwell Stadium, Canvey Island. continue
On Saturday night, before a packed house at the Tropicana showroom in the Tropicana Casino and Resort, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented an action packed eight bout card. The event, shown live on PPV, featured knockouts, upsets, and just all around great fights.
The show was headlined by David Tua defending his WBO Asian Pacific and WBO Oriental titles against long-time top rated contender Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett. Prior to the fight, Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing, stated what an exciting fight it would be, and he was right on point.
Barrett, who announced prior to the fight that win lose or draw this would be his last bout, was a huge underdog coming in against the heavy-handed Tua and in the beginning it looked as though Tua's power would simply be too much for him to handle.
Tua came out strong, landing heavy shots, and putting his notorious left hook on display in the early rounds. To Barrett's credit he took the shots well, as he looked to circle and box from the outside. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – A full week of boxing culminated in the coronation of 20 new national champions at the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships in Colorado Springs on Saturday. The roster of 2010 National Champions includes several veterans and returning champions as well as first time winners of the event. Two-time Olympian and 2007 World Champion Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) regained his national champion status at his new 114 pound weight class after a disappointing third place finish at the 2009 event. Warren defeated reigning light flyweight champion Miguel Cartagena (Philadelphia, Pa.) by second round retirement in their championship round face-off on Saturday. continue
By Paul Strauss: Timothy Bradley out jabbed and out punched Luis Carlos Abregu at Agus Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, CA. Bradley moved well, and managed to keep Abregu in the lock and load, but no fire position. Abregu's corner pleaded with him to take more chances, and to punch more. It was obvious that he wanted to, but Bradley kept upsetting Abregu's timing.
That's not to say that Abregu wasn't busy, because he was. However, when he did let his hands go, he just couldn't connect with Bradley's head which would be low, bobbing and weaving, and moving side to side, so much so that Abregu created a pretty good wind storm trying to land. continue
Exclusive Interview by Charles C. White - So Chauncy, you just saw the David Tua-Monte Barrett fight and I know that you have something to say to Mr. Tua...
Chauncy: I think the Barrett-Tua fight was very good, and taking nothing from either guy, but I'm an elite fighter who would like to use a fight like Tua to show the world I'm right there too.
And just so it is clear to the readers; this isn't a deal where you see that Tua may have faded skills and so you want to capitalize, this is a fight that you have wanted and asked for in the past..
Chauncy: I have. Dave is a friend of mine. One of the reasons I moved to New Zealand and love the country, but I feel it's a fight the New Zealand public can see happening as they know the both of us and know I have a chin of steel as they have seen me countless times.
As the Interim WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title holder, it is your right to fight Tua as he is currently the holder of the full title. If a fight is not offered to you in the near future, will you enforce your right to fight him? continue
By John G. Thompson: Alfredo "Perro" Angulo 19-1 (16 KO’s) utterly dominated Joachim Alcine 32-2 (19 KO’s) at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Alcine’s troubles began mid way through the first round when he started holding Angulo’s left arm. Instead of waiting for the referee to separate them, Angulo did what most fighters should do and started pounding his opponent with the free arm. Alcine absorbed right after right until he was forced to let go. Angulo continued to throw, but not in a disorganized onslaught as he had done in some of his previous fights, instead showing a more measured approach. Angulo’s accuracy and power took their toll as Alcine’s back reached the ropes. Alcine tried to throw a punch or two, however, Angulo landed multiple clean rights and lefts, forcing referee Doctor Lou Moret to stop the bout in the final seconds of the first round. This was an appropriate stoppage as Alcine was basically out on his feet. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley decided to test out the waters in the 147 pound weight class in order to create more opportunities. Bradley succeeded in his experiment and outclassed undefeated welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu over twelve full rounds at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. Bradley was awarded a unanimous decision victory for his efforts with final scores reading 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112. Bradley improved to 26-0 while Abregu falls to 29-1.
Bradley started the opening round working behind his jab. He was doubling up, tripling up, and sometimes even quadrupling up with it in order to control the distance. Abregu seemed sluggish at the onset as he tried coping with Bradley’s superior hand speed. An accidental clash of heads caused a small cut to open up on both boxers (Bradley's right eye, Abergu's hairline) but nothing fight threatening. Bradely won the first on sheer activity. In the second, Bradley began getting more comfortable and he unloaded a big right hand which found the mark stunning his taller foe. Abregu recovered quickly but Bradley's timing and quickness appeared to confuse him. continue
By Paul Strauss: After fans read the transcript of Arum's conference call, they will be forced to remember Arum is an attorney. He is used to providing information that is accurate, concise, and entirely irrelevant. Arum managed to avoid answering all of the important questions, and kept apologizing for the plight of poor Floyd and his uncle Roger, who possibly faces some prison time for allegedly assaulting a woman. continue
By Paul Strauss: One of the most refreshing things occurring Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ was to hear Zab Judah say he was done with the "Bad Boy" image. He admittedly came to his senses and realized it was getting him no where. He now clearly understands he has responsibilities, and must face them with seriousness and determination. He describes his efforts as a new life, a new program, and his outstanding performance on ESPN's Friday Night Fights lends credence to his words.
It's refreshing to hear him say that not only has he returned to his natural weight class of 140lbs., but more importantly, that he is fighting with godspeed. He wasn't talking about the speed of light, but rather the prosperous and successful journey he believes God has in store for him, because he has bade farewell to the unfavorable things of the past. He looks good too. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (19-0, 15 KOs) stepped up in class when he battled Ishe Smith (21-5, 9 KOs) tonight at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Guerrero passed his test and overcame some adversity during a difficult encounter which saw him rise from the canvas. It was a fairly grueling match for both fighters which made for an entertaining affair. Guerrero was ultimately awarded a unanimous decision victory for his efforts (96-93, 95-93, 97-91).
The bout kicked off with both fighters showing mutual respect for the other’s abilities. The action was slow and measured at the onset. Both fighters were patient and a tactical chess match ensued where both men showed a strong commitment to the body. In the third round Guerrero picked up the pace and began forcing the action. True to form, Ishe remained calm under fire while exhibiting some really good defense in the process. Even still, the sheer volume of punches from Guerrero allowed him to find the mark with some frequency. Ishe continued focusing on Guerrero’s midsection and was twice warned for low blows due to shots landing around or below Guerrero’s waistband. continue
By John G. Thompson: Zab Judah 39-6 (27 KO’s) looked fabulous in his destruction of the experienced Jose Armando Santa Cruz 28-5 (17 KO’s). In the first round Zab boxed well and showed the athleticism and boxing fundamentals which made him a world champion; he worked behind the jab and kept moving, ducking and side stepping the best of Cruz’s punches. Zab even made Cruz look amateurish at times. In the third round, Zab let Cruz chase him around the ring while looking for counters. With forty seconds to go in the round Judah caught Cruz with a left uppercut as Cruz was coming in. Cruz got up at seven. Zab stormed in knowing that Cruz was hurt, and beat him into the ropes. The referee jumped in immediately. continue
Vivek Wallace: For more than 7 months now, the world of boxing has been held captive at the mercy of Floyd Mayweather jr. and Filipino phenom Manny Pacquiao. The evolution of this 'captivity' has seen unconfirmed allegations, questioned regulations, testing complications, and one stiff revelation. That one revelation is the fact that only one thing in boxing truly outweighs politics.....and that one thing is egos. In the case of Floyd Mayweather jr., there are no secrets. No facade. No catch. Despite being a great friend of famed New York City rapper 50-Cent, his demeanor is best captured by quoting west coast rapper Snoop Dogg, as without question, his "mind's on the money, and the money's on [his] mind". With Pacquiao, the squeaky clean image of the sports most spirited warrior blinds some to the fact that he's a "prize fighter" too, and concessions like money, weight, etc. are equally part of his ultimate strategy in negotiations, as well.
As many obstacles as we've seen in these negotiations since they began back in December of '09, the intriguing thing at this point is that the ever-resistant party (Team Pacquiao) has actually agreed in principle to the terms disclosed. Or have they? Seems nothing about this negotiation is ever etched in stone, and this false impression could very well be part of that trend. continue
The purpose of this call is to bring you up to date to all that has happened. About two months ago, just after the Mayweather-Mosley fight, I got a call from Ross Greenburg, the president of HBO Sports, who asked me frankly whether myself and Manny Pacquiao wanted to do the fight against Floyd Mayweather and I assured him after talking to Manny that was the case. From there I have had a couple of conversations with Ross and I laid out all the terms that would be acceptable to our side and I also informed him about the concession that Manny had made about drug testing. continue
K. Swanson: Thanks everybody for calling in again. You can see that we are in full swing for the July 31 Marquez vs. Diaz II Fight of the Year: The Rematch, including these wonderful Undercard conference calls that we are participating in right now. We're happy to have Daniel Jacobs and Dmitry Pirog on the call right now. The translator for Dmitry will be Vadim Kornilov. And without further adieu, I'm going to introduce Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions. continue
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) caught up with the German media yesterday as he continues his preparation for his clash with Matt Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs). The duo will battle it out in Erfurt on August 21, which will be Huck´s fourth title defence. “Despite the hot weather in Germany we have been working really hard in practice,” Huck said. “My trainer Ulli Wegner has scheduled a lot of exhausting sessions. Fighting in Erfurt will be special for him because he lived there for a long time. So I intent to put on a spectacular performance on August 21 to please him and of course my fans all over the world. Godfrey is a tough challenger, but he has never been inside the ring with someone like me. I am the best cruiserweight in the world and I am keen to prove it once again.”
Huck and Wegner have been working out at Team Sauerland´s headquarters in Berlin. The Max-Schmeling-Gym is located right next to the Olympic Stadium. At the end of the month, they will move camp to Kienbaum, 20 miles east of the capital. “My fighters know that I am a very demanding coach,” Wegner said. “Marco is doing very well in practice. He does what I ask of him. He is willing to learn and to improve. He is such an explosive and powerful fighter, but there are still some parts of the game where he can get better. We are working on that and are already looking forward to August 21.”
Last week WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm has reached an agreement with his former promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl (Universum) regarding the end of their promotional contract. Now Sturm is free to organize and promote his fight all by himself. His comeback after more than a year of ring absence is scheduled for September 4th in his home town Cologne (Germany). The three-time world champion will announce his opponent and further details on the show at a press conference next week. continue
RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. (July 15, 2010) -- Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion and Top-10 pound for pound fighter TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY, his opponent, undefeated Top-Five-rated welterweight contender CARLOS ABREGU, No. 1 junior middleweight contender ALFREDO "Perro" ANGULO and his opponent, former World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion JOACHIM ALCINE, hosted their final news conference today at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
The fighters will be featured atop an all-action card, in separate 12-round bouts. Angulo vs. Alcine will be a World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title elimination bout. Bradley vs. Abregu will be a non-title welterweight bout. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 81st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with heavyweight contender David Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs) who is all set to face Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KOs) this Saturday night, July 17 at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tua, who is currently the WBO’s number two ranked contender, has his eyes set on another shot at the title. Tua last fought for the title in November 2000 when he lost a unanimous decision to WBC/IBF champion Lennox Lewis. Known for having tremendous punching power and a granite chin, Tua remains a formidable foe in today’s heavyweight landscape. Here are some excerpts from the Tua interview:
On training and preparations for his July 17 fight against Monte Barrett:
“Training’s been going really well. We’re training here in Jersey City down at the World Boxing Fitness Center. Training’s been going really, really well. I’ve been sparring pretty good. I’ve been doing other bits and pieces with regards to the preparation from the conditioning side of things. This is the toughest week. It’s about maintaining. Sometimes you can get too relaxed and get lost into the whole thing, but it’s about staying on top of the job and staying focused.” continue
Montreal, Thursday July 15 2010 – With exactly one month remaining until two of the top fighters in the world enter the ring at the Bell Centre in Montreal, current WBC Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (25-1-0, 16KO) and American Pound for Pound superstar “Bad” Chad Dawson (29-0-0, 17KO) hit the scales for their mandatory 30-day pre-fight weigh in. The limit mandated by the WBC 30 days before a Light Heavyweight championship is 192.5 lbs. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (July 15, 2010) – Top middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero weighed in at 159 pounds and tough veteran Ishe Smith measured 158 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Fitzgerald Casino in Tunica, Miss. Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow, Friday, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The tripleheader will take place at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, just days from the ninth anniversary of the first ShoBox telecast. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Boxing trainer Roger Bloodworth has been a busy man lately. He is simultaneously juggling two training camps with different heavyweight contenders, each of whom might find himself in the hunt for a title shot sometime soon. David Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs) is preparing to face Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KOs) this Saturday night at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tua is currently the WBO’s number two ranked heavyweight. In addition to training Tua, Bloodworth is also preparing Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) for an August 21 date against former title challenger Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs). I was recently afforded an opportunity to speak with Roger about both of his fighters and their upcoming matches. Here is what he had to say:
Q: Roger, how does David Tua look in his preparations and training for his upcoming fight this Saturday night against Monte Barrett.
A: He looked He looked good, he’s well prepared. continue
Taking on hot prospect Kell Brook is far less nerve-wracking for Michael Jennings than playing with rock legend Ian Brown. Former world title contender Jennings will meet Brook in an eliminator for the WBO World Weelterweight title on September 18. It forms part of Frank Warren's massive Magnificent Seven show at the LG Arena in Birmingham, live and exclusive on Sky Box Office. At stake is the right for a shot at pound-for-pound best Manny Pacquiao's WBO belt. But Jennings says the fight will be far easier than his other job. continue
Dan Goossen: I want to welcome everybody on. I know it’s early out here on the West Coast, where this fight is going to be emanating from. You know, HBO’s loss is ESPN’s gain, because 10, 15 years ago, this would have been right up HBO’s and Showtime’s ally to have two hungry heavyweights trying to re-establish themselves into the – the world championship picture and – and to also make history. I believe this is a history-making fight. And we’ve got the head of ESPN on, and I’m going to ask him to do a little research, if he already hasn’t, which I’m sure he has, but I’m sure in a lot of ways this could be a history-making fight on its own, because I don’t believe there’s ever been two heavyweights at this level or any level, quite frankly, of Mexican descent that have fought one another. continue
Both main event fighters, David Tua (51-3-1, 43KO's) and Monte Barrett (34-9, 20KO's) weighed-in today on the boardwalk outside of the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City in anticipation of their upcoming heavyweight title fight, Saturday night on PPV. Both fighters looked to be in great shape with Tua tipping the scales at 237 1/2 lbs. while Barrett weighed-in at 225 lbs. The show, T-N-T at the Tropicana, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and will start at 7PM. The PPV telecast will go live on the air at 8PM ET. Tua vs. Barrett is scheduled for twelve rounds, and will be for Tua's WBO Asian Pacific and WBO Oriental titles.
CATCH IT LIVE ON PPV
T-N-T at the Tropicana is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and will be shown live at 8 PM/ET - 5 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in all U.S. Territories and Puerto Rico for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. You can also catch the telecast in France, New Zealand, Australia and via tape delay in numerous other countries throughout the World. The exciting undercard will go live on PPV at 8 PM/ET - 5 PM/PT with the Tua vs. Barrett main event scheduled to go on air at approximately 10 PM/ET - 7 PM/PT. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing series features a welterweight showdown of undefeated fighters plus a junior middleweight thriller when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: TIMOTHY BRADLEY VS. LUIS CARLOS ABREGU AND ALFREDO ANGULO VS. JOACHIM ALCINE is seen SATURDAY, JULY 17 at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT) from the Agua Caliente Resort in Rancho Mirage, Cal., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa and Max Kellerman will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
LOS ANGELES (July 15, 2010) – Tickets, starting at just $29, are on sale for a vitally important showdown between two of California’s most highly regarded heavyweight contenders seeking to become the first world heavyweight champion of Mexican descent. Riverside’s Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) will square off with Bakersfield rival Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs) on Friday, Aug. 13, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., in a scheduled 12-round main event for the WBC Mexican National Championship presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. continue
NEW YORK (July 15, 2010)–Following weeks of intense negotiations, SHOWTIME Sports® is proud to announce that Hennessy Sports and Sauerland Event—the promotional outlets for world-class super middleweight boxers Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham—have agreed to a location for their fighters’ crucial Super Six World Boxing Classic bout. On Saturday, Oct. 2, in the capital city/state of Monaco, Abraham and Froch will meet at the Chapiteau de l’Espace Fontvieille for their pivotal Group Stage 3 match up in the boxing tournament that has ignited the industry. The bout will be televised on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (same day delay). The fight will also be televised live on UK TV from approximately 10pm.
Hennessy Sports and Sauerland Event are currently working with Principality officials in Monaco to finalize all the necessary authorizations for this event as they expect it to be one of the biggest fights in the history of the region. The Principality of Monaco is situated on the Mediterranean Sea in the south west area of Europe, some 1,400 km from Abraham’s home in Berlin and over 1,000 km from Froch’s native Nottingham, England.
“The intensity of the selection process for this venue speaks to the enormity of the moment created by the Super Six World Boxing Classic,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. continue
Sam Sexton says he will win the British heavyweight title for his mum. The Norwich puncher meets champion Derek Chisora on September 18 at the LG Arena, Birmingham on Frank Warren's huge Magnificent Seven show, live on Sky Box Office. It's all part of Frank Warren's Magnificent Seven card with a stunning nine title fights. In May, Sexton was supposed to fight then title holder Danny Williams. But he was forced to pull out of the West Ham show when mum Mandy suffered an aneurysm. Fortunately she is now recovering, but Sexton spent weeks by her bedside at hospital. continue
by James Slater - As fight fans probably know, Floyd Mayweather Junior has until tomorrow to sign the contract to face pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao; thus giving us the biggest non-heavyweight bout in many a year. After months of negotiating on both sides, with drug test demands made by Team-Mayweather (demands Pacquiao finally agreed to), all that is needed now is the unbeaten 33-year-old's signature on a piece of paper.
However, as has been reported by USA Today, Top Rank head honcho and promoter of Pacquiao, Bob Arum, is not optimistic at all that "Money" will sign tomorrow. But Arum, one of the shrewdest guys in the sport, has a number of alternative options for his fighter should the mega-match not take place this year. continue
IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) will defend his titles against Russian Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs) on September 11. Venue will be the Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt, Germany, which will have a capacity of 54,000 on fight night. The Commerzbank-Arena is the home of German soccer team Eintracht Frankfurt. Alexander Povetkin, 2004 Olympic Champion in Athens, Greece, is rated #1 in the IBF and WBO rankings and the mandatory IBF challenger of Klitschko.
Wladimir Klitschko, Olympic Gold medalist 1996 in Atlanta, USA: „Alexander Povetkin is a very strong opponent. We are both Olympic Champions, which stands for itself. It will be a very tough fight, but I have no doubt that I will keep my titles. In the beginning of my career, I fought in Frankfurt twice and won. Now, I am looking forward to fighting in this fantastic stadium in front of a great audience.. continue
NEW YORK (July 15, 2010) – Power-punching David “Tuamanator” Tua isn’t looking past his opponent Saturday night, former world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett, despite being mentioned as a future opponent for world champions David Haye and the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali.
Tua trained in Jersey City, New Jersey to prepare for Saturday night’s 12-round main event fight on the “T-N-T at the Tropicana” pay-per-view event, presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
By Mike Dunn - It is unfortunate that some fighters are remembered more for the fight or fights they lost than for any of the positive accomplishments they had in the ring.
Randall "Tex" Cobb won 43 fights out of 52 and had 36 knockouts to his credit. Not a bad record. But what is he remembered for? His lopsided decision defeat at the hands of heavyweight champion Larry Holmes in November of 1982. He knocked out Earnie Shavers and lost split decisions to Ken Norton and Michael Dokes. But those performances don't enter into the equation most of the time when people think of Cobb.. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 81st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured exclusive interviews with middleweights Fernando Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) and Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs). Guerrero and Smith are set to do battle on the SHOBOX main event this Friday, July 16. In a day and age where trash-talk is far too common in boxing it was a breath of fresh air hearing two athletes engage in a civil discussion about their upcoming fight. Both pugilists share a mutual respect for each other as evidenced by their sportsmanlike conduct. Professionals both inside and outside the ring, this one has the potential for a lot of fireworks. Here is a complete transcript of what Guerrero and Smith had to say about their upcoming bout.
JENNA J: Alright everybody, we are back with our first guest for this week’s show. We have Ishe’s Smith on the verge of taking on Fernando Guerrero. How’s it going today, Ishe?
ISHE SMITH: Hey, how’s it going? I’m doing good, I can’t complain. continue
JULY 15th, 2010, RENO - Let’s Get It On Promotions and current USBA light-heavyweight champion, Otis “Triple OG” Griffin, have entered into a long term promotional agreement. Griffin, with a record of 22-6, 9 KOs is also ranked #10 in the world in the IBF.
Griffin, who was the winner of Fox’s The Next Great Champ boxing reality TV show in 2004, has been on an impressive winning streak. continue
K. Swanson: Thank you, everybody, for calling in. We have another exciting conference call today featuring one of our main event fighters, Juan Diaz, former Three-Time Lightweight World Champion. Also joining him is Ronnie Shields, who is his trainer, and Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions.
Before I turn it over to Richard, I do want to say I’ve been in boxing a long time and I’ve worked with a lot of fighters and personally, I am so impressed with Juan Diaz’s story. It’s an honor, actually, to be participating and helping to tell it. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear a story about how a fighter is going to make it whether he’s in or out of the ring. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Alex Perez (11-0, 7 KOs) is a 6’1” southpaw who competes in the welterweight division. The 28 year old pugilist is ready to take a step up in class onto the big stage when he squares off against Edvan Dos Santos Barros (10-9-1, 7 KOs) this Friday night July 16 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The eight round fight is being televised as part of the co-feature for this edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”. The Newark resident, who has had some difficulty landing higher caliber fights, is looking forward to the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of a live televised audience. I recently had the opportunity to have a brief chat with Perez about his upcoming fight and here is what he had to say:
Q: Alex, how are preparations going for your fight Friday night against Barros?
A: My preparation in my camp is very good. I’m looking real good, I’m feeling real good. I’m ready to go.
Q: Now this will be your first fight that’s televised to a national audience. Are you feeling any additional pressure with that?
A: No, not at all. I’m not feeling any pressure at all. It’s just another day in the office for me. continue
Zab"Super" Judah has donated tickets to his upcoming July 16th "Brick City BoxingSeries" match with Jose Armando Santa Cruz of Michoacan, Mexico to the children of Newark's C.O.M.B.A.T.T .Gym.
Larry Hazzard, Founder of C.O.M.B.A.T.T. Gym, said "We are very grateful for Zab Judah's generosity in donating tickets to the kids of C.O.M.B.A.T.T. It exemplifies the heart of a real champion to give back to the community. It is especially important in a community like this where youngsters look up to boxers. Zab has proven himself to be a great role model for our youth and we appreciate that he is fighting at Prudential Center in Newark and making himself available during his visit to the City.. continue
By Charles C. White - How are you doing today my friend? CW: Feeling great. Went 8 (rounds) in the gym sparring. I feel great and am learning more and more everyday training with Joe Hipp.
I just learned that your opponent, Galen Brown, has backed out of your fight scheduled for July 24th at the Pagent in Saint Louis. What were the circumstances surrounding his cancelation?
CW: I hear he was cut, but nothing for sure. The moment we heard we just went on to looking for a new opponent and stayed in the gym. Didn't want it to disrupt anything we were doing. It didn't and the fight is still on track for July 24th. continue
SOUTHAVEN, MISS. (July 14, 2010)–- ShoBox: The New Generation headliners Fernando Guerrero and Ishe Smith were joined by co-main event fighters and fellow prospects Shawn Porter and Ray Robinson on Wednesday for a final press conference at The Boiling Point in Southaven, Miss., just two days before the ShoBox tripleheader on Friday, July 16, live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
World-ranked middleweight prospect Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against tough veteran Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of the tripleheader, which will take place at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, just days from the ninth anniversary of the first ShoBox telecast.
And, in emblematic fashion, this edition of ShoBox will feature highly-regarded prospects in the toughest and arguably most important fights of their careers. continue
PHILADELPHIA (JULY 14, 2010)—Wednesday night saw an international fight card staged at The Arena in Philadelphia as Ran Nakash, Felix Diaz and Vyacheslav Glazkov scored impressive victories to highlight a seven bout card promoted by No Limit Promotions in association with Joey Eye Boxing. This card was the first show of the new Comcast boxing series that will be shown all over the country via tape delay. In the main event, Nakash was methodical in pounding out a ten round unanimous decision victory over rugged Victor Barragan in a cruiserweight bout to remain undefeated at 25-0. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The semifinal competitors were set at the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., following quarterfinal competition in both the male and female divisions.
Only one reigning champion fell in Wednesday’s quarterfinal action with heavyweight Steve Geffrard (Boca Raton, Fla.) winning a 13-4 decision over 2009 titlist Jordan Shimmell (Hudsonville, Mich.) All of Wednesday’s victors have advanced onto Thursday’s semifinal competition where they will vie for a spot in the championship bout on Saturday. continue
A press conference was held Monday in Schwerin, Germany for Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” event featuring two world title bouts and an important WBO eliminator. The combatants faced off today for the first time.
“This will be no easy task,” said WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer who faces challenger Alejandro Lakatos. “Lakatos is a stinker and a fighter who never gives up.”
Killer Queen Susi Kentikian stated “Everybody has a weakness, even Arely. I will find it and exploit it in the ring!” Rumblings were also heard from cruiserweights Alexander Alekseev and Denis Lebedev, who collide to determine the mandatory challenger for Marco Huck.
In the most notable fight, local hero and world champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) returns to Schwerin to take on veteran Alejandro Lakatos (31-5-2, 23 KOs) of Spain. continue
by James Slater - There is currently a heavyweight boxing classic all but hidden away on You Tube; a heavyweight slugfest so good, watching it brings back memories of the unforgettable George Foreman-Ron Lyle war from 1976.
Travis "Freight Train" Walker of the U.S faced Australian big man Alex Leapai on June 30th, in Brisbane, Australia, and the four action-filled rounds the battle produced are well worth checking out right now on the aforementioned site that is You Tube. continue
by James Slater - Former heavyweight champ Hasim "The Rock" Rahman, now aged 37 and coming off a lively, 4th-round TKO win over club fighter Shannon Miller, will continue his quest to earn one last shot at a title, when he faces 38-year-old Damon Reed on August 14th.
Currently 47-7-2(38) and 2-0(2) in the comeback he began in March of this year following his 2008, 7th-round TKO loss at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko, Rahman should have no trouble with cruiserweight Reed, 45-13(32). continue
The final press conference for the July 16th Zab Judah vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz "Brick City Boxing Series" show at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, was held at the impressive Global Boxing Gym, North Bergen, NJ. Here are quotes from the event.
Kathy Duva: "Zab Judah started his boxing career with Main Events many years ago, and he's still a very young man, just as I am very young! Zab has announced his intentions to finish his career with us."
"Another reason why Zab decided to come back to Main Events is that we agreed to work with him together as partners (with Super Juadh Promotions) in this promotion. It's very important to Zab to play that role, to learn the business, to become more aware of the decision making process. We are very happy with the way this is working out."
"Our plan with Zab is that he's told us he wants to move down to junior welterweight, a division that gets an awful lot of attention. There are a lot of fighters in that division, but not a single one of them is a marquee name. continue
by James Slater - Continuing taking baby steps in his pro career is heavyweight wannabe George Foreman III, son of course, of the legendary two-time world champion from Texas. Nicknamed "Monk," the 6'5," approx 230-pound Foreman won for the eighth straight time last night, as he despatched yet another no-hoper in ridiculously easy fashion.
Taking on one Bobby Pickett, a complete unknown from Arkansas who sported a 0-2 record coming in, Foreman put his man down two times in the opening round with body shots, and then, only seconds in to the 2nd-round, Pickett opted to retire. continue
By Pete Heintzelman - Comments on EastSideBoxing, after the smoke clears on our beloved rounds of boxing, often turns to the topic of ring girls. Those poor girls must suffer from hypothermia, in order to please the male boxing fan. So, now is the time to salute the ladies with the cards, and to comment on your favorite ladies, between rounds entertainment, so fire away, Boxing Aficionado, and all you other fans! Long live the minutes between rounds, as the boxers catch their breath, and you lose yours. What’s your favorite round? continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (July 13, 2010) Monte Barrett has passed his life staring down danger, in and out of the ring. Consistent with his history, Barrett faces powerpunching David Tua this Saturday in Atlantic City. Tua is heavily favored to win: with 43 knockouts among 51 career victories, he is possibly the hardest hitter in boxing today. The bout is regarded as an opportunity for Tua to showcase his abilities before taking more lucrative fights in the next year. By contrast, Barrett is supposed to be the opponent: a former contender with a big name in the final stage of his career. Indeed, the 39-year-old Barrett has even said that he intends to retire after this fight, win, lose, or draw.
But those who think Barrett is just seeking a final payday may be in for a surprise. There is nothing about Barrett’s character or life history that suggests he regards any fight as unwinnable. He has continuously overcome adversity since childhood and is not intimidated by any heavyweight in the world. Although definitely contemplating post-career options, in the back of his mind, Barrett must believe that Tua can be beaten.
Barrett’s tenacity is undeniable; it shows regardless of how heavily the odds are stacked against him. In an interview with this writer, Barrett explained his boxing philosophy. continue
George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (24-01-) scored a first round knockout against veteran Dezi Ford July 8 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. “I got in some good body work, was taking my time and working him with some good combinations. I hoped for a few more rounds but knew he wasn’t getting up from the head shot,” Tahdooahnippah said. Trainer Jeff Mayweather was pleased with the performance, and is looking forward to being in Comanche Boy’s corner as he steps up the competition. “He did what he had to do with a fighter like that, and that was dominate him and not let him stick around. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 13, 2010) – Cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs) challenges World Boxing Organization champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) on August 21 in Thuringen, Germany
A former U.S. amateur star, the 29-year-old Godfrey from Providence has been training in his native Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut for the last seven months in preparation for his first world title shot. continue
INDIO, CALIF. (July 13, 2010) -- Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion and Top-10 pound for pound fighter TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY and No. 1 junior middleweight contender ALFREDO "Perro" ANGULO hosted a Palm Springs Media Workout today at the Boys and Girls Club of America Gym in Indio, Calif. Undefeated Top-Five welterweight contender and Bradley opponent CARLOS ABREGU also paid a visit to the gym, choosing to observe Bradley's training rather than give him a look at his own training. The fighters will be featured atop an all-action card, in separate 12-round bouts. Angulo will be facing former World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion JOACHIM ALCINE in a World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title elimination bout. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, the Bradley-Abregu / Angulo-Alcine doubleheader will take place This Saturday! July 17, at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.. HBO Boxing After Dark will televise both bouts live, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.. continue
successful runs at several prestigious U.S. and international film festivals, Chamaco (The Kid), the latest feature film by Los Angeles-based Rogue Arts, opens theatrically July 23 in Dallas as part of the Blockbuster-sponsored Maya Entertainment Indie Film Series. A U.S. – Mexico co-production between Rogue Arts and Ivania Films, Mexico City, Chamaco is a timeless story of redemption and hope, struggle and triumph, told in the gritty world of boxing. The film tells the story of a father and son who overcome their differences to rescue a young Mexican teenager with big boxing dreams off the hard streets of Mexico City. continue
by James Slater - James "Lights Out" Toney turns 42 in August, yet the former multi-weight champion says he has a lot of fight left in him yet. Planning to fight, in both boxing and MMA (the sport he makes his debut in on August 28th, against 47-year-old Randy Couture) until he's aged 45, Toney wants to retire being known as "the greatest fighter to ever put on gloves."
Speaking with MMA Junkie, Toney spoke about what he plans to do to Couture in Boston at the end of next month, and he also explained his plans for the sport that made him famous; boxing being the sport he has more than made his mark in, even if his goal of retiring as the greatest fighter ever is a lofty one. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 81st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former three division champion Sugar Shane Mosley. Earlier this week news emerges that Mosley will be squaring off against Sergio Mora on September 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Mosley is coming off of a unanimous decision loss against Floyd Mayweather Junior back on May 1. Mosley spoke about that fight, his upcoming fight with Mora, his future plans, and various other aspects of the current landscape in boxing. The following is a complete transcript from that interview.
Jenna J: Anyways guys, it's time for our forth guest of this week’s show, he is the former WBA welterweight champion, he is none other than Sugar Shane Mosley. Hey there, Shane.
Sugar Shane Mosley: Hey, how are you doing?
Jenna: I’m doing fine. We’re happy to have you back on the show.
Mosley: Thank you. It’s good to be back on the show, thank you. continue
Audley Harrison has moved closer to a World Heavyweight title shot after moving up to 15th in the latest WBC rankings. The 38 year-old vacated the European title he won against Michael Sprott in April at Alexandra Palace in London in June to pave the way for a massive title fight when he returns from injury in October. The 2000 Olympic gold medallist underwent surgery for a torn Pectoralis muscle after the Sprott fight and says he will be fully fit in the autumn, and his significant rise up the rankings means a potential bout with David Haye is on the cards. continue
by James Slater - David Lemieux, one of the most talented and exciting of the sport's current up-and-comers, is set to box again on the August 14th, Chad Dawson-Jean Pascal card in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The unbeaten 21-year-old, 23-0(22), last seen in June, when he was destroying the capable Elvin Ayala inside a single round on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights," will be seen on HBO in August, against an as yet unannounced opponent. continue
By Coach Tim Walker – It wasn’t too long ago that Zab “Super” Judah (born Zabdiel) was considered one of the world’s absolute best boxers. His skill set was of the type that awed audiences. Quick movements. Slickly styled. Really, really fast hands. As a child prodigy, he began boxing at the age of 6 under the direction of his father, former six-time kickboxing champion, Yoel Judah as did many of his brothers. His family is large, 9 brothers and 2 sisters, and as is the case in many large families, Judah’s being no exception, order must exist within the household or chaos will prevail. The strong minded Yoel assured that there was structure within the home.
Life, however, is not linear and discipline does not come with a disclaimer guaranteeing paths of the straight and narrow. This is evidenced through life, in particular, Zab’s life where he cut a path, at least in part, away from some of the expectations of his parents, mentors and maybe even society itself. It is not uncommon for young adults to chose peers over parents or social acceptance over social responsibility. In instances such as these, adolescents define the type of people they opt to be as opposed to whom the world expects or wants them to be. For Judah it was an acceptance and devotion to the rough Brooklyn streets he grew up on. continue
Dietmar Poszwa: „The quickest and most direct way to our fighters.“ Universum Box-Promotion, the first major boxing promoter to make their entire video library available to fight fans worldwide on YouTube free of charge, is again at the cutting edge of technology. The new “UBP Boxing” APP in English for iPhone/iPod Touch will now be available for FREE download in the Apple iTunes Store. continue
Golden Boy Promotions believes that it is important to report the true facts concerning its 90 day suspension by the New York State Athletic Commission. On July 9, 2010, Golden Boy learned that it had been suspended by the NYSAC for a period of 90 days. Although Golden Boy respectfully disagrees with one of the Commission's charges - that there was dishonesty on the part of a Golden Boy employee - Golden Boy does acknowledge that a number of significant, but innocent, mistakes were made in failing to make timely responses to legitimate information requests from the NYSAC. Golden Boy has now made all requested disclosures to the NYSAC. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - On September 16, 1981, WBC welterweight champion Sugar Ray Leonard squared off against WBA champion Tommy Hearns in what would become one of the greatest fights in boxing history. The back and forth action-packed encounter was awarded ‘Fight of the Year’ honors by Ring Magazine, and for good reason. This was a match that had built up for years in the imagination of fight fans and when demand peaked and the two finally squared off it was an encounter that had exceeded all expectations. The nature of the fight, which had more twists and turns than a Hollywood thriller, was almost surreal.
Tommy Hearns jumped out to an early lead by controlling the action and stalking Leonard. In round six, Leonard landed a great left hook that immediately shifted the momentum of the contest. Hearns was nearly out on his feet but he managed to persevere and regained his footing. By round nine, Hearns had changed strategies and began boxing Ray with great success. In a bizarre turn of events, Hearns had become the boxer and Leonard the stalker. After twelve full rounds, Hearns had regained control of the contest and appeared to be on his way to victory. That is when Leonard’s head trainer Angelo Dundee gave his now famous words of encouragement, “You’re blowing it now, son. You’re blowing it.” Halfway through the thirteenth round Leonard’s accumulation of punches caught up with Tommy and he was hurt by a good right hand. In the fourteenth, Ray smelled blood and went in for the kill prompting referee Davey Pearl to call a halt to the contest. continue
For most people a typical work day starts at 9 a.m. This is not the case for current Unified Lightweight World Champion Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez and former Three-Time Lightweight World Champion Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz, who start their days at 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. respectively while they are making preparations to meet in Marquez vs. Diaz II "Fight of the Year: The Rematch," on Saturday, July 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. live on HBO Pay-Per-View®..
Marquez starts his day running in his native Mexico City at 4 a.m. Diaz is on the Stairmaster by 6 a.m. at the Savannah Boxing Club in hometown of Houston, Texas followed by 45 minutes of lifting weights. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2010 – Unbeaten in 18 pro bouts, Scottish southpaw Craig McEwan has been taking out every middleweight in his path over the last four years. Now veteran Danny Perez wants to stop the rise of this up and comer and on Friday, July 23, he’ll get his chance when he takes on McEwan in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 81st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Sugar Shane Mosley, David Tua, Fernando Guerrero, and Ishe Smith) 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
• Juan Manuel Lopez’s defending his WBO featherweight title with outstanding 2nd round KO victor against Bernabe Concepcion
• Next up—Juan Manuel Lopez versus Rafael Marquez
• WBA interim super flyweight champion Nonito Donaire’s 8th round TKO against Hernan Marquez continue
Nathan Cleverly says he'll KO Karo Murat in the first round - just like fellow Welshman Joe Calzaghe did to Mario Veit, in 2001. Cleverly hopes to follow in the footsteps of Calzaghe by lifting a WBO world title against the Iranian based German Murat, live and exclusive on Sky Box Office. He'll be gunning for the Interim Light-Heavyweight belt on September 18 on Frank Warren's Magnificent Seven event at the LG Arena, Birmingham, against his unbeaten opponent. And the 23-year-old says he has taken inspiration from a one-round blitz by Calzaghe nine years ago at the CIA in Cardiff. continue
TONY JEFFRIES will move closer to his first professional title when he has his first eight rounder later this month. The Olympic bronze medallist (7-0) meets in form Pole Michael Banbula (10-25-3) at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring and Friday July 23. Banbula, 29, and based in Surrey has won his last three fights and ended the career of former British and WBU light-heavyweight champion Tony Oakey when he last boxed, in May. Promoter Frank Maloney said: “This is all part of Tony’s learning and if he keeps progressing he could have an international ten rounder later this year or even his first title bout. continue
by James Slater - Whilst working in his usual role as expert commentator for ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" this past Friday evening, Teddy Atlas announced on air how he has been hearing WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko could well be facing New York's Shannon Briggs in his next fight. Atlas, also the trainer of unbeaten Russian contender Alexander Povetkin - who, of course, faces Ring magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO ruler Wladimir Klitschko in September - didn't have news of a date or venue, but he said the word is the fight could take place and would probably fill a German stadium if it did happen.
Briggs, the former lineal heavyweight champion as well as being a one-time holder of the WBO belt, has had both Klitschko brothers in his sights a number of times over the years, and at one point it looked like he'd face Wladimir. Now, at age 38 and after having won three in a row over limited opposition, Briggs could be on the verge of receiving one of the biggest opportunities of his long career. continue
by James Slater - Set to collide in Birmingham, UK on September 18th on Frank Warren's "Magnificent Seven" bill, are rival middleweights Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker. In what could possibly be the best fight of the huge card, Macklin-Barker has got a lot of people excited.
Having the look, in many eyes, of a 50-50 match-up that either guy could win, the bout that will see the unbeaten Barker defend his European title is, surprisingly, one that 28-year-old former European champ Macklin feels will be a relatively easy win for him. continue
Swanson: Thank you, everybody, for calling in. We did have a conference call last week with Richard Schaefer and Oscar de la Hoya to talk about our exciting card on July 31st, particularly the undercard fights, which round out the card so nicely. Richard is claiming it is one of the greatest cards that Golden Boy has put together for the viewing pleasure of all of the boxing fans out there.
Today we are going to kick off the undercard by having this call with Robert Guerrero and Joel Casamayor, who will be fighting each other in a 10-round, junior welterweight division bout. Translating for Joel Casamayor will be Luis DeCubas, Jr., who is his manager. So, without further ado I’m going to turn it right over to Richard and we can get started. continue
Jeffery M. (Miami, FL): I would like your opinion on this assessment: Would it be fair to say that Floyd Mayweather jr. and LeBron James are two of the most physically talented men in the history of their respective sports; yet neither may ever be viewed as truly great because they chose the easiest path to reach a legendary status.
Vivek W. (ESB): I'll start by saying I find your assessment to be a very intriguing comparison. While it's an excellent talking point for those out there who don't particularly like the two men, the reality is that the reasons they individually chose to take their respective paths professionally vary, and both can be validated to an extent. In the case of Mayweather, you have to remember, he's the proverbial "man-we-love-to-hate", so it's fashionably correct to look at him in the current, yet fail to acknowledge his efforts of the past. I'd be the first to strike down his outside-the-ring antics, but I can truly say the man is very skilled at what he does and there was never a discussion about him ducking fighters until he began to irritate people with his self promotional antics. When Genaro Hernandez was the man, he took the challenge and defeated him. When Corrales (RIP) was the man, he overcame a great height, reach, and 18lb deficit on the night of the fight and made it look easy. When he faced Castillo and some felt he lost, he solidified his claim of fighting "injured" by giving an immediate rematch and subsequently dismantled the same Jose Luis Castillo. continue
By Paul Strauss: It's always fun to speculate about upcoming fights, and to test theories about who is really the best. Records are examined to see if there's padding. Height and reach can be a be factor. Punching power often is the significant ingredient. Timing, speed, chin whiskers, the referee and on and on are of consequence. Other things that make it enjoyable are the difficulty in predicting the importance of intangibles such as mental preparedness, heart, outside influences, i.e hometown crowd, negative publicity, personal problems and a gamut of others. Sometimes it's just a hunch. Take a shot picking winners of the next round of the Super Six.
This is how things stand right now:
Andre Ward's record is as follows: Mikkel Kessler = Dec Win 2 pts. Allan Green = Dec Win 2 pts Andre Dirrell ? Total = 4 pts. continue
BY TONY NOBBS - A surprise announncement was made earlier this year when two time WBC 175 pound title challenger Paul Briggs announced he was returning to the ring – with a shot at friend Danny Green the goal.
Since retiring after a February 2007 decision win over South African journeyman Rupert Van Aswegan, which followed a second majority points defetat to Thomas Adamek in 2006, Briggs has spent his time commenating and training fighters , being one of the house trainers on the Contender Australia series. continue
by James Slater - Juan Manuel Lopez, the reigning WBO featherweight champion and one of the most exciting fighters in the sport today, gave us another thriller last night, in his native Puerto Rico. Halting 22-year-old Filipino Bernabe Concepcion in two pulsating, knockdown-filled rounds, "Juanma" got off the canvas to win.
Decked by a desperate Concepcion in the 1st-round by a left hook, the unbeaten 27-year-old southpaw star got up to end the fight in his favour towards the end of the very next round. In once again showing he is both a lethal puncher as well as being an occasionally vulnerable fighter, Lopez used his power and speed to get himself out of jail. Now 29-0(26), the question is, can Lopez continue winning with his blend of raw power, leaky defence and less than granite chin?
The thinking in a number of places is that Lopez WILL pay the price big time and lose one day, simply because of the chances he takes when he fights. continue
by James Slater - Two heavyweights, one young the other sliding towards his late-thirties, were in action last night in Poughkeepsie, New York, and the two men enjoyed mixed fortunes. Ireland's 37-year-old Kevin McBride, best known for being the last man to defeat former world ruler "Iron" Mike Tyson, was way too heavy and slow to cope with the upset-minded Zack Page; while 24-year-old Nagy Aguilera jumped right on Roderick Willis, taking him out in the opening round. continue
FAIRFAX, VA – Jimmy Lange knocked down Jimmy LeBlanc early in the second round and then followed up by knocking out the Boston-based fighter at the 1:30 mark of the second round following a string of body blows. After a slow start in the first round where LeBlanc caught the former Contender star several times, Lange quickly took control in the second delivering numerous shots to the body which visibly hurt a grimacing LeBlanc. continue
by Trish Kilcullen & Peter Heintzelman - Those fighting words of disrespect aimed at his foe, came back to haunt the previously undefeated “Hammerin” Hank Lundy, as the Gods of Boxing blessed lightweight, John Molina, Jr with a much-deserved TKO win.
On a boxing card sponsored by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sport, in association with Goosen-Tutor Promotions, and hosted by the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island, this past Saturday night’s boxing fandom was treated to a great night of fights, including a scheduled twelve round main event between Molina and Lundy, for the NABO Lightweight Championship.
Lundy took the offensive in round one, jabbing and scoring effectively, as Molina seemed stifled, and in neutral. Clearly the first round went to Lundy, the faster and quicker puncher. continue
By Paul Strauss: The Nonito Donaire versus Hernan Marquez fight started out a little bit slow, but it was surprising how quickly the fans at Coliseo Jose Miquel Agrelot, Hato Rey, PR, started grumbling. It wasn't two minutes into round one before fans let the fighters know they wanted more action. Apparently they were chomping at the bit for their all action hero JuanMa.
Donaire was making things more difficult than they should have been, because he was determined to prove he could fight effectively from the southpaw stance. He feels he can generate more power from the lefty stance, but he would be hard pressed to convince tonight's ShoBox fans of that opinion. He kept trying to make his point through the first four rounds, and as a result was getting shaded on points by the smaller Hernan Marquez. continue
By Mike Dunn - He wasn't quite powerful enough to be a slugger or speedy enough to be a ring tactician, but he was a legitimately good heavyweight. He is another one of those fighters who is remembered more for his losses than his achievements, however, and probably doesn't get the credit he deserves.
Buster Mathis was a combatant during what is considered to be a golden era of heavyweights. In March of 1968, he fought unbeaten Joe Frazier for a limited version of the heavyweight title in the first boxing card staged at the "new" Madison Square Garden. In November of 1971, he squared off against former champ Muhammad Ali in the Astrodome during Ali's comeback. Buster lost each time, by KO in 11 rounds to Frazier and by a lopsided decision to Ali, but there is certainly no disgrace in that. The ugly loss to Ali left a lingering aftertaste, though, and Mathis's merit as a fighter is often measured through the filter of that one sad performance. continue
Even 5 years after he retired, Mike Tyson is still very popular in Italy. That’s why Sp Management – a show-biz agency led by Stefano Pugnali – invited the former world heavyweight champion on a promotional tour of the Northern and Central areas of the country. On Friday July 9, a press conference was held in Milan at prestigious Just Cavalli Cafè, owned by fashion icon Roberto Cavalli. About 100 journalists showed up, along with other personalities. City councilman in charge of the Sports Department Alan Rizzi and International Federation of Sports Movies and Tv President Franco Ascani gave Tyson the “Ghirland d’honneur”, a prestigious award which in the past was given to such sports legends as Pelè. Also at the Just Cavalli Cafè, OPI 2000 President Salvatore Cherchi, with his son Christian, former WBC World cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni and welterweight prospect Antonio Moscatiello. Tyson was happy to shake Fragomeni’s hand and pose with him for a photo.
When asked to do the same by a visibly thrilled Moscatiello, Tyson’s answer was: “You are a fighter, you are welcome”. On the same night, Sp Management organized a special event for Tyson at Cafè Villino, in Treviglio, always in the Lombardia region. Hundreds of fans showed up to meet the boxing legend and commentate with him the images of his most famous fights which where showed on a mega-screen. On Saturday July 10, Stefano Pugnali brought Tyson to San Giovanni Teatino, in the Abruzzi region of Central Italy, where thousands of people filled “Parco dei Cigni” (Swan’s Park) a mega-discoteque built inside a beautiful natural park. continue
by James Slater - Mexico's Antonio Margarito, the disgraced former welterweight champion, did not get the result he and his promoter Bob Arum were hoping for yesterday, as he applied unsuccessfully for a licence to box in the state of Nevada. Dan Rafael of ESPN.com has reported how the 32-year-old - applying for the right to fight in America, a right which was taken from him due to the now infamous "hand-wraps" saga that went on ahead of Margarito's losing fight with Shane Mosley - attended a near two-hour hearing yesterday. continue
K. Swanson: Thank you, everybody, for calling in. We did have a conference call last week with Richard Schaefer and Oscar de la Hoya to talk about our exciting card on July 31st, particularly the undercard fights, which round out the card so nicely. Richard is claiming it is one of the greatest cards that Golden Boy has put together for the viewing pleasure of all of the boxing fans out there.
Today we are going to kick off the undercard by having this call with Robert Guerrero and Joel Casamayor, who will be fighting each other in a 10-round, junior welterweight division bout. Translating for Joel Casamayor will be Luis DeCubas, Jr., who is his manager. So, without further ado I'm going to turn it right over to Richard and we can get started. continue
By John G. Thompson, photo by Peter Heintzelman: John Molina 21-1 (17 KO’s) of Covina, California came back from a significant points deficit to take “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy’s 18-1-1 (10 KO’s) WBO NABO Lightweight belt at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Making his first title defense, Philly’s Hank Lundy boxed effectively for the first seven and a half rounds, then got caught with a punch and put down in the eighth. Lundy survived for a few rounds until Molina finished him in the eleventh. Though Molina’s comeback win was exciting, the battle between local favorite Vladine Biosse 7-0 (4 KO’s) and Lowell, Massachusetts native “Irish” Joe McCreedy 11-5-2 (6 KO’s) might have stolen the show on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fight series.
McCreedy came out the aggressor from start to finish, forcing the action. In the first round Biosse was able to land at will with the jab, while moving effectively so that McCreedy was barely able to land a punch. Irish Joe came out stronger in the second, pressing forward. The third round brought cheers from the crown as Biosse’s counterpunching became highly accurate. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 9, 2010) Sensational young, undefeated prospects Jaime Herrera and Adrian Granados have been added to WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 11 set for Friday, August 6th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. Herrera and Granados are each coming off outstanding performances at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 10, held on Saturday, June 19th, Herrera with a crushing third round knockout of Atlanta, Georgia’s Nick Smith and Granados storming to a five round shutout unanimous decision over Mike Culbert of Milwaukee, WI. continue
NEW YORK (July 9, 2010)–-Just days from celebrating its ninth anniversary, SHOWTIME will televise a quintessential ShoBox: The New Generation fight card from DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss., just a short drive from Memphis, Tenn. In emblematic fashion, this edition of ShoBox will feature highly-regarded prospects in the toughest and arguably most important fights of their careers. World-ranked middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against tough veteran Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of a tripleheader telecast on Friday, July 16, live SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - There is more to boxing than meet the eye and the most damaging punches are not always the most eye-catching. It was youth against experience last night at York Hall, when 26 years old Steve Williams (9-1) challenged Lenny Daws (30-8) for the British Light-Welterweight title. For the first 3 rounds, the younger man was also the busier. At the opening bell, Steve sprang out of the corner and opened up fast, successful with hooks to both body and head. He took the initiative in the next 2 rounds as well, boxing on the front foot and creating a war of attrition. It was in the 4th that Daws started looking like the champion and turned the tide his own way connecting with effective hooks and 1-2s. To his credit, Williams never slowed down the pace but in the midst of all the exchanges, Daws countered well landing the more telling punches. At the end of the 5th, Steve had a nasty cut underneath the left eye and one could sense the fight would not go the distance. Gradually taking over, Daws aimed his shots carefully picking Williams at ease, although the latter never stopped coming forward and they were still going toe to toe in the 10th. In the interval before the 11th, due to the blood still pouring underneath the eye, his own corner pulled Steve out of a fight that, may be, came a bit too soon in his career, but there was no shame whatsoever in this defeat.
Former Light-Middleweight Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce (30-8), now campaigning at Welterweight, did not waste time in disposing of former European Light-Welterweight champion Ted Bami (27-6). continue
LINCOLN, Rhode Island (July 9, 2010) – Challenger John Molina, Jr. needed a knockout to win and he did just that, stopping defending champion and previously unbeaten “Hammerin” Hank Lundy for the NABO lightweight title tonight on ESPN Friday Night Fights, live from Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI.
The “Let Freedom Ring” card was presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., in association with Goossen-Tutor Promotions. continue
July 9, 2010 – Leading up to the lightweight championship bout featuring Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz – set for Saturday, July 31 and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View® – HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of their first encounter that was named 2009 “Fight of the Year.” On Friday, July 16 at 7:15 p.m., Friday, July 23 at 12:00 midnight and Saturday, July 24 at 10:45 a.m., HBO2 will replay Marquez vs. Diaz 2009. All times are ET/PT. In their first meeting, which took place on February 28, 2009 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Marquez and Diaz lived up to the expectations with a dazzling display of skill and determination. Marquez won the classic fight with a 9th round knockout. continue
by Martin 'The Brain' Potter of the Boxing Clever podcast - With a nickname like 'Son of God', Andre Ward, WBA World Super Middleweight Champion and Super Six leader, has given himself a lot to live up to. Whilst we shouldn't compare him to Christ just yet, Ward will be hoping that he is the man to continue to lead the Super Middleweight division into the light and prove himself a worthy successor to the great, undefeated Welshman, Joe Calzaghe.
Many boxing pundits and fans alike have already started to draw comparisons between Ward and modern American greats of a similar weight, such as Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr, but I prefer to compare Ward to the Super Middleweight benchmark that is Calzaghe. So how does the new champ on the block compare?
Although stylistically the fighters are not identical, they do have many common characteristics in the ring. Both fighters have quick hands and awkward, although technical styles. Both also apply pressure, throwing numerous fast combinations, and have unquestionable talent and a supreme belief in their own ability which comes across in the manner they do business in the squared circle. continue
by James Slater - Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, has reported how top promoter Lou DiBella is keen on making a fight between two fighters who have living legends for fathers, but who are busy making a name for themselves in their own right today. Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, against Ronald Hearns, son, of course, of "The Hitman/Motor City Cobra," Thomas Hearns.
As Rafael says, the fight has a nice ring to it, and it would probably be an entertaining fight. I for one am interested in the prospective match-up and I hope DiBella can make it happen. But who would win if the "Battle of The Juniors" did take place? continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (July 9, 2010) – The City of Atlantic City, Hanlon Sculpture Studio, and The Leavander Johnson Foundation hosted a press conference today to unveil the conceptual drawing and announce the fundraising plan for the Leavander Johnson Memorial Statue. Johnson was an Atlantic City hometown hero and world boxing champion who tragically died as the result of blows from a fight. During the press conference, a drawing of the statue was unveiled by Sculptor Brian Hanlon, and Johnson’s father/trainer and brother/manager, Bill Johnson and Craig Johnson, respectively. continue
by Vivek Wallace: As a former scribe for the NBA's Miami Heat, (via Most Valuable Network), it goes without saying that two major questions have consumed my mind, and perhaps several others over the past few weeks. Those two questions: Where will LeBron James go to display his talent in the NBA next? And when will Mayweather and Pacquiao lace 'em up? At approximately 9:27pm EST lastnight, James removed all doubt from those inquiring minds; yet for those eager fight fans around the globe who continue to impatiently wait, there was no such luck, as Mayweather and Pacquiao remain a major question in search of a definitive answer.
When you examine these two scenarios a little closer, you see several aspects that parallel one another, and at the core of them all, three key elements exist. Money, ego, and ultimate supremacy, which can only come by way of victory. The recent example in the NBA was a rather intriguing one, because you have three of the greatest athletes in the game today, all willing to make an ultimate sacrifice of money and ego to attain that ultimate pinnacle of competition......which is victory itself. continue
FORRESTVILLE, MD (July 9, 2010) The professional debut of a former amateur standout is always a special occasion and this Friday night, July 9th will be no exception as Alantez “TEZ” Fox of Forrestville , Maryland , will face off against Toledo ’s Najee Hayes in Chambersburg , Pennsylvania . The Fox/Hayes scheduled four round welterweight bout is one of the feature attractions at the “Mason Dixon Showdown” at Orchards Restaurant and Lounge, 1580 Orchard Drive in Chambersburg , PA. Tickets and more information can be obtained by calling 304-283-3053. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (July 8, 2010) – Up-and-coming middleweight prospect Mike Jones and his opponent Irving Garcia both tipped the scales at 146.5 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in from the Atrium at Bally’s Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. Philadelphia’s Jones (21-0, 17 KOs) will make his SHOWTIME debut against the tough Puerto Rican Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs) in the 12-round main event of Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation event live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®. Miami’s Antwone Smith (18-1-1, 10 KOs) weighed in at 147.5 and the talented Lanardo Tyner (23-3, 14 KOs) of Houston, Texas, measured 148 pounds. The two will face off in a 10-round welterweight fight in the ShoBox co-feature. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 80th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) who is currently preparing for a July 17 fight against Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs). The fight, which takes place at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, is scheduled at 147 pounds and will represent Bradley’s HBO debut appearance. Bradley talked about his upcoming fight and his future plans in the 140-47 pound landscape. Here is some of what he had to say:
On training and preparations for his July 17 fight against Luis Carlos Abregu:
“It’s been a tough training camp. You know, with seven pounds added on to the weight it’s just been tough sparring against these big guys and having these big six foot guy going in there and beating up on me. So it’s been kind of tough dealing with the style, but it’s towards the end of the training camp now so I’m able to deal with them a lot easier now than before—tough rounds, really tough sparring rounds in the gym. I’m feeling really confident about the fight and the amount of work I’ve been doing. I’ve also incorporated some strength training so I’m feeling a lot stronger in the ring. I’m looking forward to having a dominant performance July 17.”
On whether he believes he will have more power at the higher weight class:
“I’m hoping, I’m hoping. A lot of my sparring partners aren’t sitting in front of me so they’re moving and they’re feeling that pop on the end of my shots. Hopefully I’ll have a little bit more power. I would think I would with the added seven pounds and not having to suck down all of the water I have to do when I’m making 140. So I’m very excited about it. I’m comfortable at this weight.. continue
by James Slater - 61-year-old Enzo Calzaghe, the trainer and father of all-time great Joe Calzaghe and a good number of other talented boxers besides, once trained latest Welsh star Nathan Cleverly; the man who is soon to box an eliminator for WBO light-heavyweight title. Calzaghe Senior worked with the unbeaten 23-year-old who is now turning heads, back in the days of Cleverly's initial pro outings, before the 19-0(9) contender left so as to be trained full-time by his father, Vince. continue
NEW YORK (July 8, 2010) – Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride, former Irish heavyweight champion and 1992 Olympian, returns to the ring Saturday night (July 10) for the first time in more than 2 ½ years against veteran Zack Page 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 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
World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (28-0, 25 KO’s) weighed in at 125.3 pounds and Filipino challenger Bernabe Concepcion (30-2-1, 17 KOs) measured 125 pounds during Friday’s weigh in at Coliseo de Puerto Rico, in Hato Rey, just outside San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The undefeated Lopez, who previously held the Jr. featherweight title for five successful defenses, will make the first defense of his world title in the main event of world championship doubleheader TOMORROW/SATURDAY on SHOWTIME® Championship Boxing, LIVE on SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Pound-for-pound great Nonito Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) weighed in at 114 ½ pounds and once-beaten Hernan Marquez (25-1, 18 KOs) tipped the scales at 115 pounds.
The two hard-hitters will square off in Saturday’s co-feature for interim WBA super flyweight championship. Donaire is currently ranked in the top five on several publications’ pound-for-pound lists and is the former IBF world flyweight and IBO world flyweight champion. continue
By Mike Dunn - One of the most controversial title fights took place on the Fourth of July, 1912, in Vernon, Calif., near Los Angeles. Popular local favorite Mexican Joe Rivers – who wasn’t Mexican at all but a fourth-generation Californian of Spanish-Native American descent whose real name was Jose Ybarra – challenged rugged lightweight champ Ad Wolgast in a fight that would forever be known for the rarest of all fistic occurrences – a double knockout – and for the subsequent shocking actions of the ref enabling Wolgast to retain the title.
Rivers was a formidable challenger, having dispatched of both Johnny Kilbane (KO 16) and Frank Conley (KO 12) to earn his shot at the crown in the open-air Vernon Arena before 11,000 witnesses that hot Independence Day. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (July 8, 2010) -- Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion and Top-10 pound for pound fighter TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY and No. 1 junior middleweight contender ALFREDO "Perro" ANGULO hosted a Los Angeles Media Workout today at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, Calif. Both fighters will be featured atop an all-action card, in separate 12-round bouts, Saturday, July 17, at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.. HBO Boxing After Dark will televise both bouts live, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
TIMOTHY BRADLEY - Training camp is going well. I feel strong. Ready to go. Ready for a dominant opponent in Carlos Abregu..
I'm used to fighting big guys. I'm going to feel Abregu's power. In the beginning, I am sure he will have heavy hands. Then I will take it from there. continue
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (July 7, 2010) – Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is presenting adult consumers with the heavily-touted rematch between Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (50-5-0, 34 KOs) and Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (35-3-0, 17 KOs) on July 31, 2010. The event will be broadcast live via HBO Pay-Per-View from the Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, beginning at 6 p.m. PDT/9p.m.EDT. continue
As unbeaten Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, who is 21-0, 17 K0s, and ranked as high as No. 2 welterweight in the world by the WBO behind champion Manny Pacquiao, prepares to defend his NABA and NABO titles against Puerto Rico’s Irving Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs) on July 9 at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, he has had his best-ever training camp.
MIKE JONES COMMENTS • On his training camp: “I’ve had a great camp and I’m in terrific shape. I’m ready. As each fight goes by, I get in better and better shape. I’m smart. I take nobody for granted. When it’s time to shine, I’m gonna shine.. continue
Saratoga Springs, NY (July 7, 2010) – World-ranked female featherweight Maureen Shea (14-2, 8 KOs) will face rugged veteran Liliana Martinez (8-10, 4 KOs) in a six-round feature fight with regional title implications July 30th at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. The fight, sanctioned by the NABF for a regional 126 pound title, will be featured on Pugnacious Promotions' annual "Night of Future Champions" summer fight card during the beginning of racing at the historic Saratoga thoroughbred horse track. Doors to this year’s boxing event will open earlier to showcase some of the area’s best amateur boxers in preliminary bouts supporting the pro fight card.
Shea, 29, first gained notoriety as Hillary Swank’s training partner as the Oscar-winning actress prepared for her role in Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Swank not only trained and sparred regularly with Shea, but attended the Bronx native’s amateur bouts in the New York area. A New York City fight attraction since that time, Shea is now world-ranked by three championship sanctioning bodies. In her most recent effort, Shea defeated Norma Farris by third round TKO in a fight televised on the Spanish-language channel Telefutura in May. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 7 - When one door closes, another opens, and after lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo was forced to withdraw from his bout against Raymundo Beltran due to viral infection, unbeaten Cuban standout Erislandy Lara eagerly agreed to step up to the plate at Denver's indoor Softball Country Pavilion on Friday, July 9 to battle Puerto Rico's William Correa in the 10 round main event of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate. continue
NEW YORK (July 7, 2010) – After getting cut from his high school freshman basketball team, Mike Jones turned his full attention to boxing, and he’s been a one-sport guy ever since. Philadelphia’s welterweight prospect Jones recently answered six questions in anticipation of his fight against Irving Garcia, a 12-round main event bout on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the ballroom at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. continue
by James Slater - There surely isn't a fight fan out there who doesn't know the Antonio Margarito story: how the once hero-worshipped Mexican warrior fell out of favour with his many fans due to how his hands were illegally wrapped ahead of his losing fight with "Sugar" Shane Mosley. Since that January 2009 TKO loss, "Toney" has not been allowed to box anywhere in America, but this coming Friday, as ESPN.com has reported, the 32-year-old will apply for a licence to box in the state of Nevada.
Reportedly, Margarito - who returned with a points win in Mexico back in May - will apply in person before five Nevada State Athletic Commissioners. Keith Kizer, the Commission executive director, told ESPN.com that the disgraced former welterweight ruler will have to be asked some tough questions on Friday.
"He's going to have to answer some tough questions here," Kizer said of Margarito's planned application in Nevada. "It's a heavy burden for him to satisfy, but it's his burden to meet. He'll have to explain anything the commissioners want to ask him about.. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 7, 2010) – The stars will be out this week for “Let Freedom Ring,” headlined by the 10-round NABO lightweight title fight between champion, WBO # 7 rated “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs), and challenger, John Molina, Jr. (20-1, 6 KOs), live on ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI. Among the boxing luminaries scheduled to attend “Let Freedom Ring,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), are 5-time world champion Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Paz, 3-time Fight of the Year participant “Irish” Micky Ward and 1960 Olympic gold medalist Dr. Wilbert “Skeeter” McClure. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 7 - Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce that Hall of Fame promoter and matchmaker Don Chargin will renew his affiliation with Golden Boy Promotions as a special consultant and advisor effective immediately
"I am thrilled to have Don back at Golden Boy," said Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer. "His advice and guidance has been and will continue to be very valuable to us. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 7, 2010)—Today the International Boxing Federation (IBF) ordered the camps of top available contenders, Yoan Pablo Hernandez and BJ Flores to have a free negotiating period until July 20th to complete a deal for the two fighters to engage in an elimination bout for the top contender spot for the right to face IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham.
If a deal is not reached the bout will go to purse bid.
"I am very excited about facing Yoan Pablo Hernandez in this tremendous opportunity to be the IBF mandatory challenger.” said Flores. "He is a very good fighter but I am 200% confident in victory. He will not beat me!!"
The potential of facing off with IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham has Flores’ mouth watering. “it is very hard not to think about facing the best fighter in your division when you feel it is so close. First things first with Yoan and then we will have the opportunity of a lifetime to face the most accomplished cruiserweight in the division, Steve Cunningham. This is the break I have needed for a long time. A fair opportunity to face the BEST in the division. continue
FRANK MALONEY has continued his excellent relationship with Sky Sports by signing a new two year contract with the broadcaster. Maloney and Sky have enjoyed a successful working partnership for nearly 20 years and the new deal starts in September. All future Maloney’s shows will be screened live on Saturday night’s and he said: “I am delighted to continue my relationship with Sky. “They have a top class boxing team from top to bottom and you would go a long way to find a more professional bunch. continue
Fromer European Middleweight Champion Matthew Macklin says working at Freddie Roach's gym will help him in his fight against Darren Barker. Macklin will face his big London rival on September 18 at the LG Arena in Birmingham. But the Brummie will do much of his preparation thousands of miles away at the world famous Wild Card Gym in LA. He's just one of many fighters who have turned to top coach Roach for help down the years. "Going to Freddie's has helped me become a better fighter," said Macklin. continue
Montreal, Thursday, July 8th, 2010 – InterBox is proud to announce that the International Boxing Federation (IBF) has approved the staging of an IBF mandatory title bout between top contender Jesse Brinkley (35-0-0, 22 KO) and IBF Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute (26-0-0, 21 KO). InterBox also reports that it has reached agreement with Let’s Get It On Promotions and Star Boxing for the services of Jesse Brinkley, and that the mandatory fight will take place on Friday, October 15th 2010 at the Montreal Bell Centre. The IBF awaits signed contracts from each camp.
Undefeated in his professional boxing career, adopted Quebecer Lucian Bute is already in training for this his 6th consecutive title defense bout. Although Lucian will be taking some short time off very soon, he intends to profit from a long and hard preparation and to be 100% ready as always come October 15th.
“At this level it is very dangerous to take any opponent lightly. Brinkley surprised many experts during his last bout. He fights very bravely in the ring and I expect him to be fully prepared and to give it his all in the Bell Centre ring” declares Lucian Bute. continue
With the Dolphil Promotions’ Aug 7th Citywest show drawing near, chat rooms and blogs have been rife with speculation regarding the possible clash between Irish Middleweight Champion Gary 'Spike' O' Sullivan and Anthony Fitzgerald. We reported last week of the drama that unfolded in the Neptune Sports arena when Anthony 'The Pride' Fitzgerald sensationally called out Sullivan in front of the cameras and journalists. It was reported how Spike had accepted the challenge but in a dramatic u-turn O'Sullivan has now retracted and will not fight Fitzgerald. continue
(July 6, 2010 – New York, NY) New York City’s longest running and most successful boxing series, Broadway Boxing, returns July 28 to the most intimate venue for boxing in the country, the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. In the main event, Argenis Mendez, who in his last fight won the USBA super featherweight title, returns to the ring in a non-title scrap. Tickets for Broadway Boxing are on sale now through DiBella Entertainment, and start at only $55. continue
NEW YORK (July 7, 2010) – Veteran boxing trainer Roger Bloodworth, who has known Samoan strongman David “Tuamanator” Tua for nearly 20 years, training him exclusively for the last five years, believes Tua will soon shed the label as the best contemporary heavyweight never to be world champion. Tua and Bloodworth have been at training camp in Jersey City, New Jersey, preparing for David’s 12-round main event fight July 17 headlining “T-N-T at the Tropicana” presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, against former world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett,at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“David is a more confident fighter today,” Bloodworth said. “He’s a very experienced fighter who is now moving a lot defensively and is no longer a one-handed fighter. He still has that one big hand, but he’s punching well with both hands and, surprisingly, even throwing a good jab.
“The heavyweight division is wide open but, at the same time, closed. There are top contenders like David but these champions seem to pick-and-choose their opponents. We’d love to fight (David) Haye or the Klitschkos. The Klitschkos brothers (Wladimir and Viltali) are both big and have talent, but they also have Achilles heals, and David can take advantage of that. They (Hayemaker Promotions and K2 Promotions) all have Cedric’s (Tua’s promoter Cedric Kushner, Gotham Boxing) phone number but nobody’s called. The only way to get a world title shot, it seems, is to become the mandatory challenger.. continue
By Isaac Ortiz: The same way that Bob Arum is marinating a fight between Juan Manuel Lopez and Yurorkis Gamboa, it is time to start thinking Miguel Cotto vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. For years the rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico have remain one of the biggest rivalries in sports. Are the Yankees and Red Sox of boxing. continue
by James Slater - Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com has confirmed how exciting heavyweight contender Chris Arreola will face fellow Mexican/American, Manuel Quezada on August 13th in Ontario, California. 29-year-old Arreola, coming off a disappointing April points loss to former cruiserweight titlist Tomasz Adamek, badly needs an impressive win if he's to make people believe once again that he can become a world ruler.
Quezada, the older man by three years at age 32, also needs a win; having been upset last time out, when he lost on points to Jason Gavern, also in April. continue
by James Slater - Reigning WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan, now recovering from a short illness originally thought (incorrectly) to be malaria, is out of hospital and feeling much better. The 23-year-old, who fell ill upon returning home from a trip to South Africa to watch some of The World Cup, is again fully focused on his next fight, and it has been reported by various sources that Khan hopes this will be against the winner of the July 31st rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz.
Khan's father, Shah, spoke to The Guardian this week, and he said his son's dream is to face the Marquez-Diaz II winner in the U.K - at either The London O2 Arena or at Manchester's MEN Arena.
"Ramadam starts on 11 August so by mid September Amir will be back in training," Shah said. "He is going to Las Vegas to watch the Marquez-Diaz [rematch] fight. The winner of this should be Amir's next fight. To be honest, he'd like Marquez [to win] as he's the big name. He's been in with the best.
"Amir would love to have it at The Bolton Wanderers Stadium in the open air. But obviously the weather's an issue. So somewhere like the O2 or the MEN. But if not there then Madison Square Garden or Las Vegas. Vegas is another dream of his.. continue
by James Slater - British heavyweight Matt Skelton, known as "The Bedford Bear," is a fighter I never thought I'd ever see KO'd. As physically strong as bull (or a bear!) and, back in his 2006/2008 "prime" also possessing a seriously sturdy chin to go with his immense strength, Skelton looked the quintessential 'immovable object.'
Having turned to pro boxing late after having been a kick-boxer, the imposing 6'3" and approx 250-pound giant made remarkable progress in The Sweet Science despite being 35 at the time of his pro debut. continue
Kell Brook says fight fans will see a special performance when he takes on Michael Jennings - inspired by a fellow Sheffield fighter. Brook has fought just once this year because of injury, and has seen his clash with Jennings postponed three times. But now the former British champion finally gets his man on September 18 at the LG Arena, Birmingham on Frank Warren's huge 'Magnificent Seven' event, live on Sky Box Office. And Brook says he will halt former world title challenger Jennings in a manner which will bring back memories of close friend and British great Naseem Hamed.
"I see Naseem a lot, and he'll be dead proud of the way in which I get rid of Jennings," said Brook, who like Hamed is a product of Brendan Ingle's gym in Sheffield. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 80th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Roger Mayweather who currently trains his nephew Floyd Mayweather Junior. Roger recently led Floyd to an impressive one-sided unanimous decision against Sugar Shane Mosley. Since that time, public demand for a fight between Floyd and Manny Pacquiao has reached an all time high. Roger spoke about the possibility of such a fight taking place and numerous other topics pertaining to the current boxing scene. Here is some of what he had to say:
On Floyd’s impressive victory against Sugar Shane Mosley:
“I already knew he was going to whop his ass. It wasn’t nothing new to me. I know because I trained a guy that beat him four times. Skills pay the bills, that’s it. So when you start talking about Floyd and Shane, I mean he had the performance he was supposed to have against a guy of that nature.”
On whether he thought Floyd would fight the type of he fought coming forward against Mosley: “Yep. Let me tell you something—number one, the fight was basically as far as skill-wise and boxing ability, my nephew boxes too good for him anyway so I was never worried about him outboxing Shane Mosley, but the thing of it was, the only thing that concerned me was what he had in his system. The minute they tested him for steroids and he came out negative I knew how the fight was going to be from the beginning. I know because I had a guy that beat him four times, so it wasn’t nothing new actually for me.. continue
by Joe Barrow - Recently Freddie Roach was quoted on saying that he believes Manny Pacquiao will now agree to all demands made by Floyd Mayweather, in order to get him into the ring.
Now, unless I’m mistaken, I’m pretty sure Floyd has played this one perfectly. He mentioned his retirement again, to get the temperature building, and he constantly added fuel to the fire. He kept quiet about the bout all the way through and left doubt in the minds of millions of fans (me included). continue
by James Slater - As fans know, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye will not be facing one of the Klitschko brothers in his next fight. Indeed, we have no idea at all who Haye will face when he next steps into the ring. However, as disappointed as fans are that "The Hayemaker" has not yet put pen to paper, agreeing to get it on with either Wladimir, the Ring magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO king, or Vitali, the WBC boss, there may be more to it than Haye simply being reluctant to fight.
According to Kalle Sauerland, the German promoter who has a share in two more Haye bouts, Haye was offered a fight with Wladimir, but had to turn it down because of the "financial details" the deal contained. Speaking with Gareth A. Davies of The Telegraph, Sauerland said Haye is more than willing to face "Dr. Steel Hammer," but that he has to be paid what he deserves.
"David is keen on fighting one of the Klitschko brothers. But the Devil is in the financial details," Sauerland told The Telegraph. "There are multiple parties with a financial stake in Haye's fights. We're just one of those parties.
"Haye has become a national superstar in the U.K, and thus the conditions have changed. Haye earns as much money in the U.K as the Klitschkos do in Germany. Therefore, that makes reaching a deal much more difficult. We have to insist on a sensible financial agreement.. continue
This Saturday, July 10th in Brooklyn, NY, Sadam “World Kid” Ali will host the Grand Opening of his “Sadam Ali Boxing & Fitness Center”. Media and the public are welcome to attend this big event. Festivities will begin at 1:00pm. Zab Judah will be there to promote his friend Ali’s venture. Both fighters will be available for a public meet and greet. Many other boxing professionals intend to show support also, including Mark Breland and Paulie Malinaggi. There will be boxing workouts open to the public, featuring Sadam Ali and fighters on the July 16th Zab Judah vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz undercard: Adam Kownacki and Nicky DeMarco. continue
ONTARIO, CA (July 5, 2010) This past Friday night boxing fans were treated to the network broadcast debut of top junior welterweight prospect, Joseph Elegele on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Fighting out of Melbourne, Florida, Elegele faced off against William Walton of Salt Lake City, Utah in the scheduled six rounder. With his six foot frame and rangy southpaw stance, Elegele was able to control the action and use his bazooka like jab to keep the overly aggressive Walton at bay throughout the first two rounds. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 80th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Roger Mayweather and Timothy Bradley) 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
• Discussion on Klitschko-Povetkin and Haye-Harrison
• The announced fight between Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora on September 18
• Lucian Bute versus Jesse Brinkley looking likely for October 15
• Alternative options for Manny Pacuqiao and Floyd Mayweather if they cannot reach an agreement. continue
Nathan Cleverly and Ricky Burns will make up for Britain's summer of sporting flops - by winning world titles in the autumn. Welshman Cleverly challenges for the Interim WBO World Light-Heavyweight title on September 18 at the LG Arena, Birmingham. It forms part of Frank Warren's huge 'Magnificent Seven' show which features a staggering nine title fights, live and exclusive on Sky Box Office. And Cleverly is anxious to steal the show by landing the title against his unbeaten foe, Karo Murat. If champion Jurgen Brahmer is stripped of his title this summer, the fight may even be for the full belt. continue
By Nick Powers: Following the events of the final fight in Group Stage Three of Showtime’s unprecedented Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament in the Super Middleweight Division, Andre Ward cemented his spot in the semi-finals with a lopsided win against tournament newcomer Allan Green. In his first Super Six performance, Green looked sluggish and weak as Ward bullied him on the inside and against the ropes around en route to a unanimous decision victory. Speaking with On The Ropes Boxing Radio on June 28, 2010, Green’s well-respected trainer John David Jackson was nothing short of outspoken regarding Green’s performance, and what may have contributed to it. continue
Casey J. (Boca Raton, FL): HBO recently dropped themselves from any boxing coverage containing the Klitschko brothers. I think this is solely based on them not being American. I live in America, but I'm a huge fan of theirs. Do you not think this was based on the same reason?
Vivek W. (ESB): The short answer to your question is yes, you nailed it! It is SOLELY because they aren't American. That's if you want to see it from a cynical view. The deeper explanation is that it has absolutely nothing to do with prejudice behavior, or any type of discriminatory action. HBO is in the business of promoting any good fights. Truth is, it's hard to really say when was the last "good" one we've seen these guys involved in. HBO has the right to broadcast and/or promote anyone they want to, and decline the right to broadcast or promoted anyone they don't wanna to. Regardless of how you (or anyone else) interprets the action, I think you should first start by viewing the 'cause' that gave this 'effect'. That 'cause' can be found in the actual verbiage of HBO Sports President (Ross Greenburg) - which I'm not sure if you actually had a chance to view. continue
ONTARIO, CA (July 4, 2010) Sensational young prospects Randy Caballero and Gabino Saenz scored first round knockouts this past Friday night in the off-TV portion of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
After the ESPN2 broadcast went off the air, the loud and proud legion of fans from Coachella, California, cheered as the sound system blasted “Matador” by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, signaling the ring walk of the 19 year old Caballero. continue
by James Slater - Referred to in many quarters as the best super-middleweight in the sport today, reigning IBF 168-pound champion Lucian Bute appears headed towards an October date with former "Contender" star Jesse Brinkley. According to word on the net (the fight is up as happening on Boxrec), the undefeated Bute will defend against the 35-5(22) contender in Montreal, Canada on October 15th.
30-year-old Bute, 26-0(21), is coming off an impressive, 3rd-round stoppage of the always-dangerous Edison Miranda. After the April win over "Pantera," there was the possibility of Bute making a defence in Romania, the country of his birth, but that never came off and he now looks ahead to boxing once again in his adopted country of Canada; the scene of all but four of the southpaw ruler's pro bouts. continue
by James Slater - Big-punching Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli believes he shut a lot of people up back in April, when he travelled to Moscow, Russia to take out the somewhat-hyped Alexander Kotlobay inside a single round to win the vacant European cruiserweight belt. The 29-year-old former WBO 200-pound champ improved to 32-4(25) with the win and, most importantly, he exorcised the demons that had been bothering him since his truly awful 2009 - a year that saw Macca lose by stoppage twice.
Now set to make the first defence of his EBU crown, Maccarinelli is excited about his scheduled September 18th clash with the unbeaten German-based Ukrainian, Alexander Frenkel. Maccarinelli will face the 22-0(17) 25-year-old on promoter Frank Warren's "Magnificent Seven" show in Birmingham, and he has been talking to BBC sport about the fight.
"He's got a pretty similar record to Alexander Kotlobay, who I beat in Russia last time out," Maccarinelli said of Frenkel. "They've fought similar guys, he's another dangerous up-and-comer who wants my name on his record. But my confidence is sky high. I went over to Kotlobay's hometown and flattened him in a round.. continue
ONTARIO, CA (July 4, 2010) This past Friday night, welterweight contender Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins looked dominant defending his WBC USNBC title, winning a unanimous decision over former world title challenger “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis. With the win, the Philadelphia native improved to 30-1-1, his second unanimous decision this year after moving up to the welterweight limit. Scores for Hopkins were 100-90 and 99-91 twice. Having challenged for a junior welterweight world title against Kendall Holt in December 2008, a split decision loss in which Hopkins took the bout on one week’s notice, the 29 year old now looks to bigger bouts in his new weight class. continue
by James Slater - As fight fans have surely read, today, July the Fourth, American Independence Day, marks the 100th anniversary of the Jack Johnson-James J. Jeffries heavyweight title fight. The "Fight of The Century" took place in Reno, Nevada, and the unpopular Johnson took care of the former champion and current "White Hope" in the 15th-round.
Race riots ensued all over America as a result of the black man having beaten the "superior" white man, and the whole episode is, in truth, far from one worthy of being celebrated. Nevertheless, as Fightnews.com has reported, descendants of both Johnson and Jeffries are today gathered in Reno, to pay tribute to the unforgettable boxing match. continue
Zab ‘Super” Judah can always be counted on to let you know what’s on his mind. In various interviews during training camp for his July 16th fight against Jose Armando Santa Cruz, Zab, 38-6, 26 KO’s, has been outspoken, at times poetic, and always larger than life. On the other hand Santa Cruz has kept a low profile.
According to Santa Cruz’s manager, Rudy Hernandez, this has been intentional. “This training camp has been different for Jose. He is older now; he understands that this fight is very important to his career. It’s not all fun and games anymore. He realizes that he only has so many years left to fight and he doesn’t want to retire and wish he had done more.” He explained, “There is clearly more motivation. He’s bolder when boxing. Where he used to throw 3 punches, now he is throwing 5 or 6, and they are hard punches. . continue
by James Slater - One time fierce archrivals Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera continue to fight in their mid-thirties, and the word is both Mexican legends could be back in action in September. 33-year-old Morales, who returned with a win decent points win over Jose Alfaro in March, is looking forward to his second comeback fight, and there is a possibility "El Terrible," now a light-welterweight, could face Scotland's Willie Limond in September (Boxing News magazine broke this story weeks ago). continue
Don’t miss your chance to see the best Olympic-style boxers in the United States battle it out at the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships in Colorado Springs, July 12-17. Tickets for the United States’ premier amateur boxing event are on sale now and are available at www.ticketswest.com. continue
July 3, 2010 - By Juan Diaz: I am the son of Mexican immigrants who is a professional boxer with a college diploma. I have earned three world titles in my career and I am training to fight Juan Manuel Marquez for the Unified Lightweight World Championship on July 31. I also own a construction business with my brother and am taking the necessary steps to become a lawyer.
This is because my parents had the foresight to move to the United States so that I could have these opportunities. As we celebrate the Fourth of July, it is important to remember that we live in a country where anything is possible and the "America Dream" is real.
As a young boy, I saw the troubles my immigrant family and friends faced while working to become citizens and acquire the same unalienable rights that Americans often take for granted. There are millions of Mexican immigrants in this country and I know that there are others out there like me who are on the brink of greatness, and could even be the missing link in solving some of this country's toughest problems. continue
by James Slater - Boxing-wise, it's a pretty slow weekend this week, with not too much going on. However, there are a few newsworthy items to be found on the net, such as:
James "Lights Out" Toney, now less than two months away from his MMA debut of a fight with 47-year-old Randy "The Natural" Couture, gave a recent video interview with MMAmania.com, and as usual the 41-year-old great had plenty to say. Asked primarily about tonight's big MMA match between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, Toney said neither guy impressed him too much. continue
By Gary Hopkins - Few people in the UK of late, with the exception of perhaps David Haye and Tyson Fury, have been as openly vocal and "cocky" about their ability to fight as Carl Froch. For years, Froch was the "also ran" super-middle in the UK - always in Calzaghe's shadow where he spent his time shouting to the world that he was the better of the two. I don't believe anyone but Froch and his most ardent fans (and probably Calzaghe's most ardent haters) seriously believed Froch was good enough to be in the same ring as Calzaghe. But still, even after his retirement, Froch was calling him out at every opportunity seemingly fixated with his dream of getting it on with Calzaghe. continue
By Mike Dunn - It was the summer of 1968, a turbulent time in our country and a critical time in the career of a heavyweight boxer whose very life seemed to define the word turbulent. Charles “Sonny” Liston was on the comeback trail and was facing his first big test, taking on a pretty tough San Francisco contender named Henry Clark on a Saturday afternoon in front of a national TV audience.
Liston weighed 219 for the fight on July 6 at the fabled Cow Palace in San Francisco and Clark, coming off a majority 10-round decision over scrappy Leotis Martin, weighed 215. Liston looked much the bigger man, though, his weight spread over a broad, powerful 6-foot frame. Liston brought a 41-3 record and a reputation as a deadly puncher and great finisher into the scheduled 10-rounder. Clark, who stood 6-3, brought a more modest 15-3-2 log into the ring but had been in against very stiff competition, including Martin, Zora Folley, Eddie Machen, Manuel Ramos and Roger Rischer. Clark was ranked ninth by Ring Magazine. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in his native Doncaster, 24-year-old Jamie McDonnell successfully defended his European bantamweight title for the first time with an easy-looking 3rd-round TKO over Italy's 30-year-old Rodrigo Bracco. Winning the opening couple of rounds in dominant fashion, McDonnell hurt the challenger with a right hand to the head in the 3rd, and then opened up with both hands, prompting referee Erkki Meronen to dive in and stop the bout. The official time was 2-minutes and 53-seconds of the round, and McDonnell improved to15-2-1(7). Bracco fell to 11-3(5). Last night's loss was the Chilean-born Italian's first inside the distance defeat. continue
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions: Before we talk about the undercard, I just want to make another quick announcement. This Friday, July 2 there is going to be a special edition of Sólo Boxeo Tecate on Telefutura, which is going to go inside Marquez vs. Diaz II. It's going to be a 90-minute special, a deep look into the first fight and an analysis by some very well-known fighters, such as Israel Vasquez and others are going to be talking about the first fight. continue
By Mike Dunn - Was it a legitimate title defense or just an exhibition that was termed a title defense? No one cay say definitively.
The fact is that Jack Dempsey, the heavyweight champion of the world, had an “official” four-round bout against an opponent named Jimmy Darcy on July 22, 1922, in Buffalo’s Broadway Auditorium. Dempsey, boxing in a “masterly fashion” according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle the following day, won easily.
But was this bout, though it was recognized in New York State as a professional encounter, really for the title?
The Chronicle reporter apparently thought so. In his article, he made a point of saying the fight was indeed a title defense, noting that Darcy – a stablemate of Dempsey’s who was on tour with the champ at the time – would have wrested the title from the Manassa Mauler with a “lucky punch.”
Since that didn’t happen, the issue never came up and one can only speculate about who would have been champ if Darcy had indeed scored a shocking upset. continue
By John G. Thompson: Demetrius Hopkins 30-1-1 (11 KO’s), the Philadelphian nephew of future hall of famer Bernard Hopkins, squared off against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis 22-6-2 (10 KO’s) of Atlantic City, New Jersey by way of Athens, Greece. This fight from Ontario, California was not among the best of the ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series, with Hopkins dominating the fight by moving away, being cautious, and working behind the jab. There were times in the fight when Arnaoutis was more aggressive and times when Hopkins was the aggressor, unfortunately these times rarely coincided. One judge called the bout a shutout for Hopkins, while the other two only gave Arnaoutis one round. continue
Commonwealth featherweight title challenger Stephen Smith says his band-of-brothers are Liverpool's best foursome since The Beatles. Smith challenges Scottish hardman John Simpson for the crown on September 4 in Glasgow at the world famous Kelvin Hall. It forms part of the undercard to Ricky Burns' WBO World super-featherweight title challenge against Roman Martinez live on Sky Sports 1. And if 24-year-old Stephen needs any help in preparing, he can turn to siblings Paul, Liam and Callum. Paul is the current British super-middleweight champion, Liam is unbeaten as a professional, while Callum is a standout amateur. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward who recently scored a dominant victory against Allan Green in round two of the Super Six. In round one, Ward shocked the world with the impressive nature of his victory over tournament favorite Mikkel Kessler. Ward is the only participant in the tournament with two wins and he tops the overall leader board and is guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals, but first he must square off friend and former Olympic teammate Andre Dirrell in group stage three of the tournament. Here are some excerpts from the On the Ropes interview with Andre Ward:
On his one-sided unanimous decision victory against Allan Green in group stage two of the Super Six:
“In terms of the results, it’s what we expected. We expected to dominate, but obviously I expected a different kind of fight. My team and I, we worked throughout training camp on fighting inside and pushing him back. Basically, to show Allan Green that I’m physically stronger than him and that I have basically a superior inside game than him in spots in the fight like I’ve been mentioning in previous interviews. I didn’t expect for him to stand there with me that long, and believe it or not, even though through most of my professional career I’ve displayed great boxing skills and different things like that, I really like fighting inside. It’s something I do a lot in training camp. The inside game is something we work on and drill a lot in training camp and it’s just showing up now in the fights. So I was pleased with just the way the fight was fought. There are obviously so many different things from my perspective that I think I could have done better, and of course getting a stoppage is one of them, but I think it was a fun fight. I think it was a good fight for the fans and I’m just pleased we did what we had to do and secured a semi-finals spot in the Super Six tournament.. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 2, 2010) Advance tickets are now on sale as heavyweight contender and Chicagoland fan favorite Mike Mollo returns to action at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 11, set for Friday, August 6th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.
Presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, advance tickets for WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 11, starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800). continue
Tickets for the huge Magnificent Seven show promoted by Frank Warren will go on sale tomorrow (Saturday 3rd July). It's one of the most ambitious fight cards ever seen in Britain and takes place on September 18 at the LG Arena in Birmingham. The title fights in full are:
* European light-heavyweight champion NATHAN CLEVERLY steps up to to challenge for the Interim WBO World Light-Heavyweight championship against KARO MURAT. continue
by James Slater - Upon reading the news in the U.K that British big man Tyson Fury could well be facing New York warrior Vinny Maddalone in his next fight, in August, I called up Vinny in an attempt to ask him about the fight that Showtime were reportedly interested in televising. Initially reaching Vinny's answer machine, I left a message explaining why I was calling.
Calling back an hour or so later, Vinny answered and had some interesting things to tell me - but it appears Fury and his team have jumped the gun in suggesting the 21-year-old will be fighting Maddalone next.
Here is what Vinny - one of the true gentlemen of the sport - had to say in reply to my questions: continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten British heavyweight hope Tyson Fury earned the right to challenge British champion Derek Chisora in his last fight, when he sucked it up in a hot and humid arena to halt John McDermott in their anticipated rematch. However, it seems the 21-year-old, who improved to 11-0(9) with the 9th-round TKO over "Big Bad John," will be taking on an American name in his next fight instead of going right after Chisora.
As Boxing News Online has exclusively revealed, the plan being worked on now is for the 6'8" giant to face New York tough guy Vinny Maddalone in his next outing; most likely in August. continue
NEW YORK (July 2, 2010) – With dreams of becoming the next great champion to come out of boxing-rich Philadelphia, welterweight prospect Mike Jones will face Irving Garcia in a 12-round main event bout on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the ballroom at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.
Jones, 27, puts his perfect 21-0 record (17 KOs) on the line against Puerto Rico’s Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs), a tough, aggressive brawler who ShoBox fans might remember for twice knocking down undefeated Carlos Abregu before eventually suffering a fourth round knockout in his last main event fight on May 1, 2009. continue
NEW YORK (July 1, 2010) – World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (28-0, 25 KO’s) is set to defend his title against Filipino Bernabe Concepcion (30-2-1, 17 KOs) on July 10 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Saturday’s 12-round world title fight is promoted by Top Rank Inc. Lopez, The former WBO super-bantamweight champion, knows Concepcion will be one of the fastest fighters he's ever faced. “I’ve seen Bernabe Concepcion fight several times and I’ve really studied his style. I know he’s working with Manny Pacquiao – they work with the same people. He’s a very strong fighter. He’s a young fighter – a hungry fighter. He really wants to be a world champion. He’s a difficult opponent.
“He’s a very intelligent fighter, so we need to be very intelligent, too. We need to fight him with a lot of pressure and a lot of speed – we need to be very fast that night.”
In what should prove to be an equally entertaining co-feature bout, Nonito Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) will battle Hernan Marquez (25-1, 18 KOs) for the interim WBA super flyweight championship. Donaire is currently ranked in the top five on several publications’ pound-for-pound lists and is the former IBF world flyweight and IBO world flyweight champion. continue
Tickets for the big WBO World Super-Featherweight title showdown between Ricky Burns and Roman Martinez will go on sale tomorrow (Saturday 3rd July).
Titled 'Burns Night', Martinez v Burns headlines a super-card at the famous Kelvin Hall in Glasgow that also features an exciting showdown between John Simpson and Stephen Smith for the Commonwealth Featherweight Championship; plus the comeback of former British Featherweight Champion Paul Appleby and rising star John Thain. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 1 - Just two months removed from the biggest win of his career, 19-year-old welterweight phenom Saul "Canelo" Alvarez returns to the ring on Saturday, July 10 to put his undefeated record on the line against Luciano Cuello at the 12,000-seat Arena VFG in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
This 12-round bout, Alvarez' first since a stirring ninth round TKO win over Jose Cotto on May 1, will be contested for the WBC Silver Junior Midleweight belt and aired by Televisa beginning at 10:30 pm CT. The doors open at 5:00 pm and the first bout begins at 6:00 pm. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - QUARTER FINAL 1: PATRICK MENDY VS SAM HORTON. Short and sweet. Mendy (8-4-0) and Horton (15-3-0) don’t waste time feeling each other with the jab and go straight into battle at close quarters, but it is Patrick to connect first with a powerful right hook that turns the fight in his favor. Another hook from the left opens the way to a flurry and Sam, who is coming from a loss to James De Gale for the WBA International title, is stopped in a corner at 1:42.
QUARTER FINAL 2: DANIEL CADMAN VS EDDIE McINTOSH. It’s an untidy affair between Cadman (12-5) and McIntosh (10-2), requiring many breaks and admonitions to both fighters from referee Richard Davis, whose level of involvement makes him look as a third fighter in the ring. They clinch and throw rabbit punches for most of the fight, with Danny even pushing Eddie to the floor in almost every round. But, in the midst of it all, it is Cadman to land the clean shots throughout the fight, starting in the first round by nailing his opponent with hooks to the head. In the second, he starts connecting with the right time and time again, with the left hook still going. McIntosh comes back with his own hooks at the end and starts the third aggressively, but Danny nails him again and the referee gives him a standing count. Cadman wins by unanimous decision: 29-27, 29-28, and 29-28. continue
by Paul Strauss: Apparently Freddie Roach and Bob Arum are seriously considering Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto as grade "A" alternatives for Manny Pacquiao in the event the fight with Pretty Boy can't be made. Anyway, that's what Arum, in particular, would like us to believe, but don't swallow his morsel of tattle. Neither fighter is a good fit at this time, and to try and pass it off as so is mere piffle. First of all, Margarito doesn't deserve the opportunity. Prior to the Mosley fight and the handwrap scandal, many of us were enthusiastic loyal fans of Margarito. continue
by James Slater - 33-year-old Sheffield stylist Ryan Rhodes, the reigning European 154-pound champion, is hugely excited about the very real possibility of him facing Mexico's Antonio Margarito later this year, in a match that would contest the vacant WBC light-middleweight title (which has been vacated by Sergio Martinez, who will remain at middleweight).
Rhodes, 44-4(30), who meets Czech Republic's Lukas Konecny on Frank Warren's upcoming September 18th show in Birmingham, has told Sky Sports news how he may face the disgraced Mexican after that (providing he wins of course). continue
(June 30, 2010 – New York, NY) Celestino Caballero made his debut at the featherweight division in April with an emphatic and unforgettable 12-round pummeling of the previously unbeaten Daud Yordan. The performance was so unforgettable, in fact, that it hasn’t escaped the memory of any of the champions from super bantamweight to junior lightweight, who are using their best footwork to stay as far away as possible from “Pellenchin.”
Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs) is riding of boxing’s most torrid hot streaks. Unbeaten since 2004, in that six year span Caballero won two belts at super bantamweight and beaten name fighters such as Yordan, Mauricio Pastrana, Steve Molitor, Somsak Sithchatchawal, and Daniel Ponce de Leon.
In recent weeks, rumored bouts against featherweight champions Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez, and Elio Rojas haven’t come to fruition because of the reluctance of the champions to make a deal. Overtures made to the camp of WBA junior lightweight champion Jorge Solis were also rebuffed.
The unwillingness of other top fighters to get in the ring with him has left Caballero waiting for an opportunity he has long deserved.
“Great champions are willing to fight great champions. I should not be victimized by the politics of boxing or the cowardice of other fighters. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – With less than one week remaining until the start of the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships, the athlete rosters have been finalized by weight division. The 2010 edition will showcase new weight divisions on the men’s side following the reduction to ten weight classes by the IOC in August. The women’s division will be contested in ten weight classes as well, including the three newly designated Olympic divisions of 112 pounds, 132 pounds and 165 pounds. continue
DURING the last 18 months I've been consumed with distractions over TV coverage, fighters who didn't want to fight me and numerous injuries and situations crowding my mind. In the last few weeks – as I prepared to become a dad for the first time – I had the chance to stop and reflect on how hard it's been to get to where I am today.
And, most of all, how I'm not going to let it slip. Baby Rocco arrived last Thursday, tipping the scales at 6lbs 14.5oz. I'm pleased to say both Rachael and Rocco are fit and well and back at home. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former professional fighter Sugar Ray Phillips who owns a boxing gym in Dallas called ‘Big Sugar Ray’s Real Deal Boxing Gym’. Phillips had an impressive amateur record of 145-6 and he won a National Golden Gloves title to his credit. As a professional, he is best known for his 1977 bout against Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Still closely connected with boxing, Phillips is an avid fan of the sport who had some interesting things to say about news pertaining to a potential showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather as well as rumors regarding a possible ring return from ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. Here are some excerpts from the interview with Sugar Ray Phillips:
On Julio Cesar Chavez Junior’s unanimous decision victory against John Duddy:
“That was a great fight. That was a good test for Cesar Chavez. I believe he’s ready to step now up into the majors and I heard talks with some more people with examiner.com that I believe he’s going to fight maybe Cotto next.. continue