By James Slater - 27-year-old Timothy Bradley may be on the verge of landing himself the biggest and the best fights of his entire career. Now the holder of the WBC and WBO belts at 140-pounds, Bradley is in line to face WBA champ Amir Khan in a big unification clash; but perhaps more importantly, Bradley is now well and truly on promoter Bob Arum’s radar.
The Top Rank boss spoke to Mike Marley at the weekend, to give his take on the Bradley-Devon Alexander fight, and he also spoke about the possibility of “Desert Storm” one day getting a fight with Manny Pacquiao. continue
Charles H. (Miami, FL): I saw the comments you posted on your Facebook page about your thoughts on the Bradley/Alexander fight and how it impacts the sport overall. I know you could only say so much in that section. Can you elaborate more?
Vivek W. (ESB): To be very frank, I thought this was one of the worst nights of action the sport has seen in quite some time. Fight fans always question, "why are they [media] always talking about Mayweather and Pacquiao when there are so many other great talents out there to share the spotlight"? Well.....to be honest.....I'd have to steal a quote from Timothy Bradley himself to address my sentiments on the fight itself....and I quote: "If that's the best in the world, that's weak"!
A month ago people cringed about a title contested telecast with a 46 year old guy facing a man in his prime. When you look at the 4 boxers involved in that fight and this one, (Hopkins/Pascal and Alexander/Bradley), the only person amongst the group that left me impressed and wanting to see more of him was the eldest of them all (Hopkins). continue
By GM Ross: Bermane “B-Ware” Sitverne (19-1-1) of Montreal, Quebec, won a trophy case worth of belts in Pontiac, Michigan, on January 29, earning the WBC International, WBC USNBC and WBA Fedelatin heavyweight titles against Kerston Manswell (20-0-0) of Trinidad and Tobago. The contest was scheduled for ten rounds, but lasted less than two. In the first round Stiverne contented himself with jabbing, feeling out an equally cautious Manswell. continue
By GM Ross: Yesterday, February 29, some friends and I piled into an early 90’s Volkswagen Pasaat and made the trip from Ontario to Michigan to see the Bradley-Alexander contest at the Silver Dome in Pontiac. Packed like sardines, we spent the two hour drive reminiscing about the fighters on the card, particularly Vernon Paris (23-0-0) of Detroit, Michigan – who we watched on the undercard of Abraham-Dirrell at the Joe Louis Arena – and the battle tested, fight of the year alumni, Emanuel Augustus (38-35-6). continue
By Ted Sares:The king, the master, my idol. —Muhammad Ali
I confess to being an unabashed Robinson fan. In my book Boxing is my Sanctuary, I included a piece (Chapter 50) on the top 100 fighters since 1950 and had Ray number one. Here is what I said:
“1. Sugar Ray Robinson’s final record was a gaudy 175-19-6-2 with109 KOs. In a career that spanned three decades, Sugar Ray embodied the essence of the Sweet Science. He was a world welterweight champion and held the middleweight title five times. He never lost to a welterweight. continue
By James Slater: Two largely unknown heavyweights who may not stay so unknown, fought and fought well in winning bouts last night. First of all, on the under-card of the Bradley-Alexander unification clash in Detroit, 32-year-old Bermane Stiverne scored a sensational 2nd-round KO over the previously unbeaten Kertson Manswell of Trinidad and Tobago. A cracking left/right combo to the head sent the 34-year-old to the mat, flat on his back. continue
By James Slater: Former WBO light-welterweight champion Kendall Holt, still only 29-years-old, made an exciting return to winning ways on last night’s Bradley-Alexander under-card. “Rated R” landed a peach of a left hook to the jaw of journeyman Lenin Arroyo, sending the over-matched fighter down on his back hard in the very first round. The fight was over without the need of a full count. continue
By James Slater: Slowly but surely we are finding out who the world’s number-one light-welterweight is. Last night in Detroit, the unbeaten Tim Bradley remained that way with his technical points win over a disappointing Devon Alexander, and we now look ahead to an even bigger unification clash in the summer - between Bradley, now the WBO and WBC ruler, and Amir Khan, the WBA champ. continue
By Chris Acosta: This was a golden opportunity for boxing. And has been the case the last few years, the sport blew it big –time. As the early rounds flew by during the Timothy Bradley- Devon Alexander 140lb. unification match, I felt the nagging sense that it wasn’t going to get any better. And unfortunately I was right. The problems began when fellow nincompoops Gary Shaw and Don King decided to hold the event at the cavernous Pontiac Silverdome, a venue past its relevant prime and located in a city that was entrenched in economic straits long before the housing bubble was anywhere near bursting. We all knew that it wasn’t going to sell and that the promoters were driven by the financial gain of site fees and not the success of the event itself. But the politics of boxing were never controllable by the people anyway and so the best we could hope for was that we’d get a great fight that might rejuvenate some interest in boxing here in America.
Two, undefeated fighters with an equal desire for greatness has been a winning combination in the past so naturally, it made sense to apply that logic here. But it was evident from the outset that Alexander wasn’t willing to commit to an attack and that Bradley just can’t seem to understand that a three-punch combination doesn’t include his head. continue
By Paul Stauss: Devon Alexander said, "I've never been head butted like that before. He's got a big head!". The butt Devon referred to occurred at the beginning of the tenth round.The clash was to the left side of both fighters' heads. Ironically, it was Bradley who came away with a lump and a cut. Bradley didn't squint or grimace at all. But, Alexander had already sustained a cut above his right eye from a butt that occurred earlier in the fight. Intially, it was somewhat confusing as to whether he sustained more damage to that eye.
In fact it was confusing to everyone, including the ringside physician, as to why Alexander was claiming he couldn't see? He kept squinting both eyes shut, and at the same time swearing and complaining that it hurt. The physican asked again, "If he could see?" and Alexander responded in the same way, which implied that he couldn't see and that he did not want to continue. As a result, the fight was stopped because of an accidental head butt, and the fight went to the score cards, which resulted in a unanimous technical decision for Bradley and both the WBC and WBO junior welter titles. continue
Travis Dickinson made Prizefighter a family affair on Saturday, claiming the Light Heavyweights II title in a dramatic night at London’s Olympia to join brother Jon-Lewis as a Prizefighter champion, live in 3D on Sky Sports. continue
Find A Dream—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that reaches out to community children and provides them a healthy channel to find and work towards fulfilling a dream—has recently announced that they have added celebrity trainer Rob Garcia to their team. continue
By Ken Neir: Unbeaten middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 30 KOs) defeated the light-hitting smaller junior middleweight Billy Lyell (22-9, 4 KO's) by a ten round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Estadio Banorte in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The final judges' scores were 99-92, 96-94, 98-92. Chavez Jr. will now face WBC appointed middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik next. The WBC recently moved the dangerous Sergio Martinez out of the way and made Zbik the champion.
Scottish and Irish boxing fans on the East Coast of America are gearing up for their Fight of the Year as Holywood-based, Edinburgh middleweight Craig McEwan takes on Limerick's Andy Lee at the Foxwoods Caino, Connecticut on 12th March. The fight ,which is being billed by top promoter Lou Di Bello as the ‘Celtic War’, is effectively a world title eliminator. Connecticut is deep in the heart of Irish America and it is likely that Lee’s countrymen will greatly outnumber Scottish fans on the night. However McEwan, who likes to fight as the underdog, will not be fazed by this. continue
by Rick Pineda: Fernando "El Feroz" Vargas former world junior middleweight champion has been honored in Las Vegas, Nevada as the 50th person to be enshrined on the World Famous Las Vegas Walk of Fame and the first Boxer to get the 200 lbs granite star which was set in the sidewalk in front of the New York, New York hotel and casino this morning. Vargas also announced his comeback fight after a three year layoff. continue
By James Slater: Fernando Vargas, last seen losing a catch weight fight with Ricardo Mayorga in 2007, will fight again this spring. The 33-year-old former IBF light-middleweight champ will meet Henry Buchanan at super-middleweight in Las Vegas on April 16th. continue
Realistically, do you think Juan Manuel Lopez would stand a chance if he was to fight Andre Berto? The Weight difference is roughly 21 pounds.
What do you think would happen if Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan or Devon Alexander were to be matched with any of the top ten middleweight contenders? This weight difference would be roughly 20 pounds. continue
By James Slater: If anyone thought the loss Argentine banger Marcos Maidana suffered against Amir Khan last year would in any way dampen his desire, they should think again. The 27-year-old, who lost a close decision to the WBA 140-pound champ, came out and asked for a rematch; convinced as he is that he can beat Khan. But now, in talking to Fightnews, Maidana has said he realizes Khan will never agree to fight him again and that he has “moved on” as a result. continue
By Joe Brown: The abuse hurled by many fans at the WBA Heavyweight Champion is totally over the top. This is a fighter who started boxing aged 10 at the old school Fitzroy Lodge, London. He represented England and fought in World Amateur events, winning a silver medal. Over a nine year professional career he has a record of 25 wins in 26 fights. continue
San Diego, CA (January 28) - Golden Boy Promotions and TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" returned to San Diego, Calif. with an explosive six-bout card from the Four Points Sheraton Hotel tonight. If you missed the live action or televised broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
By Paul Strauss: Joey Abell faced big hurdles going into tonight's fight at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. First of all, it was in his opponent Chris Arreola's backyard. Secondly, Arreola's presents one of the best chins in boxing. Unfortunately, the same is not true of Joey. Thirdly, Chris has faced big time pressure before, and Joey has not. Abell's main asset was the puncher's chance. But, often times that is overrated, which was the case tonight. continue
by Andrew Hall: The fight was a joke. The analysis for the Chris Arreola vs. Joey Abell fight tonight lasted longer than the fight it self. Where did they find the clown he fought? What was his name? Who really cares? He was landing some shots but only because Arreola wasn't throwing any punches. As soon as The Nightmare opened up, it was curtains. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 109th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with WBC junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs), who is scheduled to have a unification bout against WBO champion Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) this Saturday, January 29 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Alexander spoke about his upcoming fight, and also touched on various other topics, including Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Junior, and more! Here is what he had to say:
On what he expects in his upcoming unification fight against Timothy Bradley:
“I mean it’s going to be a good fight. It’s a battle of the unbeatens. I got a perfect record also, so we’re both going to come in there ready to rock and roll. It’s going to be a tremendous fight.”
On his training and preparations for the fight with Bradley:
“Training is going good. Training is good. We’re right on schedule and now we’re just finishing up the last little touches of training and we’re ready to rock and roll.”
On whether he is defended that his IBF title will not be on the line in this unification bout:
“Well yeah, I am because I figured I’d be undisputed after this fight with all of the belts, but things happen for a reason and I’m a firm believer that you just got to do what you got to do. You know I loved winning the belts. I’ve been training hard for those belts my whole life and at the end of the day I had to do what’s best for my career so they stripped me of the belt. Now I’m fighting for the WBO belt.” continue
Tense scenes between Saturday night’s line-up – limited tickets available on the door - Saturday night’s Prizefighter Light Heavyweights II live on Sky Sports 1, HD1 and 3D from Olympia, London promises to be a volatile affair after tensions ran high at today’s weigh-in. The fighters gathered in the venue for the weigh-in on Friday afternoon, and as the Sky Sports cameras rolled, it was clear that the contenders could hardly wait to fight for the trophy and £32,000. continue
By Mike Dunn - The heavyweight division has seen some dramatic changing of the guard through the years, particularly when a one-punch KO has been involved. The single-punch KO has been responsible for gaining the ownership of sport's richest crown a surprising number of times. Going back to 1897 when Bob Fitzsimmons ascended to the title with an expertly placed left hook to the solar plexus of Jim Corbett, the linear title has been wrested by one punch on at least five occasions.
Of those title bouts where fortune smiled upon the slugger, these three are the most electrifying:
1. Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott
This is far and away the most dramatic single-punch victory in the annals of the heavyweight division. The unbeaten Marciano challenged for Walcott's title on Sept. 23, 1952 in Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium (the same venue where Tunney decisioned Dempsey in the rain in September of 1926). continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) The Los Angeles Matadors will showcase their new home at the Avalon Hollywood Sunday night as they put their league-best record on the line against the Miami Gallos as the World Series of Boxing (WSB) continues on in its seventh week. Dubbed "Hollywood Fight Night," this has the potential to be a really exciting fight card with a stacked LA Matadors squad looking to cement their dominance in WSB Americas thus far, while the Gallos will be scrapping to stay in contention and erase the memories of a 5-0 defeat they suffered on Jan. 13 at the hand of the Matadors. The teams are 1-1 against one another having each won their home contests. The Gallos defeated the Matadors by a slim 3-2 margin back on November 23 in each team's season debut. continue
Team Khan is extremely disappointed with the recent press release sent out by Paul McCloskey’s promoter, Barry Hearn, accusing Amir Khan of using the Irish fighter to get a cheap title defence.
A substantial offer was put to McCloskey’s team that would have seen the Irishman receive up to three times the amount he has ever been paid for a fight. Mr McCloskey’s promoter asked for a purse over five times the amount he has ever received. continue
By James Slater - Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, who faces tough and determined Joey Abell tonight on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, promised us he’d rededicate himself to the training, conditioning and dedication aspects of his sport this year. In weighing in at his lightest weight in two-and-a-half years, “The Nightmare” seems to be keeping his word.
The 29-year-old stepped onto the scale and flexed his muscles for tonight’s rumble, and he surprised many by coming in at 249-pounds. The last time Arreola was this low was back in June 2008, for his winning fight with Chazz Witherspoon. Considering how the Mexican/American scaled as high as 263 for his Dec. 2009 fight with Brian Minto, it is good news that he has shed the pounds.
Arreola said recently that he knew he’d have to rededicate himself to his sport if he wants to make it all the way to the top, and he has obviously worked hard for the fight with Abell. Looking slimmer than we can recall seeing him, Arreola did appear to be in good condition at the weigh-in. The twice-beaten contender also made another key decision a few weeks ago: to hire the accomplished Ronnie Shields as his co-trainer. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 28 - A hit in his first fight in Puerto Rico last December, unbeaten lightweight prospect Michael "The Artist" Pérez returns to the island on Friday, February 4, to square off against Colorado's Marcos Herrera in the eight round main event of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" at the Coliseo Félix Méndez Acevedo in his father's hometown of Lares. continue
By Vivek Wallace: For the past six weeks, boxing has sat backseat to all other sports as action in the sweet science has been scarce at best. This weekend it all changes as the very deep 140lb jr. welterweight division presents a showdown that could ultimately decide who truly is best. Short of the U.K.'s Amir Khan, few others in the division factor into this argument, and when the headlines print the morning of Sunday, January 30th, one of the few remaining names will also be eliminated. As we prepare for this showdown, today, we take a look at "Keys to Victory", "Four to Explore", and an "Official Prediction":
TIMOTHY BRADLEY - KEYS TO VICTORY
For most in the sport, keys to victory begin on the offensive end, but for the young Timothy Bradley, things take on a different path. Anyone who has ever watched Bradley knows that his ever-beating heart is easily his most prized possession. The defensive end remains by far his most compromised attribute. Not-so-great footwork and looping punches leave him open for harm that could very well be the deciding factor in a showdown of this magnitude. continue
This Saturday, January 29, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, popular multiple-time world champion James "Lights Out" Toney (72-6-3, 44 KOs) will present the trophy to the winners of Saturday's Sunshine Millions Turf horse race on behalf of San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.
The former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion will also be available to meet fans and sign autographs. continue
By James Slater: Now that he has a guaranteed September date with one of the two Klitschko brothers (probably Wladimir), Poland’s Tomasz Adamek has forgotten all about Samuel Peter. At one time, “Goral” looked like facing the former WBC heavyweight champ on April 16th, in an elimination bout with the winner to get a shot at Klitschko. But now, with a September date with one of the two siblings assured, Adamek has opted to take on a much “safer” opponent on April 16th.
The 34-year-old will now face Irish big man Kevin McBride, and the fight, originally set for Poland, will now go ahead in Newark, New Jersey - the site of many of the former 175 and 200-pound champion’s bouts. This news is courtesy of Polish web site thenews.pl.
So, McBride, who is famous for beating up what was left of Mike Tyson the fighter in 2005, will get himself one more big opportunity. continue
DETROIT—The final press conference for “The Super Fight” featuring undefeated 140-pound world champions Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs), from North Palm Springs, Calif., and Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-0, 13 KOs), from St. Louis, was held today at the Motor City Casino in Detroit. This world championship unification match will take place on Saturday at the Silverdome in Pontiac (HBO 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). continue
(SOUTHHAVEN, Miss.) With a 3-2 win Thursday night, it is safe to say that the Mexico City Guerreros might just have the Memphis Force's number in inaugural season of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) as they once again went on the road and grabbed the victory.
With 5-0 wins in each of the team's first two meetings, the Guerreros were hoping for more of the same as the two teams dueled at the DeSoto Civic Center, but tonight the Force exhibited a fight that had been missing in five of their first six contests. But a close split decision victory in the light heavyweight decision would decide each team's fate in the end. continue
By Joseph Herron: This list was surprisingly difficult to make. I had forgotten how many truly great fights we’ve seen over the past eleven years. I felt bad leaving out fights such as Freitas/Barrios, Taylor/Pavlik I, Pavlik/Miranda, Vasquez/Marquez I & II, Klitschko/Lewis, Taylor/Wright, Calzaghe/Kessler, Sithchatchawal/ Monshipour, Pacquiao/JMM I & II, Ward/ Augustus, Adamek/Briggs I & II, Johnson/Tarver I, Taylor/Froch, Pascal/Diaconu and De La Hoya/ Vargas. Oh well, I guess this opening serves as an “honorable mention”. The variables I used to separate the fights that made the list, were the amount of action, skill level, significance in the sport, and impact on the fighters’ careers. Btw, Margarito/Cotto would have made my honorable mention but didn’t for the obvious reasons. (I guess this would be my dishonorable mention) Anyway, here you go…enjoy!!
1. Corrales/Castillo I, May 2005
Because Floyd Mayweather had moved up to Jr Welterweight, a tournament between the four best lightweight fighters would decide who the king of the Lightweight Division would be. continue
By John Wight: Boxing is a sport whose history is littered with so many legendary figures, each with an life rich in drama, tragedy and personal struggle, that it is almost impossible to decide which among those greats of the past deserves the accolade of a movie exploring their life.
Indeed the boxing movie has long commanded a genre of its own, giving us some classic and iconic films that remain timeless and which have starred some equally iconic actors. In the 1950s two classic boxing movies set the standard for the genre. Requiem for a Heavyweight starred Anthony Quinn as the fictional character of Harlan ‘Mountain’ McLintock, a washed up heavyweight who finds redemption away from the ring. The original TV version starred Jack Palance in the title role, whilst a later British television adaptation made the name of a young Scottish actor by the name of Sean Connery. continue
Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker has joined Zab Judah's training camp to help Zab prepare for his upcoming title fight against Kaizer Mabuza.
Judah was frequently compared to fellow southpaw, Whitaker, who was also promoted by Main Events. Whitaker had this to say: "It's the beginning stages, but I am very impressed. I'm impressed with his work ethic. We're working twice a day. I see the change in Zab, he's changed a lot. I remember how his camps used to be, a lot of people around making noise, hollering and screaming. That doesn't happen anymore. He's much more focused."
"I'm putting Zab in school again and he's learning it all over again. I'm here to teach and I'm not playing around with him. Zab's got all the skills in the world, we just got to bring them out, get rid of all the bad habits.. continue
TORONTO, ON – (JANUARY 27, 2011) On February 19th, titles, bragging rights, and careers will be on the line at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre, in a card being called one of the most important in recent Canadian boxing history. continue
“Like most boxers, I have great respect for the champions who have come before me. Since I was 7, I have known that boxing is what I wanted to for my career. I have been soaking up the history of the sport since then. continue
Junior welterweight power puncher Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19 KOs) remains hopeful that someone on Amir Khan's team will finally convince their young champion to do the right thing. Prescott says that instead of squabbling about purses and trying to convince unknown fighters to face him for lousy money in a forgettable fight, Khan should give fans the world over what they're overwhelmingly asking for - Prescott vs. Khan II.
"Is he really so unconcerned about his legacy and reputation that he'll continue this sad campaign to shame unknown fighters into the ring with him for chump change? Does he read what the boxing world is saying about what he's doing?"
Khan's latest opponent, Marcos Maidana, recently put out a press release about claims that potential foes are pricing themselves out of fighting Khan. "...he always has the money excuse prepared to be thrown out in case boxing fans and TV networks pressure him to face big challenges," Maidana said. continue
Paul McCloskey’s promoter Barry Hearn accused Amir Khan of using his fighter to get a cheap World title defence after closing the book on their deal to fight in Manchester.
McCloskey and Khan were in negotiations to fight for Amir’s WBA Light-Welterweight belt at the MEN Arena on April 16 but with both parties failing to agree on terms for the fight, the 31 year-old will now turn his attention to his next fight. continue
DETROIT—Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns was at Kronk Gym in Detroit yesterday and today (Tuesday and Wednesday) for fighter media workouts before Saturday’s world championship unification at the nearby Silverdome in Pontiac between undefeated 140-pound world champions Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs), from North Palm Springs, Calif., and Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-0, 13 KOs), from St. Louis.
Bradley, who is the World Boxing Organization junior welterweight champion, said after yesterday’s workout that the bigger the challenge, the better for him.
“I love to take risks,” Bradley said. “That’s what this fight is all about. To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. It’s time. He’s the only one who would fight me. Promoters need to start taking the same risk fighters take in the ring, putting the best against the best. continue
GM Ross - The long time Sackville, New Brunswick, boxer and trainer Bob Edgett is in need of a new facility. According to Wallie Sears of the Sackville Tribune Post, “It is hoped the planned project – a brand new and modern facility – will be constructed where young men and women may go to not only learn the "manly art of self defense" but where minds will be shaped along with bodies.” To fund the project the public will be called upon for assistance in a “far flung fundraising effort.” After sixty years of dedicated service to boxing and the community Mr. Edgett should have little trouble finding support. I personally had some of my earliest boxing experiences at Bob Edgett’s Club and would like to take this opportunity to share these with our dedicated readers. continue
By James Slater - As dominant as he is and as on the top of his game as he is, WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko has spoken about his retirement from the sport. And the 39-year-old who will hit the big 4 0 in July, says his final fight is not that far away.
Remarkably fit and strong for a man of almost 40-years-old, “Dr. Iron Fist” could, in all likelihood, carry on beating people up for a few more years at the very least. But the elder of the two all-conquering boxing brothers is concerned with getting out at the right time; of leaving the game on top. Vitali, in speaking with German paper BILD, spoke of how other fighters (and sportsmen from other fields) have hung around too long and left their chosen sport either with a loss or a poor performance. continue
By James Slater - 32-year-old Ronald Hearns, son of course of the legendary Thomas Hearns, gets his first shot at a world title next month. On Feb. 19th in Germany, Ronald, as softly spoken but also fiercely determined as his father was, will take on the accomplished Felix Sturm. At stake will be the 31-year-old German’s WBA 160-pound belt.
Currently 26-1(20), “The Chosen One” is intent on giving his best and making it to 27-1 as he brings the belt back home. Never one for boastful comments or trash-talking of any kind, Ronald was his usual calm and confident self when I called him earlier today.
Very kindly taking a short break from training, Hearns had the following answers to my questions continue
Interim WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly has told rival and full title-holder Jurgen Braehmer not to do a "Sven Ottke" by avoiding to fight him.
Cleverly is referring to when German Ottke was IBF/WBA World Super-Middleweight Champion and he relentlessly ducked a unification showdown against WBO Champion Joe Calzaghe and retired without facing him. continue
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (Jan. 27, 2011) – “Irish” Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, the inspirations behind the hit movie, “The Fighter,” will take part in a Q&A session Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Mohegan Sun to kick off the first of three open workouts hosted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports. Ward, the former WBU light welterweight champion, and Eklund, Ward’s half-brother and a former welterweight from Lowell, Mass., who went the distance with “Sugar” Ray Leonard in 1978, will answer questions from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and sign autographs until 7 before Sean Eklund – Dicky Eklund’s nephew – and Vladine Biosse participate in a two-hour open workout session. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 109th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs), who is scheduled to challenge IBF/WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) on April 30 in Germany. Chisora spoke about his upcoming fight and talked about his career. He also touched on a variety of other topics including Manny Pacquiao, David Haye, Joe Calzaghe, and more! Here is some of what he had to say:
On how he feels about the opportunity to face Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight title:
“Yeah, you know I’m excited about the fight. I look at it as a rematch because Wladimir pulled out in the last minute. This is back on like in April. That’s a very big day for Great Britain because that’s when the royal wedding is on and I’m fighting for the world title.”
On what he feels he needs to do to dethrone Wladimir Klitschko:
“You know Wladimir’s beatable. In the past there has never been any very good heavyweights in the past six years or great fighters. Wladimir is very beatable. he’s there for the taking and I’m that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to take it to him and I’m excited to fight the guy. He’s got really good hand speed, but I’m faster than him and I move a lot and I’m 27 and I’m young, and he’s 35.” continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (January 27, 2011) – Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound box office attraction and the Fighter of the Decade, MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, returns to the Fight Capital of the World for the first time since 2009 when he defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against three-division world champion and future Hall of Famer “Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY (46-6-1, 39 KOs), of Pomona, Calif. Pacquiao vs. Mosley erupts on Saturday, May 7 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
This Friday night’s January 28th card marks the 13th anniversary of 8 Count Productions presenting monthly professional boxing cards in the Chicago area. The first 8 Count Productions event was held on February 20, 1998 at the Park West Theatre on the Near North side of Chicago and was headlined by contenders Rocky Martinez and Mike Garcia in separate bouts. Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions reports that advance sales are among the highest they’ve ever been. “These are the biggest numbers we’ve seen in Chicago with the exception of Diaz/Morales in 2007 and Vargas/Castillejo in 2005. Chicago is absolutely a terrific fight town and the fans are in for a sensational evening on Friday night.. continue
Former two-time world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, who spent 12 days in a German hospital after sustaining a wicked, 12-round beating at the powerful hands of current world champion Vitali Klitschko in October, is fighting back.
But, this time, the Brooklyn born and raised Briggs is not targeting an opponent in the ring.
Briggs claims that he has been a victim of a "ripoff" on two fronts by his former promoters and business partners, part and parcel of which includes documents in which his signature was "forged."
On Tuesday, Briggs filed a major lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, unjust enrichment and breach of contract against Gregory D. Cohen, Shelly Finkel and Barry Honig, and their boxing and entertainment promotional company, Empire Sports & Entertainment. continue
Las Vegas, NV- While Dmitry Pirog (17-0 14 ko’s) is slated to make his first middleweight title defense this March in Russia, Ishe Smith (22-5 20 ko’s) has made it clear he would be open and willing to traveling across seas to take on the WBO world champion. continue
Memphis, Tennessee (Wednesday, January 26, 2011) - Prize Fight in association with Global Boxing and Tecate present a stacked six bout card that is loaded with talent from top to bottom at the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, MS as it returns January 29th with it's latest installment of "Fights At The Fitz". "Fights At The Fitz" is a record breaking series that has showcased many of the top young fighters in the world today. World ranked fighters such as Fernando Guerrero, Shawn Porter, Lamont & Anthony Peterson and many more have see their careers blossom at "Fights At The Fitz". continue
Maybe Odlanier Solis’ first „shots“ landed long before his WBC heavyweight championship fight against Vitali Klitschko even started. In the last couple of weeks the Cuban mandatory challenger repeatedly criticized Klitschko’s lack of respect. At today’s first press conference for the March 19th showdown at Germany’s biggest indoor arena (Lanxess Arena) in Cologne Vitali actually showed a lot of respect for his next opponent. „I have fought a lot of strong opponents but I have never been in the ring with an Olympic gold medallist“, said Klitschko. „I expect a very tough and close fight against a very talented young boxer who comes to take the belt from me. I won’t let that happen though. I will show why I am the champion and defend my title.“
Solis didn’t look too impressed by the champion’s superior physique (Klitschko is 6 inches taller than his challenger). When asked how he feels going into the toughest fight of his profesional career so far against a true champion, „La Sombra“ just smiled and asked: „What makes you think that this will be my toughest fight? Can you tell me what makes a boxer a strong or superior boxer? So far all guys I fought had two arms and two legs. I would understand your question if I would fight an opponent with three fists for the first time...“ At least at the press conference Klitschko didn’t show up with a third arm. continue
VERONA, NY (January 26, 2011)—This Saturday night at the beautiful Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York, undefeated female featherweight, Amanda Serrano will look to “avenge” her only career blemish when she takes on Ela Nunez in a six round bout. continue
Undefeated, NABC Super Middleweight Champion, “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah (26-0-1) will be the MAIN EVENT at "Xtreme Fight Night" at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, OK on Friday, February 25, 2011. continue
By Kevin Wrigley: There are a few scheduled fights this year which have captured boxing fans attention such as Timothy Bradley vs. Devon Alexander and Wladmir Klitschko vs. Tomasz Adamak (which is as good as signed apparently). The first true super fight of the year is a clash between a boxer in most pound for pound lists and the other has been knocking on it for a while. This is the fight between Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel. Before I look into this I think it would be prudent to look into Donaire’s last few years inside of the boxing ring.
Despite having a strong amateur career Donaire (currently at 25-1, 17 by KO) did not turn pro with that much fanfare. Indeed he would not have been on most boxing fans radars until he signed to fight IBF and IBO reigning flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in 2007. Donaire took it upon himself to hurt the man who had previously beaten his brother (Glen Donaire) and that was what the fight seemed too hyped around. Donaire surprised the fans and the bookmakers with a perfect textbook left hook in the 5th round which sent Darchinyan to the floor. continue
Chicago Illinois (January 26th 2011) People's Champ Boxing (PCB) is very proud to have signed Sande Otieno of Nairobi, Kenya to an exclusive promotional contract. Mike Leanardi, CEO of PCB, announced the signing early Wednesday morning saying; "Whenever you can lock in someone as talented as Sande Otieno, you never hesitate a second to think about it". Leanardi went on to say that he believes Otieno's future is looking very bright and looks forward to working with manager David Kotei to ensure Otieno's quest for a world title shot becomes a reality. continue
Los Angeles, CA (January 26, 2011) - Twenty-Six knockouts in his 27 wins would qualify calling Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) a "Knockout Artist." This Friday night, the "Knockout Artist" looks to make a big heavyweight statement when he takes on his toughest and most notable opponent of his career in world-rated contender Cristobal "The Nightmare" Arreola at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. The scheduled 10-round co-main event will be televised on ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights." continue
By James Slater - It has been confirmed that Poland’s Tomasz Adamek, already a former champion at light-heavyweight and cruiserweight, will have the chance to make his heavyweight dream come true in his homeland this September. “Goral,” who will still go ahead with his April 16th bout (against a TBA, perhaps Hasim Rahman according to a number of sources), will challenge either Ring magazine, IBF and WBO ruler Wladimir Klitschko in September, or WBC king Vitali.
According to an article on Fightnews, the decision as to which brother Adamek will face in September will be made in the coming weeks. Reportedly, Adamek will fight Wladimir if Vitali loses to Odlanier Solis in March, or he will challenge Vitali if Wladimir loses to Dereck Chisora in April. If both brothers win (as most experts and fans think will be the case), the Klitschkos will have the final decision and will decide between each other who defends against the tough and talented Pole who is unbeaten as a heavyweight. continue
By Kevin Wrigley: 2010 solidified Saul Alvarez as one of the hottest prospects in the boxing game at the moment. Golden Boy Promotions did a good job in putting him on big shows be it him facing of against Jose Miguel Cotto on the Mayweather-Mosley under card (won via 9th round TKO) or being on the Mosley-Mora show (6th round stoppage of Carlos Baldomir). They have not made any mistakes with him yet on the part of Golden Boy, as they did with the talented Danny Jacobs and Victor Ortiz, which has meant that Alvarez has racked up a impressive 35-0-1 (26 KO’s) since he turned professional in 2005. continue
(DUBLIN, CALIF.) – Reigning WBA Super Middleweight World Champion and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (Dublin, Calif.) will take his talents to the broadcast table on Sunday to provide expert commentary on the World Series of Boxing (WSB) match-up between the Los Angeles Matadors and Miami Gallos. He will enjoy the rare opportunity to commentate the bout of his former Olympic teammate and current LA Matador, Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) in Sunday’s action.
Ward will join Alan Massengale at ringside to share his expert insight on the battle between the WSB Americas’ top squad, the Matadors and the visiting Gallos at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. The event will air on Versus on Tuesday, February 8 at 9 p.m. PT/12 a.m. ET.
Ward, who is awaiting his match-up with Arthur Abraham in the semifinal round of the SHOWTIME Super Six Super World Boxing Classic, looks forward to showcasing a new set of skills to his growing fan base. continue
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (January 26, 2011) Former professional boxing world champion Jeff Lacy has released a statement on the terrible tragedy that struck the St. Petersburg, Florida community this past Monday. Lacy’s older brother Hydra Lacy Jr, was involved in a shootout with police in which St. Petersburg Police Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Office Jeffrey Yaslowitz were killed. Hydra Lacy Jr. also died during the shootout. Police in St. Petersburg had been looking for Hydra Lacy, Jr. since November after he skipped out on a trial for a 2009 domestic violence charge. The 33 year old Jeff Lacy is a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg. He had left Florida two days prior to Monday’s tragedy for a previously scheduled surgical procedure and will be returning as soon as his doctor clears him to fly. continue
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 26, 2011) – 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist Kevin Barry is training a unique, talented quartet of boxers from Kazakhstan, featuring World Boxing Association - WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov, and Uzbekistan out of his gym, Team Barry Boxing, in Henderson, Nevada. continue
Steve Cunningham (23-2, 12 KOs) will make a first defence of his IBF Cruiserweight Title in Mulheim, Germany on February 12 when he takes on mandatory challenger Enad Licina (19-2, 10 KOs). The clash was originally scheduled for January 22 but had to be postponed after IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester caught a virus infection, forcing Team Sauerland to cancel the entire card in Neubrandenburg. In the main event in Mulheim, Cuban cruiserweight sensation Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) will challenge WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius (21-1, 12 KOs).
Cunningham has returned to Philadelphia to continue his preparation. “The small delay is no problem for me,” the 34-year-old stated. “I will be in top shape. I think Licina is a good fighter. He is not to be underestimated, and he will not. He is the number one contender, this is a serious level of boxing and I take him and this fight very serious.. continue
Former heavyweight challenger Chris Arreola (29-2, 25 KOs, World Boxing Council (WBC) #5, IBF #7), who slugged it out with Vitali Klitschko for the world title 16 months ago, and undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Dallas Jr. (17-0-1, 7 KOs, WBC #21) are featured in scheduled 10-round, co-main events on ESPN's Friday Night Fights at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on ESPN2. The card is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. continue
By James Slater: Not long to go now until the first big, big fight of the year. This Saturday in Detroit, the unbeaten 140-pound duo that is Timothy Bradley (the WBO champ) and Devon Alexander (the WBC champ) will collide in a fascinating, “pick ‘em” unification match-up. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 26, 2011)—Showtime Networks Inc. and CBS have joined forces with Top Rank, Inc. to promote, produce and distribute the biggest boxing event of the year—the May 7th showdown between global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, it was jointly announced by Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®, and Bob Arum, Top Rank CEO.
The agreement brings together Pacquiao, the top athlete and personality in the sport, with SHOWTIME, the fastest growing premium television network in the U.S., and its parent company CBS Corporation whose programming and media assets span network and local television, pay and basic cable, radio, outdoor and online.
The campaign will include the SHOWTIME Sports documentary series FIGHT CAMP 360° in preview of Pacquiao vs. Mosley. The top rated CBS Television Network will participate by broadcasting a primetime special of the show in April. continue
By James Slater: Now that the BBB of C have turned down 42-year-old Frans Botha as the February 19th opponent for the unbeaten Tyson Fury, the 22-year-old hope is looking elsewhere for someone to fight on the Wembley card. Whether or not the British Board did the right thing in disallowing the South African as Fury’s next opponent is a debatable subject in itself; but right now the main thing is finding someone for the 6’9” prospect to rumble with next month. continue
Essex fighter Billy Slate celebrated his 29th birthday yesterday (25 January) but said the champagne is ice until he lifts the Prizefighter Light Heavyweights II crown on Saturday in London live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 and in 3D for the first time. continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: As most fans already know Puerto Rican boxing star Miguel Cotto will be facing dangerous puncher Ricardo Mayorga from Nicaragua. This fight is scheduled to take place this upcoming March in Las Vegas. According to most boxing analysts and experts Miguel Cotto should come out of this fight victorious, with many saying he will stop the Nicaraguan brawler within the distance! When I initially herd about the fight I couldn’t have agreed more.
Simply put I was expecting a relatively easy win for Miguel. But as I started to think deeper about the fight the more I started to realize that this fight may not only be very competitive, but the possibilities of an upset may not be so farfetched after all. As the saying goes in boxing, “styles make fights” and only two fighters have managed to defeat Miguel Cotto. Those two fighters are obviously Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. The one thing Pacquiao and Margarito have in common is they both love to come forward and bring the pressure. continue
Streatham’s Leon ‘Solid’ Williams gets his first outing, under the Frank Maloney promotional banner, when he faces Blackpool based Slovakian Richard Turba at Brentwood Leisure Centre, Essex on Saturday 5th February 2011, on the undercard of Jamie Arthur vs Jason Booth Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title clash. continue
DENVER, CO (January 26, 2011) Lightweight contender “Red Hot” Robert Frankel heads to Chicago, IL this Friday night, January 28th, to battle former World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight Champion David Diaz in the ten round main event at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 15 at the UIC Pavilion. continue
By Charles C. White: This past Saturday, in drawing with 39 year old journeyman Charles Davis (now 19-21-3 with 4 ko’s), former heavyweight title challenger, Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett showed little of the skills that once carried him to multiple shots at the most coveted title in all of sports; the heavyweight championship of the world. In his fight prior to the draw with Davis, Barrett got another draw, this time a highly controversial draw, against fellow former heavyweight title challenger David Tua.
Most, if not all, thought that Barrett deserved the nod in this fight. Barrett was set to retire, win, lose, or draw after the Tua bout, but things didn’t pan out that way in the end, thus the fight with Davis. So what is the case with Barrett in the Tua fight? Did Barrett turn back the clock one last time to effectively dominate a comeback Tua, or is Tua on the slide and fading that quickly? A draw with a journeyman such as Davis doesn’t say much for where Barrett is at right now in his career, and the fact that Tua could not quickly dispose of Monte as he was anticipated to do by his fans says a lot about Tua has left as well. continue
Heavyweight destroyer Larry Olubamiwo is hoping for a blockbuster 2011 - and a clutch of titles. He'll begin his quest on February 19 at Bethnal Green's York Hall. The 32-year-old War Machine had his first fight for promoter Frank Warren last December in Liverpool with an eighth round stoppage of Paul Butlin, and now defends his Southern Area title against John McDermott. Tony Bellew headlines the card in a mouth-watering rematch against Ovill McKenzie, with the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles on the line, live on Sky Sports 1HD.
Meanwhile KO specialist Olubamiwo is aiming for a big win - and to steal the show. continue
HBO Sports kicks off the 2011 boxing season with a highly anticipated junior welterweight title slugfest when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: DEVON ALEXANDER VS. TIMOTHY BRADLEY is presented live SATURDAY, JAN. 29 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., exclusively on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward will be ringside for all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
by Brendan George: World rated Australian heavyweight Alex Leapai 21-3-3, (16 KOs) has put his hand up to take on unbeaten Tyson Fury on February 19th in Wembley Arena after the British boxing board of control has refused to sanction the fight between Fury and Botha. “I would love to take this fight on, Fury is a good fighter and I’m happy to go to his town to make this fight happen,” stated Leapai.
Leapai, who is the current WBO # 13 and former OPBF and interim WBO Oriental heavyweight title winner had a busy 2010 where he beat Bob Mirovic (KO1), Travis Walker (KO 4), Owen Beck (KO 6) and Darnell Wilson (WP 8). “Alex had a big year in 2010 and he is ready to go overseas and take on the big fights this year and I can’t think of a better start than to go to the UK and fight Tyson Fury at home,” noted Leapai’s trainer Noel Thornberry. When asked if he thought Fury would consider Leapai as an opponent Thornberry stated “ they are going to need a credible fighter on short notice, Alex had some great wins last year, he’s world rated and ready to go, I guess only time will tell if they take the fight.. continue
Team Salita and Marks JCH of Bensonhurst are excited to present Dmitriy Salita Boxing Academy. The program was personally developed and designed by Dmitriy through his extensive experience and training with some of the best boxers and trainers in the world. It combines time proven methods to increase fitness, improve strength and teach self-defense through boxing. continue
LONDON (January 26, 2011) - Islington’s newest boxing star John “Gorilla” Ryder is looking forward to fulfilling a boyhood dream on Saturday 19th February. The Arsenal fan who made the switch to the pro ranks in September last year is relishing at the thought of making his Wembley Arena debut on the undercard of the Lenny Daws vs. Ashley Theophane and John O’Donnell vs. Craig Watson British title double header. continue
Tomasz Adamek will challenge one of the world champion Klitschko brothers in Poland in September. The final decision whether it will be World Boxing Council (WBC) Champion Vitali Klitschko or IBF/WBO/IBO Champion Wladimir will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Tomasz Adamek is 34 years-old and lives in New Jersey (USA). Adamek was a cruiserweight and light heavyweight champion before he moved up to the heavyweight division. He won all his five heavyweight bouts, amongst which were his strong performance against former world title challenger Chris Arreola. Adamek's fight record is 43 (38 KOs) wins in 44 fights with just one defeat.
Before the scheduled Adamek clash both Klitschkos will defend their titles. Vitali Klitschko fights WBC #1 ranked Odlanier Solis in Cologne (Germany) on March 19. His younger brother Wladimir will face off with British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora in Mannheim (Germany) on April 30. continue
London (Wednesday 26, Jan 2011) Haddenham’s Tornado Tyler Goodjohn, is looking to put his next opponent in a spin at Wembley Arena on Saturday 19th February when he appears on the undercard of the Lenny Daws vs. Ashley Theophane and John O’Donnell vs. Craig Watson, British title double header. continue
Ghana’s Ishmael Tetteh has promised to defeat 34 year old Puerto Rican Carlos Quintana when he faces the former world champion in a Junior Middleweight non-title fight at the Coliseo Pachin Vicens, Ponce, Puerto Rico on February 18. continue
Last night the Klitschko management and the camp of former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek confirmed that they have agreed on a title fight for September in Poland. Word is that Adamek’s opponent will most likely be Wladimir Klitschko while Vitali is also an opportunity to take on the Polish national hero.
"This is just another example for the Klitschko’s arrogance and the main reason why I despise them“, says Ahmet Oner. "Both Klitschkos have world title fights coming up and it’s a long, looooooong time until September. How can they make a deal that assumes that there are still world champions at that time? At best this is extremely disrespectful and bad style. I wonder what Dereck Chisora thinks about his opponent making deals to defend his titles against Adamek when he’s the challenger. How do they want to explain to anybody that Wladimir is taking Chisora serious? Why should anybody watch that fight? It’s ridiculous.. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghanaian boxer Joseph Laryea popularly called Mandigo is so assured of capturing the WBO Super Featherweight title, he has sent out a plea to many of his countrymen to sit glued to their television sets no matter their location, so they can watch him win the title when he fights Ricky Burns at Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom on the night of March 12. continue
By James Slater - With “The Fighter” movie based on the life of the legendarily-tough “Irish” Micky Ward currently enjoying rave reviews and healthy box office returns, there appears to be another boxing movie in the works. Proving that boxing will always be an interesting subject to film makers, a movie about the life of the great Roberto Duran is in the pre-production stage, with a release date targeted for 2012.
To be titled “Hands Of Stone,” the film will reportedly star Gael Garcia Bernal as Roberto Duran, and veteran movie legend Al Pacino as Duran’s trainer and corner-man Ray Arcel. According to various reports, the film will in large part focus on the Panamanian star’s fights with “Sugar” Ray Leonard, the second fight especially. continue
Cuban heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis arrived in Cologne, Germany, Monday morning for tomorrow’s press conference for his March 19th showdown against WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko.
"It’s time for a new chapter in heavyweight history“, says promoter Ahmet Oner. „Solis will end the Klitschko era and start his own legacy.“
For their "project world championship“ team Solis started training right away. Regardless of the transatlantic flight Solis and former Cuban national coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez already did two training session yesterday at "MayLife Boxing Club“. It was also the reunion of former Olympic gold medalist when Solis who won heavyweight gold in Athens 2004 met gym owner Torsten May, a 1992 light heavyweight Olympic champion. May has also known Pedro Diaz for a long time from several amateur training camps in Cuba. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 25 - Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) is pleased to congratulate Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Bill Caplan on their being named 2010 Boxing Writers Association of America award recipients for the Ali-Frazier Fight of the Year Award, the Bill Crawford Award for "Courage in Overcoming Adversity" and the Marvin Kohn "Good Guy" Award respectively. continue
Now that the BBBC has rejected Francois Botha as an opponent for you, I want to be the first to offer myself as an opponent for you. I’ve been hearing a lot of noise coming out of the UK about how tough you are how you are the future of boxing. So I say step up and prove yourself like a man. I can come to you on this short notice and we can get it on. Stop hiding behind your promoter and stop fighting those stiffs. Let’s see if you can earn yourself a title fight by beating the Kingpin” Kevin Johnson. I got my gloves, my trunks and my passport and I’m ready to travel. If you are scared, I understand. Just admit it and I’ll move on.
The consensus 2010 Fighter of the Year, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez is gearing up for another banner campaign in 2011. It all starts on March 12 when Martinez, the recognized champion at middleweight squares off with reigning World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) junior middleweight champion, Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The winner will walk away with the prestigious World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Diamond Championship at middleweight.
In the co-feature attraction, two of Western Europe’s best, and most exciting pugilists, Andy Lee of Ireland and Scotland’s Craig McEwan do battle in a ten round “Celtic War” in the middleweight division.
“Diamond Elite: Martinez vs. Dzinziruk” will be presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions. Lee vs. McEwan will be presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions. Both bouts will be broadcast live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT. continue
NEW YORK (January 25, 2011) – 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada, one of the most decorated amateur boxers of all-time, returns to the ring after nearly a full year’s absence due to foot surgery, Saturday night in his Boxing 360 debut against Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence in the 10-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Caribbean Boxing Federation heavyweight title, at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. continue
DOVER, Del. — Tickets are now on sale for the NABA Junior Welterweight Championship title bout on Friday, Feb. 25 in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Ticket prices range from a special “working man’s rate” of $30 to prime ringside seats at $125. Tickets are available now through VIP Services at 800-711-5882 or www.doverdowns.com/entertainment/boxing-friday-night-fights. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 108th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with heavyweight boxer Sherman ‘The Tank’ Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) who is coming off of a bout against Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs). The fight was stopped because of an accidental headbutt that resulted in a small cut over Holyfield’s eye. Williams spoke to us about that fight, talked about his career and future, and shared opinions on other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is some of what he had to say:
His views on his fight against Evander Holyfield which was ruled a no contest as the result of an accidental headbutt:
“I mean the fight was originally scheduled for November 5 and they moved it to the 9th and it became a circus, but I was mentally and spiritually strong and prepared and I had endured a lot in the fourteen months I had off. So to wait for a fight with a legend like Evander Holyfield was pretty much not a big deal for me. I was determined and I knew getting a victory over Evander would do a lot of good things for my career. The fight went as anticipated. I spent a lot of time training with John David David Jackson down in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We had pretty much a good bullet proof strategy on how to beat Evander Holyfield, and not just beat him but put a beating on him and knock him out. As everybody in the boxing world saw, Holyfield was pretty much out on his feet and he quit on his stool.” continue
Former World Champion, turned promoter, Graham Earl today hinted at the possibility of a rematch, between Portsmouth’s Paul Morby and Essex’s Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman, after their Southern Area Super Middleweight Title clash on Saturday being declared a draw by referee Jeff Hines. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 25 - RingTV, the media and digital division of the "Bible of Boxing" Ring Magazine has established an international television sales department with the goal of selling boxing content throughout the world, it was announced today by Richard Schaefer, CEO of Sports and Entertainment Publications (SEP), Ring's parent company. continue
Andy Lee, Irish Kronk middleweight fighter, currently ranked # 5 in the WBA and # 14 in the WBC rankings will now face Scotsman, Craig McEwan on March 12, in the chief supporting bout to Sergio Martinez - Sergei Dzinziruk WBC world middleweight clash at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States.
Lee (24w 18ko, 1l) had originally been scheduled to do battle with fellow Irishman, John Duddy. But following Duddy’s shock retirement announcement last week the unbeaten McEwan stepped in to fill the void.
The Ireland v Scotland ‘Celtic War’ between Lee and McEwan will be televised live by HBO and comes on the weekend before St Patrick’s Day. Lee expects a good turnout of Irish boxing fans at the Foxwoods Resort Casino arena to support him from across the East Coast of the US and from Ireland.
Craig McEwan, from Edinburgh, Scotland had a distinguished amateur career contesting in 376 amateur bouts and winning a host of international competitions including a bronze medal in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. While on a holiday in 2006 to California, McEwan spent some time training at the famous Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles and his boxing attributes soon came to the attention of world renowned trainer, Freddie Roach. Shortly afterwards, the talented Scotsman signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotion company and made his pro debut in September 2006. continue
Fight fans will get exclusive insight into the eight contenders in Saturday’s Prizefighter Light Heavyweights II event from London’s Olympia on tonight’s Sky Sports preview show ‘Prizefighter: Last Man Standing’, on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 at 6.30pm. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - (January 25, 2011) Welterweight prospect Joseph Judah (5-1, 1 KOs) has just been added to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Jr. Welterweight title fight card promoted by Main Events & Super Judah Promotions, on Saturday, March 5th at the Amerihealth Pavillion at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. continue
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) and Special Guest Correspondent Chauncy Welliver.
• Manny Pacquiao leaving HBO and going to Showtime for his upcoming match against Sugar Shane Mosley
• Floyd Mayweather Junior’s court date rescheduled for March 10 in his felony domestic violence case
• Evander Holyfield versus Sherman Williams being ruled a no contest after an accidental headbutt
• The surprising retirement of middleweight contender John Duddy
• Rumors that David Haye may possibly pursue a rematch with Jean Marc Mormeck due to Ruslan Chagaev's health issues
• Rumors that an expected rematch between David Tua and Monte Barret might not happen because of Barret's draw against Charles Davis
• David Lemieux signing to face Marco Antonio Rubio on the April 8 edition of Friday Night Fights
• Roger Mayweather pleading no contest to two misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine
• James Kirkland eyeing a March return to the ring after being released from prison continue
Eduard Gutknecht (19-1, 8 KOs) will make his first fight under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland on February 12 when he takes on Oleksandr Cherviak (9-1, 1 KO) in Mülheim, Germany. In the main event of the night, Yoan Pablo Hernandez challenges WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius. Gutknecht will be trained by eight-time German coach of the year Ulli Wegner and fight at light heavyweight. “I am looking forward to February 12,” Gutknecht said. “I had a very good start with Team Sauerland and can´t wait to show my potential in the ring.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week's 108th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with highly regarded boxing trainer Roger Mayweather, who is best known for training his nephew, Floyd Mayweather, Junior. During this episode there was a short segment which focused on heavyweight history, including the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, George Foreman, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that portion of the show:
GEOFFREY CIANI: Previously on our show you have criticized Muhammad Ali for not throwing body punches. I wanted to talk to you about heavyweight history a little bit and I wanted to start right off the bat, Muhammad Ali or Joe Louis? Who was the best heavyweight of all-time in your opinion?
ROGER MAYWEATHER: Well when you look at boxing, Ali is the greatest heavyweight ever. I'll tell you why. When you start talking about boxing mechanically and skill-wise, the guy who does everything is Joe Louis. He does it all. He's a skilled fighter. He's tough fighter. He'll set you up. I mean he does it all and he can punch with both hands. What Ali had, and remember Joe Louis was a small heavyweight. Joe Louis was a cruiserweight to me. When you start talking about heavyweights, he was a cruiserweight. But Ali was a big guy at that time and he had tremendous hand speed. That and he had good legs. Ali had good legs, had tremendous hand speed, and had a good chin. But you got to understand as Ali fought, once his legs started to go that's why he's got what he's got right now, because he laid on the ropes. If you're letting the guy hit you, and you're letting the guy hit you, and you're letting the guy hit you, what does that tell you? That's how he got deteriorated, because he was doing the rope-a-dope. I mean boxing ain't for nobody to sit there and get hit upside the head all of the time. It took something away from him once he lost his legs. One thing Ali did have and I can say this, he had a tremendous chin. He fought the best punchers in the sport of boxing: Ernest Shavers, Ken Norton, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, and he prevailed. So regardless of the fact that when he lost his legs he reduced himself to doing the rope-a-dope and what the rope-a-dope has done for him is gotten him where's he's at. When I say 'got him where he's at' I'm talking in terms of being the way he is. That's the product of getting hit. That's where it comes from. I know. That's what Freddie Roach has got, too, the same thing, Parkinson's. That comes from being hit. Ali had a tremendous chin, but I guess you have to pay a price in the sport of boxing. Everybody pays the price, especially the fighter. It's all a part of the game. continue
CHESTER, PA (JANUARY 24, 2011)—In what was the first ever boxing event inside the walls of casino in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Joey Eye Boxing Promotions in association with David Feldman put on a show to remember for the capacity crowd at Harrah’s in Chester. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “I can officially announce that Monday evening I signed the contract to fight Wladimir Klitschko in September, in Poland for a heavyweight championship fight,” said Tomasz Adamek” – Fightnews.com. continue
By Kevin L. Johnston: At the Pontiac Silverdome this Saturday one of my favorite fighters, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, squares off in a battle against up and comer Devon Alexander “The Great.” On the line will be the WBO and WBC light welterweight titles, and perhaps more importantly, pride. Both fighters are undefeated and looking to stake their claim as ruler of the 140 lb division. The winner of this fight might be in line for a huge pay day against Amir Khan, or possibly even pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao.
Pac Man’s team recently made it clear that Manny will no longer be moving up in weight, so any top contender in the 140-147 pound range is fair game. The winner of the Bradley-Alexander fight could land a mega PPV fight with either of the aforementioned pugilists, both of whom have huge followings which generally equates to glorious PPV numbers.
So how will this fight pan out and who appears to have the edge? Personally, I love Bradley’s style even though he probably doesn’t appeal to most casual boxing fans. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: It seems to me, that there are always as many opinions as there are people. Some see this as a bad thing; it may create more confusion as those with limited interest and knowledge add to the pool of names, numbers and picks. I on the other hand welcome everyone’s word, due to the fact that more people equal a better and more precise average. continue
By Jaime Estades: El Nuevo Dia Newspaper of Puerto Rico recently reported that Emanuel Steward, Miguel Cotto’s current trainer, stated that Miguel has fought his main fights against Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, and Manny Pacquiao with practically one arm. Seven years ago, Cotto injured his right shoulder in a car accident while traveling to jog at El Morro Castle in Puerto Rico. continue
By James Slater- Floyd Mayweather Junior continues to make the news; mostly outside of the boxing ring. Minutes ago, news broke of how the 33-year-old superstar was in attendance at Las Vegas Justice Court - there because of the eight misdemeanour and felony charges that stem from his alleged dispute with girlfriend and mother of two of his three children, Josie Harris in September.
Mayweather’s attorney today asked for a continuance of the case, and the judge agreed, resetting the trial for March 10th.
From a purely boxing standpoint, it now looks unlikely that Mayweather will be in any condition to fight again in the early to middle part of this year, if at all in 2010. With all the legal issues on his mind (Mayweather, according to The Las Vegas Sun, will be back in court for the misdemeanour battery charge involving a Las Vegas security guard, in February), the last thing “Money” is calling an important issue is improving on his 41-0 fight record. continue
By Jaime Estades: The invictus Puerto Rican champion had a perfect record of 32 consecutive KOs, most of which were won with relative ease. He was the first expression of invincibility on the island in a long time, perhaps ever. No one embodied the expression “yes we can” to his people more than this boxer. The gods blessed him with an abundant talent in defense, reflexes, speed, accurate aim, and overwhelming power on every punch. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2011) – Undefeated featherweight prospect and former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco will look to take another giant step towards challenging for a world title in 2011 when he takes on veteran Leonilo Miranda in a 10-round bout to kick off an impressive run of boxing on SHOWTIME on Friday, Feb. 4 LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). continue
TORONTO, ON – (January 24, 2011) NABA Lightweight champion Logan Cotton McGuinness (13-0-1, 6 KO’s) will face the sternest test of his young career when he steps into the ring to defend his title against hard hitting Dominican Hector Julio Avila (47-5, 42 KO’s) in the main event of the stacked February 19th card at the Hershey Centre, in Mississauga, ON. continue
Orange, CA (January 24, 2011) - In less than a week Thompson Boxing Promotions' Super Lightweight Josesito Lopez (28-3, 16KOs) will take on Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-0-1, 7KOs) for the vacant NABF Super Lightweight title as the opener of the January 28 Arreola-Abell ESPN Friday Night Fight card that will emanate from Pechanga Resort and Casino. continue
Sitting in the dressing room before his fight on Saturday night at the Hollywood Casino in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, against former world title challenger Will "Kid Fire" McIntyre, light heavyweight contender Blake Prevost (16-2-1, 5 KOs) faced a hostile, sold-out crowd and an opponent who thought he made for a perfect comeback foil. continue
On Friday, February 11th, Star Boxing's welterweight contender Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez (21-3, 12KO's) will cross over the border and enter into foreign soil when he takes on Canada's Antonin Decarie (24-1, 7KO's) at the spectacular Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The bout, scheduled for ten rounds, will headline that week's ESPN "Friday Night Fights". Alvarez-Decarie marks the return of Groupe Yvon Michel's highly regarded FAST AND FURIOUS boxing series, and is presented by the Casino de Montreal in collaboration with Videotron, and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. continue
Inspirations: “My mom has been a great inspiration to me because she raised 13 kids with practically nothing but determination and hard work. She has been one of my best role models. She always taught me to reach for what I want to achieve. I always looked up to her because she got all of us clothed and fed and kept us safe. When I look back now as a young man, it’s an amazing thing to look back at what she was able to accomplish. continue
SCOTT QUIGG has spent £4000 of his own money in order to spend three weeks training at. The World Boxing Association (WBA) intercontinental super-bantamweight is currently enjoying his second trip to the Los Angeles gym that also house the world’s top fighter Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. continue
By James Slater - Adam Booth, the trainer and manager of WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye, is searching as we speak for the next suitable challenger for his man. Now that a fight with Wladimir Klitschko is “dead in the water,” and a fight with Wlad’s big brother Vitali not looking too promising either, Booth has been scanning the WBA rankings to see who will be next in line for Haye, when he fights again, probably in May.
Ruslan Chagaev was thought to be the guy, as he is Haye’s mandatory, but Booth, in checking out the former WBA champ’s current health, has come away thinking the fight will be “impossible” to make. Due to the Hepatitis B Chagaev reportedly suffers from, he will not be going in the ring with “The Hayemaker,” either in May or at any other time. continue
Cedrick H. (Atlanta, GA): Don King recently said that he will consider putting Devon Alexander in the ring with Floyd Mayweather jr. if Alexander wins against Bradley. I know you've said that Khan isn't ready yet, but you've talked about Alexander showings glimpses of a "still green" Mayweather (from his early days), so do you think this would be an intriguing match-up with either he or Bradley against Mayweather? continue
By Trish Kilcullen & Peter Heintzelman: Ready for another comeback? Try Jose Antonio Rivera. The Pride of Worcester, Massachusetts. 37-year-old former WBA World Light Middleweight Champion, and former WBA World Welterweight Champion. Born of Philly, Rivera migrated as a teen, North to Worcester, Massachusetts. continue
By Jason Peck: Sergio Martinez had barely been crowned as middleweight champion before his belts were taken away. First came the WBO middleweight title, declared vacant and later won by the underrated Russian Dmitry Pirog. Soon afterward, Martinez’s WBC title was stripped as well and given to interim title-holder Sebastian Zbik. And of course, fans cry foul at the injustice Martinez must suffer. continue
Heavyweight contender, and former world title challenger, Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson improved to (24-1-1, 10KO's) dominating 7'1", 300 lb. Julius "Towering Inferno" Long (15-15, 13KO's) over eight rounds on the undercard of Saturday night's Pay Per View "Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now" card, headlined by Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28KO's) defending his WBF Heavyweight Title against Sherman Williams (34-11-2, 19KO's) at The Greenbrier's Colonial Hall in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: Former WBU Lightweight Champion, turned promoter, Graham Earl promised closely matched, exciting fights on his return to York Hall on Saturday night with his ‘Capital Punishment’ event. Being a man of his word, that’s just what Graham delivered and much, much more. continue
New Brunswick, NJ (January 24, 2010) - Fast-rising super bantamweight Jorge Diaz (15-0, 9 KO) looks to make the jump from prospect to contender on March 26 when he faces Philadelphia's Teon Kennedy at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ for Kennedy's USBA super bantamweight title. continue
By James Slater - As fight fans know, Canadian power-puncher/red-hot prospect David Lemieux, 25-0(24) will meet Mexico’s experienced Marco Antonio Rubio in April, in a eliminator for the WBC middleweight crown. Lemieux, still only 22, has shown frightening punching power and as such most fans feel he will starch the 30-year-old former title challenger from Mexico. But Rubio, 49-5-1(42) can bang himself. Could we see an interesting, competitive fight on April 8th?
Rubio disappointed in his title challenge of Kelly Pavlik a couple of years ago, even appearing to freeze up mentally in his big chance. Since then, Rubio has won six in a row, and he has looked pretty good. As big a favourite as Lemieux is against him, the Canadian would be wise not to overlook Rubio. We have yet to see Lemiuex’s chin tested, and against Rubio he is definitely going in with his biggest-punching rival yet. continue
By James Slater - Fans have probably ready all about how last night’s headline bout in the “Redemption In America” card ended up as a disappointing 3rd-round No-Decision. The Evander Holyfield show rolls on despite the cut left eye he suffered from a head-clash in the 2nd-round against Sherman Williams, and Denmark’s Brian Nielsen looms for March.
But as bad as the main event was, how did the other heavyweights get on as they fought on the under-card last night? It was unfortunately a bad night for another veteran, as Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett could only manage a majority draw with the oft-beaten Charles Davis. Barrett, coming off that impressive 12-round draw with the hard-hitting David Tua, was deemed a two point loser at 77-75 on one card, while the two remaining officials both scored the fight level at 76-76. continue
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia (January 22, 2011) - Evander Holyfield: “I’m very disappointed. He fought the way he should have. He understood he would have his head low when he threw the overhand right. If I didn’t move back, we’d clash heads. It was to his advantage to get lower because he’s short. Being that short he had to fight that fight. He didn’t have to, he chose to.” continue
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia (January 22, 2011) – Tonight’s title fight between World Boxing Federation Heavyweight Champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams abruptly ended after three rounds due to a cut over Holyfield’s left eye that happened in the second round suffered in the second round. Holyfield was unable to continue after three and the fight was declared a no contest because the cut was caused by an accidental head butt and the fight didn’t go four rounds. continue
Undefeated junior middleweight prospect Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan (28-0, 17KOs) has been sparring tough at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California, as he prepares for a return to the ring in the near future. The Glendale, California, based fighter has been sparring with fellow undefeated prospects Craig McEwen (19-0, 10 KOs ) and Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (22-0, 16 KOs) the past few days. Martirosyan is very familiar with Craig McEwen, the middleweight from Scotland. continue
What happened last night to my fighter, former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Cop” Corley (36-16-1, 22 KOs), in Argentina against Lucas Matthysee (28-1, 26 KOs) was a travesty. He recently fought Marcus Maidana in Argentina and lost without any complaints, but last night was an outright injustice and another black eye for boxing. continue
by Craig Dowd: MENDOZA, ARGENTINA - DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley (37-16-1, 22 KO's) came into the ring Friday night carrying twin tomahawks on his back. With a blood red balaclava obscuring his chiseled features, he presented to the Argentinean crowd a crossed-arms 'X' as a priest would a Bible to a congregation, holding it out in front of his chest as if to deflect the imminent blows of unsavory spirits. The Washington D.C. native looked more like a poorly drawn comic book character than a menacing executioner, and the crowd at the Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni in Mendoza was not shy in expressing their disdain for Corley's theatrics. continue
By James Slater: Not since the fearsome Charles “Sonny” Liston had dispatched Floyd Patterson almost ten years earlier, had a heavyweight title challenger so quickly and brutally relieved a defending champion of his crown. continue
London (Saturday January 22, 2011). The UK and Ireland's unbeaten 6ft 9in heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury will face his toughest opponent to date when he takes on Former World title challenger Francois Botha over 10 rounds in a "Special Feature Fight" at Wembley Arena on Saturday 19th February. continue
By James Slater - Promoter Mick Hennessey has a big card set for Wembley Arena in London on Feb. 19th, with Lenny Daws defending his British light-welterweight title against Ashley Theopane and John O’Donnell and Craig Watson fighting in a rematch for the vacant British welterweight title. However, the fight that may wind up grabbing most of the attention next month is the ten-round “special attraction” fight that will take place up at heavyweight.
Unbeaten Tyson Fury will face his most experienced and well known opponent to date, as he will clash with South Africa’s Francois Botha. According to British Boxers.com and The Telegraph, the Emanuel Steward-trained hope will rumble with the man who has been in with the likes of Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer and Wladimir Klitschko. continue
By Kirill Davydov: In every interview I watch, and in every article I read, the outcome of this fight is the same. Everyone has The Pac Man walking away with another win, and his hand held high at the end of a successful night. Once again showing us why he is the biggest name in boxing today. But I believe that what we will see in reality will be furthest from this. I see it in reverse, where the aging veteran, Sugar Shane will walk away with the biggest upset in years, and once again regain the status as one of the most dangerous fighters in the division. This should come as no surprise to any die-hard boxing fans, as this is what boxing is all about. continue
By Kent Appel: Ever since the Marquess of Queensberry Rules that modern boxing is based on came into existence in the 1800s the gold standard or the brass ring of professional boxing has been for a fighter to become heavyweight champion of the world. continue
Mendoza, Argentina (January 21) - An explosive eight-bout card presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Arano Box Producciones from the Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni heated up an already hot summer night in Mendoza, Argentina. Tonight's event was televised on HBO Plus in Latin America and on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" in the United States. If you missed the live action or televised broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
by Geoffrey Ciani, photo by Susan L. Barnes - This week's 108th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius 'K9' Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs), who won the title back in August when he stopped Cory Spinks in five rounds. Bundrage spoke about his career, his future, and shared his views on other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is some of what he had to say:
On what it meant to him to become champion when he knocked Cory Spinks out last August:
"It was a wonderful feeling. The fight had gotten canceled three times so when I was on my way going into the ring, I couldn't believe I was actually about to fight for a world title. It was finally going to happen. My dreams were really going to come true. So when I got into the ring I had to say 'Hey, you got to be ready to fight man! Wake up!' I didn't want to think that I was still at home and end up losing the fight, so I had to wake myself up going to the ring because it was going to happen. It was actually going to happen."
On what it is like working with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward:
"I mean hands down he's the best trainer and one of the best managers of all-time. You can't lose with having Emanuel Steward in your corner. I mean look at what he has done. I mean it's a blessing to have the best trainer and the best manager in my own backyard. He's actually in Detroit and from Detroit. It's a blessing to work with him. When he tells you something you know to do it because he has had like 100,000 champions. So when he tells you, you better listen to him because you know he knows what he's talking about as opposed to someone who is in your corner and never did anything. When he told me to go ahead and go get him, he let me off the chain and I went to go get him, unleashed." continue
Montreal, January 21st 2011: It’s official! 22 year old knockout artist David Lemieux (25-0-0, 24KO), currently ranked #2 in the world by the WBC will face his toughest test to date on Friday December 8th under the shining lights of Montreal’s Bell Centre as he takes on against 30 year old Mexican slugger and WBC #3 ranked contender Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42KO) for a chance at becoming the mandatory challenger to the WBC world title. This WBC middleweight championship eliminator will act as the thrilling main event to the final installment of Groupe Yvon Michel’s FAST AND FURIOUS boxing series, and marks the first time Lemieux will face a true world title contender. continue
Today, we’re going to cover two subjects, hence the title above.
Write the Right People
As we all know there are a lot of things wrong with the sport of Boxing. We hear it over and over again.
The fighters who shout that they are the best frequently fight everyone except their most dangerous challengers. The decisions made by the World Championship sanctioning bodies are self-serving, doing the sport more harm than good. The judging is inconsistent at best and criminally incompetent at worst. continue
CHICAGO, IL (January 21, 2011) With a thundering right hand earlier this week, Chicago’s Andrzej Fonfara sent the speed bag flying across the crowded gym at an open media workout at JABB Boxing Gym and proclaimed himself “ready for war” next Friday night, January 28th at the UIC Pavilion. continue
Montreal, Friday January 21st, 2011 – A Purse Bid was held today at WBC Headquarters in Mexico City, Mexico for the right to promote a WBC World Light Heavyweight Silver Championship title bout between former WBC 175 lb World champion Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu (27-2-0, 15 KO) from Romania/Canada and Chris “Hard Hittin’” Henry (25-2-0, 20 KO) from Houston, Texas. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 21 - In 2010, fight fans saw the emergence of both Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Matthew "Magic" Hatton onto the world boxing scene, with the two contenders combining for a 9-0 record with six knockouts. On Saturday, March 5, at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., these two fighters will collide with only one moving on to the next level. continue
CHICAGO, IL (January 21, 2011) Former World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight Champion David Diaz took a break from training earlier this week to contribute his time to the “Campbell For Kids” 2011 Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament hosted by Brian Campbell of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. continue
Montreal, January 21st 2011: Friday, February 11th marks the return of Groupe Yvon Michel’s highly regarded FAST AND FURIOUS boxing series, presented by the Casino de Montreal in collaboration with Videotron, at the spectacular Bell Centre in Montreal. continue
The weigh-in for Paul Morby versus Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman BBBofC Southern Area Super Middleweight title fight at the Graham Earl promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday was undertaken, at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, earlier today under the watchful eyes of BBBofC official Bob Longhurst. continue
TORONTO, ON – (January 20, 2011) Short of a world title fight, no bout holds more significance than one that is literally must-win; where victory means fame and fortune are still realistic goals, while defeat means almost certain boxing anonymity. continue
London (Friday January 21, 2011) Danny McIntosh, the current Light Heavyweight champion of England will be challenging French champion Thierry Karl for the vacant European Light Heavyweight title this coming Saturday night (22nd Jan) at the Palais des sports Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine in France. continue
By James Slater: We still await the official word as to who WBO featherweight king Juan Manuel Lopez will fight on April 16th in his native Puerto Rico. A number of names have been talked about but, according to the man with all the news, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, the “leading candidate” to land the fight is experienced Mexican Orlando Salido. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: As promised, I had the opportunity to meet with Larry Merchant and deliver the fans’ questions directly to him. Different folks from different sources submitted their questions to ask Larry, but unfortunately I simply could not ask them all in the time allotted. For those of you whose questions never made it, I apologize and will make sure to give you priority next time. continue
Former British, Commonwealth and World Boxing Union (WBU) International Cruiserweight Champion Bruce ‘Lionheart’ Scott popped into the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town to wish Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker success in his first London fight, against Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth at the Graham Earl promoted ‘Capital Punishment’ at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London this Saturday. continue
PONTIAC, MICH (January 21, 2011) – With fight week just a scant two days away, boss scribes, fighters and trainers are weighing in on who they think will win The Super Fight, pitting undefeated American champions DEVON ALEXANDER and TIMOTHY BRADLEY against each other to determine the true 140-pound world champion. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, Don King Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, Alexander vs. Bradley will take place Next Saturday! January 29, at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. ET. Remaining tickets, priced from $25 to $400, can be purchased at the Silverdome box office, by calling (248) 338-2500 or online at www.silverdome.com continue
Unbeaten prospects Travis Dickinson and Llewellyn Davies will put their records on the line when they meet in the second quarter-final of Prizefighter Light Heavyweights II at Olympia on Saturday January 29. continue
By James Slater - Yuriorkis Gamboa, one of the most consistently exciting fighters in the sport today, craves the big, big fights; yet for the time being he is remaining patient. Already holder of the WBA and IBF featherweight belts, the former amateur great from Cuba has his Boardwalk, Atlantic City debut on March 26th, when he will face tough Mexican Jorge Solis. Both of the unbeaten 29-year-old’s belts will be on the line.
No easy fight for Gamboa by any stretch, the March clash sees him going in with a reigning interim title holder. Solis, 40-2-2(29) holds the interim version of the WBA 130-pound belt, and he will drop down four pounds for the shot at Gamboa. At age 31, Solis, a former IBF featherweight title challenger who has been stopped just once, represents a potentially tough test for the Miami-based Cuban sensation. continue
Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO: "We have a new chapter opening for us and also a new one for Zab Judah as well. On March 5th we are going to be back in Newark and Zab is going to become a world champion again. Main Events along with Zab is going to be opening a new venue at Prudential Center, it's called the Amerihealth Pavilion. We are very excited about that." continue
By Vivek Wallace: In last week's edition of "C.E.O. Friday's", we took a snapshot of Palm Springs native, jr. welterweight, Timothy Bradley. This week, as we prepare for the first major event of 2011 which now stands only 8 nights away, we take a deep look into the career of a man who most view to be his biggest obstacle yet, St. Louis native, Devon Alexander. continue
PHILADELPHIA (January 20, 2011)—On Friday night January 28th, one of the top prospects in the lighter weight divisions will be back in action as featherweight Coy “Pretty Boy” Evans takes on grizzled veteran Felipe Almanza in the eight round main event of the card promoted by Greg Robinson’s Power Productions & Riveredge Beverage Company. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 20 - For Southern California fight fans, the wait is over, as Golden Boy Promotions and AEG are proud to announce that the third season of the groundbreaking boxing series "Fight Night Club" will kick off at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia on Thursday, February 24. The season premiere's main event pits fellow prospects Jessie Vargas and Lanard Lane against each other, setting the stage for another season of explosive and exciting boxing events at Club Nokia. Plus, to kick off the new year, the February 24 show will feature live performances by artists Too Short, Baby Bash and DJ Chu, making this a can't miss night of boxing and entertainment. continue
Colombian banger Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19 KOs) says now that Amir Khan's team has virtually admitted they are afraid of facing him again, he is extending his offer to fight to any of the other big names in his talent-laden division. continue
Colombian banger Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19 KOs) says now that Amir Khan's team has virtually admitted they are afraid of facing him again, he is extending his offer to fight to any of the other big names in his talent-laden division.
"They're (Khan's people) looking in every corner of Europe for someone to beat up and pretending like all the good opponents are over-pricing themselves. I've offered Amir Khan a chance to redeem himself over and over and I've made it clear I will be reasonable about money and yet he and his team just continue to make excuses. Let's face it. He's Khan-tucky Fried Chicken to fight me.. continue
KEVIN CUNNINGHAM: I want to thank Don King and Gary Shaw. They are showing the boxing world that the best fights should be made whether it is all in-house or not. The people want to see Pacquiao and Mayweather and they can’t get it. They want to see Klitscho-Haye and they can’t get it. The next biggest on out there is Alexander vs. Bradley. Don and Gary stepped up to the plate and HBO has done a tremendous job in promoting this fight. The winner of this fight will be the next American superstar in this sport. continue
NEW YORK (January 20, 2011 ) – Boxing fans who watched last Friday night’s TeleFutura broadcast of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” sat in the judge’s seat and selected fighter Frankie Gómez as the boxer with the most character in the ring. Not only did Gomez win the 6-round fight against Luis Alfredo Lugo by unanimous decision, but he received 87 percent of all votes cast via text message by fans across the nation. continue
By James Slater: Floyd Mayweather Junior, still ranked by some people as the best in the sport today Pound-for-Pound, may or may not fight again; but one thing looks doubtful - that “Money” will ever box as superbly as he did exactly ten years ago today. continue
By James Slater: First it was Lamont Peterson, then Paul McCloskey was in, and now we are back to square-one when it comes to who WBA 140-pound champ Amir Khan will defend his belt against in the UK on April 16th. Reportedly, Peterson asked for “too much money,” and the financial offer McCloskey was presented with was “a joke” according to his promoter Eddie Hearn. continue
‘Friday Night at the Fights’—Sirius XM’s number one boxing talk radio show, hosted by boxing great Gerry Cooney—announced that 2010 NJ Golden Gloves Champion and recently turned professional boxer Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien will be a guest on the show this Friday, Jan. 21. To listen to the show tune into Sirius 125, XM 241 at 7 p.m. Eastern. continue
DOVER, Del. — Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will host the NABA Championship bout for the Junior Welterweight title on Friday, Feb. 25. For the belt, Michael “No Joke” Stewart, 46(24)-7-2 of New Castle, Del., opposes David “El Torrito” Torres, 21(13)-2-1 of Othello, Wash. The winner of this fight will be ranked in the Top Ten in the world. The undercard begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rollins Center and includes a female bout. Nick Tiberi is the matchmaker. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday. continue
Stoke Newington’s exceptional Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng gets his first outing of the new year on the undercard of the Frank Maloney promoted Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title showdown between Jamie Arthur and Jason Booth at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday 5th February 2011. continue
By James Slater: One of the most exciting, talented and talked about fighters of recent years will square off with one of Great Britain’s most recently improved fighters on March 5th, as Mexican hot prospect Saul Alvarez will meet Matthew Hatton of Manchester, England in L.A. ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael has written how the fight is a go and will be announced by Golden Boy as official tomorrow afternoon. continue
Heavyweight contender, and former world title challenger, Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (23-1-1, 10KO's) will be back in action this Saturday night when he takes on Julius "Towering Inferno" Long (15-14, 13KO's) in an eight round bout on the undercard of Saturday night's Pay Per View "Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now" card, headlined by Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28KO's) defending his WBF Heavyweight Title against Sherman Williams (34-11-2, 19KO's) at The Greenbrier's Colonial Hall in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week's 108th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with highly regarded junior welterweight prospect Ruslan Provodnikov (17-1, 11 KOs) who recently just suffered the first loss of his professional career at the hands of Maurcio Herrera (16-1, 7 KOs). Harris was awarded a somewhat controversial decision in a fight many observers felt Provodnikov deserved to win. Provodnikov spoke about his performance, talked about the possibility of a rematch, and also provided opinions on upcoming fights such as Pacquiao vs. Mosley and Bradley vs. Alexander. Here is some of what he had to say:
His thoughts on losing a controversial decision against Mauricio Herrera:
â€œI would like to say that after the fight we were a little bit disappointed because we felt like we won the fight. It was definitely a disappointment. Being unbeaten and coming into a fight that we felt we had won fighting on our promoterâ€™s show and everything, it just felt very disappointing to lose like that. Then after a day or two we got home. We watched the fight that was recorded. I kind of felt like I could have done a lot more than I did. It was a close fight. I still felt it was my fight. I felt I won, but I should have done a lot more being the unbeaten fighter and being the fighter that was the favorite in the fight. I could have done something else, maybe added a little bit in preparations, maybe added a little bit in the fight. Itâ€™s boxing. You just never know what could have been done, but there was something that wasnâ€™t there, something that wasnâ€™t enough. Maybe it was the fact that Herrera was able to neutralize some things or maybe itâ€™s just that I thought that fight wasnâ€™t going to be as hard. I just want my fans to know I try to do everything I can to make them happy." continue
BROOKLYN (January 19, 2011) - The gamble by Maureen Shea's Pandora Promotions and Global Boxing Promotions to host the first female main event in New York City history paid off as the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, NY was the hottest ticket in town on Wednesday night. continue
TORONTO, ON – (Wednesday, January 19, 2011) Hennessy Sports makes its hard-hitting return to Mississauga on Saturday, February 19th, with the latest installment of United Promotions’ wildly successful series of events at the Hershey Centre, in what is shaping up to be one of the most important fight cards ever staged in Ontario. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: The relationship between Manny Pacquiao and his head coach Freddie Roach, has transformed over the years from professional to family-like. They no longer limit their relationship to sparring sessions and fight planning, but expanded it to birthday parties, family events and even citizenship changes. continue
Los Angeles - January 19, 2011 - Cara Castronuova, a New York native and female fighter joins "The Biggest Loser: Couples" as a new trainer revealed during the third week of NBC's top- rated show. “The Biggest Loser” challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000. continue
“I made a promise to Don that I will never fail him. Don is the best promoter in the world and Bob is a close second. I will prove to everyone on March 12 that I am the man and you are the woman. continue
NEW YORK, NY (January 19, 2011) – You would think at age 79 and with approximately 80 years of promotional experience between them they have done it all, but Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King have never conducted a joint network television interview -- until today! continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast: What makes a truly great fighter? Is it the number of titles he has won? Is it the amount of money he has made? Is it the quality of fighters he has faced? In the mind of Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, having captured the titles and made the money, his somewhat skewed logic leads him to believe he is the greatest fighter of all time. However, as unpalatable as it may be for Mayweather and his acolytes, he is not, in my opinion, the greatest fighter of his era, or even the best fighter in the world today. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (January 19, 2011) – For the first time in five years, Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King will join forces to present “Relentless” -- the first major pay-per-view world championship boxing event of the season -- featuring the Pride of Puerto Rico, MIGUEL COTTO defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title against two-division world champion RICARDO “El Matador” MAYORGA, on Saturday, March 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Cotto vs. Mayorga will be produced and distributed Live on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The pay-per-view broadcast will also feature the return of former WBA super welterweight champion and future rabbi YURI FOREMAN, who will be taking on Top-10 contender PAWEL WOLAK in a 10-round super welterweight rumble. continue
Los Angeles, CA (January 19, 2011) - As if the ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" televised doubleheader featuring heavyweight Cristobal Arreola vs. Joey Abell and the Michael Dallas, Jr. - Josesito Lopez battle for the NABF Junior Welterweight Championship didn't offer enough excitement for boxing fans at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, Goossen Tutor Promotions will present a talent-laden undercard of local area favorites in action in the Temecula, CA venue. continue
By James Slater: Nicaraguan Wildman Ricardo Mayorga is well known for trash-talking. The former welterweight and light-middleweight ruler is also fond of making boastful pre-fight predictions. Today, in an early leg of the promotional tour for “El Matador’s” challenge of WBA 154-pound ruler Miguel Cotto, Mayorga was unable to avoid being his usual self. continue
Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams has signed a promotional contract with Frank Maloney. ‘Solid’ also secured his first fight, at the Brentwood Leisure Centre on the 5th February, under the Frank Maloney banner. continue
CHICAGO, IL (January 19, 2011) Declaring himself “more than ready”, former World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight Champion David Diaz swung open the doors to his Chicago based training camp in front of a large crowd of local media and fans on Tuesday afternoon. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) Six weeks into the inaugural season of the World Series of Boxing (World Series Boxing) and the experts are beginning to weigh-in on what they are seeing as some of the world's best amateurs tackle the rigors of modified professional boxing within a unique team format. continue
NEW YORK - Alicia "Slick" Ashley of Brooklyn, NY and Crystal Hoy of Las Vegas, NV both weighed in at 121 pounds for their historic junior featherweight title fight tomorrow (Wednesday) night at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, NY. The Ashley-Hoy fight will be the first female bout to headline a boxing event in New York City. continue
CHARLOTTE, NC (January 19, 2011) – Former world heavyweight title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson has replaced an ill Travis Kauffman against dangerous Julius “Towering Inferno” Long (15-14, 13 KOs) in an 8-round bout on Saturday night’s “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View event, headlined by living legend, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) defending his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), live from America’s resort -- The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall -- in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week's 108th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with highly regarded boxing trainer Roger Mayweather, who is best known for training his nephew, Floyd Mayweather, Junior. Roger shared his opinions on a variety of topics, including his nephew, Tim Coleman, Hopkins-Pascal, Pacquiao-Mosley, Amir Khan, Paul Spadafora, and more! Here is some of what he had to say in that interview:
On Tim Coleman's upcoming fight against Vernon Paris on January 29:
"Well I really don't know so much about the guy as I know about Time Coleman. So I think Time Coleman kind of knows the guy. Right now I don't have no tapes or nothing. I know I can probably get a tape on him but right now just he tells me he's a guy that's a good boxer but not a great puncher."
On what he finds most impressive about Tim Coleman's game:
"Well my thing that I always told him, 'You're a better puncher than you thinks you are'. I said your record don't say what a good puncher you are, but then again the guy who messed with him before and doesn't know how to make it tight so your punches can get off and have the snap that they need to have. That was basically it. It wasn't like he couldn't punch. I guess he was winning and winning on his boxing and defense, but he's a good puncher. He's a good puncher and he knows what he needs to do. When I tell him, he knows what he needs to do and that's keep them backing up. He's a good puncher so we got to take advantage of it." continue
By James Slater - In a shock development, exciting Irish super-middleweight contender John Duddy has announced his retirement from boxing. Claiming to have lost the love he once had for the sport, the popular slugger told BBC radio he will not go ahead with the big fight against fellow Irish man Andy Lee, which was set to take place on the under-card of the March 12th Sergio Martinez-Sergiy Dzinziruk middleweight title clash.
In deciding to retire, Duddy, 29-2(18), gives up a potential shot at the world title and a guaranteed purse of around $100,000 for the Lee bout. But the 31-year-old’s decision seems final; he no longer has the passion for the sport that made him famous. continue
The only man to ever win heavyweight titles 4 times is coming to www.NESportsTV.com online Pay Per View this January 22nd when Evander Holyfield continues his quest to win a 5th heavyweight championship by taking on the hard hitting Sherman Williams Saturday January 22nd on www.NESportsTV.com online Pay Per View live from West Virginia. continue
Montreal, Tuesday January 18 2011 – Steve "the Canadian Kid " Molitor (33-1-0 12 KO) will not box at the Bell Centre on March 19th as previously expected, due to an International Boxing Federation (IBF) technicality. Top Rank had won the November 30th Purse Bid to present the Molitor vs. Takalani Ndlovu (31-6-0, 18 KO) bout, and decided to work together with InterBox to place the fight on InterBox’s March 19th 2011 Showtime boxing card. However, according to IBF Rule 10.F.1, the winning bidder had the obligation to promote the bout within 90 days of the opening of the bids. The March 19th date surpassed this period by a little over 2 weeks. This opened the door for Ndlovu’s promoter to complain to the IBF. continue
Comanche Boy" George Tahdooahnippah dominated Eloy Suarez of Veracruz, Mexico, Thursday, January 13th 2011 in Oklahoma City at Remington Park Casino, winning by unanimous decision 60-54 on all scorecards. continue
By James Slater: Yet to be confirmed but looking like a real possibility for the under-card of the May 7th Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley showdown in Las Vegas, is an intriguing fight between WBO super-bantam champ Wilfredo Vazquez Junior and Mexican warrior Jorge Arce. continue
The World Boxing Council (WBC) is proud to announce the appointment of Sergio Martinez as Emeritus Champion. Sergio Martinez is a two-time world champion, as he conquered the WBC super welterweight championship and then defeated great champion Kelly Pavlik to conquer the WBC middleweight championship. continue
By James Slater: As fans may have read, Audley “A-Force” Harrison is not going away any time soon as far as the boxing ring goes. Despite being shown up for the flop he is a number of times - most recently by WBA heavyweight boss David Haye - the 2000 Olympic gold medallist and 39-year-old insists “the dream in not over.” continue
“We are in the heart of our training camp. I’m here in Las Vegas sleeping in Mike Tyson’s old bed in Don King’s house at night, pounding the pavement for six miles every morning and in the gym every afternoon for training and sparring. continue
Welsh fight-ace Nathan Cleverly has been tipped as a star to watch out for this year by leading free publication Sport Magazine.
Interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) Light-Heavyweight Champion Cleverly features in '11 Stars for 2011' that has named sportsmen and women expected to make the headlines this year - and Ceverly is the ONLY boxer to be picked. continue
Former World Boxing Union (WBU) World Champion, turned boxing promoter, Graham Earl and his former coach Johnny Eames have rekindled a working partnership, which spanned more than six years as fighter-trainer team, and as a result there are no less than four of Johnny’s Ultrachem TKO Gym trained fighters appearing at Graham’s upcoming ‘Capital Punishment’ event this coming Saturday at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. continue
By James Slater - It will very much be a case of veterans in action in Las Vegas on the night of April 9th, as lightweights Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales will clash in the main event, and another great fighter now in his late 30s will return to the ring following a layoff. Ronald “Winky” Wright, at age 39 older than both Mexican legends, will fight for the first time in two years when he takes on Britain’s Matthew Macklin.
The intriguing match-up will take place at middleweight, scheduled for ten-rounds, and as a support bout to the lightweight title showdown, Wright-Macklin is a good choice by promoters Golden Boy. continue
Universum Box-Promotion is looking forward to the next world boxing champion in its ranks. On Tuesday night, a letter from WBC President Jose Sulaiman announced that unbeaten Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) is now the new “undisputed” world champion at his weight. Zbik had been the WBC interim titleholder since July 2009, but full champion Sergio Martinez (46-2-2- 26) never made his mandatory defense. continue
CHARLOTTE, NC (January 18, 2011) – Two of the all-time greatest world heavyweight champions, Lennox Lewis and Larry Holmes, will be special guests supporting their former rival, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs), when the living legend defends his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title Saturday night against challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), live from America’s resort -- The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall -- in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. continue
• Amir Khan now being rumored to face Paul McCloskey on April 16 after negotiations with Lamont Peterson fell apart
• Arthur Abraham expected to take a tune-up fight against Stjepan Bozi on February 12
• Peter Manfredo Junior winning a unanimous decision against Daniel Edouard
• Pawel Wolek being scheduled to face Yuri Foreman on March 12 at the MGM Grand
• Edwin Rodriguez scoring a unanimous decision victory over Aaron Pryor Junior
• Erislandy Lara annihilating Delray Raines in just one round continue
London, UK – Boxing legend and founder of Detroit’s famous Kronk Gym, Emanuel Steward is putting on a boxing clinic in the UK – Steward will bring his ring savvy to the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel on January 23.
He will cover all the fundamentals of the sport – from punching and hand wrapping to conditioning and boxing
secrets – based on years of experience in the sport boxing. This will make this clinic invaluable for anyone involved or interested in boxing. continue
By James Slater - Most boxing fans probably remember the date of January 17th due to today’s date being the birthday of “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali. However, another truly great fighter was also born on January 17th: in Mexico. 37-years ago today, Marco Antonio Barrera was born in Mexico City; 69 years ago today, Cassius Clay was born in Louisville, Kentucky.
Practically anything and everything that can be written about Ali has been put down on the page; with every fight documented, every quote quoted and everything that Ali did to make himself so universally revered recalled over and over again. Hailed by millions of fans and experts as the finest heavyweight champion in boxing history, Ali is arguably as loved and as respected as ever here in 2011.
Sadly, as we also know, Ali’s health is poor these days, with the ravages of Parkinson’s refusing to let up. Today, though, the three-time heavyweight champion will celebrate his birthday and his fans will celebrate also. Fight news reports how The Ali Centre in Louisville will be crammed full with fans today, and those who are lucky enough to be there may even catch a glimpse of the great man. Doubtless if they do, these fans will be wishing to themselves, “if only Ali was the Ali of old. continue
Erick H. (Sweetwater, FL): I found it interesting that Top Rank put an option on Shane Mosley's next fight, rather than just doing a rematch clause between he and Pacquiao. How do you read this move?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think you have to give Arum a ton of credit for the way he has basically monopolized the welterweight division between the dominance of Margarito, Cotto, and now Pacquiao; but I truly can't see the logic in not having the two sides agree to a rematch clause, particularly considering that Pacquiao is defending the welterweight strap rather than the jr. middleweight strap. continue
Commonwealth champion Tony Bellew will be ringside at Prizefighter Light-Heavyweights II on January 29 at Olympia in London, and said he was open to a fight with the winner.
Bellew has a date with a previous Prizefighter champion on February 19 first as he takes on Cruiserweights winner Ovill McKenzie in a rematch of their fantastic fight in December. The Liverpudlian came out on top against McKenzie on home turf, recovering from being floored in both the first and second rounds before stopping the Derby man in the eight. continue
RICKY HATTON believes Hatton Promotions will show it means business with a knockout card to start 2011.
British boxing’s most ambitious promotional outfit return to a venue fast becoming their adopted home The Premier Suite at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday February 26 with another night of world class boxing. continue
MANCHESTER, Conn. (January 17, 2011) – Undefeated, 24-year-old NABF and NABO champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard (23-0, 13 KOs), arguably America’s leading featherweight, has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Top Rank. "Matt is a tremendous, exciting fighter, “Hall of Fame promoter and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said. “We are very pleased he has joined our organization. Matt will get a lot of national exposure while fighting for Top Rank.. continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast: Picture the scene: It’s 2013, Las Vegas, across the ring from each other stand two former Olympic gold medallists, separated at birth by the Atlantic, but twins in boxing talent. In the red corner stands the worlds number one Super Middleweight, undefeated world champion and Super Six winner, American Andre ‘SOG’ Ward. In the blue corner stands Britain’s undefeated WBO Super Middleweight champion, James ‘Chunky’ DeGale continue
By James Slater: With his win-at-all-costs “Super Six” tournament semi-final fast approaching, Arthur Abraham has chosen to take a tune-up fight ahead of his clash with the unbeaten Andre Ward. The semi-final is expected to go ahead on May 14th, venue still to be agreed upon, and “King” Arthurs has told BILD that he will first box on Feb. 12th in Germany. continue
CHICAGO, IL (January 16, 2011) Polish sports fans in Chicago will once again descend on the UIC Pavilion on Friday, January 28th as light heavyweight slugger Andrzej Fonfara returns to battle against Florida based veteran Adam Jaco at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 15, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue
By James Slater: Almost a year to the day after his poor and disappointing showing against Manny Pacquiao, Ghana’s Joshua Clottey will return to the ring in Las Vegas. Having put a fair amount of the blame for his poor showing against Pac-Man on the rigours of making 147-pounds, the 33-year-old with the good 35-4(20) record is set to return as a light-middleweight. continue
By James Slater: Amir Khan really does believe he can become the sport’s best, pound-for-pound; and in an interview with Mail online, the reigning WBA 140-pound champ has laid out his plan of intention for achieving his lofty goal. continue
(SOUTHHAVEN, Miss.) The World Series of Boxing (WSB) officially reached the halfway point of the league's inaugural season Saturday with the Mexico City Guerreros once again overwhelming the Memphis Force with a 5-0 win. continue
Calgary, AB - It was freezing outside but there was no shortage of fire inside Calgary's Chinese Cultural Centre last night in Alberta, Canada where Teofista Boxing staged a double-header featuring some of Canada's fastest rising talent. continue
By James Slater: New York heavyweight contender and former world title challenger Monte Barrett told everyone his July 2010 fight with David Tua would be his last, win lose or draw. A huge betting underdog going into the July fight at Atlantic City, “Two Gunz” fought one of his best-ever fights; even becoming the first man to put the rock-chinned Tua on the floor. continue
Atlantic City, NJ--Junior welterweight Ronald Cruz, coming off the biggest win of his career, takes on Dillet Frederick in the scheduled eight-round semifinal Saturday evening, Feb. 26, in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City. continue
By James Slater - Another day and yet more news on the ongoing David Haye-Klitschko saga; only this time the news involves WBC ruler Vitali Klitschko. According to an interesting news article in The Express, Adam Booth, trainer and manager of “The Hayemaker,” claims his fighter is now targeting the winner of the upcoming Vitali Klitschko-Odlanier Solis clash set for Germany in March.
Haye is definitely going to fight in May, but it was widely assumed he would accommodate his mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev in his next fight. Now, according to Booth, the WBA champ hopes to face the March 19th winner - whether it’s Klitschko OR Solis. continue
Top amateur star Roman Morales has signed an exclusive contract with world renowned promotional company Gary Shaw Productions. The touted former amateur champion will make his long awaited professional debut on February 4th at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California on the off-television undercard of Showtime’s Shobox: The New Generation tripleheader telecast. continue
By John G. Thompson: Aaron Pryor, Jr. 15-3 (11 KO’s) made it a tough night and exposed some defensive flaws in the up and coming Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez 18-0 (13 KO’s) this evening on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights series. Headlining the card, “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr. 37-6 (20 KO’s) faced off against Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard 23-4-2 (14 KO’s) at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. continue
By Vivek Wallace: On December 18th, 2010, the world of boxing staged what would be the final headlining showcase of the year. Eleven prior months of solid action would do very little to remove the sting of what would end a very chaotic evening. Typically, fight fans would have to wait only a week or two to pick up the pieces and carry on, however, this time around it'll be a full 6 week span before the action finally resumes.
When it does, on the night of January 29th, live on HBO, standing center stage will be a young man who most view to be the proverbial 'cream' of the jr. welterweight crop, due one day to rise to the top. An old adage has it that "to he who much is given, much is expected", however, for the young Bradley, despite receiving no handouts along the way, the measuring bar looms quite high. When you look at the talent rich jr. welterweight division and the big names it boast, one could conceivably argue that Timothy Bradley remains the most accomplished of the pack.
When you look back at the career of Bradley, there were several high points, but the true defining moment came across the pond when the California native pulled out a gutsy victory few felt he would be capable of by defeating Junior Witter in Nottingham. Through the course of the twelve rounds, Bradley found himself in unfamiliar territory, both literally and figuratively, as the unorthodox Witter made the fight a very uncomfortable one by regularly switching stances and proving far more slippery than Bradley was used to. continue
The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) had a very successful meeting this week in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Planet Hollywood Hotel. The BPA continued its past success and 2011 promises to be a good one for the BPA and its efforts to assist the boxing industry. The meeting was well attended, and officially marked the first time that promotional powerhouse, Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), which was represented by CEO Richard Schaefer, was an active participant. continue
CHARLOTTE, NC (January 15, 2011) – Former world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett is involved in a crossroads fight every time he steps into the ring. His next action is scheduled for January 22nd against Charles Davis in one of four pay-per-view fights on the “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” card, headlined by living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) defending his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), live from America’s resort -- The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall -- in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. continue
NEWARK, NJ / SOUTHAVEN, MS (January 13 2011)— Tickets are now on sale for "Brick City Brawl" that will take place on Saturday night February 19th at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey.
In the main event, undefeated Polish Heavyweight and former Olympian Mariusz Wach (23-0, 11 KO’s) takes on Jonathan Haggler (23-3, 18 KO’s)in a ten round bout for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Baltic Heavyweight title. continue
Turkish welterweight star Selcuk Aydin got really upset when he read speculations about Andre Berto’s next possible opponents without his name even mentioned.
"How can Berto and his promoter even talk to and about guys like Ortiz when they know exactly that they have to fight me first?", asks Aydin who is currently in his hometown Trabzon (Turkey) where he already started training for his world title fight. "This is very disrespectful and really pisses me off. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) Saturday will mark the halfway point of the World Series of Boxing's (WSB) inaugural season, but not before the Mexico City Guerreros travel to Memphis, Tenn., to take on the Memphis Force. Both teams hope to try and gain some momentum for the second half of the season as both teams have struggled to find consistency in the early going. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Jan. 14, 2011) – Popular television color commentator and respected boxing trainer, Teddy Atlas, will be the special guest speaker this coming Tuesday night (Jan. 18 starting at 7 PM/ET) for the RING 8’s first meeting of 2011 at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. continue
By Fantana: Legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard will be entertaining real men, such as myself, on April 2nd at Liverpool Olympia in an event put together by Neil Hibbert. The people from Stoke-on-Trent all know and love Sugar Ray because when Stoke were to face Chelsea in their first season in the Premiership at home Sugar Ray came out donning a Stoke City football shirt looking all happy and shit. He even walked onto the pitch and threatened to punch John Terry. Lesser Briton’s will of course know Sugar Ray for being an all-time great, with wins against top blokes such as Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Dave Green. continue
Super Bantamweight contender Jonathan Oquendo weighed in 125.5 pounds today in his last Pre Weigh In for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) NABO defense against Felipe Córdova nex January 22 in the card Noche de Campeones DIRECTV to be held in the 1072 Correctional Complex in Bayamón, Puerto Rico in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions to be televised on Pay Per View. continue
DETROIT—In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday on Monday, we asked Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley—two young, undefeated American world champion boxers who will meet in a title unification match on Jan. 29 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. (HBO: 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)—for their thoughts on Dr. King, and the influence he had upon them. continue
Good news for fans of heavyweight Sinan Samil Sam. The “Bull from Bosporus” has been released from a hospital in Istanbul where he was staying since mid-December with liver-cirrhosis. The two-time European heavyweight champion had been rushed to the intensive care unit after he spat up blood. Initially he was unresponsive, but now he has been given the all-clear in terms of his health. “I’m feeling better,” said Sam. “I thank all my friends and fans for their concern. In the future I must pay attention to myself and my health. Of course, I can’t even think of boxing after this. But I feel so fit again that I hope I’ll soon to be able to train young talent.” continue
LOS ANGELES, January 14 - He is boxing's ageless wonder. His accomplishments and legacy are timeless. Yet Bernard Hopkins still celebrates his birthday like everyone else and Golden Boy Promotions would like to wish "The Executioner" a very Happy Birthday when he celebrates his 46th tomorrow (January 15). continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) President Dr. José Sulaimán said that the WBC World Diamond Belt will be in dispute during the rematch fight between the WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal of Canada and WBC Emeritus Champion Bernard Hopkins of the USA, as it could not be presented to either of the champions after their sensational first fight, scored a draw, in Quebec City last November. The fight was voted “Fight of the Year” by the WBC. continue
By James Slater: Andre Berto, the talented and unbeaten WBC welterweight champion, still awaits confirmation of who he will fight next. The unbeaten 27-year-old was, officially at least, in the running to face pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao in May, but that date went to Shane Mosley, himself a one-time possible foe for Berto. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (January 14, 2011) – For the first time in five years, Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King will join forces to present “Relentless” -- the first major pay-per-view world championship boxing event of the season -- featuring the Pride of Puerto Rico, MIGUEL COTTO (35-2, 28 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title against two-division world champion RICARDO “El Matador” MAYORGA (29-7-1, 23 KOs), of Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday, March 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
By James Slater - Two-time and current WBC Super-Middleweight ruler Carl Froch has recovered from a bout of flu and is now looking ahead to his next fight; against the seriously tough Glen Johnson. Coming off that marvellously-dominant shut-out of a points win over “King” Arthur Abraham, the once-beaten 33-year-old is extremely confident ahead of his “Super Six” semi-final. However, as is the case with any fighter, Froch is happiest fighting at home and he is hoping the May clash, with it’s venue still to be confirmed, will go down in England.
“Of my last four fights, only one was at home and that was at 3a.m in the morning (the Andre Dirrell fight, in October of 2009),” Froch said to BBC radio. continue
By James Slater - It seems WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan will not now be making his next defence against Lamont Peterson as was widely expected. According to Khan, in talking with BBC radio, Peterson wanted “too much money” for the April 16th fight which will take place in the UK (The M.E.N Arena, Manchester - Sky Box Office to televise).
Enter unbeaten Irish southpaw Paul McCloskey.
According to a number of sources, Khan is close to signing to defend against the 31-year-old European champion with the 22-0(12) record. continue
With boxing legend Evander Holyfield in the crowd, the Los Angeles Matadors avenged their only loss of the season as they defeated the Miami Gallos four matches to one Thursday night. The Matadors currently lead the international standings in the World Series of Boxing having earned 16 points with the undefeated Baku Fire trailing by one point and hold a seven point lead over the second place Gallos in the Americas Conference.
“The Matadors are my home team,” Holyfield said. “I love these guys - they fight with a lot of heart.. continue
Calgary, AB - Professional Boxing is set to return to Calgary, Alberta on Friday night when Teofista Boxing will present a dynamite double header featuring two of Canada's fast rising prospects. continue
Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen to the world of Cyberspace where everything you can dream is possible. Today we bring you a battle that is not only possible, not only probable, but believe it or not this fight has already been scheduled. continue
DEVON ALEXANDER: Training is going good as always. My coaches and I are getting ready for the biggest fight of my career and the monster is Mount Charleston [outside Las Vegas] and nobody can run that. The elevation is 8,000 feet. It's a monster just like we call it. I have been running at 8,000 feet elevation. Training is going good, we are just putting on the final touches and we are ready to rock and roll. We can see the skiers while we are running but we don't get close enough where we are right next to each other. continue
The contracts for the WBC heavyweight championship between Vitali Klitschko and Odlanier Solis have been signed this week. The fight will take place on March 19th at Cologne’s Lanxess Arena. Solis’ promoter Ahmet Oner is looking forward to the fight and convinced that his fighter will end the Klitschko’s reign.
"It’s about time that somebody shows Vitali and Wladimir how overrated they really are“, says Oner. "A German newspaper stated that Vitali laughs about Solis. The Klitschkos display such an incredible arrogance. On March 19th Solis will make Vitali stop laughing and start suffering for his autocratic manners. continue
An Irish War has been declared for March 12, between Andy Lee, ‘The Limerick Assassin’ and John Duddy, ‘The Derry Destroyer’ to feature as chief supporting bout to Sergio Martinez - Sergei Dzinziruk WBC world middleweight clash at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States. Andy Lee, is currently ranked # 5 by the WBA and # 14 by the WBC. This Middleweight world title contender had originally been in the running to challenge Sergio Martinez, but will now do battle with fellow Irishman, John Duddy live on HBO television. continue
As most of boxing has now seen, or at least heard of, the infamous YouTube video that features Teddy Atlas addressing certain issues regarding himself and his fighters promoter, I just wanted to commend Teddy for all that he's done for the sport of boxing. Boxing needs more men like Teddy Atlas; a guy from the old school who can be taken on his word and his devotion to his fighter supercedes the business end of the sport. Any trainer willing to pass up a six-figure payday because of genuine concern for his fighter's well-being should be commended, not criticized. Teddy is at the top of my list as a guy I'd like to have by my side if I were to go into battle, or walk down the proverbial dark alley. continue
By James Slater - Though fans are almost certainly sick to death of the annoying Klitschko-Haye saga that is still ongoing, with both men pointing the finger at the other when it comes to why the unification bout has not yet been signed; Wladimir has today said he is more than happy to face Haye on July 2nd. In Klitschko’s mind, the fight is not yet “dead,” because he feels Haye’s constant talk of retiring in October of this year is nothing but another “lie.”
“Dr. Steel Hammer” today launched a stinging tirade against Haye and his manager Adam Booth; saying he “does not trust these guys any more.” Wladimir went further, calling Haye “a piece of s**t, and "a liar who is playing the media.. continue
Joy and elation for Cruiserweight Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) at the start of 2011: The 26-year-old WBA World Rankings leader in the Cruiserweight division will challenge Steve Herelius (21-1-1, 12 Kos, France) in Mülheim/Duesseldorf on February 12. “After Hernandez successfully obtained the right to a mandatory challenge from the World Boxing Governing Body WBA with a KO victory over Ali Ismailov in Berlin in December, the opportunity to fight Herelius soon emerged,” explained Sauerland Event CEO Chris Meyer. “We immediately tried to realise this opportunity and we managed to bring this fight to Germany.. continue
By James Slater - With so much at stake, it was thought by many good judges that unbeaten talents James DeGale and George Groves would wait until one of the promising Brits held a major title before facing one another. A great all-British fight that had “all in good time” written all over it, DeGale-Groves was expected to grow and grow before finally taking place. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 107th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who along with some of the big name fighters from his stable, including Wladimir Klitschko, Chad Dawson, Miguel Cotto, and Andy Lee, have all made recent headlines. Emanuel spoke about these topics and also touched on other matters including Pacquiao versus Mosley, Domonique Dolton, Tyson Fury, and more! Here is some of what he had to say.
His views on the breakdown in negotiations between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye:
“Well it’s very frustrating for me as an observer just reading and watching. I spoke to Wladimir. I have not spoken to David naturally, but from Wladimir’s viewpoint this is what happened: they had completed negotiations for a fight which he was hopeful was going to be April 2. Based on I guess the Sky TV scheduling they would not two pay-per-view fights in April because they had the Amir Khan fight. They moved the fight back all the way to July and Wladimir said that was fine and he agreed to it, but he didn’t want to go that long without having a fight, because he wants to get as many fights as he can in during this last stage of his career. So he decided that he wanted to go ahead and take the fight and finish his commitment, which he felt he was obligated to do, with Chisora. So he wanted to do that fight for the 30th. That was all signed and all of a sudden I read when David went berserk. continue
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 12, 2011) – The Los Angeles Matadors will look to avenge their only loss of the season when they host the Miami Gallos tomorrow/Thursday at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. The Matadors and Gallos weighed-in Wednesday night at ESPN Zone. continue
Tampa, FL: One Punch Productions is pleased to announce that tickets are going fast for the first Tampa Bay area boxing event of 2011. "Ballroom Brawl" is scheduled for Friday January 28 at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel, and is expected to sell out. "We've had a great response so far for tickets" said One Punch Productions President Terry J. Trekas. "January shows can be hit or miss as far as attendance goes, so obviously we're relieved to have hit this time". continue
Following the loss to David Lemieux for the WBC International Middleweight Championship this past October, Hector Camacho Jr. has had his mind set on one thing—working his way back to a title fight and winning the championship. continue
LONDON (Jan. 12, 2011) – AMIR KHAN has been named the British Boxer of the Year for 2010 by highly respected weekly publication, Boxing News, the world’s oldest magazine dedicated to the sport. Having turned 24 just last month, Khan is one of the youngest ever recipients of this prestigious award, which commemorated a fantastic year for Bolton’s WBA light-welterweight champion. The full list of awards and a thorough review of 2010 can be found in this Thursday’s (January 13) issue of Boxing News.
Amir made his American debut in May, soundly defeating former ‘world’ champion Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden in the New Yorker’s hometown, then came through a tremendous struggle – proving the chin that had been questioned in the past – to vanquish rock-fisted Argentine Marcos Maidana in December.
Khan edged super-middleweight star Carl Froch into second place, with heavyweight king David Haye third. continue
By Rob Moore: The less likely the David Haye V Wladimir Klitschko bout becomes, the more I have come to terms with it and the less it bothers me. I do believe it had the potential to be the most competitive an explosive heavyweight title fight we have seen in a number of years. The Klitschko domination has been professional, efficient and effective. Much as I respect both brothers, I would be lying if I said I have found it exciting. continue
Jose Antonio Aguirre, a formidable former World Boxing Council (WBC) strawweight world champion who made 10 successful defenses of the title, will challenge Mexican “Cinderella Man” Gilberto Keb Baas who, in the “Upset of the Year,” defeated WBC light flyweight world champion Omar Niño to capture the green and gold belt last November 6 in his hometown of Merida. continue
CHARLOTTE, NC (January 13, 2011) – ARK Promotions president Rick Lazes today announced a strong, supportive undercard for the January 22nd “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View Event, headlined by living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) defending his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), live from America’s resort -- The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall -- in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. continue
By James Slater: As fans may have read, 1990’s heavyweight stars Ray Mercer and Tommy Morrison are set to return to the ring on Feb. 25th, in Canada. The two will meet Canadian opposition, but already fans are suggesting the two may wind up meeting each other in a 20-years-later rematch of their Oct. 1991 fight! continue
New York, N.Y., Jan. 11, 2011 - On the upcoming installment of the HBO Sports digital series Ring Life, two of the world's premier fighters -- both of whom possess a perfect record and are slated to meet in a highly anticipated showdown on HBO's World Championship Boxing® on Jan. 29 -- will be featured in separate profiles: Ring Life presents the compelling backstories of undefeated junior welterweights Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley on all the digital media platforms that distribute the series.
Alexander, from St. Louis, MO, and Bradley out of Palm Springs, CA, both of whom hold titles in the ultra-competitive 140-pound division. These two rising American stars will be facing off in a unification showdown in the Pontiac Silverdome on Jan. 29. continue
By James Slater - Right after the most bizarre ending to one of the most bizarre fights of last year - Paul Williams Vs. Kermit Cintron - Williams’ trainer George Peterson personally told this writer he was “offended” when I brought up the subject of a possible return fight between the two light-middleweights. Peterson, along with many other people who witnessed the May fight, felt strongly that Kermit had deliberately dived through the ropes in that 4th-round, because he felt he was on his way to being defeated, maybe even KO’d, by “The Punisher.. continue
Part 1 - Camp Location: I am training in Las Vegas for this fight. While I have trained here before when I fought out of the Cory Spinks camp, for my last two fights my promoter, Don King, allowed me to live in the home where Mike Tyson lived when he trained in Vegas. I love it. It gives me inspiration to know I’m sleeping in the same bed “Iron” Mike slept in when he trained here.
Training Regimen: My trainer, Kevin Cunningham, took me up to the mountains outside Las Vegas last year to a little ski resort at the top of Mt. Charleston to run. I call it ‘The Monster’ and its one of my biggest challenges while training. I have to face and conquer it three times a week, and with snow on the ground now, it has become much tougher. continue
By James Slater - Almost set to take place on the under-card of the big, Sergio Martinez-Sergiy Dzinziruk clash that will go ahead in Connecticut on March 12th, is a fascinating all-Irish showdown that may well be the fight of the night. Andy Lee and John Duddy, two all-action warriors who rarely disappoint the fans when it comes to providing great action, are reportedly set to rumble.
Emanuel Steward, the Hall of Fame trainer of Lee, is quoted by Boxrec (who quote The Irish Daily Star) as saying the fight is “just about definite.. continue
CHESTER, PA (January 12, 2011)—One of the most famous movie scenes in the past quarter century took place in the movie Coming to America when Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall played many different characters in a barbershop and began arguing who the greatest heavyweight amongst Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano. continue
By Ted Sares:…All the money. All the promise. It’s all meaningless now. But back when Valero was alive and at his peak, it meant everything to him and his inner circle. In which case, something or someone should have helped him. It’s all hindsight now, of course, but regardless, we can only learn and hope that there are people in place that will prevent such a tragedy to occur again. -- Gina L. Caliboso
When the news about a fighter’s personal and domestic problems begin to equal his ring exploits, that’s when things can go downhill rapidly. That’s when someone needs to step in. Paraphrasing astute writer Paul Magno, “…that's when things can take a turn for the worse, when the steering wheel starts to veer toward the curb and a crash is imminent.”
Case in point: The late Edwin Valero (27-0. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 11 - Ghanaian knockout artist Bastie Samir has yet to let a professional opponent see the third round and after a stellar 2010 campaign, the 2008 Olympian will continue his march to the top of the middleweight division in undercard action at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California this Friday, January 14. continue
(January 11, 2010 – New York, NY) The middleweight division takes center stage this Friday, January 14 when ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights returns to Mallory Square in Key West, FL for a night of red hot action. In the main event, former start of The Contender and top-ten ranked Peter Manfredo, Jr. (36-6, 2 KOs) looks to position himself for another crack at a world title against the rugged veteran Daniel Edouard (23-3, 14 KOs). continue
By James Slater: While just recently everyone has been talking about and hoping to see a Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye clash, Wladimir’s big brother Vitali has been working on his own next fight. And while the WBC heavyweight king going up against unbeaten Odlanier Solis (set for Cologne, March 19th) is not a fight that has captured the imagination of the public the same way Klitschko-Haye did (past tense, won’t ever happen now?), the March clash could be a surprisingly good battle. continue
By James Slater: Scotland’s Ricky Burns had a great year in 2010, but the man who sensationally took the WBO super-featherweight crown from power-puncher Roman “Rocky” Martinez wants an even bigger 2011. Speaking on his promoter Frank Warren’s official web site, the 27-year-old spoke of his plans of making boxing history - by becoming the first Scot to hold more than one “world” title at the same time. continue
By Dan Jamson: If Zab Judah fights fights Kaizer Mabuza for the IBF 140lbs title on March 5th it will be just over 11 years since he originally captured the same belt. Did the Brooklyn fighter fulfill the potential he showed as a raw but lightning fast young fighter back in 2000? continue
By Mike Dunn - The victory of the “savage” of Senegal, Battling Siki, over beloved Frenchman Georges Carpentier in September of 1922 was bizarre, controversial and significant all at the same time.
It was significant because the woolly-haired, dark-skinned Siki earned the light-heavyweight championship of the world with his convincing six-round KO before a packed crowd of 50,000 throaty onlookers at the recently constructed Velodrome Buffalo south of Paris. It was significant because Siki, whose birth name was Baye Phal, became the first native African to claim a boxing crown. And it was significant because it marked a downturn in the ring fortunes of the wildly popular Carpentier. continue
By James Slater - When it comes to giving the fans nostalgia nights, there is no sport quite like boxing. “They always come back,” is the old adage used when referring to former champions, and it really is true - perhaps more so these days than ever before!
Not only is Evander Holyfield - the finest heavyweight of the 1990s - still plying his trade (in fact, “The Real Deal” never really went away), but three more big names from the same decade will be in action next month. Fightnews.com has confirmed that Ray Mercer and Tommy Morrison will indeed fight on the same card in Canada on Feb. 25th, while Boxrec have former Holyfield and Mercer rival “Smokin’” Bert Cooper down as fighting a TBA the following day in Atlanta, Georgia. continue
WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko will defend his title against Cuban Odlanier Solis at LANXESS Arena Cologne, Germany, on March 19. Solis is ranked #1 in the WBC and Klitschko’s official mandatory challenger.
Odlanier „La Sombra“ Solis is 30 years old and lives in Florida. He has an impressive amateur fight record of 241 fights and 227 wins. Solis is a three times world amateur champion as well as Olympic gold medalist in Athens 2004. Solis scored a 10th-round disqualification victory against Ray Austin in the title elimination bout in Miami on December 17 to become Klitschko's mandatory challenger. As a professional, Solis is unbeaten and owns 17 wins with 12 KOs. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 107th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (29-1, 17 KOs) who has recently paired up with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. Dawson suffered the first loss of his professional career last August at the hands of reigining WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. Dawson has a rematch clause with Pascal, but each fighter was allowed one interim fight before the rematch took place. Pascal battled Bernard Hopkins to a controversial draw in a fight many believe ‘The Executioner’ deserved to win. The WBC has subsequently ordered a rematch between Pascal and Hopkins. Dawson spoke on this matter, and also provided opinions and insight on other matters pertaining to his career, his new working relationship with Emanuel Steward, and more! Here is what Dawson had to say.
On getting a rematch against WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal:
“I mean with the whole situation I’m just ready to fight. You know me and Pascal have the rematch clause. We both had the option to take a fight in between the rematch fight and he chose to take the fight with Bernard Hopkins, which I think pretty much everybody thought was a bad fight to take because we knew it was going to be a tough fight. He took the fight and things happened the way they happened. It was a close controversial fight, but I’m not really worried about that because I have to worry about myself which means that my rematch clause should be in effect. I’m confident that it will happen and hopefully it happens.” continue
For lightweight Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs), it doesn't really matter where his next fight will be held but never in his wildest dreams would he have expected Grand Island, Nebraska. On February 26th, DeMarco of Tijuana, MX, will challenge fellow countryman Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) of Mexico City, MX, for the WBC Silver lightweight title in the main event of "Rumble in the Heartland". The eight fight night will be held at the Heartland Events Center. The fight will be televised by Showtime and presented by Gary Shaw Promotions. continue
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 11, 2011) – Veteran heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) will step into the ring with Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield on January 22 at the historic Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
“My experience boxing Vladamir Klitschko for weeks on end has prepared me to fight the best in the world,” Williams said. “While I respect Evander’s experience in the ring with him having beaten Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes and Buster Douglas, I’m in the best shape of my career and I’m going to make it a very long night for Holyfield on Jan. 22.”
Williams, a sparring partner in the Klitschko camps for two years, will battle for Holyfield’s World Boxing Federation heavyweight title.
The event, Redemption in America will fuse championship boxing with world class entertainment, showcasing a high-energy production with music presented by Broadway performers, dancers and aerial artists. continue
Boxing fans in Greeley, Colorado were treated to a sensational evening of world class professional boxing on Saturday night, January 8th, as local favorite Robert “Big Rob” Rodriguez and contender Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry scored tremendous knockout victories in their co-featured bouts at the ROCKY MOUNTAIN RUMBLE held at the Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall. Fighting for the first time in his hometown, the 20 year old Rodriguez looked dominant as he displayed an array of power punches, dropping fellow Greeley resident Rubin Santos three times enroute to a second round stoppage of their featherweight bout. The last knockdown, coming at the 1:18 mark of the second stanza resulted in the end of the fight. continue
• The ongoing war of words between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye
• Wladimir Klitschko reported to be facing Tomasz Adamek in September in Poland
• David Haye defending his WBA heavyweight title against Ruslan Chagaev in late May
• WBC ordering a rematch between Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins
• Amir Khan defending his WBA junior welterweight title on April 16 against Lamont Peterson
• Mauricio Herrera beating Ruslan Provodnikov by controversial unanimous decision
• Demetrius Andrade scoring a unanimous decision victory against Alberto Herrera continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 10, 2011) – Undefeated and heralded prospects Luis Franco, Lateef Kayode, Archie Ray Marquez, Rico Ramos and Cornelius White highlight an action-packed February of ShoBox: The New Generation fights while two SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING events will follow, including a March 19 battle for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight World Championship between champion Lucian Bute and Brian Magee. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (January 10, 2011) – The fuse has been lit for “Dynamite” – pitting two Top-10 pound for pound fighters in an explosive showdown! Las Vegas’ first world title fight of 2011 will feature World Bantamweight Champion FERNANDO “Cochulito” MONTIEL defending his title against two-division world champion NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE in the latest chapter of the storied México-Philippines rivalry, Saturday, February 19, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, the Montiel-Donaire world title tilt will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) The broadcast will open with undefeated NABO/NABA/WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion MIKE JONES defending his titles against Top-10 contender JESUS SOTO-KARASS in a rematch of their exciting battle which took place on November 13 under the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito pay-per-view extravaganza. continue
By James Slater: George Foreman, undeniably one of the most amazing prize fighters of all-time, celebrates his 62nd birthday today. Having now been retired for well over a decade, Foreman has probably forgotten all about the rigours of heavyweight boxing, and is thinking only about his religious and business enterprises. But on this day of his birthday, this article asks the question: where exactly does the two-time heavyweight ruler rank in the history of heavyweight greats? continue
By James Slater: Saul Alvarez Vs. Matthew Hatton is a fight that has been talked about before, and now, according to various sources including Fightnews, the fight is extremely close to taking place. The date being spoken about is March the 5th; the possible venue the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. continue
I was looking at your FB page this weekend and saw your thoughts on Alexander/Bradley. You seem to lean towards Alexander, but Kotelnik made him look very marginal. I know that you haven't declared him your official pick, but what makes you think he has such a chance?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think alot of people have counted Alexander out because of the Kotelnik fight, but history tells us that's not only unfair, but more often than not, quite misleading. When you look at the early days in the career of several marquee fighters today, you'd be hard-pressed to find many who didn't have an opponent that gave viewers at home a reason to question some element of their true worth. continue
Tony Dodson has laughed off suggestions that Prizefighter is his last shot at glory – saying victory at Olympia in London on January 29 will be the catalyst for another major title tilt.
The Liverpool boxer is one of the favourites for the 16th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one-night tournaments and after title fight defeats to local rivals Tony Quigley and Paul Smith in his last two bouts, the temptation is there for pundits to say it’s now or never for The Warrior. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (January 10, 2011) – Gary Shaw announced today the signing of middleweight prospect and former amateur sensation KURTISS COLVIN to an exclusive promotional contract with Gary Shaw Productions (GSP). Colvin (2-0, 2 KOs), from Austin TX., will make his debut under the GSP banner on Friday, February 4, at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. He will be on the non-televised undercard of Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation,” featuring the Luis Franco vs. Leonilo Miranda WBO Inter-Continental featherweight and Lateef Kayode vs. Nicholas Iannuzzi NABF/NABO cruiserweight championship fights. continue
By David P. Lopez: For the second time in just over a year a proposed mega-fight between heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye has come apart at the seams after seemingly being set in place. The first time around it was Haye who chose to go another route, electing to face the giant Nicolay Valuev instead of the younger of the two Klitschko’s. Disappointing as that may have been, it was a sensible choice from a business standpoint to choose the less-athletic Valuev for a title challenge given that it was only Haye’s second fight after declaring himself a heavyweight for good. continue
After fourteen years in the ring, former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster, who has undergone four unsuccessful surgeries to restore sight in his left eye, has called a halt to his career in the ring.
Brewster, who hasn’t had sight in his left eye since his bout against Robert Helenius believes his last opponents gloves were tainted in some fashion. “My team wasn’t allowed to inspect Helenius’s gloves or witness his hands being wrapped,” states Brewster. “I feel I was done wrong, and now with no sight there is no way I can continue my fighting career.”
Brewster will now put his time into his promotional company Relentless Events, as well as other projects. continue
ORANGE, CA (January 9, 2011) - On Friday night's season opener of ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" Riverside's Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (16-1, 7 KOs) defeated Russia's Ruslan Provodnikov thereby blemishing his once perfect record to (17-1,11 KOs). Herrera, whose unanimous decision win allowed him to capture the vacant IBF North American junior welterweight title, endured a swollen eye but still managed to surprise Provodnikov with his skillful combinations and constant movement. continue
Mike Tyson was one of those rare individuals born with an innate ability to hurt people. In the book Mike Tyson: The Release of Power by Reg Gutteridge and Norman Giller Tyson’s life and Boxing Career is covered from birth through his fight with Buster Mathis Jr. in 1995.
The material in this book predates Tyson’s meltdown against Holyfield where he ripped a chunk of Evander’s ear off with his teeth. There is a fight-by-fight write up of every single bout in Mike Tyson’s professional career as well as a time line chronology of all the major events of Tyson’s life up to that point. Extras included in Mike Tyson: The Release of Power is History of The Heavyweights, short biographies of every single Heavyweight Champion since John L. Sullivan and Computer Ratings of those champions. continue
By James Slater - With the news that a big and important rematch is going to happen, in Bernard Hopkins-Jean Pascal II, I got to thinking about some potentially great sequels that sadly failed to come off. Unfinished business in boxing is often a frustrating thing, for both the fighters and the fans, and here I list half a dozen rematches that not only should have happened, but could have happened.
See what you think, would you have enjoyed seeing these part II’s?
By James Slater - It really does seem as though David Haye has resigned himself to the fact that he will not be fighting Wladimir Klitschko. Though Klitschko still says the fight can happen on July 2nd, Haye says such talk is nonsense, as Wladimir will not fight again so soon after his April 30th bout with Derek Chisora. And haye has also made it clear: he will NOT extend his career for anyone, not even Klitschko.
If the fight doesn’t happen “now,” Haye says, “it will not happen” - because he is sticking to his October 2011 retirement promise. Haye, as has been reported, has opened talks with his mandatory, Ruslan Chagaev, and he told Sky Sports yesterday that he is now looking at taking some “memorable” fights in the ten remaining months of his career.
Haye also said it will be Wladimir, not he, who will have to live with being asked almost constantly why the unification fight failed to happen. Clearly, Haye blames Klitschko for the fight (apparently) falling apart. continue
TACOMA, Wash. – Light heavyweight LaFarrell Bunting defeated a game Matt O’ Brien by majority decision in the main event of Battle at the Boat 80 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma on Saturday. One judge scored the 10-round bout at 95-95, while the other two had Bunting winning the contest, 96-94 and 97-93. continue
Fairfield, CA (January 7) - TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" kicked off the 2011 season with an explosive seven-bout card from the Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif. tonight. The event was presented by Don Chargin Productions and Golden Boy Promotions with matchmaking by Jorge Marron and local support from Paco Presents. If you missed the live action or televised broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
By James Slater: The upcoming January 22nd clash between faded legend Evander Holyfield and durable journeyman Sherman “Tank” Williams, which will go out on a Pay-Per-View, looks like having a stacked under-card as support. This may be just as well, because in truth the main event has failed to set pulses racing. continue
By Chip Mitchell: Boxing fans, I recently had the opportunity to interview a legend. Folks, the ONLY boxer to win the World heavyweight title four times…. I give you Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield! continue
By Mike Burnell: Much debate has been stirred through Manny Pacquiao’s humble genesis from a small neighborhood kid in the impoverished city of Kibawe Bukidon Philippines to his improbable rise to World Champion in 8 weight classes. In 1995 Manny weighed 106lbs for his first professional fight vs. Edmund Enting Ignacio and 15 years later tipped the scales at 145 lbs vs. Joshua Clottey, a difference of 39 lbs. continue
SHYMKENT, Kazakhstan (January 8, 2011) – WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) successfully defended his world titles for the second time, stopping 3-time world champion William Joppy in the sixth round, tonight in front of a packed house at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.
Joppy (39-6-2, 30 KOs) replaced WBO titlist Juergen Braehmer, who last Monday night suddenly and unexpectedly pulled out of his scheduled unification showdown against Shumenov, in the main event. continue
By James Slater - Andre Berto says he is ready to fight the best names out there. Critics of Berto say he has yet to prove himself. And there’s the dilemma: Berto cannot seem to get himself a fight with a big, recognisable name against whom he can prove he is as good as he says he is.
Recently, the reigning WBC welterweight champion has seen a fight with “Sugar” Shane Mosley fall through (due to the tragedy in Haiti, where Berto’s parents are from), and the unbeaten 27-year-old also saw any chance he had of landing the May 7th date with Manny Pacquiao disappear as Mosley bagged the big one. continue
By Mike Dunn - After watching a recent replay of Carl Froch's one-sided victory over Arthur Abraham on Showtime, I was impressed with the fervency of Froch's biggest fan, his lovely girlfriend Rachael Cordingly.
Rachael's voice could clearly be heard during the fight, at times almost drowning out the voice of the announcers who jokingly referred to her as the third member of the broadcast team. Rachael had lots to cheer for, as things turned out. Carl jabbed, moved and generally gave Abraham a thrashing in their WBC 12-round super middleweight title tilt held Nov. 27 in Helsinki.
As Rachael continually yelled "C'mon Carl" and screamed occasionally at decibel-defying levels throughout the bout, it brought to mind an article I had read years before about another United Kingdom champ, Bob Fitzsimmons, and the way his wife Rose was a very public and very vocal presence in his life. continue
By Joseph Herron - After the presents have been opened, after the turkey has been devoured, and after the corks have been popped, it’s time to reflect on the good and the bad of the previous year and look forward to the improvements we can make for a better future. Boxing unfortunately has a lot of room for improvement in 2011.
In 2010, there were periods where very little boxing action took place for weeks at a time. This is a travesty and an inexcusable cardinal sin, according to most boxing die-hards. We live for the big match-ups and there just weren’t enough of them this past year. Every other major sport has a schedule that the fans can revolve their lives around. This, in my not so humble opinion, is boxing’s primary malfunction. If boxing wants to be considered everyone’s favorite pastime once again, the powers that be must place this issue at the top of the agenda. continue
The Los Angeles Matadors defeated the Mexico City Guerreros winning four out of five matches on Friday night. The Matadors have now won 19 of the 25 bouts they've competed in as a team and are now 2-0 against the Guerreros.
Now through five weeks of the inaugural WSB season, the LA Matadors lead the conference standings with a 4-1 team record, and 13 points overall. With the loss, the Guerreros now fall to third place with a 2-3 record and sit behind the Miami Gallos (3-2), who defeated the Memphis Force (1-4) earlier this week. The current standings now sets up another battle between the league's top two teams next week as the Matadors will host the Gallos in Los Angeles January 13. continue
Sensational welterweight prospect Leti Leti makes his North American debut this Saturday night, January 8th at the ROCKY MOUTAIN RUMBLE at the Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall in Greeley, Colorado. An outstanding amateur in New Zealand and Samoa where he won numerous national titles, the 23 year old Leti has been based in Las Vegas for the past five months under the tutelage of renowned trainer Kenny Adams. In November, he was one of the main sparring partners for Marcos Maidana as he prepared for his world title challenge with Amir Khan. continue
Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events, confirmed, "Contracts have been emailed to Kaizer Mabuza's promoter, Branco Milenkovic. The contract specifies the Judah - Mabuza International Boxing Federation (IBF) Jr. Welterweight title fight will be held March 5th." continue
Moments ago Providence, Rhode Island's, Demetrius Andrade improved to a perfect (12-0, 8KO's) scoring a dominate eight round decision over tough as nails Alberto Herrera (7-2-1, 5KO's) at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, NV. The bout, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, kicked off ESPN's 2011 "Friday Night Fight" series. continue
“Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” in Greeley, Colorado as TKO Boxing Promotions in association with Ghost Town Promotions present the ROCKY MOUNTAIN RUMBLE at the Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall this Saturday night, January 8th.
Headlining this Saturday’s action packed seven bout card is Greeley fan favorite and former amateur standout Robert Rodriguez. Competing as a featherweight, Rodriguez has built his record to 5-0-0 (1KO) while impressing fans all over the country. continue
By James Slater - The world heavyweight title picture might not (and I stress might not) be as bleak as it looks right now. Okay, the heavyweight unification we all wanted to see between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye is now “dead” according to Haye’s manager, but we may see another excellent match-up involving “Dr. Steel Hammer” later this year. And I’m not talking about Wladimir’s fight with Derek Chisora!
In a big news story that has appeared on invaluable web site Fight news.com, the word is Tomasz Adamek, the former light-heavy and cruiserweight ruler, has “agreed” to challenge the Ring magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO boss in his native Poland sometime in September. continue
Beibut Shumenov: "Saturday night's fight with Juergen Braehmer is no longer possible and the last four months I trained for this fight - eight hours a day doing nothing but training. I dreamed of unifying both titles - WBA and WBO - the highest titles. He left without saying anything to anybody. It happened that Dan's team saw them leaving from the airport the same day. They asked why he was leaving and were told because of nausea and stomach problems. According to our country he had to see the doctor of the (Kazakhstan) federation but he blatantly refused. All of that was saying he wasn't willing to take the fight. Yes, I was disappointed, but now I'm fighting three-time world champion William Joppy. I won't underestimate his skills. His 30 knockouts are impressive."
William Joppy: "I felt welcomed here when I first walked off the plane. We've been on a roller-coaster ride with the changing of opponents. Me and Beibut have in common that we both trained for totally different style fighters. Beibut is a great fighter. I've watched some of his fights but there's not something I haven't seen before. And he's fought orthodox fighters before. I'm here to give a great, memorable fight like sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns in their first fight. I came here to fight Gayrat Ahmedov and fell into a world title fight. Wow! It's going to be a barn-burner. continue
By James Slater - It seems any chance of rival heavyweight champions Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye facing one another any time soon really are slim at best. As we know, Wladimir will fight unbeaten Brit Derek Chisora in Germany on April 30th, and it has today been reported by various sources how Haye has began talking to his mandatory challenger, Ruslan Chagaev; with the plan being to fight “The White Tyson” next, possibly before the end of May.
Haye spoke on BBC radio earlier this week, when Klitschko had announced he would be fighting Chisora in April - explaining that he had been given permission by the WBA to hold off with the Chagaev fight only because he had a big, unification fight with Klitschko all but set. Haye claims the decision Wladimir made to face Chisora pulled the rug from under him, and that he now has to face Chagaev next, or face being stripped of his belt. continue
By James Slater - In sad news, it has been reported that Gary Mason, the popular former British heavyweight champion, has been killed in a cycling accident. According to reports, the 48-year-old who quit the ring in 1994 was hit by a van and died instantly yesterday morning. The driver of the van, who has not been named, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.
Our condolences go out to Mason’s family and friends. continue
By Matthew Paras - Promoters talk a big game. When the relatively unknown promotional company, Boxing 360, reeled in David Estrada, the long time Welterweight had something to look forward to in his career. Promising him multiple fights in 2010, Boxing 360 first secured a fight with Orlando Lora on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights. Estrada was the underdog, but he prevailed taking Lora’s undefeated record in the process. For the moment, Estrada’s career was on the upswing.
It’s been a full nine months since Estrada’s victory, but a lot has changed since then. After failing to secure fights for him, the once-comforting relationship between him and Boxing 360 went crashing to the ground. A bitter Estrada is still frustrated at the inactivity he has faced. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Last week’s 106th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOS), who is preparing to face Sherman Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) on January 22. In addition to his upcoming fight with Williams, Holyfield is also slated to take on Brian Nielson (64-2, 43 KOs) on March 5. Holyfield talked about his upcoming fights, reflected back on his Hall of Fame career, and provided opinions on the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview.
JENNA J: It’s actually time for our third and final guest on this week’s show. He is the former undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight champion of the world. We are joined by the legendary Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield. How is everything going tonight, Evander?
EVANDER HOLYFIELD: Everything is great.
JENNA: Alright you got a fight coming up this month on the 22nd against Sherman ‘The Tank’ Williams. How have your preparations been going?
HOLYFIELD: Everything is good. Everything is good.
JENNA: Now this fight has been on and off again quite a few times. Why after all of the setbacks has this match finally come together?
HOLYFIELD: Well we finally got a promoter to come and put the money up, and when the money is up the fight is a fight. continue
To kick off the 2011 boxing season, TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate," returns with live boxing action for the first time ever at the Sports Center in Fairfield, California on Friday, January 7.
In the main event, scheduled for eight rounds in the middleweight division, unbeaten Sacramento prospect Brandon Gonzales puts his perfect record on the line against San Diego's Lester Gonzalez. continue
On Friday night, one of boxing brightest star's, Providence, Rhode Island's, Demetrius Andrade (11-0, 8KO's) will look to keep his unbeaten record in tact, and kick off what is expected by many to be a very big year for the 22-year-old southpaw, when he takes on Alberto Herrera (7-1-1, 5KO's) from the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, NV. The bout, scheduled for eight rounds in the jr. middleweight divison, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, and will kick off ESPN's 2011 "Friday Night Fight" series. continue
SHYMKENT, Kazakhstan (Jan. 7, 2011) – Despite the unannounced departure from Kazakhstan of WBO champion Juergen Braehmer, WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov decided not to allow the devastating news derail his homecoming as a World Champion when he defends his titles Saturday night against 3-time world champion William Joppy in the 12-round main event at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 6 - Following the outcry over the controversial December 18 draw between Jean Pascal and Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins on in Quebec City, Canada, the WBC Board of Governors has voted in favor of ordering an immediate rematch between the two for the WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship. continue
By Rob Moore: The continuing reports of the ongoing David Haye vs. Wladimir Klitschko negotiations has been all but impossible for boxing fans to ignore. It is the fight that we all wanted. It is the fight that divided and engaged boxing fans, raised emotions and expectations to some heady levels. Unfortunately the protracted failure to make the fight happen has turned some fans strong views into downright hostility, directed at one or other of the camps. continue
With a career crossroads fight for former #1-world ranked heavyweight contender Cristobal Arreola (29-2, 25 KOs) just three weeks away, Team Arreola brought in some reinforcements with the notable addition of highly-successful and respected, Houston-based trainer Ronnie Shields. Shields, who worked with Mike Tyson and guided the likes of Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whittaker, Meldrick Taylor , Vernon Forrest and Kermit Cintron to world titles, will share the corner with incumbent trainer Henry Ramirez at Arreola's January 28 ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" main event against hard-hitting southpaw Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. continue
By James Slater - Now that he’s fully recovered from the bout of flu that KO’d his end of the year fight with Alfonso Gomez (and then replacement foe Pawel Wolak), Julio Cesar Chavez Junior is anxious to get back into the ring. And, according to Fightnews and Boxrec, the unbeaten middleweight will fight tough Youngstown, Ohio warrior Billy Lyell on January 29th.
The word is the undefeated 24-year-old with the impressive 41-0-1(30) pro record will face the 26-year-old in Culiacan, Mexico at the end of the month. continue
By James Slater - David Haye has said he is “done” with both Klitschko brothers right now. Due, he says, to bending over backwards in an attempt to appease Wladimir and get the fight with him made, Haye has lost all patience now that “Dr. Steel Hammer” has decided to fight Derek Chisora instead. Haye feels this “tune-up” fight on April 30th has in effect killed any possibility of Wladimir facing him on the only available TV date that was agreeable to both RTL and Sky Sports, July 2nd.
Haye says no way will Wladimir fight ANYONE as soon as Jul.2nd, not after having boxed at the end of April. And even though Team-Klitschko are insisting the unification clash is still on in their opinion (for July 2nd), Haye, in the press release you can read below, is talking of moving on and forgetting about BOTH Klitschkos. continue
By James Slater - A while ago, news reports informed us how Samuel Peter, the former WBC heavyweight champion, had likely priced himself out of the April 16th date Polish star Tomasz Adamek needs an opponent for. Peter, who last fought in September, when he was destroyed by world champ Wladimir Klitschko, reportedly asked for a 50-50 purse split to face the former light-heavy and cruiserweight champ. continue
WITH Wladimir Klitschko opting to fight Brit Dereck Chisora rather than David Haye, William Hill are betting on how many of the champion brothers Haye will fight - and beat - in 2011. 'Some boxing fans are beginning to question whether David Haye really wants to fight a Klitschko as every time it looks as though a fight is imminent some new obstacle appears to block it' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.'So we have made None our favourite for the number of the brothers who will get in the ring for real with David this year.. continue
The title defense of IBF, IBO, WBO and „The Ring“ World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko against British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora has been re-scheduled for April 30 at SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany. Originally, the fight was supposed to happen last year on December 11, also in Mannheim, but had to be cancelled due to an injury of Wladimir Klitschko. continue
Over the past two years undefeated junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) has called out some of boxing's biggest names to no avail. While those efforts have been unsuccessful, his efforts in the ring have earned him the #1 spot in the latest rankings put out by the World Boxing Organization (WBO). continue
(January 5, 2011 – New York, NY) Recently, the name of DiBella Entertainment’s grand champion Sergio Martinez has been turning up left and right as publication after publication name their 2010 Fighter of the Year. But also getting some ink are two young super middleweights in the DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”) stable: Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) and Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs), as they have both been recognized as top prospects to keep an eye on in 2011 by various media outlets. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Last week’s 106th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former IBF lightweight champion of the world Paul Spadafora (45-0-1, 19 KOs), whose name recently made headlines when Floyd Mayweather Senior mentioned him as a possible opponent for his son on the previous edition of On the Ropes. Spadafora spoke about his career, his future, the prospects of a potential showdown with Mayweather, Mosley versus Pacquiao, and much more! Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On his last performance when he stopped Alain Hernandez in the fifth on November 20:
“Oh that felt great man, you know. I felt really good. I felt like I just overwhelmed him. He wasn’t in the same caliber as I was. It wasn’t a great fight, but on the same token it was the same thing that I always loved to do, go out there and fight.”
On whether he is ready to step up his level of opposition:
“Well I’m just waiting on the promoter. Whenever they give me the date, whenever the guy comes forward, I’ll be there! All you got to do is tell me when and I’ll be there.”
On which weight class he feels he is best suited for:
“I think right now I’m probably best at 147 pounds.” continue
By James Slater - With talks between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye reportedly going so well, it has perhaps come as surprising news that “Dr. Steel Hammer’s” postponed fight with unbeaten but largely untested Brit Derek Chisora is back on. Set to go ahead in Germany on April 30th, the bout that was originally set for November has got people wondering if the Wladimir-Haye fight will not now go ahead as we all were beginning to feel it would.
It’s good news for Chisora that his big opportunity has not fallen by the wayside forever, and it’s honourable of the Ring magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO champion to decide to grant Chisora the opportunity a second time round. continue
January 5, 2011 - World Boxing Association (WBA) world heavyweight champion David 'The Hayemaker' Haye has brandished rival titleholder Wladimir Klitschko a 'coward', following the Ukrainian's decision not to unify the belts in a 2011 showdown. A bout between IBF and WBO kingpin Klitschko and Haye appeared close to completion earlier this week, but Wladimir instead decided to announce an April 30 defence against Britain's Dereck Chisora on Wednesday.
"We agreed to a date of July 2nd and a venue in Germany with both Sky Sports and RTL and everybody appeared happy with the deal," said a bemused Haye. "We made a few concessions to remove past stumbling blocks and were happy to do so, as it finally looked like the fight would get made.
"Even through negotiations, though, it was clear Wladimir was uneasy about taking the fight. He would often come up with new obstacles and problems to overcome, and I never sensed he fancied the fight. continue
Dereck Chisora was celebrating tonight after it was confirmed he will fight Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on April 30. The British and Commonwealth champion was left devastated when Klitschko pulled out of their December 11 clash after tearing an abdominal muscle in training. But Del Boy never gave up hope that he would earn a second chance against the IBF and WBO world champion. And today the fight was sealed for the end of April. "This news is a fantastic late Christmas present," said the north Londoner. "I always believed that I would fight Klitschko, and my faith has been repaid. continue
Nathan Cleverly is hoping Jurgen Braehmer's unification clash with Beibut Shumenov is rescheduled quickly - so he can take on the winner. WBO World Light-Heavyweight champion Braehmer pulled out of this weekend's clash with WBA king Shumenov after being hit with a stomach bug. It's a nightmare scenario for WBO Interim title holder Cleverly, who is desperate to get his hands on the full title. He was hoping to meet the winner of Saturday's fight within months. Instead he may have to wait until later in 2011 for his opportunity - much to his frustration. continue
By James Slater - Since he’s been somewhat quiet since that humbling loss of an MMA debut back at the end of August, boxing fans have been wondering what’s up with James “Lights Out” Toney; wondering what his plans for the future are.
Wanting to know myself, I called up John Arthur, manager of the 42-year-old all-time great, and he was able to arrange a quick over the phone interview with the former multi-weight (and current IBA heavyweight) champion.
Toney was at the gym when I called, but he was still kind enough to find me some time. Toney made it abundantly clear he is far from finished as a boxer, and he informed me of his plans for the coming months.. As fast with his mouth as ever, Toney, as usual, had quite a bit to say about the Klitschko brothers and David Haye. Toney also let me know he has a certain Antonio Tarver on his current hit-list continue
Below is a direct statement made by heavyweight contender Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (23-1-1, 10KO's):
This is America, the land of opportunity and redemption. On January 22nd, another great American, Evander Holyfield is fighting on a show called "Redemption." When I heard that I was going to be on the PPV undercard, I said, 'great, get me the toughest opponent available.' Since then I was offered guys that nobody else wants to fight. continue
By Jason Bey: I’m beginning to notice something more and more every day. Can you hear it too? It’s a deafening silence. I can hear the crickets chirping though. That’s the sound we are left with in the aftermath of 2010’s Knockout of the Year. Sergio Martinez has managed to find himself between a rock and a hard place simply because he has left such an unsavory image in all of his would be opponents mind’s. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 106th special Wednesday edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Evander Holyfield, Paul Spadafora, and Otis Griffin) will start at 6:00pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player or click here to listen and 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).
• Wladimir Klitschko will be fighting Dereck Chisora on April 30 in Germany
• Light heavyweight Chad Dawson pairing up with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward
• Erik Morales being rumored to face Juan Manuel Marquez possibly on April 9
• Otis Griffin versus Yusaf Mack IBF Eliminator being rescheduled for February 4
• Announcement that Felix Sturm will be defending his WBA middleweight title against Ronald Hearns on February 19
• Kelly Pavlik being released from the Betty Ford Rehab Center yesterday continue
By Chris Kelly: On his way up the rankings Kelly ‘The Ghost” Pavlik was a promoters dream; a rangy white middleweight with a concrete chin, an inexhaustible work rate and genuine pop in both hands. He seemed to handle both bangers and boxers alike, and the truck size holes in his defence only added an entertainment X factor that took him all the way to a 160 pound title victory over Jermain Taylor. continue
Universum´s WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer arrived back in Germany from Kazakhstan today at 9AM. He and BDB President Thomas Pütz were immediately rushed from Hamburg Airport by ambulance to the Asklepios Klinik in Hamburg St. Georg. Brähmer and Pütz both received infusions and their strength is slowly coming back according to Dr. Michael Ehnert. The pair had gone two days without food and suffered heavy fluid loss from diarrhea and vomiting. Extensive blood and stool examinations were performed and results are expected by tomorrow at the earliest. continue
SHYMENT, Kazakhstan (Jan. 5, 2011) – A terribly upset and disappointed WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov was in near shock to learn that his scheduled opponent for Saturday night’s unification fight, WBO titlist Juergen Braehmer, left Shymkent last night without informing or explaining why he has pulled out of “The Unification.”
Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) chose to fight Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs) in a world unification match in only his 12th pro fight. However, Braehmer’s inexplicable behavior has left Shumenov without a world champion opponent for this weekend.
“The Unification” is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and KZ Event Productions. Shumenov owns and operates the Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions along with his brother, Chingis, and is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions.
A determination later today will be made regarding whether Saturday night’s show will proceed with three boxers fighting under the KZ Event Productions banner: WBA No. 13 welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (13-0, 11 KOs) vs. former Mexican welterweight champion Jose Luis “Chelin” Cruz (41-7-2, 33 KOs), WBA FEDALATIN Welterweight Championship. continue
The back cover blurb of American Son: My Story ends with the statement by Oscar De La Hoya, “If I can do it, you can do it.” That was the dominant theme of De La Hoya’s story. It is a message everyone should remember and take to heart. continue
Sensational undefeated Russian prospects Antov Novikov and Aslanbek Kozaev have been added to WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 15 on Friday, January 28th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions.
Now based in Chicago, both Novikov and Kozaev will be returning to battle following their triumphant victories at the UIC Pavilion this past September in which they each made their North American debuts. continue
Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 21 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against battled-tested veteran Sherman “The Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) in a 12-round championship fight January 22, headlining the “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View Event, live from America’s resort -- The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall -- in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Holyfield continues his journey to become the first heavyweight champion to regain the coveted world title four different times.
“Redemption” will fuse world class boxing and entertainment; showcasing a production that includes high-energy music presented by Broadway performers, along with dancers and aerial artists. “Our show will be a one-of-a-kind event – real pain, real boxing, real entertainment,” ARK Promotions president Rick Lazes said. “Redemption is about America and Evander Holyfield on the road back to the top. continue
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (January 4, 2011) --- It was announced today that ESPN Friday Night Fights will be presented at and broadcast live from the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena on Friday, February 4, 2011. Billed as SUPER BRAWL 2011, the event is scheduled just two days prior to the 2011 Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. continue
By James Slater - 39-year-old future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley has bitten at the talk that says he is a shot, or “washed up” fighter. The former three-weight ruler has said quite a lot of things ahead of his signed May 7th welterweight title clash with Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao, but his latest claim is one that says the Vegas fight will not be his last.
Mosley, who has not won a fight since January of 2009, has also claimed he will KO Pac-Man, and his latest promise of not hanging up the gloves after May 7th’s dust up is done has been accompanied by another prediction: this one saying the fight with Pacquiao will be a real war. continue
After a promising start, negotiations between K2 / KMG on the one side and ARENA Sports-Promotion on the other side for the WBC heavyweight championship between Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis seem to have stagnated.
"The offer we got from the Klitschko side are not what we have been expecting. In addition they don’t want to comply to any of our requests. We have made a counter offer but so far they didn’t respond to that. So I guess we’ll have to go to purse bid", says Solis’ promoter Ahmet Oner.
"The Klitschkos’ arrogance really pisses me off", adds Odlanier Solis. "My promoter informed me about every step in the negotiations and it looks to me like Vitali is trying to take advantage of me. I will make him pay for that. This is not about money – it’s about respect. The Klitschkos seem to think that I am just another opponent like the last tomato cans they cherry-picked so Vitali could easily beat them up. continue
One of top amateurs in all of the United States will enter the paid ranks next month, as San Ardo, California’s Roman Morales turns professional on February 4th. Morales signed a managerial contract with the biggest hype man in boxing, Repo Ric, and will make his debut at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. continue
By James Slater - It’s still too early to celebrate, but those fans hoping to see rival heavyweight champions Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye fight may finally get what they want this coming summer. Various news sources are reporting that negotiations for the unification clash are going as well as could be hoped for, and fight news.com and The LA Times are even suggesting the month fight may take place on.
Late spring or early summer look likely, The LA Times says, and they have quoted Golden Boys’ Richard Schaefer - “David wants the fight. We are working now on the date and the venue.”
Schaefer said the likelihood is the fight will go ahead in one of Germany’s huge soccer stadiums, in either Dusseldorf or Frankfurt. While Klitschko advisor Tom Loeffler is as optimistic as he’s been in a long while, telling the LA Times that “We’ve seen a lot more willingness from Haye than in the past in these talks. It seems he’s finally willing to take the challenge.. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Australian boxing had quite an exciting 2010, predictably led by its international stars Michael Katsidis and Vic Darchinyan. With a number of Australia’s leading boxers in defining stages of their careers, let’s see what’s in store for this year: continue
By Phil Rowson: In 1989 Tyson came into the fight as undefeated champion, Bruno had a decent record but he was more a Bum of the Month figure than serious challenger. Three years earlier he had lost to Tim Witherspoon in the biggest fight of his career when the current WBA champion proved that he could both land a harder punch and take one better too. continue
By Ted Sares: Freddie Roach has had many fine accomplishments and molding Manny Pacquiao from a less-than-multi-dimensional, albeit superb fighter, into a fully-armed killing machine is his greatest. Manny now fights using either hand from different angles and with foot speed that keeps his opponents grasping and gasping. He can knockout his foes with one punch from either hand and seems to be getting even stronger as he moves up in weight and wrecks havoc the likes of which we have not seen in many a year.
Frederick "Freddie" Roach grew up in the tough Projects in Dedham, MA in a well-known boxing family and launched a professional career in which he paid dearly for staying on too long. Most of his fights were held in Nevada. His record was 40-13 but he finished badly. He went 13-12 in the last part of his career after streaking out of the gate with a 26-1 mark. Then after a number of menial jobs in Las Vegas, he began his apprenticeship by taking on an unpaid job with his former trainer and mentor, the immortal Eddie Futch, in 1986. He took to the job like a duck to water and learned his craft the way a skilled mason does, stone by stone. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: On September 9 just after 5 pm, a security camera at a guard station picked up three kids running inside. Some time later, a police car arrived at the scene, followed by an ambulance. In a few minutes, a woman is seen wheeled out on a medical gurney. The woman is holding on to her head as she is taken to the EMT response vehicle. continue
By Jason Bey: Ladies and gentleman, what we have here are two hungry young lions in 27 yr. old WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto and 20 yr. old NABF Welterweight and WBC Silver Super Welterweight Champion Saul Alvarez. I think their promotional companies would have no problem getting boxing fans to come to the zoo if these young lions were let out the cage on one another. continue
By James Slater -It’s quite amazing to think how far Kelly Pavlik fell in the last couple of years or so. Back in 2008 he was the unbeaten middleweight champion of the world, and a big star the world over. Then came that big points loss to the crafty Bernard Hopkins, which in turn was followed by long bouts of inactivity, illness and injury/infection. There were also rumours of bar fights, caused primarily due to a growing dependency on alcohol.
Late last year, the alcohol rumours were proven to be correct, as the Youngstown hero checked into the Betty Ford rehab clinic. It has been reported on ESPN.com that Pavlik, 36-2(32) will come out of rehab tomorrow, and that he is “anxious” to get his boxing career back on track. It goes without saying how we all wish Kelly the best of luck with his plans. But can “The Ghost” make it back to anywhere near the top of the mountain?
Pavlik, despite his out of the ring issues, has never taken a real beating in a fight and at age 28 he is young enough to become champion again. continue
By James Slater - There seems to be a small chance we have not seen the last of Tommy Morrison in a boxing ring. It may not mean too much, but Boxrec have Morrison down as fighting again on Feb. 25th - in Canada. Not only that, but the site has another former WBO heavyweight champion down as fighting on that same card. “Merciless” Ray Mercer, who of course smashed “The Duke” to defeat in that memorable 1991 KO, is down as facing local trial horse Stephane Tessier. Apparently Morrison, 48-3-1(42) will face the unbeaten but untested Eric Barrak, also of Canada. continue
By Mark Klimaszewski: There isn’t much to get excited about in the early days of 2011; Timothy Bradley vs Devon Alexander and Fernando Montiel vs Nonito Donaire are two that spring to mind, initially. A few other fights that are 90% done deals but don’t exactly stir up much enthusiasm are Manny Pacquiao vs Shane Mosley (in May) and Juan Manuel Marquez vs Erik Morales (possibly in April). continue
Damon B. (Coppell, TX): I read a recent conversation between Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao where Khan jokingly told Pacquiao to "Get off them drugs", and Pacquiao responded in saying "I will never take a drug in my life, but when Mayweather is demanding I take a test everyday it is mental, and I'm just not ready for that". Taking this piece as truth really reveals something that not many have either thought of or chose to voice . What are your thoughts on Pacquiao's statement?
Vivek W. (ESB): I agree, this statement opens a path to a previously untouched angle that could possibly add up. What I find particularly interesting here is that it embodies a spiritual connotation, in the sense that like life itself, the focal point surrounding Pacquiao tends to be all physical, yet the blunt reality is hidden somewhere in the mental realm! People look at Pacquiao's 'iron-built' toughness displayed against much bigger men and suddenly, the physical attributes make us forget how important the mental game truly is. To take it a step further, I've always said that no one man is all of anything, for in every good man lies a hint of wrong-doing, and in every sinner lies a path to peace. continue
By Rob Moore: There have been a number of articles written about the forthcoming Pacquiao V Shane Mosley bout. The qualities of both fighters are well known with most informed commentators believing that Shane Mosley is past his best and will be no match for Pacquiao. There is a strong case that this match-up should not have been made at all. Sadly, the fight has been made because it is likely to make easy money. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - The IBF light heavyweight eliminator bout between Otis Griffin (23-4-2, 9 KOs) and Yusaf Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs) was postponed. The fight was originally scheduled for January 7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The contest was postponed due to inclement weather. In fact, the snow was so bad in Minneapolis that three of the fabric panels on the roof of the Metrodome have collapsed!—so much for global warming. The fight will now take place February 4 at the Sheraton in Bloomington, Minnesota. The winner of the Griffin-Mack eliminator would be in a position to challenge IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (22-0, 18 KOs). continue
CORK, Ireland (January 2, 2011) – Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) World Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux, arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, is preparing to school challenger Willie “Big Bang” Casey when they square-off March 19 in Dublin. continue
By James Slater: It is indicative of how big a mismatch the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight is, in that the best experts of all, the bookmakers, have Pac-Man listed as a whopping 9-1 favourite to win the May 7th clash in Las Vegas. The bookies seldom get it wrong, seeing as how their very livelihood is on the line when it comes to posting the odds, and this particular brand of expert is thinking the same way the majority of the fans are: “Sugar” has next to no chance to look sweet against the Pound-for-Pound king. continue
By James Slater - 33-year-old Brooklyn southpaw Zab Judah, fresh off his IBF eliminator of a points win over the unbeaten Lucas Matthysse, will get the chance to become a four-time “world” champion on March 5th. The former light-welterweight and welterweight champ will face tough South African Kaizer Mabuza for the vacant IBF 140-pound belt.
Judah, who always was at his best down at 140 (welters such as Joshua Clottey were simply too big for him), has a very good shot at taking home the belt at The Prudential Centre in New Jersey, but it will be far from easy. 31-year-old Mabuza, 23-6-3(14) may not have a great-looking record, and he may not be a huge puncher, but he is a physically strong fighter who has not lost in a long time. continue
by Ian “Normen Bates” Sims: Since its inception in 1984, the Super Middleweight division has served more the less as a pit stop for Middleweights, some in search of bigger paydays, more recognition, tougher fights, or just a safe place to have a Middleweight challenge a Light Heavyweight. While staring down the face of obscurity, unlike its 160pound counterpart the Super Middleweight division has never had a long list of talented fighters. continue
by Jason Bey: Shane Mosley has the opportunity of a lifetime with his upcoming clash with P4P King Manny Paquiao looming ahead this coming May 7th. The 39yr. old veteran has definitely had his ups and downs since his rise to the elite level of boxing. Shane was undefeated as a lightweight champion and after stopping all 9 challengers he jumped two weight classes to defeat Oscar Delahoya for his WBC and IBA Welterweight titles back in 2000. continue
By Sean Hrabachko: 2 Time WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl 'The Cobra' Froch 27(20)-1(0) has been on a monumental mission since capturing the WBC belt for the first time in Nottingham against Jean Pascal who at the time also boasted an undefeated record. Since that night in December 08 he has taken on the most ascendant assailants back to back falling short just once! (not in my opinion but hey) but can anyone out there remember a time when a British fighter fought such game opponents one after the other like this? If you can you will know it hasn't been recent.
Now the most recently asked question in the UK is why doesn't Carl receive the reverence he absolutely deserves but I think that is a bit harsh to say the least as anyone who is a fan of boxing or who know the sport well have nothing but approval for the Cobra. It is just he doesn't seem to receive the general hype that surrounds his fellow countrymen such as Haye or Khan even though he is probably.... scrap that definitely Britains best P4P at the moment so why no hype? Easy answer: Television. continue
Pugilistic Promotions’ “Badia Spices Friday Night Fights” returns with a stellar night of boxing on January 14th at the Magic City Casino featuring what promises to be a war between two unbeaten light heavyweight prospects. continue
By David Avraam: 2010 produced some fantastic fights inside the ring; titles changed hands, boxers defied the odds and headlines were made. Unfortunately some of the headlines were for what boxers did outside the ring. continue
By James Slater: It’s the battle between Mexican legends that failed to happen when it should have done, and, better late than never, Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales are reportedly extremely close to squaring off in the spring of next year.
According to Fightnews.com, “sources” have indicated there is a “strong chance” the fight will go ahead on April 16th, at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Reportedly, Golden Boy look set to announce the fight as a go in the coming days.
The fight, for “Dinamita’s” world lightweight belts, will give “El Terrible” the chance to make boxing history. If the 34-year-old can upset his 37-year-old countryman, he will collect an unprecedented 4th world title; the first Mexican in all of boxing to have done so. Greats from Mexico such as the incomparable Julio Cesar Chavez tried and failed to win titles in four weight divisions, and if Morales can succeed in his quest his name will be treasured in his homeland and beyond for a long, long time. But can he do it? continue
VERONA, NY (December 31, 2010)—Former World Boxing Council (WBC) Caribbean champion, Manuel Quezada will attempt to win back that crown when he takes on Mike Mollo in the twelve round main event on Saturday night, January 29th at the beautiful Turning Stone Resort and Casino. continue
Calgary, AB - Teofista Boxing is proud to announce its first promotion of 2011 which will see two of the fastest rising stars in Canadian boxing showcased in an exciting night of boxing live from the beautiful Chinese Cultural Centre in Calgary, Canada on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. continue