Reno, Nevada (April 29, 2011) - Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin Productions in association with Let's Get It On Promotions presented an exciting event tonight from the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" event was headlined by the USBO Super Middleweight Title fight between New York's undefeated Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin and Nevada's Jesse Brinkley. If you missed the live action or televised broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
By P.H. Burbridge: In May of 2010 when Shane Mosley entered the ring against the finest defensive fighter of our time, Floyd Mayweather Jr it was widely believed that he would need to find ways to corner Floyd or cut off the ring in order to have any chance at success. Conventional wisdom told us that if he couldn’t stay close or get Mayweather to exchange with him that he would have little to no shot at winning. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 121st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (30-2, 26 KOs) who is scheduled to face Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs) on May 14 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Arreola spoke about his upcoming fight, reflected on past bouts, talked about his future, and shared opinions on the current boxing scene. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
Regarding his May 14 fight against Nagy Aguilera and whether he believes he might underestimate him:
“Oh no! Of course not! You can’t underestimate anybody period, especially in the heavyweight division because all it takes is just one shot in order for you to get knocked out. So I got to expect the best Nagy Aguilera out there because he’s going to come out there hungry and he’s going to want to get a win, especially to get a win against me would be a big thing for him.”
On what things he was working on in training camp for this particular fight:
“You know the main thing is throwing combinations. Going back to the old me and making sure I get combinations because I’m really not a one punch knockout artist. I was believing my own hype that I was a knockout artist which I’m not! All of my knockouts have come off of combination punches, not just one punch.” continue
By John G. Thompson: Last night, Oscar De La Hoya’s Fight Night Club from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California featured several short but action packed bouts, headlined by Frankie “The Pit Bull” Gomez who scored an impressive first round knockout. In other action from Club Nokia, Fidel Maldonado, Jr. also stopped his opponent in the first and Ernesto Ocon stopped his man in the third. What made Gomez’s knockout so impressive was the Tyson-like speed with which it happened. The event was broadcast live on Fox Sports. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Once again, as part of what seem to have become a tradition, Manny Pacquiao makes an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show. Also, as always, Kimmel does an exceedingly overwhelming job in making those few minutes hilarious. continue
By James Slater: In a recent interview article for ESB, I asked the great trainer Emanuel Steward for his choices when it comes to the five very best fighters he has ever worked with. The article inspired many comments. Here, courtesy of another interview I was fortunate to have been given recently - this one with a man no less talented than Steward, in Ronnie Shields - we have another trainer’s take on the five best fighters he has ever worked with. continue
By James Slater: Due to the spirited effort a seemingly rejuvenated Erik Morales gave in his very close April 9th points loss to the hard-hitting Marcos Maidana, the legendary Mexican warrior is hot again. And, despite that brutally damaged, hammered shut right eye (a handicap “El Terrible” carried for almost the full fight in Vegas), the word is the 34-year-old is looking at headlining a big fight card on HBO Pay-Per-View on July 30th. continue
Hall-of-Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland has postponed King Arthur´s departure to the USA since Dan Goossen and the Californian Boxing Commission have failed to take action in the row over the officials. In the Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-finals, Arthur Abraham was scheduled to take on WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward at the Home Depot Center in Carson on May 14. As stated previously, Sauerland will not let Abraham travel to the USA before the Californian Commission honours the existing agreement over neutral officials. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (April 29, 2011) -- Fighter of the Decade, eight-division world champion, and boxing's No. 1 pound for pound fighter and box office attraction Congressman MANNY "PacMan" PACQUIAO took time from training for his upcoming defense of his WBO welterweight title against three-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley to make another boffo appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night. This was Pacquiao’s fourth consecutive appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in as many promotions, dating back to November 2009 when he knocked out Miguel Cotto to claim the welterweight title. That 2009 appearance also marked Pacquiao’s U.S. network TV debut, which has since led to a multitude of network television and radio features, including, of CBS’ 60 Minutes, ABC’s Good Morning America, FOX News Channel’s On The Record With Greta Van Susteren, CNN’s America Morning, and NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. continue
LOS ANGELES, April 29 - The boxing ring at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. will be rocking on Friday, May 6, as some of the fight game’s hardest hitters, including Librado Andrade, Aaron Pryor Jr., Enrique Ornelas, Deontay Wilder and Randy Caballero, return to action on a stacked card that kicks off May with a bang. continue
World Champion Nonito Donaire to Serve as a Ringside Photographer for 3MoreRounds.com at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas this Friday.
Three More RoundsUnified bantamweight champ Nonito Donaire will be ringside at this week's ESPN Friday Night Fights, which takes place at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. No, Donaire, who's coming off a spectacular knockout win over Fernando Montiel, won't be lacing up the gloves, instead he'll be going to work in a different field. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Over the past five weeks this EastSideBoxing official countdown to Pacquaio/Mosley has taken some awfully intriguing twist and turns. Last week we took a peek at an "in-depth tale of the tape", prior to that we looked at the trainers ("Eying the 8-ball, Corner Pocket"), before that we explained "Why Everyone Is All Wrong About Shane's Chances", and the list goes on. This week, we go from the here and now, to the now and later. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J) - As always, this week’s 122nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured the show’s newest Correspondent, heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver (47-5-5, 17 KOS) who is coming off of a fifth round TKO victory against Galen Brown (35-16-1, 22 KOs) Saturday night in Topeka, Kansas. Welliver, who is currently ranked #10 by the WBC and #9 by the WBO, spoke about his performance and discussed his future plans in the sport. Here is a complete transcript from that portion of the show:
JENNA J: Since we’re on the subject of this past week’s fights our very own Co-Host and heavyweight correspondent Chauncy Welliver fought this past weekend. Chauncy, can you tell us a little bit about your performance?
CHAUNCY WELLIVER: It was great. You know it was in Topeka, Kansas. It was more or less Galen Brown my opponent’s hometown. He lived an hour away, but still more or less it was more his hometown than mine. Let’s say that. He had a lot of fans there so there was definitely a lot of pressure. There were a lot of people booing me and really wanting me to lose. The first round I started a little slow because I wanted him to get tired. One thing I have supreme confidence in is that I have the best conditioning out there and that these guys will get tired. So I went out in the first and just kind of jabbed away. He was throwing some jabs. I’d throw two or three for everyone he threw. It kind of got stuck in a rut, though. We kind of just were doing that, jab, I throw two, he throws one, I throw two.
Well in the third round he hit me with a low blow and I’m telling you this was intentional. I mean he kind of let it be known it was intentional by winking at me and laughing when he hit me low and he dug it in pretty good. Well the referee came to me and said I had five minutes and I said, “No, no, no, I want to go right now”. So I went right then and from that point on I fought with a little bit of, I don’t want to say anger because it was very controlled, but I went out there and I went for the kill. In the fourth round I opened up on him. In the fifth round, I get a lot of stoppages because like I said, my conditioning is good. So usually I stop guys. With this I hit him with a left hook and he was out! I mean he was out against the ropes. It was almost like Tommy Morrison-Ray Mercer. He just sunk against the ropes and he couldn’t move. I was teeing off on him when he was out. It was a little weird for me because I’m not used to being in that position. I’m used to a guy being tired and saying, “I quit”. But this time I actually hurt the guy and put him away and he was one shot away from actually really being hurt. So I am glad that they stopped it. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 122nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Larry Holmes, Nazim Richardson, and Vic Darchinyan. You can click play on the player to listen.
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, along with Correspondent heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Vic Darchinyan scoring impressive technical decision victory against Yonhhy Perez
• Where does Vic go from here?
• Top Rank making plans for a third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez this October
• Will Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Junior ever become reality?
• Gary Shaw reporting that Timothy Bradley turned down $1.4 million to face Amir Khan
• Zab Judah versus Amir Khan possible
• Wlifried Sauerland threatening to pull Arthur Abraham out of Super Six fight with Andre Ward over issue of California referee and judges
• Has the Super Six Boxing Classic taken too long?
• OTR Co-Host Chauncy Welliver scoring a 5th round KO victory against Galen Brown
• International Prizefighter Tournament: Heavyweights
OAKLAND, CALIF. (April 28, 2011) – Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists and World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound champion Andre Ward hosted a media day and workout with his trainer Virgil Hunter and promoter Dan Goossen on Thursday in Ward’s hometown of Oakland as he gets ready for his Semifinals showdown against Arthur Abraham on Saturday, May 14 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME®. continue
SHOWTIME Sports® held a media conference call on Thursday to announce the SHOWTIME PPV® telecast announce team for the upcoming marquee boxing event featuring global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7. continue
By Robert Jackson: Once again, the facts must be examined, for the May 7th matchup between Sugar Shane Mosley and P4P King Manny Pacquiao. They will be fighting for the WBO Welterweight Championship. continue
By James Slater: In shocking news, it has been reported how once-beaten, highly ranked British lightweight star Kevin Mitchell has been arrested, and since released on bail, due to being accused of possessing cocaine and of running a cannabis farm at his home in London. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Oscar De La Hoya was past his prime, Shane Mosley was too old, Juan Manuel Marquez was way too small, and Ricky Hatton was an over-hyped competitor. What about Zab Judah? Well Judah’s downfall was lack of stamina, otherwise he would have definitely beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their bout. continue
By James Slater: Heavyweight veterans who can still rise to the occasion, David Tua and Monte Barrett, met in Atlantic City last July, and the resulting fight proved to be as controversial as it was engrossing. Looking like an easy Tua win on paper, Barrett instead fought with renewed vigour as he became the first man to put “The Tuaman” on the floor. Despite this great effort, however, “Two Gunz” was awarded only with a 12-round majority draw. continue
By James Slater: Fans were treated to a thriller last night in Liverpool, as featherweight rivals Stephen Smith and John Simpson met in a rematch of their September 2010 battle. Smith, of Liverpool, won that one by way of a very close split decision; winning the Commonwealth belt. Last night, the unbeaten 25-year-old won again, this time by 12-round majority verdict, and this time “Swifty” picked up the British featherweight belt. The scores after a terrific encounter, even better than the first fight, were 118-112, 115-114 and 114-114. continue
LOS ANGELES, April 28 - East Los Angeles' "Pitbull," unbeaten prospect Frankie Gomez (8-0, 6 KO's), will attempt to tear through another opponent this Thursday, April 28, when he headlines "Fight Night Club" at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia in a six round junior middleweight fight against Vancouver, Washington's Jason Davis (11-8-1, 3 KO's). continue
April 28, 2011 - Fight fans eager for a penetrating inside look at the upcoming HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast of Jean Pascal-Bernard Hopkins II should mark their calendars to catch the all-new edition of "Face-Off," starring the two light heavyweight foes. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev (April 27, 2010) – Timur Ibragimov had a big year in 2010. He fought five times, winning four, including an impressive victory over Oliver McCall for the NABA heavyweight championship. Positioned on the fringe of the world rankings at the start of the year, Ibragimov rose as high as seventh worldwide in the WBA ratings, and is currently rated 12th by the same organization. Ibragimov’s lone defeat – a close split decision against world rated Jean-Marc Mormeck in the latter’s hometown of Paris – only marginally undercut the value of his accomplishments in 2010. Still in the mix because of his high WBA rating, Ibragimov is hoping to meet a top contender in an elimination bout later this year.
Recently, this correspondent held an interview with Ibragimov. Among the subjects discussed was the Mormeck fight. Unbeknownst to the public, Ibragimov entered the bout nursing a strained achilles heel, a recurring injury that dated back to the summer of 2010. This correspondent had access to Ibragimov’s camp prior to his Gurcharan Singh and Luis Andres Pineda fights (in August and October respectively), and can attest to the reality of the injury. Ibragimov’s trainer Lou Lagerman, in fact, nearly cancelled the Pineda bout due to concern about whether the injury had healed. Ibragimov’s attitude, however, was that he could fight as long as the achilles problem was not too severe. Hence, he accepted a chance to fight Mormeck on short notice when Hasid Raman withdrew from a scheduled match against the Frenchman. Unfortunately for Ibragimov, bad luck intervened: his heel popped in the fifth round, and he was compelled to abandon his fight plan of using his legs. continue
By Reni M. Valenzuela: Shane Mosley and his camp are so enamored with selective history. They have been focusing too much on some of Manny Pacquiao’s previous fights to capitalize on Pacman’s “flaws,” thus utilizing them as a basis to strategize their fight-plan. continue
Eight-division world champion Congressman MANNY “PACMAN” PACQUIAO, Hall of Fame trainer World-Famous FREDDIE ROACH and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM participated in an international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss Pacquiao’s upcoming World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title defense against three-division world champion Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY on Saturday, May 7, at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas. continue
By James Slater - Tonight in Liverpool, on the under-card of the Stephen Smith-John Simpson British featherweight title fight return, unbeaten heavyweight prospect David Price scored a sensational-looking 1st-round TKO over dangerous American Raphael Butler.
27-year-old Price, fighting in front of his home town fans, was expected to be tested by the 46-fight veteran from Rochester, Minnesota. Instead, the tall (6‘8”) athletic 250-pounder got the job done inside two minutes. After setting his punches up with his fast, accurate left jab, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist landed a huge right hand flush on the shorter man’s chin. continue
By James Slater: Gerry Cooney, a genuine boxing superstar in the 1980s, scored the final win of his career twenty five years ago next month (a 1st-round KO over Eddie Gregg in May of ’86) and despite his physical attributes and massive promise, Gerry acknowledges his career never turned out as great as he and many others had hoped. Why? In the opinion of the immensely likeable Cooney, who I had the pleasure of speaking with recently, it was overwhelmingly down to the enforced inactivity he suffered
Cooney, unwilling to sign with promoter Don King, was simply unable to get enough fights, and this made his realizing his full potential impossible. When looking back today, the one experience, the one regret Cooney has, is his time out of action. Had it not been for lack of experience inside the ropes, Gerry - now aged 54 and as happy as can be with his life - is sure he would have become world champion.
Here he speaks in detail about the key experiences of his life, the ones that made him the fighter he became. continue
By James Slater: David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko came face-to-face for the first time in two years yesterday, when they met in New York for an HBO pre-fight build-up slot. The two sat across from each other, as Max Kellerman asked the questions. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: I have seen both Klitschko brothers being excited and offensively direct when discussing their opposition, but it seems that David Haye (25-1-0) has brought out the cocky devil in Wladimir Klitschko (55-3-0). continue
The British Boxing Board of Control have passed a proposed rule change for reserves in Prizefighter ahead of the International Heavyweights night at Alexandra Palace on May 7, live on Sky Sports. continue
On Thursday May 5th, Popular welterweight prospect, Edgar Santana (24-3, 15KO's), returns to the ring, and will do it in front of his hometown fans in the Bronx, when he fights in the main event of the first of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing's, five scheduled shows in 2011, at the beautiful and historic Paradise Theater on Grand Concourse. Star Boxing, which began the "Punchin at the Paradise" series in 2006, has locked in five dates at the Theater for the remainder of 2011, starting with the first show on May 5th. continue
NEW YORK (April 27, 2011) – The long, strange journey taken by Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris finds the USBA heavyweight champion only two fights away from his living his dream to fight for the world title, as he prepares to go back to the future May 27 to participate in an International Boxing Federation (“IBF”) Box-Off against the same opponent he defeated a decade ago in the final of the “Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,” former world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson,” live on ESPN Friday Night Fights from Reno Events Center in Nevada. continue
The Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final clash between WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and former tournament point leader King Arthur Abraham will be called off – if the Californian Boxing Commission refuses to honour an existing agreement over neutral officials. “Contrary to what has been previously agreed on, the Californian Commission all of a sudden insists on installing a Californian judge as well as a Californian referee. That is totally unacceptable,” Hall-of-Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said. “This turnaround comes as a huge and unpleasant surprise. Two months ago, everybody involved agreed that this tremendous fight would be served by neutral officials. We agreed to have one judge from California, one from Europe and one from neither Europe nor the US. The referee is supposed to be neither American nor European either. Unless this issue is sorted, King Arthur will not leave the country. We have put his flights on hold.. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (April 27, 2011) – In a battle of pound for pound box office attractions, eight-division world champion CONGRESSMAN MANNY PACQUIAO and television’s late-night comedy king JIMMY KIMMEL will go mano a mallo for the fourth time in their series of entertaining appearances dating back to 2009. Pacquiao will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tomorrow Night! Thursday, April 28, on ABC, beginning at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT. continue
Three-division world champion “Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY, his trainer NAAZIM RICHARDSON and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM participated in an international media conference call on Tuesday to discuss Mosley’s upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, May 7, at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
LOS ANGELES, April 267th– The Super Fight of the summer of 2011 is set, and former World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver is more amped up than ever to spoil three-division champ Danny Green’s homecoming bout at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia on Wednesday, July 20th. Tickets for Green vs. Tarver, a 12 round bout for the IBO Cruiserweight Championship, go on sale on Monday, May 2, at Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com.au (1300883622). Tickets are priced at $1000 for VIP Ringside, $750 Platinum Ringside, $500 Gold Ringside, $350 Silver Ringside, $250 Bronze Ringside, $175 VIP, $135 Platinum, $95 Gold, $75 Silver, $55 Bronze. continue
By James Slater: The word is (according to Steve Kim and Dan Rafael), IBF light-heavyweight boss Tavoris Cloud could well wind up making the next defence of his title against the useful Yusaf Mack on June 25th, as part of the Devon Alexander-Lucas Matthysse card in Saint Louis. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 121st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) who is coming off of a sixth round technical decision victory against the previously unbeaten Paul McCloskey (22-1, 12 KOs). Khan spoke about his fight, talked about a potential showdown against Timothy Bradley, and provided insight with regards to his future plans in the sport. Here is a complete transcript of that intrerview.
JENNA J: We have a great guest to open up this week’s program. We are joined by the reigning WBA light welterweight champion of the world, Amir Khan. How’s everything going Amir?
AMIR KHAN: Everything is good you know. It’s been a few days since the fight. I’m just relaxing and chilling out now and spending time with the family back in the UK. I’m just chilling out really.
JENNA: Alright well let’s talk about your fight. You were facing off against Pacul McCloskey who’s 22-0. You won by sixth round technical decision. How do you feel about your performance?
KHAN: Well you know my performance was alright. You know watching on video Paul McCloskey was very awkward because he’s got a southpaw and with his upper body he’s got a lot of lateral movement and stuff. But it seemed to me he didn’t want to fight when he was in there. He was in there to survive and he was happy just to go the full twelve rounds. You know he was talking a big fight before in the press conference and everything, but when it came down to the fight he just didn’t turn up it seems to me. I think in the whole fight he only caught me probably once. I was catching him with a few shots and he was defending most of the time and not coming to fight. Our game plan was for him to come forward so we can fight and catch him in between when he throws shots, but he didn’t do that. With Paul McCloskey you don’t see many people that want to fight him because he can make fights look messy, but we took the fight. At the end of the day he was undefeated and we’ve defeated him. All the judges had me winning the fight, every round. I really think if the fight did go on it would have been one or two rounds more because in the sixth round I hurt him with a good shot. I think I would have probably ended up stopping him or knocking him out really. So I think the ref and the doctors did a favor for him really to stop the fight. continue
On Saturday, April 30th, SNY (SportsNet NY) will broadcast a Tomasz Adamek Fight Marathon. Beginning at 3 PM ET with Adamek vs. Golota and continuing through 10 PM, with 3 more Adamek fights. There will be a half hour break after the Mets game for the Mets Post Game Live show, tentatively slotted for 4 PM. The schedule is below. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: US based Ghanaian boxer Mohammed Nii Ayi Bruce says he has now settled to the hustle and bustle of life as a professional boxer in America and that soon he will be parading as a world champion. The man nicknamed Bruce Lee has admitted that he found adjusting to life in America difficult in his early days, even losing his first two fights in the USA. continue
By James Slater: As surely every fight fan on the planet knows, rival heavyweight rulers Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye are set to rumble, at last, on July 2nd in Germany. The anticipation of the biggest and most exciting heavyweight clash in years has people talking and talking, and it has the writers writing and writing. continue
By James Slater: Ring magazine, IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko appeared on CNN New York recently, and the ultra-confident 34-year-old, smiling as he did so, said David Haye will become the 50th opponent he will knock out. The big showdown is set for Hamburg, Germany on July 2nd, and both fighters have confidently predicted a win. Wladimir, though, has not come out with any of the trash-talking Haye has done, and he had an air of cool and clam professionalism about him as he spoke with CNN. continue
Alan H. (Manhattan, NY): I never hear you speak about Vic Darchinyan and would like to know how did you rate his performance last Saturday night, and how do you rate him as a boxer in the sport? continue
LOS ANGELES (April 26, 2011) – Unbeaten prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs), breaks camp today (Tues) at Big Bear and arrives tomorrow in Reno for Friday night’s showdown against past world title challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) in the 10 round main event, airing live on Telefutura, for the vacant USBO super middleweight championship. continue
Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko were in New York on Easter Sunday for the Premiere of the Documentary film "Klitschko."
The Film premiered as part of the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and is an in-depth look of the journey from their humble beginnings in the Soviet Union to achieving their goal of becoming heavyweight world champions. The Film received a great reaction from the audience and was very well received by the media. In Germany, the film will start on June 16. continue
Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing, recently traveled to Rome to partake in an exhibition that opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art featuring selected portraits from world renowned photographer Howard Schatz project: "The Italian-Americans in Boxing", in which DeGuardia's portrait was featured. As in the past, DeGuardia's trip to Europe wasn't just pleasure as there is always business to take care. . Upon returning from Rome, DeGuardia locked in the signing of two undefeated European fighters, France's International Boxing Federation (IBF)#1 rated super middleweight contender, Jean Paul Mendy, and Russia's hot super bantamweight prospect Sakhib Usarov. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghana’s Sugar Ray Narh has sworn to defeat opponent Michael Alvarado when the two knockout specialists fight for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas Super Lightweight title on the undercard of the much publicized Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley WBO Welterweight epic on May 7, at the soldout MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 25, 2011) On Friday, April 29, 2011, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will present Molina vs. Conyers for the second occurrence of the series, "Fight Night at The Cosmopolitan,"to be televised live on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights." continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Despite the fact that boxing has gone slightly downhill since the earlier days, it is still a boiling pot of interesting characters with a spectrum of exciting fights. Just as there is a selection of potentially entertaining fights, there are also those that most boxing fans wish never happened. continue
By Charles White: On Saturday, April 23rd, top 10 heavyweight contender Chauncy “The Hillyard Hammer” Welliver successfully defended his WBC Americas title for the 5th time by stopping Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (now 35-16-1 with 22 knockouts) at 1:27 of the 5th round (10 rounds scheduled) at the Expo Centre in Topeka, Kansas. continue
By James Slater: Though the betting odds, in the U.K at least, are quite close regarding the upcoming Wladimir Klitschko Vs. David Haye heavyweight unification battle, it will be seen by many fans as a big upset if WBA champ Haye wins and adds the Ring magazine, IBO, IBF and WBO belts to his collection; it will be seen as an even bigger upset if “The Hayemaker” wins by brutal, quick KO (as he says he will). continue
By James Slater: As fans have probably read, legendary boxing Trainer of Champions, Angelo Dundee recently sat down with WBA heavyweight champ David Haye and gave the 30-year-old some of his sage advice ahead of Haye’s July 2nd mega-fight with Wladimir Klitschko. Working at Dundee’s world renowned 5th Street Gym in Miami, Haye had his July 2nd game-plan “tweaked” by the 89-year-old Hall of Famer. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 121st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with the newly crowned WBC welterweight champion of the world “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) who scored an upset victory against previously unbeaten champion Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) just last week. Ortiz spoke about his victory, talked about the future, and shared opinions on the current boxing landscape. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On scoring the victory against Andre Berto to win the WBC welterweight championship:
“It’s an amazing feeling to have captured such a great title with such great recognition, especially given the fact that I was the big underdog. I wasn’t supposed to go far with the world seemed to call the biggest threat at 147. I said it from the get go on day one that I agreed to disagree with that because I figured I was a threat.”
Regarding his expectations going into the Andre Berto fight:
“My expectations were actually to knock him out. I actually came up a little short about that, but you know it was a great fight regardless. I took Berto's heart, I conquered his body and his spirit, and that to me was worth more than a knockout. I did exactly what I said I was going to do. Everybody seemed to disagree with me. I was very certain as to what I was going to do. There were some mistakes that took place along the way. I got dropped and it only made the excitement a little better for me.” continue
LOS ANGELES, April 25 – It’s a family affair on Friday, May 6, as brothers Librado Andrade and Enrique Ornelas headline an intriguing doubleheader at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The theme of family continues further with the main event, as Andrade will square off against Aaron Pryor Jr., the son of the legendary Hall of Fame boxer, Aaron Pryor, in a ten-round light heavyweight bout. continue
Dollis Hill, London based American Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshunrinde feels that he has a point to prove when he returns to York Hall to face Sam Couzens, at the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Redemption Day’ double title headlined event, on Saturday 7th May 2011. continue
There is something so bitterly cruel and ironic about a fighting man not being able to remember the one glorious and exceptional quality that set him apart from the rest.
This is not an unpleasant place. There might even be a garden outside with benches upon which the sun shines warmly. The sound of birds singing may be heard by those who can still hear. Polite and helpful attendants with white uniforms move about, while visitors sit quietly with the patients. However, meaningful conversations are not commonplace. There is a sense of temporariness or “just passing through” that is unmistakable.
Most here are locked in a clouded emotional prison punctuated with stares that see very little. They hear voices no one else hears, and they often scream at night. Some sit in wheelchairs semi-paralyzed; others lie in bed unable to see, having to be fed and otherwise cared for. Some shuffle around without knowing their destination. Occasionally, a flash of glory is recalled. But soon the flashes cruelly evanesce, leaving the inhabitants to resume their blank stares with eyes glazed over. They are often confused, childlike, and uttering unintelligible sounds delivered by thick tongues. The more fortunate have friends or relatives to help out. continue
By Joseph Herron: An age old axiom in boxing states that “as the heavyweight division goes, so goes the sport of boxing.”
It’s hard to argue with that logic when 4 out of the top 5 live gates in Nevada Boxing history are Heavyweight Main Events:
1) Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr., May 5, 2007 $19.0 million
2) Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield II, Nov. 13, 1999 $16.8 million
3) Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, June 28, 1997 $14.2 million
4) Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson I, Nov. 9, 1996 $14.1 million
5) Mike Tyson vs. Peter McNeeley, Aug. 19, 1995 $13.9 million
According to Don “War a Week” Chargin, it’s no coincidence that boxing enjoyed record proceeds and regular popularity among sports fans in America when an American Heavyweight ruled the boxing universe. continue
By James Slater: There is no doubt about it, Oxnard’s “Vicious” Victor Ortiz both redeemed himself and put his name in the picture for some big, big fights with his recent upset win over WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto. And while full redemption would be achieved by Ortiz only by way of a revenge win over Marcos Maidana (the man he “quit” against in that other thriller), Ortiz says he is the top dog at 147 and this is where his future will lie. So, unless “El Chino,” the current WBA interim champ at 140, decides to move up in weight, we will not see a Maidana-Ortiz II. Who will the new WBC welter champ fight then? continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten Cuban defector Luis Ortiz romped to 8-0(6) last night in Miami, as he made brutally short work of veteran former heavyweight title challenger Bert Cooper. The 32-year-old southpaw, taking something of a step up, showed good hand speed and accurate, powerful shots to head and body. Sporting a new platinum blonde hairstyle, the man who had close to 400 amateur fights never allowed Cooper into the fight. continue
By Paul Strauss: Expectations were high at the Nokia Theater, Los Angeles, CA. Maybe fans were in for a fight of the year type clash.Two former champions coming off of tough close losses, who were trying to redeem themselves and get right back into the thick of things. Both Yhonny Perez and Vic Darchinyan promised to come out strong and dictate their superiority in quick fashion. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 23, 2011) – In one of the most powerful performances of his career, two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan dominated former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight titlist Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez en route to winning a fifth-round technical decision and the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) 118-pound title Saturday on SHOWTIME® . continue
LOS ANGELES (April 23, 2011) - Colombia's Yonnhy Perez is a usually quiet and humble man but he always speaks the truth with brutal frankness.
"I plan to knock out Vic Darchinyan early in the fight," said the former IBF bantamweight titleholder Perez who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions. "I want fight fans to get the message." continue
Ask any boxer and the standard line is they will fight anyone. But throughout the lead up to his clash tonight with former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Yonnhy "El Colombiano" Perez, in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING's broadcast (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, Two-division world champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan has been hammering the point. continue
By James Slater: A heavyweight fight that might turn into an interesting encounter takes place tonight in Miami, Florida, as unbeaten Cuban defector Luis Ortiz, just 7-0(5) as a pro, goes in with the come-backing Bert Cooper. The recipient of virtually no pre-fight publicity (that I’ve seen anyway), the clash between the 45-year-old former title challenger and the 32-year-old prospect could mark as a step up in class for the southpaw with the reported 343-19 amateur record. continue
By James Slater: Many fans say David Haye, the WBA heavyweight champion who dreams of unifying the belts, will need all the help he can get in his attempt at defeating Ring magazine, IBF, IBO, WBO king Wladimir Klitschko. Well, it has been revealed how “The Hayemaker” has indeed been given some additional help as he trains for the big July 2nd bout. Legendary trainer Angelo Dundee no less, has been giving Haye hints and tips on how to upset “Dr. Steel Hammer.” And Haye says Muhammad Ali’s former trainer “still knows his stuff” when it comes to the Sweet Science. continue
By Joseph Herron: In a time when boxing’s role in American sports has been transformed from a major contributing powerhouse to a fringe pastime with minimal coverage from the press, one of this country’s boxing treasures, 2001 Hall of Fame inductee Don Chargin, continues to be hopeful that boxing can make a resurgence to the sports limelight.
This year, September 3rd will mark 60 years since Don Chargin first entered into the boxing industry as a matchmaker and promoter; and after all of these years, “War a Week” Chargin still has a passion for the “sweet science”.
“I guess you could say that I still have a genuine love for boxing,” states Chargin.
After losing his wife and longtime business partner, Lorraine Chargin, to cancer in April of last year, Don states that boxing has been his solace. continue
Former World Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK, his trainer JACK LOEW and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM participated in an international media conference call on Friday to discuss Pavlik’s upcoming return to boxing on Saturday, May 7 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
In the main event of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, Colombian power puncher Breidis "The Khanqueror" Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) scored a dominating (99-91, 99-90, and 100-90) decision over Mongolian contender Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 9 KOs) and furthered his case for a rematch against World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan in the process. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 121st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former two division champion Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) who is scheduled to face Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) tonight at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. Darchinyan spoke about his upcoming fight, reflected back on some key moments from his career, expressed his desire for a rematch with Nonito Donaire, and gave his views on matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
How he feels about his upcoming matchup against Yonnhy Perez:
“It was very good preparation in Australia. I feel very, very strong. Mentally and physically is both very important for a boxer, because you to train your body you have mentally prepared and I feel very comfortable and very good.”
Regarding his attitude going into his fight with Yonnhy Perez:
“I lost my fight with Abner Mares. I tried to show all the world my skills because they are always talking about my power. They know I’m very powerful. They are never talking about my skills. I tried to show all the world how skillful I am. I feel I showed that. I believe I won the fight but the judges gave Abner Mares the decision. I lost by one point. In this fight I’m going to mentally and physically very ready and I’m going to show the world how powerful I am.” continue
April 22nd, 2011 -- Reno -- Jesse Brinkley will once again be the underdog fighting in his hometown. He faces Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin for the USBO super-middlweight title on April 29th at the Reno Events Center. The Cal Neva sports book has set the following betting line for the fight: continue
Two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez both made weight one day before their main-event meeting on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, April 23, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. continue
By James Slater: Colombia’s Breidis Prescott won a wide, near shut-out unanimous decision last night in Uncasville, as he pounded out a ten-round win over a game but outclassed Bayan Jargal. Prescott won by commanding scores of 100-90 and 99-91, 99-90. The 27-year-old light-welterweight contender is now 24-2(19). Jargal, of Mongolia, remains unstopped at 15-2-3(10). continue
In the main event of ESPN's Friday Night Fights from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, Breidis Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) won a near shutout unanimous decision over a game Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 9 KOs). Prescott worked his jab and landed the better power punches throughout the fight. Jargal had no answer to Prescott's movement and hand speed. All three judges scored the bout for Prescott by scores of 99-91, 99-90, and 100-90. The five bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. continue
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the fight that may or may not take place in Your Universe. In Your Universe you’ve seen injuries, (real or imagined) contract disputes, heart problems, (you know what kind I’m talking about) and (soon to be a coming attraction) marital difficulties, cancel the most anticipated matches in recent Boxing History.
That’s in Your Universe.
But in the B.L. Morgan Boxing Universe we get what we want. Excuses don’t mean a dam thing here. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Over the past four weeks, EastSideBoxing's Official Countdown to Pacquiao/Mosley has taken an in-depth look at this pending mega fight from several different angles. Each week, the curve on these angles have gotten steeper and steeper, ultimately culminating into what will soon be a fight of the ages. continue
By James Slater: Two more additions have been made to the fast approaching and potentially exciting “Prizefighter: The International Heavyweights” tournament of May 7th. The latest name to be confirmed for the London show is huge American southpaw Tye Fields. Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed the 6’8” giant with the 45-3(41) record will take part on May 7th, and French heavyweight Gregory Tony, 14-1(12) is also confirmed by Boxrec. continue
By James Slater: Remember Cuban heavyweight contender Jose Ribalta? The tall and powerful fighter who was never short on guts fought so many big names in the 1980s and ‘90s - including Tyson, Klitschko, Ruddock and Holmes. I had the good fortune of speaking with the now long retired warrior recently, from his home in Florida. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - As always, this week’s 121st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured the show’s newest Correspondent, heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver (46-5-5, 16 KOS) who is scheduled to face Galen Brown (35-15-1, 22 KOs) this Saturday in Topeka, Kansas. Welliver, who is currently ranked #10 by the WBC and #9 by the WBO, discussed his upcoming fight and his future plans in the sport. Here is what he had to say:
JENNA J: Chauncy you actually have a fight this upcoming weekend. Can you tell the fans a little bit about it?
CHAUNCY WELLIVER: Yeah, I have a fight in Topeka, Kansas. It’s against a fighter named Galen Brown. He’s 35-15. You know he’s a lefty. The beauty is I have a left-handed guy that I’m sparring up here named Vin Thompson. He’s a 7-0 good up and coming fighter. I feel great. You know this is just another stay busy fight. I’m supposed to fight in a couple of weeks so we were looking for something real fast at this time. I’m hearing that it’s only a ten round fight which is a little disappointing. I like the longer rounds, but I’m actually planning on ending it with an early round knockout but I’m definitely ready for all ten rounds. This is a step up in activity but we’re definitely going to step up the opposition within the next one or two fights. We have something very big on the horizon. So yeah like I said this is just to keep busy and I can’t wait for bigger stuff to come. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Junior welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor (14-1, 3 KOs) out of Framingham, Massachusetts recently suffered the first defeat of his professional career against undefeated Gabriel Bracero (15-0, 1 KO) two weeks ago. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with the 26 year old pugilist where he talked about the loss and discussed his future in boxing. Here is what he had to say:
GEOFFREY CIANI: Danny you lost the first fight of your professional career against Gabriel Bracero. Can you take us through that fight and tell us what happened?
DANNY O’CONNOR: Well I think there was a lot of behind the scenes stuff that was happening and just being at home watching it on TV you wouldn’t have realized. About ten minutes before it was time for me to go on to fight I started spitting up blood in the locker room. I think at that point it really got to me. I didn’t have any idea what was happening or why it was happening. My stomach was really upset. I just wasn’t me during the fight. In between rounds when I was drinking water in the corner it made me feel like I was going to throw up. After the fight I was still spitting up blood.
I ended up going to the emergency room. They told me that my enzymes in my liver were really high and obviously something was wrong with my stomach because I was throwing up blood. I came home and traveled on Saturday and wound up having to go back in the emergency room on Sunday. They did an exam, a rectal exam, and found blood in my stool as well. So from there I had to go to a specialist, a doctor in Boston where I live to get checked out by him. So I had all sorts of tests done by him. I didn’t have an ulcer. Whatever type of irritation was in my stomach, I got some medication. It lasted me for two weeks and they also had a bunch of blood tests that came back and for some reason at the moment I’m anemic, which I don’t know why. I have to go get a bunch more tests done in three weeks and make sure my blood goes back to normal because if it doesn’t I guess it’s a real problem. continue
By Jamie Savin: I have been a boxing fan ever since I was a little kid some of my earliest memories are watching the fab four with my father and the Benn/Eubank fights in the early 90's. I was hooked and got to see so many great fighters in my own generation the two best arguably being Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, we have all being wishing they would fight as it is a true clash of styles the offensive southpaw versus the orthodox defensive genius. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2011) – Two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez will clash in the new main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, April 23, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: For years, Evander Holyfield has been the household name for grossly unnecessary and in some ways disappointing boxing. His fans have begged for his final and irreversible retirement, as their boxing idol kept fighting battles that tarnished his name. Not only is boxing dangerous at a certain age for every given fighter, but is also degrading to one’s status and legacy. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 121st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan, Vic Darchinyan, and Chris Arreola. You can click play on the player to listen.
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, along with Correspondent heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Victor Ortiz winning a UD against Andre Berto in an upset for the WBC welterweight title (114-112, 114-111, 115-110)
• Where do Ortiz and Berto go from here?
• Amir Khan retaining his WBA 140 pound title with 6th round technical victory in a fight stopped due to cut (all three judges had it 60-54)
• Amir Khan signing a 4-fight contract extension with Golden Boy
• Orlando Salido stopping Juan Manuel Lopez by 8th round TKO to win the WBO featherweight title
British Super-Middleweight champion James DeGale has today turned down the opportunity of a straight shot at the world title in favour of his forthcoming fight with Commonwealth Champion George Groves on May 21st. continue
By James Slater: Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, like the rest of us, is still hopeful he and Floyd Mayweather will get it on one day before they both call time on their great careers.
Looking ahead to his May 7th fight with Shane Mosley (the last man to have faced the now inactive and legally-troubled former P4P king) , Pac-Man also has "Money" on his mind, at least a little. Far from desperate to get the super-fight made, the 32-year old says he will certainly fight Mayweather, yet he has also said he will be content with his career if the fight fails to come off (and no, Manny is not in any way ducking Floyd). continue
By James Slater: While both Klitschko brothers have been dominant, fight-all-comers world champions, they have not, in the opinion of some fans, been exciting to watch. Due largely to the fact that no challenger that fought either sibling was capable of pushing them, Wladimir and Vitali have, for the past five years or so, won and won easily; some say predictably. From Samuel Peter to Kevin Johnson, from Juan Carlos Gomez to Ruslan Chagaev, no challenger has come close to bringing out the best in either “Doctor.” This could change this summer, however. continue
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (April 21, 2011) – Eight-division world champion Congressman Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao hosted what many in attendance described as boxing's No. 1 pound for pound media day workout.
A standing room only crowd of national and international media packed the Wild Card Boxing Club on Wednesday to interview Pacquiao, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum about Pacquiao's May 7 World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title defense, at the sold-out MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., against three-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley.
The Pacquiao vs. Mosley world title fight is the main event of a four-fight telecast that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. The mega-event will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight week updates, log on to www.sports.SHO.com or www.toprank.com . continue
All the participants for ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" card at Mohegan Sun will weigh-in today 5PM outside of the Mohegan Sun Box Office. The weigh-in is open to the public and fighters will be available for pictures. The Star Boxing promoted card is headlined by Bayan "The Mongolian Mongoose" Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO's) taking on "Khanqueror" Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19KO's) and also features highly regarded 2007 Amateur World Champion and 2008 US Olympian Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8KO's) opening up the ESPN telecast when he squares off against Omar Bell (8-1, 5KO's). Below is the scheduled bout sheet for tomorrow night's show. continue
PENSACOLA, Fla. (April 21, 2011) – Legendary eight-time world boxing champion and future hall of famer Roy Jones Jr. is currently training in Northwest Florida for his upcoming fight against Denis Lebedev scheduled for Saturday, May 21 in Moscow, Russia. The fight will be at the Cruiserweight limit of 200 lbs. and is the only title between Middleweight and Heavyweight that has eluded Jones. continue
By Kevin Johnston - According to Dan Rafael via Twitter, the Joseph Agbeko-Abner Mares fight has been cancelled. Agbeko apparently collapsed on Monday night due to lower body pain/nerve issues, and soon thereafter was diagnosed with sciatica. continue
By Lee Callan: The Dark Destroyer turned professional in 1987 off the back of a 41-1 amateur career that included winning every tournament he entered in Northern Ireland, Germany and Aldershot, UK in his army boxing days (winning titles from junior-welterweight to heavyweight!). continue
LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2011) –Undefeated WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares and two-division titleholder Vic Darchinyan participated in an open media workout Tuesday at Westside Boxing Gym with Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions/ Mares’ promoter in attendance. continue
The highly anticipated unification fight between IBF, WBO, IBO and “The Ring” World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA titlist David Haye takes place at the Hamburg Imtech Arena, Germany on July 2. The stadium is the homefield of the German Bundesliga soccer club Hamburger SV.
After months of negotiations and a cancellation of the bout in June 2009, finally the clash of the two knockout kings will happen. continue
By Paul Strauss: This has been the year for the unexpected. Kirkland gets dropped by Ishida, a never before heard of fighter from Japan. The previously thought to be invincible JuanMa, who everyone expected to be part of a mega fight of unbeatens between him and Gamboa, gets stopped by the awkward and unorthodox Orlando Salido. Then another undefeated fighter name Andre Berto gets worked over by Victor Ortiz, someone who many thought was vicious in name only. What's next? Maybe that should be rephrased to who is next, or whose favored star will go down in flames? continue
By James Slater - It's official : rival heavyweight champions Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye will meet at a huge 57,000 arena in Hamburg Germany on July 2nd. This is according to promoter Bern Boente, who spoke with BBC Sport.
For over two long years, fans everywhere have been waiting for this fight - and now they can make plans for the big night. Sure to be a massive night for all fight fans, whether in live attendance or watching at home, this fight looks set to thrill. continue
Kevin L. Johnston - After a splendid weekend of boxing that featured highly entertaining bouts on both HBO and Showtime, the trend looks to continue this weekend on Showtime with the Bantamweight Tournament Final. In the championship bout, Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko (28-2) of Ghana takes on undefeated Mexican youngster Abner Mares (21-0-1). In the battle for third place, the flamboyant Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan (35-3-1) of Armenia is pitted against the savvy Colombian tough guy Yonnhy "El Colombiano" Perez (20-1-1).
Most boxing pundits think both fights will be extremely close and competitive, and the bookmakers ostensibly agree. Mares is a subtle favorite over Agbeko nearly everywhere you look, while Darchinyan-Perez is a virtual pick 'em at most books with Perez being a tiny favorite at some books. Indeed, these four pugilists are very familiar with each other and all fight at an elite level. Perez has fought Agbeko twice; he beat Agbeko on points in October of 2009 and then lost to him on points in December of 2010. Perez and Mares have also gone at it before, fighting to a draw in May of 2010. In addition to trading victories with Perez, Agbeko also beat Darchinyan on points in July of 2009. continue
By Robert Jackson: Watching Berto fight this past Saturday I couldn’t help but notice how weak and winded the former WBC 147lb Champion looked. In Puerto Rico, Lopez looked about the same. Both men dealing with some sort of personal struggle, in Berto’s case underestimation, could never really pull the trigger. Both had their chances to snatch defeat from the hands of victory but neither did.
Berto who was supposed to be the bigger man having fought at full welterweight for most of his professional career looked like he had just come up from Jr. Welter, not Ortiz. Ortiz unofficially came in the ring close to the middleweight limit and Berto was more than a few pounds less than that on fight night and it showed. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2011) – As eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao prepares for his May 7 World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title defense against Shane Mosley at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas (Live on SHOWTIME PPV®), he’s also looking forward to a career move of a different kind: the release of his CD single/DVD Sometimes When We Touch, which will be available to the public next week, Thursday, April 28. continue
“I’m here to prove the age of 40, 50, is not a death sentence," George Foreman.
“Young beats old," Evander Holyfield.
Exactly twenty years ago today, heavyweight legends Evander Holyfield and the incomparable George Foreman met in Atlantic City to contest the undisputed world title. Holyfield, a young 28-years-of-age, was the defending champion, and Foreman, an “old” 42-years, was the unlikely challenger. continue
By James Slater: Due to two things: the contract obligation and the controversial, some say way too premature stoppage, featherweights Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel Lopez will meet in a rematch of the exiting fight they put on this past Saturday. Reportedly (fight news.com), Team-Lopez is pushing for a return as soon as possible, to hopefully happen in the month of August. continue
By James Slater: Just days after he announced he had made peace with himself and realized he had to announce his retirement from the sport as official, British hero Ricky Hatton has been offered yet another possibly tempting comeback bout: one with the recently rejuvenated Erik Morales. continue
Los Angeles, CA (April 19, 2011) - Reno, Nevada may be known as 'The Biggest Little City in the World," but on Friday night, May 27, that mini-metropolis will receive national exposure and then some when Goossen Tutor Promotions presents a televised doubleheader of championship boxing billed as "Blame It On Reno, ESPN Style." The world-class event will be at the classic 6,000-seat Reno Events Center operated by the Reno-Sparks Convention Visitors Authority and televised on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET. continue
By Teron Briggs: On June 7th, 2009 Victor Ortiz after having gotten out to a blazing fast start, knocking down his opponent Marcos Maidana three times in the first two rounds, lost control of the bout and received the kind of beating that made him decide he didn’t want to engage in a fight anymore. A boxer gets praised for going out on his shield; he receives a scarlet letter for committing the cardinal sin of quitting. Victor Ortiz a highly touted, undefeated prospect, who at the ripe old age of 22 had just headlined the Staples Center, was now considered a boxing fraud. continue
By Joseph Herron: In professional prizefighting, very few combatants ever receive the honor and opportunity to compete at the world class level. An even fewer number of athletes ever get the chance to fight for one of the coveted world titles. The number of elite level fighters to receive a multiple number of opportunities at the championship level is even slimmer. It takes a very special fighter to obtain these numerous chances at greatness.
Raul “The Cobra” Martinez, who hails from San Antonio, TX, is one of those special fighters.
On November 20th, 2010, Martinez faced one of his toughest tests to date when he fought and defeated the IBF Super Flyweight number two ranked contender, Rodrigo “El Gatito” Guerrero.
In a grueling and bloody war of attrition, Raul Martinez fought tooth and nail with the iron-chinned Mexican fighter for 12 rounds and secured his opportunity to fight for the coveted IBF Super Flyweight World Championship; currently held by former “Pound for Pound” pugilist Cristian Mijares.
Although nearly taking out Guerrero in the ninth and eleventh rounds, as well as outclassing his formidable opponent, “The Cobra” won by a split decision. Ringside judge Lisa Giampa officially scored the bout 117-111 for Guerrero.
“Even though my face didn’t look very good, I felt I won a unanimous decision,” states Martinez. “It just goes to show how some judges view fights differently, and a knock-out is always best.”
A knock-out is indeed the most definitive victory a fighter can obtain in the sport, and a definitive victory is what Martinez will need if he hopes to lift the title from the current IBF Super Flyweight Champion when they fight in Ciudad Obregon in Sonora, Mexico next month. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Henry C. (Aventura, FL): In your prediction article for the Berto/Ortiz fight, I think your "Four to Explore" was very interesting and accurate. Ortiz seemed to capatilize on those very things. What were your thoughts coming into the fight, and what do you think made the biggest difference between the two men in the end? continue
On Wednesday, May 18, Hitz Boxing and its founder, Bobby Hitz, will return to where it all began, Rosemont, Illinois, for another night of world-class boxing entitled the "Rosemont Rumble" at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. continue
By James Slater: Though Amir Khan, the reigning WBA 140-pound champion and regular spar-mate with the great Manny Pacquiao, has said a number of times he will never fight his friend, trainer of the pair Freddie Roach seemingly has different ideas. According to Roach quotes that have appeared on ESPN.co.uk, the ace trainer has said his feeling is that the winner of Khan and Timothy Bradley (tentatively set for this July, in what will be a big light-welterweight unification fight) should then move up to welterweight and challenge Pac-Man. continue
By James Slater: Hours ago in his native Jakarta, Indonesia, WBA featherweight champion Chris John retained his belt with an impressive 12-round unanimous decision win over the far less experienced Daud Cino Yordan. The 31-year-old, known as “The Dragon” defeated his 23-year-old countryman via wide scores of 117-111 and 116-111 twice. Now 45-2(22), the classy John proved he has plenty left to offer still. Yordan, now 27-2(21) fought well at times and he was unafraid to exchange with the champion, but he was taken to school on occasion, in a fight that was billed as an Indonesian super-fight. continue
By Alan Wass: News is just in that WBC World Super-Middleweight belt holder, Carl Froch, has parted company with Hennessy Sports. A surprise in many ways (and not in others), Froch was always bragging about having the best promoter in the sport – delusional? For sure! continue
By John G. Thompson: Two division champion “Juanma” Juan Manuel Lopez (30-1, 27 KO’s) just suffered the first loss of his professional career in front of his most emphatic fans at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez (named for one of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated national basketball players) Saturday night in Puerto Rico on Showtime Championship Boxing. No one will question that Orlando Salido (35-11-2, 23 KO’s) from the Sonora region of Mexico was taking it to Juanma, rocking him with shots, but did Referee Roberto Ramirez, Jr. step in too early to stop the bout, or did he save Lopez to fight another day?
Juanma started boxing at the age of ten, compiling an amateur record of 126-24, and representing Puerto Rico in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He won the WBO Super Bantamweight Title in 2008, stopping Daniel Ponce de Leon in a highly entertaining first round. Juanma defended that title five times including wins over Cesar Figueroa (KO 1), Sergio Manuel Medina (TKO 1), Rogers Mtagwa (in a tough UD 12), and Garry Penalosa (RTD 10 – who had never been stopped in over sixty professional bouts). Juanma then moved up in weight and took the WBO Featherweight Title from Steven Luevano in January of 2010 (TKO 7). Lopez has since defended the title twice, including wins over Bernabe Concepcion (TKO 2) in a fight in which Lopez had to come off the canvas to win, and Rafael Marquez (who did not answer the bell to start the ninth round). Part of the appeal of Juanma has not only been his high knockout percentage, but also his vulnerability; and despite being hurt in a number of fights, he always came back to win. continue
King Arthur Abraham is convinced that the huge Armenian community in California will lift him to victory in his Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final bout on May 14. The 31-year-old (32-2, 26 KOs), who takes on undefeated WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) at The Home Depot Center, is currently shaping up on Usedom, a small German island in the Baltic Sea. Last week, SHOWTIME´s Fight Camp 360 crew caught up with the former tournament point leader in his training camp. “I am looking forward to returning to America and clinch a big victory on May 14,” King Arthur said. “Los Angeles has a huge Armenian community and I intend to put on a great fight for my loyal fans. Their passionate support really means a lot to me. It will give me additional motivation. Ward is a strong fighter but with the help of my countrymen I will defeat him.” continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (April 18, 2011) – Knockout artists MIKE ALVARADO and “Sugar” RAY NARH will battle for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas super lightweight title on the pay-per-view undercard headlined by the Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship rumble, Saturday, May 7, at the soldout MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Alvarado and Narh have a combined professional record of 54-1 (42 KOs) – a winning percentage of 98% and a victory by knockout ratio of 78%. continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) WBC Silver welterweight champion and mandatory challenger Selcuk Aydin wants to fight the new WBC world champion Victor Ortiz immediately. "I congratulate Victor Ortiz to his victory and I hope that he is man enough to fight me", says Aydin. "Ortiz should not forget that he only got his shot at the title because I stepped aside from my mandatory right to challenge Berto. Berto knew exactly why he didn’t want to fight me. He knows how strong I am and that I would have beaten him. He thought he would have better chances against Ortiz. Now I can only hope that Ortiz doesn’t run away from me like Berto did over the past two years." continue
Hammer-fisted super lightweight contender Breidis "The Khanqueror" Prescott (23-2, 19 KOs) says he enjoyed watching HBO's broadcast of World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan's dominant TD6 over little-known Paul McCloskey at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester last Saturday night. continue
by Andrew Hall: Boxing is a sport that seems to have a lot of upsets, especially this last month. With WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KO's) losing to Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO's) one can't help but notice the futility of predicting the outcome of the big fights. I think back to when Mike Tyson lost to Buster James Douglas. Who would have predicted such a thing?
I remember that one boxing writer predicted the upset. That was a very bold prediction and that scribe got it right. For the most part, however, boxing writers bat at about a 50% rate, and that's if they are lucky. Boxing, in many ways, reminds me of religion. If you have ever studied Bible prophecy, and listened to some so called "expert" you know what I mean. Sometimes they get it right, but usually they are wrong.
I think boxing experts predict fights not so much to be right but as a way of making sense of the up coming fight. In other words, we discuss what "might" happen. The thing to keep in mind though, is that there are many intangibles that we scribes cannot see. You cannot measure desire. Andre Berto appeared to be a sure thing on paper but once in the ring the eye of the tiger possessed by Victor Ortiz gave him an intangible advantage. When Ali fought Foreman, everybody thought Ali was as good as dead. Why did he win? He wanted it more. He had the heart of a lion that night. Those are things that we can never be sure of because nobody can read the human mind. continue
By Samuel Rivera: In my pre- fight article I wrote that I envisioned three scenarios in which I thought Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) could win last night, the first being Ortiz catching Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) early, the second Ortiz out boxing Berto, and the third (which I stated was highly unlikely to happen) was Ortiz outlasting Berto in a dog fight (The crow never tasted so good).
In turns out it was a combination of all three scenarios that lead to an Ortiz victory, especially the third one! Ortiz caught Berto early in the first round, then he showed that he was the superior fighter and boxer of the two, and finally to the surprise of most pundits (myself included) went on to out fight Berto in a “dog fight”.
Ortiz always had the physical gifts (speed, power, and size) to beat Berto and pretty much anyone under 147, what he didn’t have post Maidana was the warrior attitude or to put it bluntly (as most of us questioned) his fighting heart.
Ortiz however fueled by the criticism he endured for two years, and (perhaps) the fact that his promoter Oscar De La Hoya had relegated him to third string behind Alvarez and Khan, as demonstrated by Oscar going to England to support Khan in a showcase fight, (while leaving Ortiz on his own in a meaningful world title fight) pushed the young Oxnard resident to fight harder than ever, in a redeeming effort in which finally his heart and mental fortitude matched his overwhelming physical gifts. continue
This Friday night, Star Boxing and ESPN "Friday Night Fights" return to the beautiful Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT with an action-packed six bout card. Opening up the ESPN telecast will be Providence, Rhode Island's 2007 Amateur World Champion, and 2008 US Olympian, Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8KO's) as he looks to continue on his quest for a world championship when he meets Omar Bell (8-1, 5KO's) in an eight round jr. middleweight contest. In the main event, all action jr. welterweights collide when Bayan "The Mongolian Mongoose" Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO's) meets "Khanqueror" Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19KO's) in a ten round jr. welterweight showdown. continue
My defeat against Ross Puritty and my victory over Axel Schulz were the most important fights of my career. I think it was a great advantage for me to lose one fight. I feel more stabile now. I know that I made a couple of mistakes before and after the loss we repeated some and changed some of my exercises and wiped out those mistakes
It bothered me to see James down like that. Me and him go way back and it was bigger than just boxing with us…
By Paul Strauss: You might say "Vicious" Victor Ortiz had an inside man for this job, and his name was Luis Collazo. You remember, he's the southpaw that gave Andre fits back in January of 2007. In fact, many people thought he beat Andre that night in Biloxi, Mississippi, but surprisingly Andre came away with a unanimous decision.
The lesson taught that night, and the one learned very well by Vicious Victor was that Andre Berto is vulnerable on the inside. When the opening bell sounded, Victor immediately closed the distance between him and Andre, and unleashed a "Vicious" inside attack, which started with his hard, sharp left hook. It landed because Andre backed against the ropes and could retreat no further. It also landed because Andre bent over to his right and stayed there. The left came in behind Andre's left glove, and then Victor complicated matters, by landing a good left uppercut to the head as Andre started to straighten up.
Victor wasn't done yet, as he then would fire his straight left, and then repeat the process. It was evident right from the beginning that Andre was uncomfortable, and was already feeling the power of Vicious Victor. He wanted to get this former junior welter, but now surprisingly bigger, off of him. He needed room to get his jab going and to fire off his counter right hand. But, Victor wasn't about to give it to him. continue
By James Slater: The month of April this year sure has thrown out some big boxing upsets: no less than four shockers already, with quite a few days left in the month still. We saw “sure thing” David Lemieux hammered to TKO defeat by Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rubio back on the 8th of April, we saw “future champ” James Kirkland belted to a truly devastating 1st-round defeat at the hands of unknown Japanese fighter Nibihro Ishida on April 9th (and we almost saw another huge upset that same night, as the “shot” Erik Morales rolled back the years in almost out-pointing Marcos Maidana.
While last night, we saw defending WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto upset via decision by “quitter” Victor Ortiz in a thriller, and if that wasn’t enough for upset fans, we saw previously unbeaten knockout artist Juan Manuel Lopez TKO’d in the 8th by Mexican warrior Orlando Salido. By any stretch, that’s quite a lot of shocks this April has given us. But could there be another huge shocker to follow, in May?
For punters who enjoy a flutter while predicting an odds-defying upset, the fast approaching Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight could prove tempting. Seeing as how upsets seem to be the in-thing right now, maybe some fans will go out on a limb in giving “Sugar” Shane - a huge, natural welterweight - a legit shot against the Pound-for-Pound king? continue
By James Slater: First of all, huge congratulations must go out to tough Mexican Orlando Salido, who last night ignored the huge odds against him in upsetting the previously unbeaten, touted megastar of the future Juan Manuel Lopez. The 30-year-old former IBF featherweight champ dropped “Juanma” in the 5th-round of the fight in the defending WBO 126-pound champ’s home country of Puerto Rico, and then scored the TKO win in the 8th when the referee decided the 27-year-old southpaw had had enough. continue
By James Slater: The controversy brought on by the cut eye stoppage win WBA 140-pound champ Amir Khan scored over challenger Paul McCloskey last night doesn’t look like going away any time soon. Both McCloskey and his promoters the Hearns are absolutely livid over the way the ringside doctor, almost instantly after the accidental clash of heads occurred in the 6th-round, waved the fight off. This was without giving McCloskey’s corner a chance to work on the cut; one that was not bleeding profusely and was not running into the Irish challenger’s eye.
In fact, when looking back at previous fights in boxing, where far more severe cuts have NOT resulted in a termination of the action, last night’s decision does look, for lack of a better word, “dodgy.” Was Khan tiring, and was McCloskey’s game-plan of coming on strong in the second half of the fight in with a chance of success? Due to the stoppage many people are calling premature we will never know.
McCloskey’s people are demanding a rematch, Eddie Hearn says the BBB of C will launch an investigation into last night’s proceedings, but Khan says there is “no point” in a rematch. continue
By Gerardo Gomez: Victor "Vicious" Ortiz shocked the boxing world by beating once undefeated Andre Berto to become the new WBC Welterweight Champion. Ortiz won a unanimous decision in what is turning to be the front runner of Fight of the Year. The judges had it, 115-110, 114-112, 114-111. I had it 115-110. continue
By John Wight: Amir Khan may have won last night's fight against Paul McCloskey, but it was a victory which threw up more questions than answers as he looks ahead to a possible reunification contest against Timothy Bradley in the summer.
The manner in which the referee stopped the fight, with just 30 seconds to go in the sixth round, was lamentable if not downright disgraceful. McCloskey was eager to continue, and though the cut was above the eye it in no way could have been described as deep or severe at that stage. Denying the Irish challenger his chance to go on and his corner to work on the cut at the end of the round was inexcusable, especially in a title fight in front of a sold out arena and with fans at home watching on television having shelled out good money to watch proceedings on PPV.
It really does leave a bad taste in the mouth, and the suspicion that Khan was being protected will linger long afterwards.
As to the fight itself, though Khan was rightly ahead on points by the time the fight was stopped, McCloskey was well in it. From the opening bell the European champion looked comfortable, relaxed and confident. Indeed, adopting a hands low stance, you would have thought it was only a matter of time before Khan connected and brought matters to a close early. continue
MASHANTUCKET, CT (April 16, 2011) – New World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz addressed the media following his thrilling twelve round unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto on Saturday night. continue
By Kirk Jackson: At the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, in a candidate for fight of the year, the bout between WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto and challenger Victor “Vicious” Ortiz far exceeded the expectations of many viewers. A contrast in styles, with Berto being the quick handed fighter relying on speed, reflexes, while also possessing decent punching power and Ortiz, the aggressive, crowd friendly, powerful brawler.
There were many questions regarding both fighters entering this fight, and is seems all the questions were answered.
There was the question of whether Ortiz would carry his punching power and overall strength in to this match up, and how he would handle the pressure of a big time championship fight.
For Berto, the questions were in regards to how his chin would hold up against a fighter with good punching power, and if the recent string of mediocre opposition would hurt him in this fight. continue
BAYAMON, P.R. (April 17, 2011) – After thirty fights of stunning crowds with his ability to neglect defense and always come back to score the victory, Juan Manuel Lopez’ streak ended. Orlando Salido captured the WBO Featherweight Championship via eighth-round technical knockout (referee stoppage) after connecting with countless right hands including one that landed “JuanMa” on the canvas in the fifth round. In the co-featured bout, Luis Cruz claimed a unanimous decision over Martin Honorio with the scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 96-94 from Ruben Rodriguez Coliseo in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. continue
By John G. Thompson: In the wake of Maidana vs. Morales, boxing fans have a new option for the fight of the year discussion – Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto. Trading power shots and knockdowns, the two brought the fans at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut to their feet throughout the evening. I had been telling my friends that if they did not already have HBO, they needed to get it for this fight. True, neither fighter has exceptional name recognition, but what they do possess is exceptional skill, power, speed, and athleticism.
Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KO's) never seemed to earn the fan base one would expect from a world champion with an undefeated record and high knockout percentage. Perhaps some of this was due to his trilogy of somewhat lackluster wins over Juan Urango, Luis Collazo and Steve Forbes. Though going the distance against Urango is no discredit, most thought Berto should have been able to get a stoppage against Forbes, and many felt that Collazo actually out-boxed Berto. Nevertheless, Berto owns some valuable wins over the likes of Carlos Quintana (TKO 8) and Freddy Hernandez (TKO 1) in his last fight in November. Berto is also an experience amateur with multiple National Golden Gloves titles an appearance for Haiti in the 2004 Olympics (his parents are Haitian, though Andre was born in Miami).
Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO's) has also had to work on his fan base after a disastrous loss to Marco Maidana in 2009. Given Maidana’s recent exploits, this loss does not seem so detrimental on the surface; however, the manner in which Ortiz quit the bout after an eighth round knockdown, despite looking as if he could continue and being ahead on the score cards, certainly affected his “street cred.” That loss aside, Ortiz has had a terrific career since being abandoned as a child by his parents in Kansas and taking up boxing at an early age. After winning the 2003 Junior Olympics, Ortiz moved to Oxnard, California in order to train with former champion Roberto Garcia and turned pro at the age of seventeen in 2004. One of Ortiz’s losses was a disqualification after Ortiz knocked his opponent down while the referee had ordered a break. Ortiz possesses wins over former champions “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (TKO 2), Nate Campbell (UD 10), and Vivian Harris (KO 3). His last bout in December was a ten round majority draw with Lamont Peterson, a fight in which Ortiz had Peterson down twice in round three. continue
MASHANTUCKET, CT (April 16, 2011) – “Vicious” Victor Ortiz lived up to his nickname tonight, upsetting defending World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight Champion and previously unbeaten Andre Berto by 12-round decision, headlining the “East-West Showdown” card at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
by Andrew Hall: Victor Ortiz defeated WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight. The final judges' scores were 114-111, 114-112, 115-110. With a gleam in his eye Ortiz came out like a man possessed and put the hitherto Berto on his keister. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in Manchester, fans were witness to a most disappointing fight, as AMIR KHAN retained his wba light welter belt with a 6th round cut eye stoppage over an irate Paul Mccloskey.
Though the cut, above the challenger's left eye, appeared to be nothing serious, the ringside doctor, almost instantly, made his decision to stop the fight. Khan was ahead 60 to 54 on all three cards at the time, but he was looking tired.
Mccloskey, a huge underdog coming in, was making the champ miss a lot and he was in no way the patsy many felt he was going in. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Every young warrior in the sport reaches a point where they must sink or swim. Tonight, the world of boxing gets to watch as two men stand on this very stage, given a modern day present to build on their future by answering critical questions of the past. In the case of Andre Berto, many feel his level of progress has simply fallen short, as many will attest that while he does have a few notables on his resume, they were more aged than elite. continue
By Colman Corrigan: Underestimating opponents is something many fighters say they never dream of, they still train as hard as ever and are taking the fight very seriously according to their team. But at the back of fighters minds, their can always be that little doubt in their mind, that little margin of error where they feel they can take their foot off the gas. Instead of one hundred sit ups its ninety five. continue
By James Slater: The weights are in, and both Amir Khan, the defending WBA 140-pound champion, and challenger Paul McCloskey tipped-in at the same: 139-pounds exactly. Set to rumble in Manchester in a matter of hours, the unbeaten challenger and the once-beaten champion will be going at it in front of a healthy live audience but, due to Team-Khan’s last minute decision to switch from Sky Sports to the less-viewed Prime Time network, there will be far less armchair fans watching the contest. continue
By James Slater: Last night in his homeland of Spain, former European super-bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez regained the title via an impressive 10th-round stoppage over former British and Commonwealth 122-pound boss Jason Booth. Dropping the 33-year-old with a left hand in the 10th, Martinez, who had hurt “2-Smooth” a number of times in earlier rounds, got the TKO win when referee Luigi Muratore decided Booth had had enough. continue
By John G. Thompson: Siberian Ruslan Provodnikov (19-1, 13 KO’s) won his first fight back in America since he was out-boxed by Mauricio Herrera back in January. Provodnikov has won one other bout since then, a third round TKO in Russia. His opponent tonight, Ivan Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KO’s), boasted an undefeated record, though all of his fights had taken place in the state of Illinois. In the undercard of the event at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, Mike Gavronski and Tyrell Hendrix fought to a questionable though somehow deserved draw, in a highly entertaining four rounder on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. continue
MASHANTUCKET, CT (April 16, 2011) – Tonight’s “East-West Showdown” world title fight between unbeaten rising star, World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight Champion Andre Berto, and rugged, WBC No. 5-rated challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, featured in the 12-round main event live on HBO World Championship Boxing from MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, has drawn media attention from coast-to-coast. continue
By Paul Strauss: Friday Nights Fights proved to be an exciting night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, CA. The main event feature the once defeated Ruslan Provotnikov (19-1-0) against undefeated Ivan Popoca (15-0-1) in a light welterweight battle. Provotnikov was trying to continue on the winning road after suffering his only loss, a UD against Mauricio Herrera, back in January of this year. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - When the fight between Erik Morales and Marcos Maidana was first announced few observers (myself included) gave “El Terrible” much of a chance and not without good reason. After all, since making his comeback last year Morales hardly resembled the “El Terrible” of old. He was noticeably slower, softer, and fighting far north of his best weight in his prime years. That he lost five of his last six prior to retirement was another reminder that his best days were surely behind him. That his three comeback wins were against less than stellar competition led many to believe this fight would be a massacre, especially given Maidana’s superb effort against rising star Amir Khan late last year. Unfortunately for Maidana, Morales had no intentions of lying down. On the contrary, the old Mexican warrior came to fight and came to win!
But things couldn’t have started any worse for Morales. He looked slow and stiff at the onset when his younger stronger foe came out attacking with ill intent. An awkward uppercut from Maidana in round one grazed the Mexican’s eye from a funny angle. It was one of those freakish shots which had unfortunate results, and Morales’ eye had swollen completely shut by the end of the first. In round two, Maidana was smiling, probably thinking the old warrior was on his last legs. He continued pressing his attack, battering “El Terrible” up against the ropes. Then it happened. As we had seen so many times before, Morales showed what he was made of on the inside as he fired back a sharp right hand which caught Maidana’s attention. From this point forward we had a fight on our hands! continue
By Vivek Wallace: For Filipino Manny Pacquiao, recent years in the ring have been very reminiscent of the game of pool; several contenders on the table, each trying desperately to avoid the appointed, and in many respects, now anointed 'hunter'. Some bite the dust in dramatic fashion, others more sudden and unannounced, yet in the end, none left standing, as they all fell victim......one by one. continue
By John Wight: Britain's Amir Khan returns to action this Saturday night when he will defend his WBA light-welterweight title against Ireland's unbeaten challenger and current European champion Paul McCloskey at the MEN Arena in Manchester. continue
By James Slater: Seemingly on a collision course are rival unbeaten featherweight champions Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico and Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba. For months now, fans have been talking about what will happen when the two lethal-hitting yet sometimes vulnerable warriors get it on. And promoter Bob Arum has been listening. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 120th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former two division world champion Roger Mayweather who is best known as being the head trainer for his nephew Floyd Mayweather Junior. Mayweather spoke about a variety of topics pertaining the current boxing landscape including Jesse Vargas’ first round KO victory over Vivian Harris, Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming fight with Sugar Shane Mosley, the prospects of his nephew returning to the ring against Paul Spadafora, Marcos Maidana, Sergio Martinez, and more! Here are some excerpts from that interview:
His evaluation of the performance by Jesse Vargas in his first round knockout victory against Vivian Harris:
“Well I mean to be honest, I already knew that’s what was going to happen to him anyway because I told him. I said he’s a veteran. Most veterans don’t want to be in exchanges with fighters. They don’t want to be in exchanges. That’s what they don’t want to be in. What you have to do is go right to them and put them in a fight right away. Put him in a fight right away because he’s going to be a slow starter and you’re young and you got youth. Boom! So I said it was going to come to an end quick and basically that’s what happened.”
On whether he believes Jesse Vargas can become a world champion:
“No, I know he can be a world champion. I’ve been training Jesse since he was 8 years old. I didn’t just start training Jesse yesterday. I know his ability to box. He’s a good puncher and not only is he a good puncher, but he’s a kid who can compete with pretty much most of the junior welterweights. He can compete with and he can punch with. So if we start talking about the guys who are the elite junior welterweights, you talk about Maidana, you talk about the Peterson brothers. Jesse can compete with all of those guys. Basically Jesse has good height for his weight class. Jesse is damn near 5’11”.” continue
AMIR KHAN’s pay TV ambitions may have suffered a knockout blow this week but there seems to be little danger of that happening against Paul McCloskey on Saturday, according to the betting on Betfair. Light welter-weight champion Khan is the massive 2-15 favourite to make a successful fourth defence of his WBA title at Manchester’s MEN Arena. continue
The four fighters who will compete in an eagerly awaited SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader tomorrow/Saturday, April 16, live on on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), made weight on Friday. continue
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, (April 15, 2011) Middleweight world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo has filed a protest with the World Boxing Association in regards to the unprofessional conduct taken by WBA Judge Stefano Corozza during Lorenzo’s Interim World Middleweight Championship against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam held on April 2, 2011 in Le Cannet, France. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - APRIL 15, 2011 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today legendary junior welterweight champion Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor will be among returning Hall of Famers attending the 22nd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 9-12th in Canastota, NY. continue
By Samuel Rivera: In Boxing what’s “inside” Counts!
If there was ever a poster child for Teddy Atlas’ “Boxing is 75 percent mental and 25 percent physical” it would be young 24 year old Victor Ortiz (28-2-2-22 Kos). As junior welterweight Ortiz had seemly every conceivable advantage and physical gifts a boxer could want. He was over sized for the division with a junior middleweight frame; he was fast and powerful with both hands. Only Amir Khan has comparable talent and size advantages in the division. continue
by Martin 'The Brain' Potter of the Boxing Clever podcast - In news reports today it appears that one of Britain’s most popular ever fighters, Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton, has finally acknowledged that he will never again lace up gloves and step inside the squared circle as a professional combatant. continue
By James Slater: Just short of two full years on from his brutal and painful loss to Manny Pacquiao, British megastar and former two-weight world ruler Ricky Hatton has finally been able to announce he will never fight again. Since the loss to Pac-Man, just the second pro defeat of the 32-year-old’s career, there has been almost constant speculation as to whether of not the light-welterweight sensation will box again - maybe in a “farewell” fight. But now, from “The Hitman” himself, comes confirmation that this will not be the case. continue
By James Slater: Both Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury, two of British boxing’s most promising big men, suffered disappointment recently. Reigning British champion Chisora saw his dream opportunity of a fight with world ruler Wladimir Klitschko fall apart for a second time, while Fury saw his intriguing clash with former world champion Hasim Rahman go out the window. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 119th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world James “Buster” Douglas (38-6-1, 25 KOs) who currently trains John L. Smith Junior (2-0, 2 KOs). Douglas talked about training his young heavyweight, spoke about his career and his fight with Mike Tyson, reflected on the Klitschko Brothers and the current state of the heavyweight division, gave his views on Pacquiao-Mosley, and more! Here is what he had to say:
On training young heavyweight John L. Smith Junior:
“His name is John L. Smith Junior. I’m pretty excited about it. He’s a heavyweight and I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him. He works hard and he’s got a lot of talent and he’s eager to fight.”
On making the transition from boxer to trainer:
“There hasn’t really been that much of a transition. I’ve always been working with kids in the gym when I go to the gym, so this has just been more intense, of course. It’s been a nice ride so far.”
His views on whether he can train someone to a world championship:
“That’s my goal to help him become a world champion. I’m giving him advice and stuff and helping along the way.” continue
MANCHESTER, APRIL 14 - The 'King Khan Returns' final press conference took place today at the Manchester Town Hall ahead of an explosive night of boxing at the M.E.N Arena this Saturday night which will be televised live on Primetime Pay-Per-View (Channel 480 on Sky) in the United Kingdom and on tape delay in the United States on HBO's World Championship Boxing. continue
LOS ANGELES, April 14 - TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" closes out a month to remember on Friday, April 29, with an intriguing clash between unbeaten Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin and NBC's "The Contender" alumnus Jesse Brinkley at the Reno Events Center in Nevada. continue
LONDON (April 14, 2011) - Hennessy Sports are pleased to announce that yesterday at the British Boxing Board of Control's offices in Cardiff they outbid Frank Warren to stage the highly anticipated British Heavyweight title Super Fight between Tyson Fury and Champion Dereck Chisora. continue
CHICAGO, IL (April 14, 2011) Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca faces the biggest challenge of his career this Friday night, April 15th, facing off against Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov in the ten round main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. continue
On Friday, April 22nd, at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing will present that weeks ESPN "Friday Night Fights". Headlining the card is "The Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO's) squaring off against the "Khanqueror" Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19KO's) in a ten round jr. welterweight showdown. Also featured on the card will be 2008 US Olympian, and highly regarded undefeated jr. middleweight prospect, Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8KO's) taking on once beaten Omar Bell (8-1, 5KO's). If the two featured ESPN bouts aren't intriguing enough for you, Star Boxing's Publicist, Kevin Rooney Jr. will be making his pro-debut on the undercard. continue
BBC Radio 5 live will provide full coverage of the build-up, live commentary and behind-the-scenes insight to Amir Khan’s WBA Light Welter-Weight title defence against Paul McCloskey on 16th April. In the lead-up to Saturday night, 5 live Sport will take a look ahead to the big fight with Ian Payne joined by Mike Costello, Steve Bunce and special guest Oscar de la Hoya on Thursday 14th April from 9pm to 10pm. continue
By Tony Nobbs: “Garth didn’t knock me out. He woke me up” said Anthony Mundine referring to his upset ko by 5 defeat to un-fancied brawler Garth Wood last December. Last night that looked the case as Mundine turned on one of his best efforts for quite some time to avenge that defeat with a unanimous points win over ten rounds at the Brisbane Entertainment Center in Queensland. continue
Four of the world’s most talented and exciting bantamweights participated in a media conference call to discuss The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. continue
MANCHESTER, April 13 - On Saturday, April 16, British boxing royalty will take to the ring at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England, as WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir "King" Khan defends his crown against unbeaten European champion Paul "Dudey" McCloskey. continue
By James Slater: The news broke this week, how ultra-experienced former world title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo has signed on to take part in the May 7th “Prizefighter: The International Heavyweights.” This is exciting news, and the talented Puerto Rican joins a confirmed list of Kevin Johnson, Mike Perez, Michael Sprott and Konstantin Airich (with three other names yet to be confirmed). continue
By James Slater: Australian warrior Michael Katsidis did it again this past Saturday on that excellent show in las Vegas: he gave his all in a superb battle in which he managed to come up short. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 120th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former two division champion Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) who just won the interim WBA and WBO lightweight world titles when he defeated Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs) by lopsided unanimous decision. Guerrero spoke about that performance, a potential fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, a possible jump to 140, Pacquiao-Mosley, Lopez-Salido, and more! Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On how he rates his performance in his victory against Michael Katsidis:
“I’d give myself maybe a C+. There are a lot of things in there that I worked on in the gym that I didn’t get to do in the ring. That’s why you go back and assess yourself and start improving.”
Regarding the specific areas of his game where he believes he could improve:
“I mean there are a lot of things, stepping off to the right more, throwing more feints, and I mean there was a number of things we did in the gym that I didn’t get to do. You know what I was doing in there it was getting the job done and we turned out a good night.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 119th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former three division champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) who is scheduled to face the reigning Pound-for-Pound King Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 Kos) on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Shane spoke about his upcoming fight and also touched on other aspects of the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: It is time for our third guest of this week’s show. He is a former three division champion making his seventh appearance with On the Ropes. We’re joined by Sugar Shane Mosley. How are you doing today Shane?
SHANE MOSLEY: I’m doing good. I’m feeling really great about a hard workout I had this morning and I’m doing good.
JENNA: Well we definitely like to hear that. Now you have a big fight against Manny Pacquiao coming up on May 7. How have your preparations been going so far?
MOSLEY: Preparations have been going very well. Like I said I’m training hard. I’m very sore and I’m anxious to get in there and have the fight. continue
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, - WBO Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López is confident in a win against Mexican and former IBF Featherweight Champion Orlando Salido this Saturday, April 16th, at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in a Top Rank and PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation to be televised by Showtime. continue
HBO Sports spotlights some of the sweet science’s brightest young stars on both sides of the Atlantic when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: ANDRE BERTO VS. VICTOR ORTIZ AND AMIR KHAN VS. PAUL McCLOSKEY is seen SATURDAY, APRIL 16 (9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT) from the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. and the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England, exclusively on HBO. The broadcast team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward will call all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
Eduard Gutknecht will challenge European Light Heavyweight Champion Danny McIntosh in Neubrandenburg, Germany on May 7. In the main fight of the night, IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester will defend his title against mandatory challenger Daniel Geale. “I´m thrilled to be fighting for the European title in just my second fight for Team Sauerland,” Gutknecht said from his training camp base in Zinnowitz. “McIntosh is a strong fighter with a big heart. He won his title on the road, which shows that he can perform well under pressure. But I will defeat him and take the title.” continue
By Paul Albano: In boxing, the voyage from prospect to champ is a constraining one, fraught with obstructions, setbacks, and dehydrated men with a half pound of leather taped around their wrists hell-bent on punching stuff. David Lemieux (25-1), the pride of Montreal, and perhaps the top 160 pound prospect, suffered one of those setbacks on Friday Night Fights. continue
MANCHESTER, April 13 – Home to some of boxing’s biggest events since its launch in 2009, Primetime (Channel 480) is proud to be the pay-per-view home for an explosive championship tripleheader on Saturday, April 16, featuring the WBA Light Welterweight World Championship bout between World Champion Amir “King” Khan and unbeaten European Champion Paul “Dudey” McCloskey. The broadcast will see additional championship action when Rendall Munroe faces Andrei Isaeu for the WBA International Super Bantamweight Title and Craig Watson and Lee Purdy square off for the British Welterweight Title. continue
By Nicholas Ayres-Wearne: Jhonny Gonzalez at last got the big win of his career, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, WBC featherweight champion Hozumi Hasagawa put his title on the line against the Mexico City veteran and in a upset was KO'd in the 4rd round with beautiful picture perfect right hand. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghana’s US based boxer Osumanu Adama has used his own status as the USBA, IBO Intercontinental and IBO International Middleweight champion to strengthen ties with the US city of Chicago as per their twin city relationship with the Ghanaian capital Accra. continue
By James Slater: There is no doubt about how former “Contender” Peter Manfredo Junior is both in line for and deserving of a big fight in the near future. Having come through some tough times and showing real character in regrouping after his 2008 loss to the much bigger Sakio Bika, the 30-year-old has strung together six decent wins and has also signed a deal with promoter Lou DiBella. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 120th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Roger Mayweather and Robert Guerrero. You can click play on the player to listen.
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, along with Correspondent heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Marcos Maidana scoring a controversial majority decision against Erik Morales
• What is next for Erik Morales?
• David Lemieux getting knocked out by Marco Antonio Rubio in a major upset
• Nobuhiro Ishida scoring a shocking 1st round KO upset against James Kirkland
• Should Manny Pacquiao take a drug test to make a fight with Floyd Mayweather Junior?
• Tomasz Adamek winning a 12 round unanimous decision against Kevin McBride
• Danny Green signing to fight former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver
By James Slater: There was a chance that Vitali Klitschko, the seemingly unbeatable WBC heavyweight king, would take an optional title defence in June, against a selected “keep busy” opponent. However, according to both Dan Rafael of ESPN.com and Boxrec.com, this will not now be the case; “Dr. Iron Fist” will instead travel directly to Poland for his next fight, against national hero Tomasz Adamek - the exciting-looking match-up to go ahead at a venue to be determined on September 10th. continue
By James Slater - Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward is and always has been his own man. Unlike other accomplished boxing trainers, Emanuel doesn’t feel he owes a debt of gratitude to any “father figure” coaches of yesteryear. When recently asked by this writer if any one trainer taught him any invaluable lessons as he was making his way up the coaching ladder, Steward replied instantly “No.”
A natural at simply watching and learning from the ringside, it wasn’t long before Emanuel became famous and established via his tremendous success with the Kronk gym he opened in Detroit.
During his time in boxing (he began training guys at age 16, in 1961, when he was still boxing himself), Steward has learnt a lot. Here he lists the things he feels are the most important when it comes to becoming an effective boxing trainer.
“I never learnt from one particular trainer. I was always my own man, in my own little world with the guys at Kronk,” Steward explains.
“I just watched and picked things up when I was an amateur. I know Angelo Dundee quite well, but I never learnt anything from him. I never read books about boxing training. I worked against Eddie Futch twice - his fighters against mine. Both times I won - Tommy Hearns against James Schuler and Evander Holyfield against Riddick Bowe the second time. continue
BIG BEAR, Calif. (April 12, 2011) More than 50 members of the media spent several hours Tuesday at the high-altitude training camp of three-division world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley. Bus transportation to-and-from Las Vegas and Los Angeles was provided by Top Rank, Inc. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Anthony Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) takes on compatriot Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6 KOs) over 10 rounds this Wednesday night at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Fought at middleweight, this will be a rematch for their December 2010 bout which saw the rank outsider Wood knockout the two division world champion Mundine in the fifth round of their encounter. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 12, 2011) ï¿½ In a battle of the undefeated, World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion SEBASTIAN ZBIK will defend his crown against the Son of the Legend, JULIO Cï¿½SAR CHï¿½VEZ, JR., the WBCï¿½s No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger, Saturday, June 4, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles ï¿½ just a few blocks north of the Olympic Auditorium where the legendary Julio Cï¿½sar Chï¿½vez won his first world title. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: On Saturday 11 June 2011, the fight card in Lagao Gym, General Santos City, Philippines sees Australian promoter Peter Maniatis link up with Filipino promoters Zander Khan and Jim Claude Manangquil, with three WBC Asian Boxing Council Titles at stake. continue
NEW YORK, NY (April 12, 2011) - World Boxing Council (WBC) # 5 rated "Vicious" Victor Ortiz plans to go full throttle in order to knockout WBC Welterweight World Champion and unbeaten star Andre Berto in their highly-anticipated 12-round "East-West Showdown" on April 16 at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
by John Martinez: Boxscore News - "I have something I want to say. I am not afraid of anyone. I am a fighter; I am not a business man; I'm a fighter. I hope everyone understands this and on May 7 in (Las) Vegas, Shane Mosley will know this," barked a usually subdued Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: The Australian Fight Series continued last Sunday afternoon at Grand Star Receptions in Altona North, Victoria which saw the second round of the eight man welterweight tournament continue. continue
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (April 11, 2011) – After a spirited 60-minute media workout Monday at the Activity Center here, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, proclaimed himself fit and ready for his important 12-round fight against two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, in The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. continue
With the Garth Wood – Anthony Mundine return in Brisbane having everyone's attention this week, an exciting young prospect features in an under card six rounder against a twice Australian title challenger when two time Australian amateur heavyweight champion Mostyn Niemann meets former Queensland “super cruiserweight” titlist James Ellis. continue
By James Slater: 42-year-old “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson, one of the toughest, most experienced fighters in the sport today, has only ever been stopped once as a pro; way back in 1997, by the legendary Bernard Hopkins down at middleweight. However, as teak-tough as the Jamaican warrior is (still is), “Super-Six” rival and defending WBC 168-pound champion Carl Froch says he is planning on stopping Johnson when they collide in Atlantic City on June 4th. continue
By Andrew Hall: I recently called for Marcos Maidana to move up in weight to either take on Miguel Cotto or Ricky Hatton. I received a lot of flak for mentioning Ricky Hatton. That is why I am writing this article. It is a reply to all of the Ricky Hatton haters out there. Can Ricky Hatton make a comeback? continue
By Andrew Hall: After showing his terrific power and strength by defeating Eric Morales who should the hard punching Maidana face next? I think it would be a mistake to face Morales again because he gains little by winning again and loses everything if he were to lose. Plus, I don't think it would be worth watching Morales fight again. He needs to hang the gloves up and retire. He was a great fighter but I think he is past his prime. continue
NEW YORK, NY (April 11, 2011) – World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight World Champion and undefeated star Andre Berto is experiencing one of his best training camps ever in preparation for his sixth title defense April 16 against WBC # 5 rated challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz in the 12-round main event headlining the “East-West Showdown” card at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
By James Slater: Currently sparring with WBA heavyweight champ David Haye as he gets himself ready for his upcoming fight with Wladimir Klitschko, contender “Fast” Fres Oquendo has been confirmed as a participant in the “Heavyweights International, Prizefighter” show on May 7th. Set for London the same night as Manny Pacquiao faces Shane Mosley in Las Vegas (both events to be shown live on Sky Sports), the eight-man tourney might just suit the experienced Puerto Rican well. continue
By David Avraam: Manchester's John Murray is ready and waiting to challenge for a world title. The undefeated European Lightweight Champion has an impressive 31 fight record, stopping 18 of his opponents and is a former holder of the British title. He is ranked number #2 by the WBC, #15 by the WBO & #13 by the IBF. But how would he fair against the the champions in the division? continue
TLANTIC CITY, NJ (April 11, 2011) – Tickets are on sale now for the Super Six semifinal clash between Wo9rld Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion Carl “Cobra” Froch and Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. continue
By Robert Jackson: Nobody knows James Kirkland like Ann Wolfe (and Pops Billingsley) that became crystal clear Saturday Nite! Under Wolfe, Kirkland had ‘edge’ when he came into the ring reminiscent of a young Tyson. Kirkland was like the cat stalking his prey. Kirkland looked confused and out of his element Saturday night unable to decipher the length and style of his Japanese opponent. The experiment is over! continue
By James Slater: Mixed in amongst the busy fight schedule of this past weekend, was a heavyweight bout held in Hampton, Virginia. The up-and-coming pro career of one George Foreman III, “Monk” as he is known, continued its winning ways with a 1st-round stoppage of Louisiana’s Eric Lindsey on Saturday night. continue
“You don’t play boxing. Boxing is serious stuff”- Larry Merchant
This is my review of the upcoming documentary called Klitschko, which will be a part of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. I finished watching the film a few minutes ago, and I must say I am overwhelmed by emotions. I have seen many boxing documentaries, from Ali to Tyson, but have never been touched as much as I have am by the history of Klitschko brothers. continue
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, April 11 – The April 16th world championship bout between reigning WBA light-welterweight champion Amir ‘King’ Khan and undefeated European champion Paul McCloskey, taking place at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester, will now be screened live on pay-per-view channel Primetime (Channel 480 on Sky).
Primetime is a dedicated combat sports channel which has shown a number of live world title fights including those of British star and current WBC world super middleweight champion Carl Froch. continue
By James West: When talking to fellow followers of the sweet science I am always surprised how little Timothy Bradley is talked about. Even when conversation progresses past the Pacquiao/Mayweather circus Bradley is rarely mentioned, if at all. continue
The event of the season is almost here as Dmitriy gets set to fight Ronnie Warrior on April 13 at Oceana Hall in Brooklyn (1029 Brighton Beach Avenue). Also on the card is a Former World Champion Luis Collazo who will face Franklin Gonzalez. continue
Former World Lightweight Champion Graham Earl has linked up with his former longtime coach Johnny Eames to present a night of professional boxing at Tattersalls Sales Rooms in Newmarket, Suffolk on Saturday 30th April. continue
By Paul Strauss: "Where's Ann Wolfe?" is what many, including James Kirkland, are asking after he suffered a tremendous upset knockout at the hands of light punching Nobuhiro Ishida? Earlier they had been thinking, "Did what I think I saw really happen? It couldn't have". At the time, fans had to be admitting, "Sure James just went down in the first round, but he must have been off balance or slipped on one of those dam painted logos or something. It couldn't have been from the power of a punch. If fact what was it, a left or a right?"
That's the kind of thought process fight fans were experiencing Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for HBO's PPV. It was inconceivable to think that James had actually been hurt by someone who obviously had been offered up as slaughter for James. This 6'2" tall drink of Japanese water was expected to be the next first round knockout victim in Kirkland's comeback story. But, apparently no one translated that for Ishida.
The fight began with the Mandingo southpaw Warrior going straight at the orthodox Ishida, the way he normally does with all of his opponents. However, this warrior seemed to be moving ahead at a much slower speed than in the past. More surprisingly, Ishida didn't run. The tall lanky Japanese fighter moved, but he didn't run. He moved fluidly, keeping his balance and punching back. He also managed to straight arm James a bit, which seemed to befuddle Mandingo. Then the shocker happened. All of a sudden a flurry of punches was exchanged, and somehow James ended up on the canvas. No one was sure what the hell had just happened. A closer look revealed James had actually run into a straight left, which was more than just a jab. As James started to go down from the punch, his chin and Ishida's incoming left shoulder crashed together, which proved to be a kind of double whammy for James. continue
HARTFORD (April 9, 2011) – Heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano got back on the winning track tonight in the main event on “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic,” presented by Hard Hittin’ Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. continue
By James Slater - Even though he came up just a little bit short on the cards of the judges (one judge had the fight a draw, two “gave” the verdict to Maidana by a too-wide margin of four points), Erik Morales proved once again last night what a very special fighter he really is. Despite boxing with a closed right eye for practically the full fight, the amazing 34-year-old, after a glacially slow start, rolled back the years and took it to the much younger, much harder hitting and much faster Argentine known as “El Chino.”
Forcing seasoned observers of the sport - the same ones who had predicted nothing but a painful, embarrassing night for the comebacking Mexican - to watch the fight with their mouths agape, “El Terrible” gave the world a thrill. But should Morales have gone home empty handed? Whenever we witness an old marvel, one who is given next to no chance on the way into the fight, put on an odds-defying display, there is always the tendency to want to award him with the victory - even if the fight has been desperately close; as was the case last night.
For what it’s worth, I had the fight a dead-level draw, with Morales winning six rounds and Maidana winning the same. So, as much I and others feel Morales’s incredible effort makes it hard for anyone to refer to him as a loser, there was no robbery last night (even if you agree with me in thinking the two scores of 116-112 were way too wide). continue
By James Slater: Boxing on the exiting Maidana-Morales card in Las Vegas, 35-year-old Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan scored a huge upset as he blew away the previously unbeaten and highly touted James Kirkland inside a round. The former interim WBA light-middleweight champion, noticeably taller than the 27-year-old southpaw, never gave the man from Texas a chance to get into the fight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani at Ringside - Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) overcame his final hurdle before a title shot when he dominated Kevin McBride (35-9-1, 29 KOs) over twelve rounds for a unanimous decision victory. The official judges’ cards read 120-107, 119-108, and 119-108. The win means Adamek will challenge WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) this September somewhere in Poland. Whether or not McBride was good preparation for Adamek to face Klitschko is a matter for debate which remains to be seen.
At the opening bell McBride lumbered out slowly firing on all cylinders. He was looking to bring the fight to Adamek immediately as he attempted to grab the Polish fighter and wail away at him while semi-clinched in close quarters. Adamek squirmed out of harm’s way and created some breathing room. Once at safe range, Adamek began peppering McBride with quick combos. The vast difference in hand speed was nothing short of amazing, with Adamek looking like Speedy Gonzalez and McBride appearing more like a lethargic version of Slow Poke Rodriguez. continue
By James Slater: “Magic Man” Paulie Malignaggi, now campaigning as a welterweight and promoted by Golden Boy, scored a decent points win last night in Las Vegas. Boxing on the Maidana-Morales under-card at The MGM Grand, the 30-year-old had the satisfaction of beating a fighter named Cotto. Beating the great Miguel Cotto’s brother via a wide ten-round UD, the Brooklyn man improved to 29-4(6) and perhaps set himself up for a title shot at 147. continue
By Gerardo Gomez: What a fight. In a night that was supposed to be a total mismatch and had boxing experts predicting a quick knockout for Maidana, turned out to be a fight of the year candidate. I myself predicted the fight would not last 9 rounds. Erik Morales demonstrated what a true warrior he is. This after fighting with a closed eye for the whole fight. There were times where I thought they were going to stop the fight. But this is Morales fighting.
Morales demonstrated that he belongs in the 140 division with the elite fighters. He showed us the old Morales never left but just took a 2 year sabbatical. He definately fought with dignity and lots of heart.
I had the fight close but Maidana winning 115-113. This is by far a fight of the year candidate. A rematch would be awesome. If Morales was able to make it close fighting with one eye, I can only imagine how close it can be with him fighting with both his eyes. Maidana needs to work on his defense. He did fought dirty but its because Maidana throws wild punches. He also needs to work on his conditioning. He looked tired towards the later rounds. continue
boxing from the Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey:
Jose Peralta Alejo KO 3 Ever Luis Perez
Vinny O'Brien TKO 4 Shakir Aquel Dunn
Sadam Ali TKO 3 Javier Perez
Andrzej Fonfara TKO 4 Ray Smith
Joselito Collado SD 6 Rafael Lora
Tomasz Adamek UD 12 Kevin McBride
Boxing results - Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany watch full fight here!
Robert Stieglitz DQ 10 Khoren Gevor
WBO super middleweight title
Ramona Kuehne UD 10 Arleta Krausova
Jack Culcay TKO 3 Mikheil Khutsishvili
By Gerardo Gomez: Tonight's fight between Erik "Terrible" Morales (51-6, 35KOs) vs Marcos "Chino" Maidana (29-2, 27KOs) for the vacant interim-WBA Junior Welterweight Title should be exciting while it last. Yesterday, both fighters weighed in at the maximum amount of 140 pounds. Although, it looked like Maidana was more in shaped than Morales. continue
By Fantana: On the very first edition of the Fantana Boxing Radio show I was joined by Mark TKO, Big Matt and Pras. They’re knowledge of boxing almost exceeds my knowledge on almost everything, but only almost. With Amir Khan’s fight looming in just a few short days we hotly debated the facts about the fight, and gave our predictions. Unsurprisingly the name Prescott was mentioned. Also debated were Haye vs Wlad, who will pull out first! Please be advised this is a totally unscripted, unedited broadcast and listener discretion is advised – not recommended for women or children.
I hope you enjoy listening to the hard hitting talk show, exclusive on ESB. From left to right in picture, Big Matt, Pras, Mark TKO and Fantana. continue
By James Slater: Not long to go now, a matter of hours in fact, before Argentine banger Marcos Maidana will clash with Mexican legend Erik Morales for the vacant interim WBA 140-pound strap in Las Vegas. We’ve all heard or read about the concerns some people have for 34-year-old Morales ahead of tonight’s big fight, and people such as promoter Bob Arum and former featherweight king Barry McGuigan have voiced their concerns openly. continue
By James Slater: Two men from different weight classes enjoyed mixed fortunes last night, whilst boxing in different countries. Down at welterweight, former 140-pound champ “Vicious” Vivian Harris suffered a comprehensive 1st-round TKO defeat at the hands of hot prospect Jessie Vargas. continue
By John G. Thompson: Marco Antonio Rubio (50-5-1, 43 KO’s) earned himself a shot at a middleweight title in a shocking stoppage of previously undefeated Montreal native David Lemieux (25-1, 24 KO’s) at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series. It was a night of upsets as unheralded Dyah Davis handed Marcus Johnson his first loss on Showtime this evening as well. In the undercard of the event in Montreal, Adonis Stevenson made a serious comeback statement against a fighter also coming off his first defeat.
Lemieux had stopped all but one of his opponents, with twenty-one stoppages in the first two rounds. All of his professional fights have taken place in Quebec. Rubio has traveled more extensively. His last loss was to Kelly Pavlik in 2009, and he has won six straight since then, five by stoppage. Rubio has been stopped three times in his career.
Lemieux paced himself at first, until half way through the round when he caught Rubio with an explosive looping right. Lemieux proceeded to swarm all over Rubio, backing him into the ropes, throwing nothing but haymakers. In the second Lemieux was still aggressive but more measured. Rubio had a bit of a better round in the third, landing some punches early on and blocking well late in the round. Rounds four and five were all Lemieux, and he looked as if he was on his way to pitching a shutout on the scorecards or possibly earning a late stoppage. continue
By John G. Thompson: In a night of upsets and first time losses, Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (20-1, 15 KO’s) simply did not have enough to overcome the stick and move game plan of Dyah “Ali” Davis (19-2-1, 9 KO’s) at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Also in action live on Showtime, Vincent Arroyo handed Willie Nelson his first loss and undefeated Gabriel Bracero dominated previously unbeaten Danny O’Connor. continue
LAREDO, Texas (April 9, 2011) – In a night that saw three undefeated prospects lose their perfect records on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, Dyah Davis upset super middleweight prospect Marcus Johnson via unanimous decision by the scores of 98-91 twice and 96-93. In the co-feature bouts, New York’s Gabriel Bracero handed Danny O’Connor his first loss via unanimous decision by the scores of 80-72 two times and 79-73, while Vincent Arroyo knocked down Willie Nelson three times en route to a majority decision with scores 74-74 and 75-73 twice. continue
By James Slater: There surely cannot be a single boxing fan, casual or hardcore, who is not familiar with the amazing exploits of the great George Foreman. The Hall of Famer who became a two-time heavyweight king made a habit of defying the odds in both of his legendary careers - be it by destroying the fearsome Joe Frazier in the early 1970s, or by shocking the much younger defending heavyweight champ Michael Moorer in the mid-1990s.
Now retired from the ring, the 62-year-old fan-favourite is extremely busy with a number of projects. Foreman remains a superb business man, but right now he is busily guiding his 28-year-old son George “Monk” Foreman III, as he attempts to follow in his famous father’s footsteps. Managing Monk (who never had a single amateur fight and turned to the pro game late in life), George Senior is using the invaluable experience he has to see to it that his son goes down the right path.
Yesterday, ahead of Monk’s 12th pro fight - against Eric Lindsey in Hampton, Virginia - the Foremans held a press conference to promote the fight. “The Legend Continues” is the tagline for tomorrow night’s show, and yesterday evening UK time, I was fortunate enough to have had a few minutes spent talking with “Big” George over the phone.
Towards the end of a long day, Foreman had little spare time to give, but he very kindly took the time to answer the following questions. Needless to say, it was a true thrill speaking to the very man who made me begin following the sport of boxing in the first place!
Here is what the former Olympic gold medallist and former two-time world heavyweight champion had to say: continue
by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 119th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with the reigning Pound-for-Pound King Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) who is scheduled to face former three division champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao spoke about his upcoming fight with Mosley and other aspects of his career and the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: We are proud to introduce a man who really doesn’t need any introduction at all. He is an eight division world champion. He is the one and only Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao! Hey Manny! Are you on the line with us right now?
MANNY PACQUIAO: Yeah, hi.
JENNA: Well you’re a man who’s always in high demand. How’s your day been going so far?
PACQUIAO: Good, good, good! I just finished my training.
JENNA: Excellent. Well you have a very big fight against Sugar Shane Mosley on May 7. How have your preparations been going?
PACQUIAO: I’m excited for the fight and my preparation is good. You know my training is good and I’m excited.
JENNA: Now Shane Mosley is a terrific puncher. Do you believe he is the most dangerous fighter that you have ever been set to step in the ring with and do you think with so many people heavily favoring you that you can at all underestimate him?
PACQUIAO: Well I consider this one of my toughest opponents because Mosley is not that slow. He can move fast and he has good hand speed and foot speed and he’s a former pound-for-pound so I never underestimate Mosley. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (April 8) – Undefeated Mexican phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KOs) is coming out swinging, this time on the side of countryman Erik “El Terrible” Morales (51-6, 35 KO’s). Alvarez is convinced that the legendary Six-Time and Three-Division World Champion Morales will be victorious when he steps into the ring against former World Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (29-2, 27 KO’s) in this Saturday’s HBO Pay-Per-View® main event taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
By James Slater: If what Manny Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz has said is true, Floyd Mayweather Junior cannot be in any real financial trouble after all. Stung this week with a back taxes bill of over $3 million, it was suggested by a good many people that the 34-year-old legally troubled boxing superstar would likely feel the need to box again pretty soon (assuming his court case of April 28th went well of course). continue
By Vivek Wallace: The more headlines, articles and excerpts we see posted around the sport, the more we realize that for once, it seems fight fans on both sides of the aisles are in complete unison relative to their thoughts on Shane Mosley's best shot at winning the pending May 7th showdown against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas' MGM Grand. continue
by David Pambianchi: Once again, New Yorkers got treated to an evening of heart, dreams and "hard knocks" as combatants gave their best in night #1 of the 84th Annual Daily News Golden Gloves Finals. Madison Square Garden teemed with boxing fans eager to see a friend or relative capture one of 14 coveted Championship bouts. With women’s boxing making its 2012 Olympics debut in London, some of tonight’s competitors may become Olympic hopefuls. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 119th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former junior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (28-4, 6 KOs) who is scheduled to face Jose Miguel Cotto (32-2-1, 24 KOs) this Saturday, April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Malignaggi who now trains at the Wild Card Gym spoke about his upcoming fight, his career, and also touched on various aspects of the current boxing landscape. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
How he feels about his upcoming matchup this Saturday against Jose Miguel Cotto:
“I think it’s cool, man. It’s a logical next step in getting me up the latter getting back me back towards my climb up to the top of basically the boxing rankings so to speak. I think it gets me closer to a welterweight title shot which is obviously the eventual goal here being in the welterweight division.”
On scoring his first knockout in more than 7 years against Michael Lozada in his first fight at welterweight back in December:
“It was cool, it was a cool. It was mostly the opponent I think more than anything else. I felt good, though. I felt all the work in the Wild Card paid off. I feel good with my trainer Eric Brown, but it was also a situation where I fought the weakest opponent I’ve fought in years. I mean for the most part I’ve been fighting world class fighters the past five years and when I hadn’t been fighting world class fighters earlier in my career I was basically one-handed. So there was a reason I wasn’t stopping those kinds of guys. If you’re not on my level I’m going to stop you. Even if I don’t get you out of there with one shot, I mean if you just don’t belong in the ring with me you’re going to be stopped unless I have an injury. I was healthy. I felt good and I sort of just overwhelmed my opponent really more than anything else. Once I got going, it took a couple of rounds and stuff to get acclimated and warmed up. I hadn’t fought in seven months and I also had been out of the gym at first after the Khan fight for a few months. So it just felt good being back in the ring and getting a few rounds in and getting the stoppage.” continue
NEW YORK (April 8, 2011) – An opportunity to compete for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup will be on the line when Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title against former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., in the last Semifinal of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, June 4, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Adrian Philipps Ballroom of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. continue
By Joseph Herron: On June 26th, 2010, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fought John Duddy in one of the more entertaining bouts of the year at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. It was a pay per view event promoted by Top Rank Boxing, which was labeled “Latin Fury 15”. The PPV fight card featured four fights including a bout with Mexican legend, Marco Antonio Barrera. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 119th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley, Buster Douglas, and Paulie Malignaggi. You can click play on the player to listen.
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, along with Correspondent heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Giovanni Segura stopping Ivan Calderon in the 3rd round of their rematch
• Marco Huck defending his WBO cruiserweight title against Ran Nakash for a 12 round UD
• Robert Helenius scoring an impressive 9th round KO against Sam Peter
• Review of Pacquiao-Mosley Fight Camp 360 Episode 1
• Sergio Liakhovich withdrawing from April 9 fight against Johnnie White due to a minor rib injury
• Battle between TOP RANK & Golden Boy for Nonito Donaire's promotional rights.
Be sure to join us for four exclusive interviews:
• Is scheduled to face Sugar Shane Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
• Coming off an 12 round UD win against Antonio Margarito in November
• Widely viewed as the best Pound-for-Pound fighter in boxing
• Has held major titles in 6 different weight classes (112, 122, 130, 135, 147, 154)
• Current record stands at 52-3-2 with 38 wins coming by way of knockout
• Will be making his first guest appearance “On the Ropes”
by Andrew Hall: The question I posed for this article sounds ludicrous because the answer is a resounding yes. There is no doubt that he has a chance. All the fighters before him have had a chance too. So, the question really is if Mosley has what it takes to defeat The Filipino Fury. What does he need to do in order to pull off the upset? continue
By James Slater: Ten years ago this very day, a fighter some experts were praising as one of the best featherweights of the last twenty years or so and also as THE hardest-hitting 126-pounder of all-time, met a Mexican warrior who had refined his craft and turned himself into a masterful boxer/puncher. continue
By James Slater -The bad news, for fans of British heavyweight prospect Tyson fury especially, is the talked-of fight between the unbeaten 22-year-old and former heavyweight king Hasim Rahman now looks extremely unlikely to happen on the proposed April 16th date. The good news is that as the April 16th main event of Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey is now without a notable supporting fight, Sky Sports bosses will not allow the card to be put on Box Office Pay-Per-View. continue
John Martinez - Box score News - On May 7, SHOWTIME PPV will feature two future Hall of Fame combatants that boast a combined KO ratio average of 70 percent over their opponents as they collide for the WBO welterweight title. continue
"This is a very important fight and we've seen lots of fighters in this situation look past the guy in front of him. In this situation Tomasz is putting a lot on the line and we really have got to give him all the respect in the world for continuing to stay active and wanting to challenge himself as much as he can, before he gets to that fight he's been working for literally his whole life." continue
LAS VEGAS, April 6 - Before the highly-anticipated "Action Heroes" televised fights kick off on HBO Pay-Per-View® on Saturday, April 9, fight fans can get ready for one of the biggest cards of the year with three preliminary bouts featuring Danny Garcia, Nate Campbell, Gary Russell Jr. and Rakhim Chakhiev, that will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
By James Slater: It’s official: Australia’s Danny Green will defend his IBO cruiserweight title against former light-heavyweight ruler Antonio Tarver on July 20th. A press conference yesterday in Australia announced how the fight will go ahead in Sydney. continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will originate from Montreal, Quebec with a 12-round main event featuring Ring Magazine’s #10 ranked middleweight David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KO’s, WBC#2) pitted against former middleweight world title challenger Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (49-5-1, 43 KO’s, WBC#3) April 8, at 9 p.m. ET live on ESPN3.com and ESPN Deportes. Friday’s show will be aired on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET with Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas ringside at the Belle Center, describing the action. continue
By James Slater - Even though he will turn 45 in June, and even though the chances of him ever lacing up the gloves again, no matter how much money is offered, are mighty slim, there continue to be offers for Mike Tyson to box again. Along with the genuine offers that head in “Iron” Mike’s direction, are the rumours that the former heavyweight king will box once more. continue
Heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis is still at „St. Wolfgang Hospital“ in Bad Griesbach (Germany) waiting for his next knee surgery after suffering a bad knee injury in the WBC heavyweight champioship bout against Vitali Klitschko on March 19th. In a first surgery the arterior cruciate ligament in his right knee had been replaced and his meniscus had been sewed. On April 15th the articular cartilage damage will be fixed. continue
Las Vegas (April 5) - The stars of the April 9 "Action Heroes" pay-per-view event arrived in Las Vegas today for a full week of activities leading up to fight night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. When asked about their favorite action heroes and their own super hero qualities, Erik "El Terrible" Morales, Marcos "El Chino' Maidana, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, Michael Katsidis "The Great", James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland, Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi and Jose Miguel Cotto provided a variety of answers telling how their childhood super heroes have inspired them to become the fighters they are today. Each of these fistic warriors will look to bring these qualities into the ring on Saturday night and prove to the world that they have what it takes to be known as an "Action Hero." continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 5, 2011) Former world title challenger, Deandre “Bull” Latimore returns to battle on Saturday, April 16th in an eight round junior middleweight bout against Bayonne, New Jersey’s Dennis Sharpe at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, it was announced today by Steve Smith, President of St. Louis’ Rumble Time Promotions. continue
BRONX, N.Y. (April 5, 2011) – International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko participated in a media workout today at John’s Boxing Gym in the Bronx, N.Y. as he prepares for Abner Mares in the eagerly anticipated final of The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. continue
By James Slater: According to ESPN.com’s schedule of upcoming fights, veteran heavyweights Tony Thompson and Maurice Harris will meet on ESPN2 in an IBF heavyweight elimination bout. An interesting-looking match-up that could go either way, Thompson-Harris will go ahead in Reno, on the under-card of the May 27th Josesito Lopez-Steve Upsher Chambers light-welterweight clash. continue
By Neil Dempsey: Armed with a bucket and some essentials the cutman plays a key if understated role of any corner on fight night. A cutman can make or break a fighter’s big night with the inability to stop the blood flow or reduce the swelling. continue
By James Slater: Popular New York heavyweight Vinny Maddalone’s name has been in the news quite a bit recently. Firstly there was talk he would maybe be among the participants in the forthcoming May 7th “Prizefighter: The International Heavyweights” tourney in London, while today I read on 8Count News that James Toney had a fight lined up against Vinny, in Biloxi on May 14th. continue
By James Slater: Though fans, on this web site anyway, were divided over whether or not unbeaten 27-year-old Finnish big man Robert Helenius deserved rave reviews for his 9th-round stoppage win over Samuel Peter, Ring Magazine have rewarded the 15-0(10) contender with, well, contender status. This past Saturday in Germany, “The Nordic Nightmare” took out “The Nigerian Nightmare” with a win that so impressed the writers of “The Bible Of Boxing” they decided to place him at #9 in their heavyweight rankings. continue
British Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale has labelled rival George Groves "chinny" ahead of their big May 21 grudge fight at The O2, London, live on Sky Box Office. Groves was floored in the third round of his Commonwealth super-middleweight title defence against Kenny Anderson, and DeGale believes that it belied a weakness in his armoury. continue
ST. LOUIS, MO (April 5, 2011) Sensational undefeated welterweight prospect Willie Nelson will ride deep into the heart of Texas this week for his network debut against New York City’s Vincent Arroyo on Friday night, April 8th. continue
Riding high on his huge win over former World Champ Oliver McCall March 18th, Cedric “The Boz” Boswell is serving notice on the boxing world that he is the ONLY challenger capable of dethroning both of the Klitschko brothers. continue
NEW YORK, NY (April 4, 2011) – Last Thursday’s media conference call featured World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight Champion Andre Berto and WBC #5 rated title challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz in advance of their “East-West Showdown” event on April 16 from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, airing live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Also on the call were Berto’s promoter Lou DiBella, the promoter of the event, and trainer Tony Morgan, as well as Ortiz’s promoter Richard Schaefer and adviser Rolando Arellano. continue
By James Slater: Sky Sports News has reported how unbeaten British heavyweight hope Tyson Fury will take his biggest pro fight to date on April 16th, as he will face former heavyweight ruler Hasim Rahman on the under-card of the Amir Khan-Paul McCloskey card in Manchester. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: So far 2011 does not look bad at all in terms of decent fights. It gives hope to an average boxing fan to start the year off with exciting matchups. Coming up, we have a handful of interesting bouts, all of which deserve attention. Some simply arouse curiosity, while others are a doorway to a future mega fight. Below are my personal predictions for some of the upcoming matchups: continue
By James Slater: It has been reported how Floyd Mayweather Junior, the boxing superstar who goes by the nickname of “Money,” has ran into a little bit of trouble regarding his finances. The IRS has demanded the 34-year-old pays a back taxes bill of $3.4 million, the taxes due for the earnings Mayweather picked up in the year 2009. As fans know, Floyd was hit with a larger IRS bill for unpaid taxes in 2006: this one for the sum of $5.6 million. This demand saw to it that Mayweather, abandoning his retirement plans, fought again. continue
By James Slater: It has been reported on a number of web sites that “Viking Warrior” Mikkel Kessler will return to action on June 4th, against durable Canadian Renan St-Juste. The comeback fight that will see Kessler fight for the first time since his points win over Carl Froch, is slated to be added to the Showtime TV coverage of the Carl Froch-Glen Johnson fight. continue
Alan N. (Chicago, IL): I saw a post on your Facebook page where you spoke about a video interview with Arum talking pretty harshly on Donaire and his wife, Rachel. What do you think will be the final conclusion in this scenario and what do you make of Arum saying he has "probably four guys who can probably beat Donaire"? continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 118th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) who is scheduled to challenge WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) in the Semi-Finals of the Super Six Boxing Classic on June 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Johnson spoke about his upcoming fight and also provided opinions on various aspects of the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move on down to our final guest of this week’s show. He is the former light heavyweight champion of the world. He is “The Road Warrior”. Making his first appearance with On the Ropes we are joined by Glen Johnson. How are you doing today Glen?
JENNA: Well that’s great to hear. Well you have a very big fight against Carl “The Cobra” Froch for the WBC super middleweight title. It’s going to be on June 4. Can you tell us a little bit about this fight?
JOHNSON: Yeah the fight is a part of the Super Six. We’re in the Semi-Finals and the winner of Carl Froch and I will meet the winner of Ward-Abraham in the Finals. So I believe their fight is two weeks ahead of us and our fight is set for June 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I’m very excited about the opportunity and I’m training hard and getting ready for that fight right now. So I’m looking forward to it. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 118th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with Michael Katsidis (27-3, 22 KOs) who is scheduled to face Robert Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KOs) for the interim WBA and WBO lightweight titles. Katsidis spoke about his upcoming fight and also talked about his career and other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: It’s time for our second guest of this week’s show. He is the former two-time lightweight champion of the world making his second appearance “On the Ropes”. We have Michael Katsidis. How are you doing today, Michael?
MICHAEL KATSIDIS: Not bad, thank you. How are you?
JENNA: I’m doing great. I’m definitely happy to be having you on the show today. I first got to ask you, you got a pretty big fight coming up on April 9 against Robert Guerrero. What do you think about this matchup?
KATSIDIS: Yeah look, I’m very excited about this fight. It’s a very good opportunity for me once again. I had the opportunity before and had some big fights and big names, and namely my last one with Marquez. This is just the perfect opportunity for me to get back in there and become interim lightweight champion of the world. continue
By Vanessa McConnell: Last weekend NLV Center Ring Boxing and Silver Nugget Casino hosted the Nevada State Junior Olympics 2011 Semi Finals and Finals for local youth boxers throughout the valley. These kids train hard and are rewarded by giving an opportunity to compete for a medal and trophy along with bragging rights. This month’s winners of the Junior Olympics Include:
April 2nd ~ Semi Finals. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones: Last night in Germany, on the undercard of Marco Huck’s successful title defence against Ran Nakash, the boxing world may very well have seen the last appearance of former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter. The once much feared Nigerian puncher suffered his second consecutive knockout loss, his fifth in total, and must surely now seriously contemplate hanging up his gloves for good. Robert Helenius meanwhile, while still having a lot to learn, will certainly move onto bigger and better things at heavyweight. continue
By Gerardo Gomez: Giovani Segura retained his belt that he won from Ivan Calderon by knocking him out in the 3rd round. The first two rounds looked pretty good. During the 3rd round, Segura had Calderon by the ropes and unleashed combinations and some hard body shots that it was difficult for Calderon to withstand. Calderon took a knee and the fight stopped the fight. continue
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) made his sixth successful title defence on Saturday night in Halle, Germany when he defeated brave challenger Ran Nakash on points. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Germany, on the under-card of WBO cruiserweight champ Marco Huck's latest retention, unbeaten heavyweight hope Robert Helenius put on a performance that arguably stole the show. Putting down and stopping former WBC champ Sam Peter in the 9th round, Helenius improved to 15-0 with 10th KO's. continue
By John K. Way: It’s been announced that former world champions Julio Diaz and Kendall Holt will be meeting in a green light-red light crossroads fight on May 13th on Friday Night Fights on ESPN 2. Both fighters employ fan friendly, action-oriented styles, and with their careers hanging in the balance, Diaz and Holt are sure to bring everything to the ring to pull out a desperately needed win. continue
By James Slater: There was a time, back when “The Pride Of Wales” was still an active fighter, that Joe Calzaghe had nothing too good to say about Carl Froch; and vice versa. Back in 2007, 2008 or so, the two rival super-middleweights were engaging in a very public battle of words, with the still to prove himself at elite level Froch doing everything he could to get Joe to take the bait and agree to give him a shot. continue
By James Slater: Recently, I was fortunate enough to have been able to speak with the great Emanuel Steward - where I asked “Manny” for his top-five when it comes to the best fighters he has ever worked with. The Hall of Fame trainer who established the legendary Kronk gym in Detroit has worked with so many great fighters, listing them all would take up a very long article indeed. Having produced so many world champions, Emanuel has to think quite hard when giving his choices for the best five he has been associated with - at least Emanuel had to think hard when listing guys two through five. continue
By John G. Thompson: Hammerin' Hank Lundy (20-1-1, 10 KO's) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania earned himself a unanimous decision over Patrick "El Elegante" Lopez (20-4, 12 KO's) of Venezuela live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights series from the famous Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Also in action, local favorite Elvin Ayala dug to the body to for a stoppage victory and Vladine Biosse stopped his opponent with a couple hard straight lefts. continue
By Gerardo Gomez: Tomorrow is the highly anticipated rematch between Puerto Rico's Ivan Calderon (34-1-1, 6KOs) and Mexico's Giovani Segura (26-1-1, 22KOs). Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon weighed in at 107 lbs and Giovani "Aztec Warrior" Segura weighed in at 108 lbs. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 118th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with junior middleweight contender Carlos Molina (17-4-2, 5 KOs) who managed to score an upset draw against the highly touted Eirslandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in a fight many observers believe Carlos deserved to win. Molina spoke to us about the fight, his career, and the future. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: To open things up for this week’s show we have a fighter coming off an impressive upset draw. We’re joined by Carlos Molina. How are you doing today Carlos?
CARLOS MOLINA: I’m doing good. How about yourself?
JENNA: I’m doing great. I’m happy to have you on here and I have to congratulate you on your performance this past weekend.
MOLINA: Thanks, I’m happy to be here too.
JENNA: Let’s talk about that fight. You were taking on Erislandy Lara. He’s a guy that had a lot of acclaim going into this particular bout and you ended up getting a draw. How did you feel about the decision and the way you performed?
MOLINA: Well I thought I did enough to win the fight. At first I wasn’t happy with the draw, but after being off this long I guess it was better than a loss. Now I just want to get back in there and fight again as soon as possible. continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (April 1, 2011) – For the second time in a year, “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy captured a championship on national television. Now he’s ready to take on the best in the world in the lightweight division. continue
Former World Heavyweight Champion Sergei Liakhovich has been forced to withdraw from his planned fight with Johnnie White on the undercard of Tomasz Adamek vs. Kevin McBride on Saturday, April 9th at Newark's Prudential Center Arena, Kathy Duva of Main Events announced today. continue
Thanks everybody for joining us. We are but almost a week away leading up to a terrific show. That, of course, is Érik Morales versus Marcos Maidana in the main event of the April 9th Action Heroes HBO pay-per-view and presented by Golden Boy Promotions. As you saw from your press conference call alert we have both fighters with us. We've switched the order a little bit because Marcos Maidana is ready now. continue
PHILADELPHIA (April 1, 2011) - Unbeaten Polish fighters Patrick "The Machine" Majewski and Kamil Laszczyk continued their winning ways by scoring first round knockouts in separate bouts at The Arena in Philadelphia, PA on Friday night. continue
(March 31, 2011 ) – Cuban bruiser Luis Ortiz will be in action on April 23rd in Miami. Currently unbeaten in six professional fights, Ortiz holds the WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title and is rising rapidly in the world ratings. Nicknamed “Big Thing” because of his powerful physique – at 6’4”, 235 lbs he resembles the young, lean Riddick Bowe – Ortiz has already scored dominant wins over seasoned pros Zack Page and Kendrick Releford. Prior to turning pro, Ortiz was a long-term member of Cuba’s national boxing team, during which he fought hundreds of bouts and ranked perennially among the world’s leading amateurs. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This Saturday, CBS will kick off the Fight Camp 360 series, chronicling the training camps of both Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao as they prepare to go to battle on May 7th in Las Vegas' MGM Grand. For Shane Mosley the theme is a very familiar one, as once again he finds himself attempting to answer critics who continue to write him off as an aging veteran eager to milk the sports latest cash cow. continue
By James Slater: Currently doing the rounds on a whole host of boxing web sites, is the story that says former world champions Glenn McCrory and Johnny Nelson - now both retired and working for Sky Sports as pundits - are both set to return to the ring on the same night. The “news” article, that has been picked up by Fightnews.com as well as many other well known sites, says McCrory, the former IBF cruiserweight champ, has been training in Philadelphia and that Nelson, the former long-reigning WBO cruiserweight champ, has also been working out. Both men, now well into their forties, are allegedly set to “fly the flag for Britain in the Prizefighter international event on May 7th.” continue
By James Slater: Due to the unexpectedly easy manner in which he dispatched Cuban challenger Odlanier Solis on that disappointing night a short while back, WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko is looking at returning to action quickly. According to ace scribe Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, “Dr. Iron Fist” could box again on June 4th. continue
By Robert Jackson: England, the country where modern boxing originated from, has had its share of stars including Eubank, Benn, Lewis and most recently Ricky Hatton. Joining the ranks of these British stars is the 6’3” former undisputed Cruiserweight champion – 30 year old David Haye; now making his rounds as a heavyweight has signed to meet either Klitschko Brother in a bout yet undetermined. continue
By Joseph Herron - It was September 24th, 2005, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in what was a very calm night with a crisp, cool breeze. The crowd was already in a frenzy after witnessing a great undercard bout between Miguel Cotto and, last minute stand-in from Columbia, Ricardo Torres. The preliminary bout was a tremendous test of wills, but nothing could steal the attention away from Big Sam Peter…this was to be his night.
Before the Klitschko fight in Atlantic City, Peter was a staggering 24-0 with 21 knock-outs. Like his moniker suggests, he was indeed a nightmare for all of his opponents knocking out victim after victim. Sam Peter looked like the heavyweight destroyer for which boxing had been clamoring.
On HBO’s B.A.D., The twenty five year old undefeated Nigerian prospect was paired with the “mentally scarred”, Wladimir Klitschko…a great letdown to the HBO brass who had suffered two unexpected and very disappointing defeats at the hands of two very unimposing heavyweights. Sam Peter was expected to make a huge statement on this night and forever put away HBO’s Ukrainian heavyweight disappointment. continue
As Prizefighter prepares for international fighters to make their debut on the series, we are delighted to announce that the Light-Heavyweights II show features on the FOX Network in America this weekend. continue
NEW YORK (April 1, 2011) – Unbeaten Juan Manuel “Juanma’’ Lopez has caught the attention of most everybody in boxing with his exciting, explosive style and unwavering charisma. Following in the footsteps of his countrymen like Puerto Rican superstars Felix Trinidad, Wilfred Benitez and Miguel Cotto, Lopez has been virtually unstoppable as he’s compiled a record of 30-0 with 27 knockouts. continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (April 1, 2011) – Boxing’s best and brightest stars have packed the house at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater, leaving only a handful of tickets available to the public for tonight’s ESPN “Friday Night Fights” presentation. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 118th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) , who is scheduled to defend his title against Ran Nakash (25-0, 18 KOs) this Saturday in Germany. Huck spoke about his upcoming title defense and also provided opinions on various aspects of the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: I think it’s time to hear from the other side of this argument because we are also joined by the WBO cruiserweight champion of the world making his second appearance with “On the Ropes”. We have Marco Huck on the line. How are you doing today, Marco?
MARCO HUCK: I’m doing very well and I’m looking forward to my fight.
JENNA: Alright, sounds good. Well you have a new opponent scheduled for your April 2 date. His name is Ran Nakash. What do you know about him?
HUCK: Well it was a bit unfortunate, but the opponent changed on short notice because I was getting ready to face the Italian. But I’m a professional and I have to deal with this kind of situation.
JENNA: Are you at all worried thought that taking this on short notice could affect you in the ring?
HUCK: I consider myself a gladiator and I’m ready to fight and face everybody! continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 118th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with undefeated cruiserweight contender Ran Nakash (25-0, 18 KOs) who is scheduled to take on WBO world champion Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) this Saturday in Germany. Nakash spoke about his upcoming title opportunity and also provided opinions on various aspects of the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: Moving on over to our third guest of this week’s show, we’re joined by a contender coming out of the cruiserweight division. He is undefeated. His name is Ran Nakash. How are you doing today, Ran?
RAN NAKASH: I’m good.
JENNA: Excellent! Well that’s always good to hear. You have a very big fight against Marco Huck for the WBO cruiserweight title on April 2. How are you feeling?
NAKASH: I feel very good. I trained hard for a fight at the end of April against Bobby Gunn in Atlantic City and I got a call last Tuesday that I could have a title shot and I went for it!
JENNA: Well you did mention you got it last Tuesday. Are you at all worried taking a fight on such short notice will affect you when you get into the ring?
NAKASH: Yes, but it’s a title shot so I can’t say no. continue
MANILA (March 31, 2011) -- He came. He saw. He Tweeted. MANNY PACQUIAO, the eight-division world champion and lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, has returned to Twitter. Manny’s authorized user name is @MannyPacquiao. continue
LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2011) – World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares participated in a media workout today at Maywood Gym in Maywood, Calif. as he gets ready to face International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight World Champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko in the eagerly awaited Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. . continue
Oscar "Finito" Gonzalez (21-1, 17KOs) will look to stop the flight of Tijuana journeyman Arturo "Aguilita" Valenzuela (20-15, 17KOs) once and for all on Saturday, April 2nd, in the seaside port of Rosarito, MX, in a fight card presented by Erik Morales' Box Latino. The multi-bout fight card will take place at the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Municipal Gymnasium twenty minutes south of the San Diego-Tijuana border. Gonzalez, who is one of Box Latino's up and coming stars along with Alejandro Sanabria, Pedro Guevara and Omar Estrella, was present yesterday at a press conference in downtown Tijuana to announce his fight scheduled for ten rounds in the featherweight division. continue
Part 4 – Training Camp Winding Down; Fighters Firing Up
Las Vegas, Nev. (March 31)…The April 9 “Action Heroes” fight week festivities kick off in less than one week and the excitement continues to build with new fights added to the card including James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland vs. Nobuhiro Ishida and Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi vs. Jose Miguel Cotto. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 118th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Glen Johnson, Marco Huck, Ran Nakash, Michael Katsidis, and Carlos Molina. You can click play on the player to listen.
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.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Heated encounter occurring between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal at press conference
• Dmitry Pirog winning lackluster 12 round UD against Javier Francisco Maciel
• Yuriorkis Gamboa impressively stopping Jorge Solis in 4 rounds
• Mikey Garcia scoring a 10th round TKO victory against Matt Remillard
• Carlos Molina battling Erislandy Lara to a surprising draw in a fight many felt Molina won
• Rumors Floyd Mayweather might be facing Paul Spadafora in July for a tune-up bout
• Roy Jones Junior returning to face cruiserweight Denis Lebedev on May 21
• James Kirkland being scheduled to face former interim WBA 154 pound champion Nobuhiro Ishida
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: IBF Bantamweight champ Joseph King Kong Agbeko wants to pay back his fans for their unflinching support even in difficult times with victory over Abner Mares in their Bantamweight decider come April 23rd. Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) faces Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) in the Bantamweight Tournament Finals after reclaiming the IBF crown from Yohnny Perez in what was a semi final of the Don King fashioned boxing tourney. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 31, 2011) – Unbeaten Mexican flyweight prospect, Alonso “Finito” Lopez, son of legendary Mexican boxer Ricardo “Finito” Lopez, has been added to Saturday night’s “La Revancha” pay-per-view event, featuring the highly-anticipated rematch between World Boxing Organization (WBO) and The Ring light flyweight champion Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura and former 108-pound king, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, live from Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. continue
Atlantic City, NJ—Welterweights Ronald Cruz and Manuel Guzman, who live and train within forty miles of each other in Pennsylvania, will take their in-state rivalry to New Jersey when they meet in an eight-round contest Saturday evening, April 23, in the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City. continue
John Murray insists he can take nothing for granted against tough Spaniard Karim El Ouzaghari on Saturday night. The Mancunian defends his European lightweight title at the York Hall, Bethnal Green - his first fight in the capital in over four years - live on Sky Sports 1HD. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - MARCH 31, 2011 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of manager / trainer Gil Clancy. He passed away early this morning. He was 88. continue
By James Slater: Many fighters, when they lose for the first time, have a huge urge to get a rematch with the man who took their “O” so as to try and avenge their maiden defeat. This is not the case with the soon-to-return Andre Dirrell. As fans know, “The Matrix” lost his perfect record to Britain’s Carl Froch, in Britain, in what was both men’s “Super Six” debut, back in 2009. continue
By James Slater: Promoter Ricky Hatton has confirmed that middleweight contender Matthew Macklin’s WBA final eliminator fight with Khoren Gevor, set as it was for the Khan-McCloskey under-card in Manchester on April 16th, is off. continue