By Phenyo Molefe: It’s has been just over a week and half since the boxing world was cast in flames, bearing witness to the return of the gifted Floyd Mayweather in a masterful showing which left no reason for doubt. His fight seemed a tactical tool of composition, seemingly sketched as a warning to those who dare doubt his brilliance and ability to draw retribution. continue
By James Slater: “You know it will be another classic,” Delvin Rodriguez to Dan Rafael when speaking of his upcoming return fight with Pawel Wolak. As fans have probably read or heard by now, 154-pound contenders Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak will soon treat the viewers with a second instalment of the cracking war they put on on July 15th. The ten-rounder the two put on ended up being scored a draw (no-one really complained about the result afterwards) and now the two gutsy warriors will do it all again on December 3rd - this time on a much bigger, grander stage. continue
By James Slater: Fans who love a slugfest could be in for a real treat come November 5th, as light-middleweight sluggers James Kirkland and Alfredo Angulo will meet in a scheduled 12-rounder in Cancun, Mexico. HBO will televise. continue
By James Slater: Three intriguing fights are set to go down at Wembley Arena in London on November 5th, as unbeaten George Groves will face Paul Smith in defence of his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles, Ricky Burns and Australian warrior Michael Katsidis will clash for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight title, and heavyweights Dereck Chisora and Larry Olubamiwo will both hit the comeback trail against one another in a non-title 10-rounder. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 144th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) who is scheduled to have a unification bout against WBA champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) in the Super Six Final, which has now been rescheduled for December 17. Froch spoke about his upcoming fight and also spoke about his career experiences and his future. He also touched on a variety of other topics including Bute versus Johnson, Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler, the return of Andre Dirrell, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move to our second guest of this week’s show. He is the reigning WBC super middleweight champion of the world making his sixth appearance to On the Ropes. We’re joined by “The Cobra”, Carl Froch. How’s everything going today, Carl?
CARL FROCH: Yeah, very good, very good. I’m doing very well. Thank you.
JENNA: Excellent to hear. Let’s talk about the big story that’s going around in the super middleweight division. Andre Ward had to postpone your fight. What were your first thoughts when you heard about him pulling out of the fight?
FROCH: I was initially disappointed, mainly for the fans because I’ve got a big influx of fans buying tickets and booking flights and organizing accommodations. So initially I was disappointed, but they’ll get refund on all the stuff. They can delay the flight for a small admin fee. So after a couple of hours of just working that out I wasn’t too flustered to be honest. I’ve gone through my whole career with people pulling out and being delayed, and vacating titles and stuff. So I’m pretty hardened to the fact that people can pull out of fights. It’s never really straightforward for me. You know, I’m happy now that it’s rescheduled and not a cancellation. So the fight will just go back. continue
Gavin Rees says he is in perfect shape as he prepares to defend his European Lightweight title against Derry Mathews at the Newport Centre tomorrow night, live on Sky Sports.
Rees claimed the title in April with a points win over previously unbeaten Irishman Andy Murray and the 31 year-old believes that if he can defend the belt against the Liverpudlian he will close in on a World title shot. continue
New York, NY - (9/30/2011) - This Saturday, October 1st, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will present "Noche de 'Maravilla': Martinez vs. Barker" featuring Middleweight Champion ergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO's) defending his WBC Diamond belt and Ring Championship against England's undefeated European Champion "Dazzling" Darren Barker (23-0, 14KO's), at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ. Opening up HBO's World Championship Boxing® telecast will be the rematch between top-rated middleweight contender "Irish" Andy Lee (26-1, 19KO's) and former participant of "The Contender", and the only man to defeat Lee as a pro, Bryan Vera (19-5, 12KO's), in a 10-round middleweight matchup. continue
By Karim ‘Kato’ Godfrey: A little over a week has passed, the dust has settled but the debate rages on. Is there such a thing as a”legal” sucker – punch? (I define a sucker – punch as, hitting someone who is not in a fighting stance.) In my opinion I think Floyd was well within his rights to take advantage of the opportunity Victor Ortiz offered. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (Sept. 29, 2011) – World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1-ranked super lightweight contender Olusegun Ajose weighed in at 139 pounds and No. 6-ranked Ali Chebah tipped the scales at 140 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 29 - Known for its dazzling beaches and as a vacation destination for millions, Cancun, Mexico will be turned into a fight town on Saturday, November 5, when Golden Boy Promotions and Periodico QueQui (Pepe Gomez) will bring one of the most anticipated bouts in recent years to the Cancun Center, where junior middleweight sluggers Alfredo "Perro" Angulo and James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland will engage in what is already anticipated to be a 2011 Fight of the Year candidate live on HBO's Boxing After Dark. continue
During the third round of his fearless, bloody campaign against Robert Helenius in Erfurt, Germany this past August, Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich suffered fractures of the bones located high on the bridge of both the right and left sides of his nose. His courageous battle through the remaining brutal rounds garnered him a multitude of new fans who having been sending emails praising Sergei's heart, determination and skills. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 144th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBC light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) who made history in May when he became the oldest boxer to ever win a major world championship. Hopkins is scheduled to defend his title on October 15 against “Bad” Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) in a fight that will be available on HBO pay-per-view. Hopkins spoke about his upcoming fight and also shared his views on a variety of other topics, including the importance of having an old school corner, the key to beating Floyd Mayweather Junior, top boxing trainers, Antonio Tarver, and his vision for a battlefield in the cruiserweight division that would include migrating smaller heavyweights and bigger light heavyweights. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: It is time for our final guest of this week’s show. He is the reigning defending WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion of the world. Making his eighth appearance to On the Ropes Boxing Radio we are once again joined by “The Executioner”, Bernard Hopkins. How’s everything going today?
BERNARD HOPKINS: I’m doing fine. I’m looking at some history and just winding down, and then winding back up in another four hours before I head out to the gym.
JENNA: Alright well the fight is less than three weeks away. How are you feeling now?
HOPKINS: I’m feeling good. I mean it’s a thing, a process that started four or five weeks ago. But everything is good. Everything is on time and everything is moving the way it’s supposed to.
JENNA: So what things are you working on in camp with Nazim to deal with someone that has the speed and size of Chad Dawson?
HOPKINS: Basically, you know, be me and do what I’ve been doing for two decades in my career. As you know and for people that haven’t known, this is 13, maybe 12 southpaws that I’ve fought, especially in championship bouts. So I’m very aware of the style and what to do. I’m 12-1 with southpaws and some people could easily argue that I’m 13-0 if you go to the Joe Calzaghe split decision loss. Other than that, I don’t like to use the phrase “business as usual” even though I just said it. I take every fight seriously, but to me it is a thing where I understand where I need to be and I understand what I need to do. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 29 – The pay-per-view undercard for the Oct. 15 Believe It Or Not! event headlined by the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson world title fight at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles is complete with the addition of Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi facing Mexican contender and former Olympian Orlando Lora in a 10-round showdown. The welterweight bout will open the HBO Pay-Per-View® telecast, making Oct. 15 one of the most competitive fight nights of the year from top to bottom. continue
Sept. 29, 2011 - Fight fans eager for a unique inside look at the November 12 HBO Pay-Per-View® showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez should mark their calendars to catch an all-new edition of "Face Off," starring the two ring warriors. “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao-Marquez” debuts Saturday, Oct. 1 at 12:15 a.m. ET on HBO, immediately following the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast from Atlantic City. continue
World Boxing Association (WBA), WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will defend her title collection on November 5 at Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium when she takes on Hawaiian Kuulei Kupihea (7-0, 2 KOs). It will be the First Lady´s third fight in Denmark this year after defeating Jill Emery in Herning (April) and Chevelle Hallback at the DR Koncerthuset (May). “I look forward to fighting in front of 20.000 fans at PARKEN,” she said. “The support in Denmark has always been fantastic but this will be the first time I step into the ring in a big football stadium. It will be a great experience.” continue
Two time International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion of The World Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham and TRAD Group Chairman Hayden Smith jointly announced today that the London headquartered TRAD Group are sponsoring Steve's title defense at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany on Saturday 1st October, which will be broadcast live in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Channel 456). continue
Junior middleweight contender "Mean" Joe Greene (22-1, 14 KOs) will make his long-awaited return to the ring this Saturday, October 1, inside the Grand Ballroom at Fitzgerald's Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, in six-round bout against local journeyman William "Pete" Johnson. continue
By Robert Brown: In this article I will be discussing how I believe it is time for two young rising Mexican talents Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Saul Alvarez to face each other to determine which of these young Mexicans is going to elevate themselves into super stardom, both of these fighters have yet to face real would class competition. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghanaian boxer Osumanu Adama hopes to up his case for a crack at a world title when he takes on former world champ Roman Karmazin in an IBF Middleweight eliminator on October 7 at the Club Chicago, Burbank, Illinois, USA. continue
New York, NY - (9/28/2011) - Earlier this afternoon, Lou DiBella, of DiBella Entertainment, hosted the final press conference for "Noche De 'Maravilla'" featuring WBC Diamond belt Middleweight Champion, and top three pound-for-pound fighter, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO's), who will be taking on undefeated European Champion "Dazzling" Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs), this Saturday, October 1st, at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ. The show will air live on HBO's World Championship Boxing at 10:00 P.M. ET/7:00 P.M. PT, opening with the much anticipated rematch between "Irish" Andy Lee (26-1, 19KO's) and Bryan Vera (19-5, 12KO's). continue
by Jenna J - This week's 144th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Bernard Hopkins, Carl Froch, and Andre Dirrell. 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:
• Super Six Final matchup between Carl Froch and Andre Ward being postponed until December 17 because of a cut suffered in sparring by Ward
• Erik Morales being rumored to return to the ring on December 10
• Is a fourth fight between Morales and Barrera on its way?
• Marcos Maidana scoring a 4th round KO against Petr Petrov
• Dmitry Pirog defeating Gennady Martirosyan by 10th round stoppage
• HBO 24/7 Mayweather-Ortiz final episode review
Be sure to join us for three exclusive interviews:
• Is scheduled to defend his WBC light heavyweight title against Chad Dawson on October 15
• Became the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a major world title when he beat Jean Pascal in May
• Current record stands at 52-5-2 with 32 wins coming by way of knockout
• Will be making his 8th guest appearance “On the Ropes”
By James Slater: If superstars Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao cannot agree to get a fight on between one another, the next available mega-fight for either man could now be a catch weight fight with reigning middleweight king Sergio Martinez. Why? Because, unlike in earlier interviews, the Argentine hero has said he IS willing to drop down as low as 150-pounds if it will get him a massive fight with either “Money” or Pac-Man. continue
By James Slater: Not only does Chad Dawson feel he will defeat ageless wonder and reigning light-heavyweight king Bernard Hopkins in their upcoming October 15th fight; “Bad” Chad feels he will cause a real sensation by becoming the first man to stop the 46-year-old Philly legend. continue
NEW YORK (September 28, 2011) – Buffalo welterweight Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal continues his journey back to boxing prominence October 15 against undefeated prospect Michael “Slick” Anderson on the non-televised portion of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson pay-per-view event at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. continue
IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs) is “ready to go to war on Saturday night” when he clashes with Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-1, 13 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The 35-year-old American voiced his confidence today during the final press conference in a redesigned church. “I have followed his career for a long time. Hernandez is one of the top cruiserweights and a very strong opponent. But I have defeated all reigning cruiserweights champions and I will clinch another victory on Saturday night. The weapons are oiled and I am ready to go to war.” continue
HBO Sports unleashes an explosive middleweight twin bill when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: SERGIO MARTINEZ VS. DARREN BARKER AND ANDY LEE VS. BRIAN VERA is seen live SATURDAY, OCT. 1 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
By James Slater: Two boxing superstars, one retired the other atop some current Pound-for-Pound listings, are currently having a right go at one another on Twitter. Former six weight ruler Oscar De La Hoya, promoter of Victor Ortiz, has replied to some vile Twitter comments made by former ring rival Floyd Mayweather Junior (in one post, “Money” shamelessly added a link that sent readers to a photo of the recently rehabbed De La Hoya dressed up in drag). continue
NEW YORK (Sept. 27, 2011) – The Super Six World Boxing Classic Final between super middleweight world champions Andre Ward and Carl Froch has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The SHOWTIME® telecast will air LIVE at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The announcement was made jointly today by Ward’s promoter, Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions, Froch’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, and Ken Hershman of SHOWTIME Sports®. continue
New York, NY - (9/27/2011) - Earlier today, World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond belt and The Ring Middleweight Champion, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO's), held an open media workout DBEat the Modell's Sporting Goods store in Times Square, New York City. The Champion, Martinez, who will be defending against England's undefeated European Champion, "Dazzling" Darren Barker (23-0, 14KO's), this Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ, looked to be in tremendous shape, as he worked out before a packed house of fans and media who turned out for the workout. continue
Gavin Rees says he is hungrier than ever as he faces Derry Mathews in his first defence of the European Lightweight title on Saturday night at the Newport Centre, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 from 8pm – knowing a win can bring him one step closer to his two-weight World champion dream. continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) Super-Middleweight Champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) opened his gym for the media on Tuesday afternoon in Copenhagen. On November 5, the Viking Warrior will challenge WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) at renowned PARKEN Stadium in Denmark´s capital. Kessler worked the pads with trainer Jimmy Montoya and also hit the bag for the journalists. “Things are going great,” he said. “I´m in great shape already but come November 5 I will be even stronger. Jimmy keeps teaching me new stuff and I will have some surprises for Stieglitz when we meet.”
By James Slater: It has been reported on a number of boxing web sites how a new date has been found for the postponed “Super Six” final between Britain’s Carl Froch and Andre Ward of the U.S. The original date of October 29th, scrapped due to Ward picking up a cut eye in sparring, has now been replaced by December 17th. continue
By Ted Sares:By Ted Sares: This edition is dedicated to my fellow ESB posters.
Let’s get right to boxing topics, opinions, disagreement, or agreement. Tonight we are featuring brief but hopefully thought-provoking subjects. Let’s sit back with something liquid and amber (and maybe with some ice), torch up a Griffin Corona, and unwind. D-Jay Red is spinning tunes out of his Harlem headquarters. He‘s got everything from funk to rap. Boosty, ya dig?
1) Here is my top ten Pound for Pound list RIGHT NOW.
This is simply a snapshot as of September 27, 2011 and is significantly different than my last listing as Gamboa moves off due to his inconsistency. Ward and Froch will be resolved soon enough. And Vitali makes his first (and likely not his last) appearance in my top ten. Floyd trades places with Manny because Manny is fighting a guy (again) Floyd totally dominated in Marquez.
By James Slater: Superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior has replied to the rematch pleas/demands of September 17th KO victim Victor Ortiz. Via his Twitter page, “Money” referred to Ortiz as “Victoria,” and he said the former World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champ can have a return date with him if he can first repeat his April win over Andre Berto. continue
To assist with the training for his upcoming World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight championship of the world against reigning champ Andre Ward, Carl Froch has brought in top middleweight prospect Richard Pierson as a sparring partner. continue
By Teron Briggs: For the last few days following the surreal spectacle that occurred at the MGM Grand on the night of Saturday, Sep 17th I’ve had the opportunity to witness countless heated debates amongst the sports media regarding the actions of Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42 –0, 26 KOs). continue
BRITISH light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane has signed a three-year promotional deal with Hatton Promotions. The Londoner becomes the fourth British title holder boxing under the Hatton banner joining Martin Murray (middleweight), Anthony Crolla (lightweight) and Gary Buckland (super-featherweight). continue
World Boxing Organization middleweight world champion Dmitry Pirog, 19-0 with 15 knockouts, of Gelendzhik, Russia, gave an impressive performance and scored an 11th round TKO against WBO No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger Gennady Martirosyan, 22-3 with 11 knockouts, of St. Petersburg, Russia. The fight headlined at the Palace of Sports “Olympus” in Krasnodar, Russia, on September 25, and was televised in Russia on Channel 2. continue
By James Slater: Victor Ortiz and his team (consisting of promoter Oscar De La Hoya and manager Rolando Arrelano) have just participated in a teleconference call, so reports Dan Rafael, and the Vicious one is still chasing a return with Floyd Mayweather Junior. continue
By James Slater: Yesterday in Krasnodar, Russia, World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Dmitriy Pirog retained his belt with a 10th-round corner retirement over an extremely gutsy Gennady Martirosyan. The two Russian warriors gave the fans a terrific all-action fight for ten absorbing rounds, before the badly swollen right eye suffered by the challenger persuaded his corner to pull him out. continue
Montreal, Monday, September 26th 2011 – Quebec City`s own Kevin Bizier (15-0-0, 11 KO) will see action at the Pepsi Colisee on Saturday, November 5th. Bizier joins an already stacked line-up headlined by the IBF Super Middleweight showdown between champion Lucian Bute and challenger Glen Johnson, as well as Pier-Olivier Cote vs. Jorge Luis Teron IBF Intercontinental Junior Welterweight title bout and Sebastien Gauthier vs. 2-time former World champion Steve Molitor. continue
New York, NY - (9/26/2011) - Undefeated European Champion, "Dazzling" Darren Barker is as confident as ever ahead of his Middleweight Championship bout next Saturday, October 1st, at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, N.J., against Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO's). Barker will be making the trip across the pond looking to collect both Martinez' World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond belt and Ring Championship. continue
CHICAGO, IL (September 25th, 2011)—Chicago’s adopted son Osumanu Adama (19-2 14KO’s) first raised eyebrows after showcasing his skills against Chicago’s heavy handed super middleweight Donovan “Da Bomb” George. The fight not only showed the heart of Adama but also showed the skills of the Accra, Ghana native. After the fight Adama dropped down to the middleweight division and quickly made a name for himself in the boxing community. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: (September 25, 2011) - Monte Barrett has had an up-and-down career in recent years, winning some fights and losing others. But Barrett’s prospects are definitely on the upside these days. Last month Barrett soundly outboxed David Tua to capture the WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific regional titles. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Since Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0-0) knocked out Victor Ortiz (29-3-2), voices of criticism by professionals as well as boxing fans have been abundant around every corner. Some say that Floyd Mayweather Jr. won via an illegal cheap-shot, being the dirty undeserving fighter that he is. Others agree that it was as cheap-shot, but a legal one nonetheless, making Floyd a legitimate winner no questions asked. continue
By James Slater: Writing in his regular column for newspaper The Mirror, former world featherweight king Barry McGuigan has aired his views on both the upcoming third clash between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez and the ongoing situation regarding the possibility of a mega-fight between Pac-Man and Floyd Mayweather Junior. continue
By James Slater: Last night in his native Mexico, all-action warrior Jorge Arce turned in a brilliant, dominant performance as he halted South Africa’s Simphiwe Nongqayi in the 4th-round of a short and sweet slugfest (albeit a one-sided one). continue
By James Slater: Following on from his quick, relatively easy-looking 4th-round stoppage of Petr Petrov on Friday night, interim World Boxing Association (WBA) 140-pound champ Marcos Maidana is in the mood to fight again before the end of the year. Wanting, no, CRAVING, big fights, “El Chino” spoke to Fightnews about his desire to fight either of Erik Morales, Amir Khan or Timothy Bradley next. continue
Las Vegas (September 25)...Tickets for another explosive night of boxing action at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas featuring undefeated top prospects Sharif Bogere and Francisco Contreras, will go on sale tomorrow, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Bogere and Contreras will face off in a 10-round fight for Bogere's NABO Lightweight Title and the co-featured bout will see another clash of top prospects when undefeated Jermell Charlo will square off against Francisco Santana in an eight round fight on October 7 at the Dallas Events Center at Texas Station. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The 143rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with middleweight contender Andy Lee (26-1, 19 KOs) who is looking to avenge his only career loss in a long awaited rematch against rival Brian Vera (19-5, 12 KOs). Lee spoke about the fight, and talked about the impact their first fight had on his career. He also touched on a variety of other topics including Sergio Martinez’s upcoming fight with Darren Barker, Floyd Mayweather Junior’s controversial KO victory against Victor Ortiz, Felix Sturm’s highly disputed victory against Matthew Macklin, Manny Pacquiao, fighting in Germany, and more! Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move things to our second guest of this week’s show. He is making his sixth appearance to On the Ropes and he’s on the cusp of getting a title shot. We are joined by “Irish” Andy Lee. How’s everything going today, Andy?
ANDY LEE: Everything is going good. Thank you, Jenna. Thanks for having me on the show. Everything is going good. I’m here in Detroit in the final week of training. So I’m just finishing up sparring. I did ten good rounds yesterday and I’m looking forward to the week ahead, and then on to the fight!
JENNA: Alright well you mention the fight. It’s been three years in the making, that’s a rematch with Brian Vera. Now that you’re less than two weeks away from it, how do you feel about the matchup?
LEE: I’m feeling very good. Like you said, it’s been over three years waiting for this fight. It’s been a long, long road. Obviously losing the fight was a big upset to me. It really stalled my career, but I’ve had a lot of fights since then and improved myself in other areas. I always wanted this rematch and I finally get the chance for redemption, and it’s going to be on HBO so there is no better stage for it. I’m feeling really good. I’m only a week and a half away now from getting what I wanted for three and a half years. So I’m feeling good about the fight. continue
by Mark Lovell: Alexander Dimitrenko retained his EBU European title with a clear but unconvincing victory over Michael Sprott in Hamburg on Saturday night. The fight was the main event in the Universum-promoted night which also featured top heavyweights Dennis Botysov and Juan Carlos Gomez. continue
By Izyaslav "Slava" Koza: It has been one week since Floyd Mayweather’s last bout against Victor Ortiz, and with the benefit of replay, and thoughtful retrospect I have had the chance to confirm my initial perspective of the bout. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in Sheffield it was a case of repeat or revenge, as super-featherweights Gary Sykes and Gary Buckland met in a rematch of their shocking November 2010 meeting. Back then, in “Prizefighter,” Buckland upset the reigning British champ via 45-second KO. Tonight, with Sykes’ belt on the line, the man from Cardiff repeated his win, only this time on points. continue
by James Slater: Last night in his native Argentina, powerhouse 140-pounder Marcos Maidana made relatively short work of Spanish-based Russian
Petr Petrov. "El Chino," happy to be fighting in front of a noisy, appreciative crowd, sent Petrov down three times in all, getting the TKO win in the 4th-round when the ref had seen enough. continue
INDIO, Calif. (September 23, 2011) - With a main event that featured a clash of former Olympians, and both fighters were seeking gold on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., fans were treated to an explosive six-fight card presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. If you missed the live action or the TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
New York, NY - (9/23/2011) - Next Saturday, October 1st, Lou DiBella's DiBella Entertainment in association with Matchroom Sport, and Caesars Atlantic City, presents "Noche de 'Maravilla': Martinez vs. Barker", featuring the #1 middleweight in the world, and top three pound-for-pound fighter, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO's) putting his World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Diamond belt and Ring Championship on the line against undefeated European Champion "Dazzling" Darren Barker (23-0, 14KO's), at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. continue
NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2011) - Andre Ward, the WBA Super Middleweight World Champion and Super Six finalist, sustained a cut above his right eye during a sparring session on Thursday, Sept. 22. As a result, the Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament Final and world title unification fight with fellow Finalist and WBC World Champion Carl Froch has been postponed. continue
By James Slater: It has been reported how former World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion David Haye, last seen losing a wide points decision against Wladimir Klitschko, is waiting to see if Vitali Klitschko’s team will get in touch with him with regards to a fight in the coming months. continue
By James Slater: Upset at the way the judges scored his recent 12-round battle with Ireland’s Paul McCloskey, Colombia’s Breidis Prescott will make a quick return to the ring. Dan Rafael of ESPN.com has reported how the hard-hitting contender with the 24-3(19) pro record will face unbeaten Mike Alvarado, 31-0(22) on the under-card of the third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12th in Las Vegas. continue
By James Slater: Heaven knows, the Showtime “Super Six” Boxing Classic has suffered its share of pull-outs, postponements and replacements since its 2009 introduction, and now we have yet another glitch - ahead of the grand final no less. continue
Olympic Champion James DeGale is taking inspiration from pound-for-pound best Manny Pacquiao as he looks to bounce back by winning the European Super-Middleweight title.
DeGale lost a close points decision to fierce rival George Groves last time out, but is aiming to get back to winning ways against the champion Piotr Wilczewski, from Poland, on October 15th at the Liverpool Echo Arena, live on BoxNation, Sky platform Channel 456. continue
Yoan Pablo Hernandez is ready for the biggest fight of his life when he challenges IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany on October 1. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the 26-year-old (24-1, 13 KOs). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 143rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with well know boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior, whose son, Floyd Mayweather Junior (42-0, 26 KOs) just scored a controversial fourth round knockout victory against Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs). Mayweather spoke about the fight and the controversy, and also shared his views on various other topics, including Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Larry Merchant, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move to our final guest of this week’s show. He is no stranger to On the Ropes because he’s making his fourteenth appearance. He is a top trainer in boxing today. He is the father of Floyd Mayweather Junior. We have the one and only Floyd “Joy” Mayweather Senior! How’s everything going today Floyd?
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR: I’m doing great.
JENNA: Alright Floyd, well the boxing world is certainly talking about your son’s last performance in the ring against Victor Ortiz. There is a little bit of controversy involved how the fight actually ended with a fourth round stoppage. I wanted to get your views on it. How did you see the fight?
MAYWEATHER: It’s pretty much what you had seen. The fight was a legitimate fight. Everybody is trying to say that the fight was fixed or whatever they’re trying to say about it. There is no question when the referee says, the last the referee tells you is, “Protect yourself at all times!” That’s what he tells you, and he didn’t protect himself because it’s time to fight. It’s not time to bump gloves no more. You already bumped gloves. There’s no need to bump gloves. It’s time to fight! Everybody’s got this thing all twisted like little Floyd stole on him. First of all, he was the first one that started the mess by head-butting little Floyd. He’s the one that started it, anyway! Little Floyd just ended it. That’s all that was. continue
Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Title Challenger Brian "The Beast" Minto (35-4) will face Tony Grano (18-2) in an NABF Heavyweight Title Eliminator on October 29th. Promoted by Hard Hittin' Promotions, the 12 rounder will take place at the Mardi Gras Entertainment Complex in Springfield, Massachusetts. Both coming off wins, Minto and Grano will battle for the right to eventually face WBC#5, NABF Champ Johnathon Banks (27-1). continue
by Jenna J - This week's 143rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Floyd Mayweather Senior, Andy Lee, and Sugar Ray Phillips. 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:
• Floyd Mayweather Junior’s controversial KO4 win against Victor Ortiz
• Does the way the fight ended diminish Mayweather's accomplishment ?
• Has this fight brought us one step closer to a Mayweather-Pacquiao match-up?
• Where does Vicious Victor Ortiz go from here?
• Erik Morales winning a vacant WBC belt after scoring a 10th round stoppage against Pablo Cano
• Does “El Terrible” stand a chance against the best at 140?
• Timothy Bradley rumors regarding a possibly signing with Top Rank. Does this mean we might see Bradley-Pacquiao next?
• Saul Alvarez stopping Alfonso Gomez in 6 rounds. Does Alcarez need to step up his level of opposition?
• Rumors of match up between Alfredo Anglo & James Kirkland for November
The growth of the World Boxing Federation can be seen by the forthcoming promotion to be held in Johannesburg South Africa on 19 November. Co-promoted by ShowPony and the Southern Suns Group, new kid on the block promoter Damian Michael has set up one of the most exciting extravaganza ever to be staged in Africa. continue
New York, NY - (9/22/2011) - On Saturday, October 1st, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will present "Noche de 'Maravilla': Martinez vs. Barker" featuring Middleweight Champion
Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO's) defending his WBC Diamond belt and Ring Championship against England's undefeated European Champion "Dazzling" Darren Barker (23-0, 14KO's), at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ. Opening up HBO's World Championship Boxing® telecast will be the rematch between top-rated middleweight contender "Irish" Andy Lee (26-1, 19KO's) and former participant of "The Contender", and the only man to defeat Lee as a pro, Brian Vera (19-5, 12KO's), in a 10-round middleweight matchup. continue
Mike Oliver arrived today to Puerto Rico to complete his training for his October 1st bout against former world World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López in the show Triple Crown III to be held at the Rubén Rodríguez coliseum in Bayamon in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank presentation to be televised on “Pay Per View”. continue
It’s a special edition of HBO LATINO BOXING when HBO Sports presents CANELO ALVAREZ VS. ALFONSO GOMEZ AND ERIK MORALES VS. PABLO CESAR CANO, this SATURDAY, SEPT. 24 at 11:15 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO Latino. The Spanish language broadcast team will call all the action. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Victor Ahiakpor may be known in sporting circles for his football club Heart of Lions but the man nicknamed the Abramovich of Ghana soccer says he is extending sports to boxing because he has big plans to revive the sport.
The first boxing promotion dubbed ‘Only the Strong’ by his Heart of Lions Promotions on October 8 at the Lebanon House in Accra is headlined by the Interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) Africa Super Featherweight championship between Ghana’s Osumanu Akaba and Theodore Lokossou of Benin. continue
By James Slater: With a little over seven weeks to go until he climbs into the ring for his third eagerly awaited battle with Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez, Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao has already started sparring. continue
By James Slater: Rematches of two controversial fights will take place on the same night of December 3rd, ESPN.com has revealed. On Showtime, bantamweights Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko will meet up in a rematch of their August 13th, low blow-filled 12-rounder, while over on HBO Pay-Per-View, light-middleweights Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito will meet up in a return of their bloody 2008 battle. continue
Evander Holyfield has decided to relinquish the World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Heavyweight title in order to challenge Alexander Povetkin for the WBA “regular” World title in December. The legendary American informed this personally to WBF president Howard Goldberg. continue
Patrick and Micki Nielsen will both be in action on November 5 on the undercard of the WBO Super-Middleweight Title clash between Mikkel Kessler and defending champion Robert Stieglitz. They will take on opponents to be announced. “I look forward to fighting at a packed PARKEN Stadium again,” Patrick Nielsen said. “It is going to be a hell of a night with two more victories for the Nielsen family.” continue
New York, NY - (9/22/2011) - On Saturday, October 1st, light heavyweight Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (17-1-1, 8KO's) will make his DiBella Entertainment (DBE) debut when he takes on Jameson Bostic (23-4, 13KO's) in an eight-round light heavyweight match-up on the undercard of "Noche de Maravilla'" featuring Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez' World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Diamond belt and Ring Championship defense against undefeated European Champion "Dazzling" Darren Barker. In the co-feature bout of the evening, which will be opening up HBO's World Championship Boxing® telecast, will be world-ranked middleweights, "Irish" Andy Lee and Brian Vera, as the two are set to go toe-to-toe in their long-awaited rematch. continue
Manchester, N.H. (September 21, 2011) – Undefeated light middleweight Demetrius "The Cape Verdean Assassin" Andrade outclassed two-time world title challenger Saul "Baby" Duran en route to a victory by third-round knockout in tonight’s main event on the 10th annual Fight To Educate card at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. continue
By Lou McLaughlin: Thoughts on the bizarre ending of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz fight this past September 17th. Ortiz as a person and a fighter has been portrayed in a wholesome good kid image. But to paraphrase Paul Harvey-“now the rest of the story." continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: I assume that most of us have already heard the rumors that Antonio Tarver (29-6-0) claims he is the only fighter today who has all the tools needed to dethrone Wladimir Klitschko (56-3-0), despite the fact that his only victory in the heavyweight division came against Nagy Aguilera (16-6-0) via a 10 round U.D. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: On February 13, 1999, Wladimir Klitschko (56-3-0) knocked out his opponent Zoran Vijecic (18-2-0) in the very first round. Nowadays, Zoran is deeply ill, suffering from a viscous disease that comes about from damage to the brain and spinal cord. Multiple Sclerosis is just one of the health issues that Zoran is currently dealing with. continue
by James Slater: “A good big ‘un will always beat a good small ‘un,” so reads the old boxing adage. As we saw recently, with the brutally one-sided Vitali Klitschko-Tomasz Adamek fight, these words usually do ring true. Ahead of the recent World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title fight, some experts were asking themselves if the skilled Pole could emulate another man who had moved up from 175-pounds to challenge another great heavyweight: Michael Spinks.. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: I am confident that for most boxing fans, June 21, 2003 is a day not to be forgotten. On that day, millions of boxing fans around the globe were left extremely unsatisfied due to the controversial end of the Vitali Klitschko (43-2-0) vs. Lennox Lewis (41-2-1) bout, ending due to a cut above Vitali’s eye in round 6. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to a recent interview with the former Wladimir Klitschko (56-3-0) conqueror Lamon Brewster (35-6-0), Vitali Klitschko can be beaten only by those willing to go in there and take punishment. (http://news.sportbox.ru/Vidy_sporta/Boks/Professionalnyj/spbnews_Leymon-Bryuster-Pobediti-Klichko-mozhet-kazhdiy). continue
New York, NY - (9/21/2011) - Next Saturday, the #1 middleweight and top three pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO's) will be putting his World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Diamond belt and Ring Championship on the line against undefeated European Champion "Dazzling" Darren Barker (23-0, 14KO's) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The show, entitled "Noche de 'Maravilla': Martinez vs. Barker", is being presented by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Matchroom Sport, and Caesars Atlantic City, and is sponsored by Corona. continue
By James Slater: If world light-heavyweight king Bernard Hopkins does as most experts feel he will and defeats the much younger Chad Dawson in their upcoming October 15th bout, there is a good chance we could see a Hopkins-Jean Pascal III. continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) has moved his training camp to Southern Spain. Together with his trainer Jimmy Montoya, the Viking Warrior will continue the preparation for the November 5 clash against WBO Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) in the Spanish sun. “Denmark has been blessed with a lot of great things – great people, a great capital and some great boxers. But it has not always been blessed with great weather,” Montoya said. “It will be good to train outside in the sun for a couple of days. It´s a very long training camp so it´s nice to get out and about and do something different from the usual routine.” continue
By James Slater: Another solid, value for money fight-card is set to go down in Germany this coming Saturday. All set to rumble in Hamburg are: Alexander Dimitrenko, who will be defending his European heavyweight title against battle-hardened warrior Michael Sprott, unbeaten hope Denis Boytsov, who will be facing Michael Greer in what will be his first fight in ten months, and former WBC cruiserweight champ Juan Carlos Gomez, who will continue his heavyweight campaign against another former cruiser in Darnell “Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Following the aftermath of Floyd Mayweather Junior’s legal yet controversial knockout victory against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, it is time to explore the impact this victory has had on the mythical pound-for-pound charts. Who is the best fighter in the world? Is it Floyd Mayweather? Or is it Manny Pacquiao? The ordering really boils down to a matter of personal preference, and while Mayweather and Pacquiao are universally recognized as the two best boxing has to offer, there is still some matter of debate regarding the rest. Here is my personal take on it:
1a. Manny Pacquiao: Record: (53-3-2)(38 KOs) Division: Welterweight (147 lbs) Age: 32 Last Fight: W UD12 Sugar Shane Mosley (May 7, 2011) Next Fight: Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1)(39 KOs)(November 12, 2011)
Pacquiao deservingly earned the top spot when he went on one of the greatest runs in boxing history. This all started with his brilliant effort against Oscar De La Hoya when he scored an upset victory after jumping up two weight classes to 147 after he had just one fight at 135. Since that point, Pacquiao has never looked back. He has dominant wins against Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, and Shane Mosley. What is most impressive about Pacquiao’s run is that he is outclassing naturally larger foes through his unique combination of speed, angles, and explosiveness. In addition to being a tactically sound fighter who knows how to win, Pacquiao also happens to be one of the most exciting combatants in the sport which only adds to his appeal and marketability. He has not lost a fight since dropping a decision to the great Erik Morales back in May 2005, which was a loss he has since twice avenged by knockout. Until he loses, he rightfully belongs at the top of the charts.
1b. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Record: (42-0)(26 KOs) Division: Welterweight (147 lbs.) Age: 34 Last Fight: W KO4 Victor Ortiz (September 17, 2011) Next Fight: ?
Were it not for his retirement Mayweather would probably still be a lock for the top spot, but his break from boxing happened to correspond with Pacquiao’s historical breakthrough. It is difficult to place him above Pacquiao considering all he had accomplished while Floyd was inactive. The situation is somewhat similar to what we had in the lead up to the first fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, where we had two terrific fighters who each had a legitimate claim to the heavyweight throne. Mayweather’s absence from the sport allowed Pacquiao to surpass him much in the same way that Ali’s absence paved the way for Frazier to become the recognized heavyweight champion. Although the circumstances are obviously different, we are left in an eerily similar scenario. To truly determine who the best really is, Pacquiao and Mayweather need to finally square off and hopefully they will sometime next year. But until that happens we are left with a scenario where the debate shall forever loom. In the case of Ali and Frazier, they were both willing and eager to face each other to prove themselves in the ring. Unfortunately for boxing fans, neither Pacquiao nor Mayweather seem to share this desire to prove their greatness to this point. Will these two ever compete to settle this debate once and for all? Time will tell. continue
By James Slater: Along with the quite excellent 24/7, HBO Sports has another winner in the new “Face Off” series that is reserved only for the biggest bouts out there. Who can forget the genuine tension that came through the TV screen back when rival heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye sat just a few inches opposite one another, with just host Max Kellerman and a table between them? continue
LOS ANGELES, September 20 - Following his exciting 10-round battle with Raymundo Beltran in May in a bout which marked his debut on the hit series ShoBox: The New Generation, NABO Lightweight Champion Sharif "The Lion" Bogere will return to the SHOWTIME® airwaves on Friday, October 7 to defend his title against fellow unbeaten Francisco Contreras at the Dallas Events Center at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. in a rare battle of young, undefeated prospects. Unbeaten Jermell Charlo takes on Francisco Santana in another compelling match-up of prospects on the rise. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 142nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who shared his views on a variety of topics, including which Klitschko he feels has the greater legacy, Andy Lee’s upcoming rematch with Bryan Vera, Hopkins vs. Dawson, Miguel Cotto’s December rematch with Antonio Margarito, Sergio Martinez, possible opponents for Wladimir, and more. Here is Part 2 of 2 for the complete interview transcript:
JENNA J: Okay Emanuel, let’s change things back to Wladimir as you mentioned earlier. There has been a lot of talk who his opponent will be if he actually fights in December. I hear rumors that he will be fighting Mormeck, a former cruiserweight champion, and I’m just curious what you’ve been hearing?
EMANUEL STEWARD: Well I’ve heard so many names that have came up, and I told Wladimir whoever you fight you won’t be criticized. That’s just how bad the rest of the division is, especially after David Haye and the way between him and his brother they’ve pretty much eaten everything up that is out there. So whoever it is, it will be acceptable. Nobody is going to like it because nobody is going to create the excitement like David did by talking, but there is no excitement out there from anybody I see. I have no idea myself still who it may be, and we talk fairly regularly.
JENNA: From you standpoint, do you think someone like Antonio Tarver would be somebody that could sell a fight and get American fans interested even though he is grossly outsized?
STEWARD: Well first of all I’d like to see him fight back in America, regardless. We don’t have too much to choose from. We got Antonio and we’re back to Arreola, again. I don’t know what’s going to happen with Thompson and Chambers. We don’t have too much, but I would absolutely think that Antonio Tarver would do better than maybe anyone against Wladimir because of the fact nobody is going to be favored to do that much. But through Antonio talking so much, which he’s a good talker—he’s one of the best that’s out there in the history of boxing that I’ve listened to. He can talk it up and make it a big fight. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “We touched. We touched gloves. We back to the fight. Hook. Right hand. And that’s all she wrote.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O0OfGNidxE&feature=channel_video_title) continue
By Lee Callan: Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) middle/super-middle king Chris Eubank, incredibly, believes the cheap-shot sucker punch knockout of Victor Ortiz at the hands of Floyd 'Money' Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night was a good thing for boxing. continue
By Jenna J - The talk of boxing right now is centered around one man, a fighter that is not afraid to offend anyone that he feels offended him. That fighter is Floyd Mayweather Jr. and he is coming off a controversial fourth round win over former WBC Welterweight champion Victor Ortiz in a fight that has upset a lot of fans and followers of the sport. The controversy centers around not whether a punch was illegal, but really questions if that legal shot was sportsmanlike from arguably the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the game. In the fourth round of what was shaping up to be another one-sided boxing exhibition for Mayweather, the action shifted a little bit and Victor Ortiz mounted an offensive outburst that had Mayweather retreating to the ropes and on the defensive, when out of nowhere an illegal and intentional headbutt came in from Ortiz which left Mayweather cut on both the inside and outside of his lip, and Victor Ortiz on the receiving end of a point deduction for the foul. As things turned out, this would be the beginning of the end for Ortiz. When Joe Cortez called time in, Ortiz still feeling apologetic came in looking for acknowledgement from Mayweather, received a small gesture from the former champion, followed by a quick left hand, and shortly thereafter by a powerful right. Victor Ortiz crumbled to the canvas, and was unable to beat the count issued by the referee, losing his WBC championship in only his first defense. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten Ireland-based Cuban heavyweight prospect Mike Perez, disappointingly out of action since winning “Prizefighter” back in May, has called out fellow unbeaten Tyson Fury. Perez, a 16-0(12) southpaw, says he and his team have been trying to get a recognizable name into the ring since his May 7th triumph - with names Kevin Johnson, Jean Marc Mormeck, Johnathon Banks, Vinny Maddalone, Travis Walker and others reportedly offered a fight with Perez - but to no avail. continue
Irish based Cuban Mike "The Rebel" Perez says he wants to shut Tyson Fury's "big mouth" following the English heavyweight's win over American Nicolai Firtha in Belfast last weekend. Perez steam rolled his way to the International Prizefighter title earlier this year to stretch his perfect record to 16 straight wins and he's confident he can do the same to the much hyped Fury on the Manchester man's next scheduled outing on November 12th. continue
LOS ANGELES (September 20, 2011) -- Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO, professional rival and three-time welterweight world champion ANTONIO “The Tijuana Tornado” MARGARITO, of México, and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM will host a Los Angeles news conference luncheon Thursday, September 22, in the Pacific Ballroom at the Wilshire Grand Los Angeles (930 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90017.) The luncheon will begin at Noon PT with the news conference starting at 12:30 p.m. PT. They will be announcing their long-awaited world championship rematch. Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title against Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs), of Tijuana, México, Saturday, December 3, at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Amir “Hardcore” Mansour made a promise to himself moments after being sentenced to ten years in prison for making “the silliest mistake of his life” - that he would, on release, “give every ounce of his soul” to become world heavyweight champion. continue
By James Slater: In very sad news, it has been reported that George Benton, known best for his great skills as a trainer and corner-man, passed away in the early hours of Monday, Sept. 19th. Benton, age 78, had been battling pneumonia and he passed inside St. Joseph’s Hospital in North Philadelphia. continue
By David Harris: In light of last weekend’s mega boxing event in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Victor Ortiz and the circumstances surrounding the ending, the reactions from media, fighters and fans I wanted to pen an opinion of my own. continue
By James Slater: It seems we can forget all about Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the biggest, the most controversial and the most exciting fighter in the sport (in and out of the ring), fighting again any time too soon. Though the fans want to see more of the 34-year-old master who frustratingly opts to take extended “vacations” after his big fights, Floyd has and always will do what he wants to do. continue
Alan H. (Las Vegas, NV): I thought Mayweather's punches to end the fight was completely illegal. You spoke on your facebook page about why you thought they weren't. Can you elaborate on that for a second, please? continue
By Jamie Savin: How to beat Floyd "Money" Mayweather, that is a question that was being asked during the UK PPV airing of Mayweather vs Ortiz, in fact an article or two has appeared on this very website on the matter. It has been peculating in my mind for a few days, but the game plan for Mayweather has changed or so it would seem following the Ortiz and Mosley fights. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Most boxing observers were not too surprised when Vitali Klitschko dominated every second of every round in his recent title defense against Tomasz Adamek. Ever since Adamek first decided to make the jump to heavyweight, he was widely perceived as being physically too small to have any real chance to compete against the elite big guys. The Klitschko mismatch proved this beyond any shadow of a doubt. Adamek is a blown-up cruiserweight, nothing more. Despite his size disadvantage, Adamek was nevertheless talented and skillful enough to string together some decent wins against much larger foes, which is a strong testament to his abilities.
There has been no official word on where Adamek goes from here, but the smart move for him would be a return to cruiserweight. For starters, Adamek has the ability to dominate that division and add to his legacy. More importantly, however, the most entertaining fights of Adamek’s career happened south of heavyweight. His battles with Paul Briggs at 175 and his back-and-forth cruiserweight thriller against Steve Cunningham are the type of fights that have had the greatest appeal to fans. As a heavyweight, his most exciting victory was probably against Chris Arreola but aside from that, he became more of a tactical boxer than a crowd-pleaser out of sheer necessity. This generally led to duller fights. In order to compete with these big men, Adamek had to utilize his speed, reflexes, and timing. He had to learn to box more rather than brawl and trade, which was more his nature. If he can combine his newly refined boxing skills with his former more aggressive style, he may wind up proving to be an even better cruiserweight now than previously. continue
Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) is the new top-ranked challenger in the latest World Boxing Organization (WBO) Rankings. The Nordic Nightmare, who holds the WBA & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Titles, most recently completed his KO hat-trick of former world champions. He has now knocked out Lamon Brewster, Samuel Peter and Siarhei Liakhovich. continue
NEW YORK (September 19, 2011) -- This time it’s personal. Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO will make the second defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title in the long-awaited rematch against professional rival and three-time welterweight world champion ANTONIO “The Tijuana Tornado” MARGARITO, of México, Saturday, December 3, at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. continue
IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs) will put his belt on the line against Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-1, 13 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany on October 1. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the 35-year-old American ahead of his third fight for Team Sauerland. continue
By Gerardo Gomez: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (42-0, 26 KOs) stepped into the ring after a 16 month lay off and knocked out Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) in the 4th round in what will be regarded as one of Boxing's most controversial endings. continue
By Chip Mitchell: Fans, he did it to us again. The 24 year old enigma that we know as "Vicious" found yet another way to breakdown mentally and cause the boxing world to scratch its collective head. continue
by Niko Tricarico: The world of real estate has an innumerable amount of laws designed, basically, to protect human beings from their own immoral tendencies. The rules and regulations of life are put in place to act as shields from the swindler, the con artist, the thief and the unethical practices of the perpetually corrupt. continue
By Paul Strauss: Once again Little Money revealed himself as a little class ass. He is a great fighter, and because of that he believes he can say and act anyway he chooses, and do so without suffering any repercussions. The voices in his mind apparently tell him because he is a premier fighter that that must mean he knows boxing. He fails to understand that knowing "how to box" is not the same as "knowing boxing". continue
By Jason Peck: I’m not one of those old-time boxing fans, who watched back in the day when Nixon was president, John Travolta was popular and Muhammad Ali was the only word in sports. I hadn’t even been born yet. My addiction started little more than a decade ago when Erik Morales was already recognized as a living legend, and I’ve never lost my admiration for him.. continue
By James Slater: The fans seem set to argue long and hard over how last night’s WBC welterweight title fight between champ Victor Ortiz and challenger Floyd Mayweather Junior ended. Some claim Ortiz - who was embracing with Mayweather after having landed a blatant head butt on his opponent and was under the assumption that the action was not yet set to resume - got what he deserved when he was iced in the dying seconds of the 4th round. While others claim that at the very least the actions of Mayweather were of the cheap, classless variety. continue
By James Slater: Mexican legend Erik Morales further solidified his place in the list of greats by making boxing history last night in Las Vegas. “El Terrible” became the first Mexican to win world titles at four different weights classes with his brutal 10th-round TKO over a badly busted up Pablo Cesar Cano. continue
By Danny Serratelli: Many times when Floyd Mayweather is in the gym he sounds like he is doing an X-rated Muhammad Ali impersonation. Ali was “The Greatest” both in the ring and while Floyd hasn’t yet had to show that he possesses the resiliency and ability to triumph over adversity that Ali did; however, he has mastered the art of psychological warfare that Ali seemed to invent. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Special post fight edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions)discussing the highly anticipated & controversial welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Junior (41-0, 25 KOs) and WBC champion Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs). Boxing fans from around the country shared their thoughts and views through out this 2 hour special. The show also featured special guest Nate "Galaxy Warrior" Campbell.
You can listen to the show by clicking play on the player.
By John Brady: Not many people have been rougher on Floyd Mayweather over the last five years than I have. Does he have his faults? Yes. Does he like to pick and choose his opponents after taking long “vacations”? Yes. Is he involved in an unusual amount of bouts inside the confines of a courtroom? Unfortunately yes. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Las Vegas, MGM Grand - Tonight, the world of Boxing saw the return of one of its most enigmatic figures as Floyd Mayweather jr. (42-0, 25KO's) returned to deliver in a way that only he would: Controversial. Coming into the night, many questioned whether we would see the speed, defense, and reflexes that made him one of the perennial figures of this era. continue
“I’m very happy. We worked hard, we knew it would work out. He hit me but I worked at my own pace and I made the adjustments.
“I was more confident and I smiled for my fans – the people really motivated me. I really appreciate all the fans. continue
“He’s a young fighter and he throws really hard punches. It took me some time to get my rhythm, but when I did I was clearly the better fighter. I could tell the blood affected him and made him nervous and once he started breathing profusely I could tell he was scared. continue
By Ted Sares: As anticipated by most savvy boxing people, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0) showed up with all cylinders finely tuned and with no signs of ring rust. He assessed his opponent as a surgeon might do his patient. This done, he then quickly zipped open his remarkable toolkit and took out his instruments consisting of, among other things, a great defense and especially his signature straight leads that consistently found a home on Victor’s face. Though it was clear Victor’s moniker of Vicious was well-deserved, Floyd nevertheless dictated matters and controlled and contained Ortiz within the tight cocoon of his fight plan. continue
By Gerardo Gomez: Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz tipped the scales yesterday for their highly anticipated fight later on tonight. Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) came in at 146.5 lbs while Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) weighed in at a ripped 147 lbs. continue
By Geraldo Gomez: When Marcos Maidana fought Victor Ortiz many boxing fans including myself had not heard of Maidana. All I knew is that he had a good record and good knockout ratio. Many people on paper saw this fight as a pathway for bigger things to come up for Ortiz. I was at the Staples Center for the fight and by the end of the first round, I knew it was going to be an explosive fight. The rest is history. Maidana would eventually win the fight and put on hold all the plans Golden Boy had for Ortiz. It was because of that fight that the boxing world was introduced to Marcos El Chino Maidana. continue
EastSideBoxing's Vivek "Vito" Wallace gives a few random last minute thoughts to ponder live from the MGM GRAND:
Only hours away from the return of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s return to the ring after yet another long hiatus, seems there's a different energy in the air on the streets of Las Vegas. Several fans and media alike have given thoughts on the pending showdown and oddly enough, there seems to be a vastly different vibe. Suddenly, the man we know for toting a gang load of dollar bills is perceived is to some about to be reduced to 'change' (from his winning ways). In the words of one fan, "I don't know what it is, but I have a very funny feeling about this one". Those words were intriguing to me, because just a few days ago, they were the exact same ones that crossed my mind.
In the words of Mayweather sr., "reflexes is one of those things about a fighter that you don't know you've lost until it results in a loss". The great Roy Jones jr. suffered his first career defeat at this very same age. And that came without any layoffs. This will be Mayweather's first fight in 16 months, and not too long ago, he returned to the ring after a long 20 month hiatus. Getting optimal rest is one thing.....but such a long time away from any craft that one used to "love" suggest that there could very well be a loss of passion. Lack of passion, and a return against a young, hungry southpaw with nothing to lose and everything to gain can be the making of a 'perfect storm'. continue
By Joseph Herron: On September 13th, Floyd Mayweather Sr. gave his thoughts on who he felt had the advantage going into the big fight tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, and who he predicted to win the highly publicized contest. continue
By Joseph Herron: When Oscar De la Hoya was being touted as the “next big thing” in boxing, his detractors’ most rampantly spouted argument was that of legitimate competition.
Most of the Golden Boy’s harshest critics would state that De La Hoya was a big man fighting strategically in a little man’s division. Oscar would knock the socks off of the majority of the competition in the lightweight division, but wasn’t recognized by most as a legitimate superstar until he fought the elite level competition in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions, such as Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker, and Hector Camacho. continue
By Joseph Herron: When this fight was announced back in June, there was a strange feeling had by many that it would never materialize. Now that we are here on the day of the big match-up, the air is electric, the anticipation is thick, and the fight predictions are flying!! continue
By Joseph Herron:Erik Morales is a true legend of the sport. The fighter most affectionately known as “El Terrible” possesses victories over champions Kenny Mitchell, Hector Acero-Sanchez, Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Jones, Jose Luis Bueno, Wayne McCullough, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kevin Kelley, Guty Espadas Jr., In Jin Chi, Paulie Ayala, Jesús Chávez, Carlos Hernández, and currently holds the distinction of being the last man to defeat the number one pound for pound fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao. continue
By James Slater: As fight fans eagerly await tonight’s World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight title showdown between young, dangerous southpaw Victor Ortiz and unbeaten modern day master Floyd Mayweather Junior, older fans are reminiscing about an all-time great welterweight classic that took place three decades ago yesterday. continue
By Paul Strauss: Start with the basics. What should it mean when someone is described as a genius? Generally speaking, a genius is thought to be someone with extraordinary intellectual power or superior mental abilities. Of course that doesn't necessarily mean a person has to have been formally educated. There are many examples of individuals becoming self-educated. What's troublesome in sports is when an individual who manages to perform physically at a high level in some athletic endeavor is then anointed by an announcer, or someone in the media as a genius! continue
BELFAST (September 17, 2011) -- In what is expected to be an old-fashioned brawl for the Irish Heavyweight Championship, prodigal son Tyson Fury returns to his roots to battle American challenger Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha headlining this afternoon’s (Sat., Sept. 16) “The Only Show In Town,” presented by Hennessy Sports, at historic King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. continue
Las Vegas, NV (September 16, 2011) - Kicking off the biggest weekend in boxing of 2011, Las Vegas fight fans were entertained by "STAR POWER FRIDAY," an explosive five-fight card at Texas Station Casino presented by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T. If you missed the live action or the broadcasts on TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" or Fox Sports Net, below is a summary of the results: continue
LOS ANGELES, September 17 - A gifted boxer whose talent and compelling story has captivated fans around the world, former Junior Welterweight World Champion Devon Alexander "The Great" is on track to regain his title after his June win over Lucas Matthysse, and to help him get there, he has enlisted Golden Boy Promotions to co-promote him with his own company, The Great Promotions, on his way to boxing superstardom. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) will face the “biggest challenge” of his career on October 22 when he takes on Argentinian giant Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs) in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Two metres tall and unbeaten in his last 17 fights, Rossi is between Huck and a successful eighth defence of his title. “Rossi must be the world´s tallest cruiserweight,” Huck said. “I´ve never fought against an opponent as tall as him. I will have to make adjustments in training. It won´t be easy to hit his head, but I can promise my fans that he will go down, just like everybody else who has tried to take away my title.” continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (Sept. 16)... With just one day to go until the mega-fight between Six-Time World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and WBC Welterweight World Champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz, top athletes, boxers and media members have weighed in on who they think will be victorious on Saturday night
"STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" takes place Saturday, Sept. 17 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
ATHLETES/BOXERS - "Mayweather will win by decision. I think Mayweather wins because of his speed and experience. Even though I like the young fella Ortiz, I have Mayweather winning this one.". continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 142nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who shared his views on the upcoming showdown between Floyd Mayweather Junior (41-0, 25 KOs) and Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs). Steward also touched on a variety of other topics including Vitali Klitschko’s tenth round stoppage win against Tomasz Adamek, Pacquiao-Marquez III, and whether boxing needs a super heavyweight division. Here is Part 1 of 2 for the complete interview transcript:
JENNA J: Let’s move to our second guest of this week’s show. He is making his seventeenth appearance with On the Ropes Boxing Radio. We are joined by Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward. How’s everything going today, Emanuel?
EMANUEL STEWARD: Everything is going fine.
JENNA: Alright let’s talk about a fight you called just this past weekend, Vitali Klitschko versus Tomasz Adamek. It was a fight that a lot of people wanted to see for awhile even though people thought it would be a mismatch. Now that the fight has played out, what did you think of it?
STEWARD: Well the fight went pretty much as I expected. I was hoping for something different. Vitali’s a very tall man. He fights very tall and he’s about the best I’ve seen for being able to handle smaller guys by using a jab. The way he jabs he doesn’t commit. He doesn’t step in. He like leans in the jab always keeping his body in a position where as soon as you punch him, he’ll pull back and then he’ll start jabbing you again. He moves his opponents’ heads very well where guys can never get in position to take advantage of him if he misses a punch. So he fought a good fight. Adamek was just too small. It’s a case where if you asked Adamek just to wipe the sweat off his brow, Adamek would normally need a chair or a stool or something so he can do that. So it’s hard to see him being competitive hitting him on a consistent basis. He was just too small, and Vitali fought a very, very smart fight. After the first round I could see in the eyes of Adamek that he really didn’t want to be there, and he welcomed the stoppage when the referee finally stopped the fight. continue
Art Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and Kirill Pchelnikov and German Titov’s GT & KP Boxing Promotion will present a sensational world championship fight card on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at the Palace of Sports “Olympus” in Krasnodar, Russia. The fights will be televised in Russia on Channel 2. Check local listings for times. continue
New York, NY - (9/16/2011) - Super Featherweight contender, Adrien "The Problem" Broner (21-0, 17KO's) is scheduled to fight on HBO on November 26th, in his hometown of Cincinnati. But there is a problem. Broner, whose nickname, coincidentally is "The Problem", is still searching for an opponent after the original one, World Boxing Organization (WBO) Champion Ricky Burns, chose to instead face Michael Katsidis, and in the process vacating his title. Golden Boy Promotions, Broner's promoter, is hoping to make the fight on the 26th for the vacant WBO title. continue
Belfast (16 Sept 2011) Tyson Fury says tomorrow night at the King's Hall in Belfast he will show the world why he is the future of the heavyweight division.
The British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion is back in the ring against North American champion Nicolai Firtha , who two fights ago went the distance with the current WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin. Fury says he wants to send out a statement to every heavyweight in the World, including the Kiltschko brothers Wladimir and Vitali that he is the future heavyweight champion of the world.
Fury weighed in at 253 lbs. (18st 1lb 2oz) and Firtha weighed 247 3/4 lbs. (17st 9lb 12oz).
Fury commented: "I know that I am the most exciting heavyweight in the world and in the King's Hall against Nicolai Firtha I'm going to send out a message to the world, a real statement with a performance that will have the world of boxing talking about me. continue
El Paso, TX (Sept 15) - An action packed night of world championship boxing from the El Paso Coliseum kicked off Mexican Independence Day with several Mexican fighters celebrating victories that showed their independence. The event, which aired on ESPN Deportes was co-promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Promociones Del Pueblo. continue
By James Slater - One of boxing’s most underrated champions successfully retained his WBC featherweight crown with an impressive, 2nd-round TKO of the tough Rogers Mtagwa last night, as Mexico’s Jhonny Gonzalez got the job done in some style in El Paso. Overwhelming the Tanzanian with a series of hard and accurate shots that left the challenger reeling and hurt along the ropes, the warrior who celebrated his 30th birthday the day of the fight won at the 2:15 second mark courtesy of the ref’s decision to dive in and rescue 32-year-old Mtagwa. continue
Robert Jackson: This edition of 'just the facts' features a young champion and boxing's most wanted (depending on how you look at it). Trainers &Training, Conditioning & Confidence, plus other pertinent factors will be discussed and analyzed, culminating in a prediction that might surprise you, so read on.
In the skills department there is no better technician in boxing then the man called 'Money'. Reflexes, athleticism and solid boxing fundamentals along with the Mayweather Style of fighting are part of this man's toolkit. So hard to hit is Mayweather even while standing diectly in fornt of a foe, due to his highly developed defensive capabilities.
The WBC Champion on this side of the Maidana fight has turned the corner, using a strong base and aggressive style as was evident in his championship winning effort against Andre Berto. Ortiz' skills can be characterized as workmanlike, and as a generalist Ortiz has no specialty and will depend on his size, aggression and power as tools to get the job done. continue
By James Slater - As fans know, unbeaten 140-pound star Timothy Bradley has been missing from the ring for a seemingly unfathomable amount of time; with “Desert Storm” not having boxed since January of this year. Having reportedly turned down a big payday of a fight with Amir Khan, Bradley has mystified many fans.
By James Slater - Ring Magazine, IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko will fight again on December 10th, in Dusseldorf, Germany it has been reported on Ringtv.com, and the probable challenger will be former cruiserweight ruler Jaen Marc Mormeck of France.
This possibility came to light a few days ago, and now Shelly Finkel, Klitschko’s advisor, says the match-up is “probable, but not done yet.. continue
Oxnard, CA/New York, NY - (9/13/2011) - On Saturday, October 1st, the #1 middleweight in the world, and top three pound-for-pound fighter, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO's) puts his WBC Middleweight Diamond belt and Ring Championship on the line against European Champion, "Dazzling" Darren Barker (23-0, 14KO's), at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. continue
NEW YORK (September 16, 2011) -- Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO and professional rival and three-time welterweight world champion ANTONIO “The Tijuana Tornado” MARGARITO, of México, will embark on a four-city media tour This Monday! September 19, to announce their long-awaited world championship rematch. Cotto will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title against Margarito, Saturday, December 3, at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Light-Heavyweight title challenger Tony Bellew is ready to stop all the talking and prepare for his world title fight against champion Nathan Cleverly next month. continue
By James Slater: Though fights fans are gearing up for what they hope will be an exciting, competitive night of world championship boxing ahead of this Saturday’s “Star Power” show, the bookies - the people with so much money at stake - do not see either Floyd Mayweather, Erik Morales or Saul Alvarez having too much trouble emerging with wins over their respective opponents. continue
By James Slater: A number of fighters who went on to become great heavyweight champions had their pro debuts at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York, and next March, unbeaten British hope Tyson Fury will have his U.S debut inside the building that saw the very start of the careers of heroes like George Foreman and Evander Holyfield. continue
By James Slater: Are British fighters, or at least reigning world championship fighters from Britain, becoming more and more outspoken, even arrogant? We have David Haye, a heavy points loser to Waldimir Klitschko last time out, calling Vitali a “scared rabbit,” and now we have Amir Khan lashing out at Floyd Mayweather Junior and calling him “chicken.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive News from “On the Ropes”) - Former two-time heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) and top ten heavyweight contender Chauncy “The Boxing Panda” Welliver (49-5-5, 19 KOs) had a heated exchange of words in separate segments on this week’s 142nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions). Given where these two currently are in the respective stages of their careers, a fight between Briggs and Welliver makes perfect sense for a multitude of reasons.
For starters Briggs seems inclined to make a return to the ring. As he explained, “I may make a return and fight my way back to the top and get a title shot hopefully.”
Briggs was unimpressed with the recent efforts of Vitali Klitschko in his tenth round stoppage win against Tomasz Adamek and would like another crack at the champion himself. “I fought Vitali with one arm”, said Briggs. “I know that if I would have had two arms I would have knocked him out. No question about that. I hurt him in the tenth round after taking a beating and I was exhausted. I still hurt him in the tenth round. I would have knocked him out and I told him that, but it is what it is.”
Beyond the desire to once again compete at the top level, Briggs has additional motivation to make a return to the squared circle. “George Foreman is my idol. Although I was never a George Foreman fan growing up, and I fought the man, but I look at what he did in his comeback in winning the title and what he used to brand himself. If I choose to come back it would be for that and to basically promote my asthma product that I’m coming out with, Zivair, and that’s only to help people because asthma is a disease that kills people.” He continued, “I would love to launch this product and boxing is the way I’m going to launch it, and with the tools that I’m going to use, that’s what I’m going to do.” continue
New York, NY - (9/15/2011) - 2004 Irish Olympian, and now the WBC #2, WBO #2, and WBC #6 rated middleweight in the world, Andy Lee (26-1, 19KO's) usually uses Wednesday's as a rest day from his intense training camp with head trainer Emmanuel Steward in preparation for his upcoming rematch against Brian Vera (19-5, 12KO's), on Saturday, October 1st, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. This Wednesday though was a bit different for the Limerick native, who now calls Detroit, MI, his home. Lee spent the day in New York City, meeting with the press and talking about his much anticipated rematch against Vera, the only man to defeat Lee as a professional. Lee-Vera II is scheduled for 10 rounds in the middleweight division, and will open up HBO's World Championship Boxing telecast, headlined by Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO's) defending his World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Diamond belt, and Ring Championship against undefeated European Champion, Darren Barker (23-0, 14KO's). continue
It’s been four months since the pair first squared off at the infamous press conference at London's O2 Arena and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Light-Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly now can't wait to finally get in the ring with Tony Bellew. continue
TORONTO (September 15, 2011) – With all due respect to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadians, the long, rich arch-rivalry in sports between Ontario and Quebec is, perhaps more prevalent today in boxing than even hockey. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 142nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Emanuel Steward and Shannon Briggs. You can click play on the player to listen.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest and greatest news 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:
• Episode 3 review of HBO 24/7 Mayweather-Ortiz
• Vitali Klitschklo easily handling Tomasz Adamek for a 10th round stoppage win
• Where do Klitschko and Adamek go from here?
• David Haye publicly stating that he would be interested in a Vitali Klitschko fight
• Possible Wladmir Klitschko vs Jean Marc Mormeck fight in December
• Should there be a super heavyweight division?
• Yuriokis Gamboa winning a technical decision against Daniel Ponce De Leon
By James Slater: If I didn’t know any better I’d think David Haye was trying to trash-talk his way into a second shot at a Klitschko! Far from feeling humbled due to the heavy points defeat he suffered against Wladimir Klitschko on July 2nd, Haye has STEPPED UP his trash-talking approach, this time in an effort at getting WBC king Vitali into the ring. continue
By James Slater: A most interesting light-middleweight clash is in the works and very close to being signed, with bombers James Kirkland, 29-1(26) and Alfredo Angulo, 20-1(17) in negotiations to fight in Mexico on November 5th. Needless to say, this fight has “action” written all over it. continue
NEW YORK (Sept. 14, 2011) – SHOWTIME® will televise yet another important super middleweight world championship bout when former world titlist Mikkel Kessler of Denmark returns to the ring to challenge World Boxing Organization (WBO) kingpin Robert Stieglitz of Germany on Saturday, Nov. 5, from renowned PARKEN Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. The WBO championship fight will be shown on same-day delay and precede the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title fight between unbeaten defending champion Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson live on SHOWTIME from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
Los Angeles (Sept. 14)... Click HERE at 3:45 p.m. ET/12:45 p.m. PT to catch the "STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" final press conference featuring all of the event's pay per viewfighters. Floyd Mayweather, Victor Ortiz, Erik Morales, Pablo Cesar Cano, Jessie Vargas and Josesito Lopez will be together at the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand and Canelo Alvarez and Alfonso Gomez will join via satellite from Los Angeles to discuss their respective fights. The exciting schedule of USTREAM feeds will conclude on Friday with the official weigh-in. Fans from around the world can enjoy these live streams anywhere they can access the internet. continue
NEW YORK (September 14, 2011) -- World Bantamweight Champion and Top-Five pound for pound fighter NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE will make his New York debut in an exciting title defense against undefeated two-division world champion OMAR “El Huracán” NARVAEZ, Saturday, October 22, in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of Boxing. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, the Donaire-Narvaez world title tilt will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) continue
HOBOKEN, New Jersey (September 14, 2011) -- FIGHT NOW TV TM -- America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel – today announced its wall-to-wall news coverage of “Star Power: Mayweather vs. Ortiz,” with the live airing of today’s final press conference live on the channel at 4 PM/ET, building-up for Saturday night’s (Sept. 17) mega-event on Pay Per View. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: It looks like Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0-0) will be ready to enter the ring as a true champion against Victor Ortiz (29-2-2): with pride, confidence, attitude, and possibly to this brand new song by Dj Suss-One, featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jadakiss, Lloyd Banks and a few other names. The song comes with a very fitting title for Floyd: continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: What makes the unbeaten fighters so intriguing and interesting? The number “0” is definitely attractive, but why are these fighters praised, respected, and most importantly valued more? I think that the main interest that this phenomenon brings to the table is the curiosity of why this man is able to stay unbeaten, and who will figure out the riddle of their demise. continue
By B.L. Morgan: After watching Floyd Mayweather Jr. pitch a boring near shutout against Shane Mosley I swore I would never buy another Mayweather pay-per-view. I’m not exactly going back on that because we’re going to see the fight as a Fathom Event at the Century Theater.
We’re not only going because seeing real blood spilled on the big screen is a whole lot of fun. We’re going because of the element of danger that Victor Ortiz brings to this show.. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Just a few days before his showdown with Victor Ortiz (29-2-2), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0-0) visits Conan O’Brien as a guest, for a little comedy and play. As always, both O’Brien and Mayweather Jr. touch on different comedic topics, and as expected, Manny Pacquiao is also mentioned at the end of the visit. continue
By James Slater: Scotland’s Ricky Burns has confirmed he will vacate the WBO super-featherweight title he currently holds, as he will make the move up to 135-pounds. The 5’10” 28-year-old has had trouble making the 130-pound limit and his scheduled defence against the unbeaten Adrien Broner is now definitely off. continue
By James Slater: With Australia’s Danny Green having moved on to a shot at the WBC cruiserweight title, the man who revived his own career by stopping Green recently, Antonio Tarver, is looking for someone else to rumble with - and you’ll never guess who “The Magic Man” has called out! Joe Calzaghe! continue
By James Slater: With both Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, currently receiving all manner of deserved praise - with top writers such as Dan Rafael saying that the two giants, Vitali in particular, would have given “any heavyweight who ever lived trouble” - some experts have resorted to mythical match-making to see to it that Drs. “Steel Hammer and Iron Fist” have a real fight.
Having wiped out practically every single notable contender in today’s heavyweight division, we have to ask ourselves, how great are the Klitschkos, and how would they have done against the best in history that came before them? Most experts, when asked who is the finest heavyweight champion of all-time, answer Muhammad Ali; and not just because the man born Cassius Clay told anyone who would listen that he was “The Greatest.”
The praise is more than justified considering Ali’s amazing achievements, his incredible quality of opposition and his longevity - to say nothing of Ali’s sublime physical gifts. But would Ali have been able to deal with the Klitschkos continue
Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams gets his first outing of the new season, against Battersea’s fighting fireman Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth, at the Miranda Carter and Bruce Baker co-promoted ‘Great Expectations’ event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, this coming Sunday. continue
By Robert Brown: Chauncy Welliver has been well established in the top 10 in the WBC Rankings, currently at number 8, he is now ahead of up and coming exciting heavy weight and possible contender Robert Helenius on the WBC rankings. Helenius appears to be possibly receiving a title shot and Welliver is stuck fighting lower ranked opponents despite being ahead of Helenius in the WBC rankings. continue
Beloved former world champion and one-time Bernard Hopkins opponent, Ronald "Winky" Wright is in camp in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, serving as a training advisor to former light heavyweight champion "Bad" Chad Dawson, as Dawson prepares to face the current World Boxing Council (WBC) and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Hopkins on Saturday, October 15, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. continue
By Paul Strauss: No, the question wasn't, "Do you think Ortiz will win?" Experts, most fans, and just anyone but Oscar De La Hoya, already have given their overwhelming response of "No" to that question. There are a few who might go out on a limb and say, "He has a slim chance", but that's about it. So there's not much interest in soliciting answers to that query. continue
New York, NY - (9/12/2011) - On Saturday, October 1st, Brian Vera will look to shock the boxing world, once again, when he squares off against top-rated middleweight contender, "Irish" Andy Lee (26-1, 19KO's) in the much anticipated rematch between the two DiBella Entertainment stable-mates. Lee-Vera II is scheduled for 10 rounds, and will be co-feature bout to Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez' (47-2-2, 26KO's) middleweight title defense against undefeated European champion, "Dazzling" Darren Barker (23-0, 14KO's). The fights are being presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Matchroom Sport, and Caesars Atlantic City, and is sponsored by Corona. The telecast will be aired live on HBO's World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: There is always something to be learned after every fight a boxer goes through. Experience has always been talked about as a fighter’s main benefit, giving them the ability to dominate not only physically but strategically as well. I have learned a few things about both fighters after re-watching the Vitali Klitschko (43-2-0) vs. Tomasz Adamek (44-2-0) bout that took place in Poland this past Saturday, September 10, 2011. continue
FRANK MALONEY has insisted that NO offer was made for David Price to challenge British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. The promoter was amazed to read Fury’s comment that Price’s camp had turned down an offer to face him in Belfast this weekend. continue
Paul McCloskey says he wants to challenge Marcos Maidana for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Welterweight title in Belfast after defeating Breidis Prescott in a thrilling eliminator contest on Saturday night. continue
By James Slater: In his last fight, Ring Magazine, IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko defended against a former cruiserweight who had moved up in weight, and it looks extremely likely that “Dr. Steel Hammer” will meet another former 200-pound ruler in his next fight. continue
ANTHONY CROLLA will achieve a lifetime ambition when he boxes at the MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas on Saturday night (Sept 17). Manchester’s British lightweight champion boxes a non-title eight rounder against Mexican Juan Montiel on the Victor Ortiz-Floyd Mayweather Jr undercard. continue
Chali B. (Miami Lakes, FL): I think Yuriorkis Gamboa is one of the most electrifying newcomers on the fight scene today. How did you rate his performance and how do you see him turning out as a pro?
Vivek W. (ESB): There were many in the media who apparently felt Gamboa's performance was marginal at best. I guess I fall in that other bracket! In my opinion, I thought his performance was everything I personally want to see in a fighter on the rise. I think when you look at things in totality, perhaps there's room for improvement. There is in every fighter. But what I love about Gamboa at this stage is the fact that I can remember seeing him about 5, 6 fights ago, and making mental notes of things I'd like to see him improve on, and it's like he had a list, and each of those fights he steadily checked them off one by one. continue
Colombian slugger Breidis "The Khanqueror" Prescott (24-3, 19 KOs) can't help but feel wronged by the controversial loss he suffered Saturday against Paul McCloskey (23-1, 12 KOs) in the Irishman's backyard, the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. continue
By James Slater: Yuriokis Gamboa, one of the fastest fighters alive today, proved to be way too fast for the heavy-handed but plodding Daniel Ponce De Leon last night. The sizzling Cuban won via shut-out technical decision when the fight was stopped in the 8th due to a bad cut suffered by the Mexican. continue
By Paul Strauss: Yuriorkis "El Cicion Guantanmo" Gamboa managed a 8th round TD over southpaw Daniel Ponce De Leon in HBO's featured bout at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey last night. De Leon was a big underdog, but seemingly managed to make a tough fight for Gamboa. Most experts thought that Gamboa would be much too fast and powerful for De Leon, but De Leon's awkward stance and rhythm proved troublesome for the little Cuban. continue
By James Slater: World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko put on a rather ruthless display last night in Poland, as he pounded an incredibly brave Tomasz Adamek to a sickening 10th-round TKO defeat. Watching the fight, I had the impression “Dr. Iron Fist” could have stepped up the pace any time he wanted to and taken the much smaller man out. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson:Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO’s) earned a near shutout over his opponent Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-4, 34 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey this evening on HBO World Championship Boxing. continue
Cuban superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa won a one-sided technical decision over former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon in front of 2,000 fans at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Saturday night. It was Gamboa’s 21st win in as many pro-fights while Ponce de Leon suffered his fourth loss in his 45th bout. At the same time Ponce was the third Mexican former world champion Gamboa has beaten in a row (after Orlando Salido and Jorge Solis). continue
By Kyle Cochran: At Stadion Miejski in Wrocław, Poland; Vitali looked every part the old man. During pre-ring instruction, flecks of gray showed through his brown hair hinting at his age of 40 years old. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 10 - It was going to be a November to remember for boxing fans, as Mexican knockout artist Alfredo Angulo was scheduled to make his return to the HBO airwaves for a WBC title elimination bout against unbeaten Vanes Martirosyan in a dynamite matchup of former Olympians...or so fight fans thought. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 10 -Mexico City's Pablo Cesar "El Demoledor" Cano, the WBC's leading available contender and a young and hungry Mexican phenom has agreed to step in and face Erik Morales on next Saturday's "STAR POWER" mega-event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Cano got his chance after Morales' original opponent, Lucas Matthysse, withdrew from the bout earlier in the week due to a viral infection. continue
By Ted Sares: Nothing really new here except great extravaganza put on in the Polish stadium in Wroclaw and the amount of punishment Tomasz Adamek (44-2) took before the fight was mercifully stopped by capable Italian referee Massimo Barrovecchio in the 10th stanza. continue
By James Slater - Tonight in Belfast, local hero Paul McCloskey won a close, hard-fought decision over the always-dangerous Breidis Prescott of Colombia. After 12 highly engrossing rounds, the 32-year-old southpaw slickster emerged the winner by scores of 114-113, 115-113 and 114-113. McCloskey, now in line for a second shot at the WBA 140-pound title, improved to 22-1(12). Prescott is now 24-3(19).
It was a great start for younger man Prescott, who scored a knockdown in the opening round. It wasn’t a great or hurtful knockdown by any means, as McCloskey went down from a cuffing left hand to the side of the head, but the ref scored the knockdown. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 141st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former three division champion who spoke about his career, his future, and the prospect of fighting Denis Lebedev later this year. Toney also shared his views on a variety of other aspects pertaining to the current boxing landscape including the Klitschko brothers, David Haye, Pacquiao-Marquez III, Mayweather-Ortiz, HBO’s 24/7 series, Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver, Marco Huck, Steve Cunningham, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: It’s actually time for our second guest of this week’s show. He’s making his second appearance with On the Ropes. We’re joined by the former middleweight, super middleweight, and cruiserweight champion of the world—James “Lights Out” Toney! How are you feeling today James?
JAMES TONEY: I’m feeling good. Fabulous!
JENNA: Alright! Well let’s talk about some rumors that are going on around with you. There are rumors that you will be taking on Denis Lebedev in November. How true are those James?
TONEY: Well the rumors are true. Whatever goes on we’re pushing pretty soon because I’m ready to fight. I can’t get a fight with the so-called big guys in the division—the Klitschko sisters, or any of those guys, so I’m going for the next best thing.
JENNA: Okay well the next best thing would be down at 200 pounds. Why did you make this choice to go from your last fight at 257 down to the cruiserweight limit?
TONEY: Well basically like I said, I can’t get a fight in the heavyweight division so I have to go down in weight in order to try and get a big fight. The main goal right now is to get Bernard Hopkins in the ring. First thing first is David, I don’t know how you say his last name but whatever his name is, I’m going to get him in there and then I’m going to get rid of him! continue
By James Slater: As fans know, former WBA heavyweight champ David Haye has been extremely quiet ever since his humbling, heavy points defeat at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko. Barely a peep has been heard from “The Hayemaker” since the July 2nd fight, yet he has at last broken his silence. Haye, never one to have a softly-softly approach, hasn’t lost the ability to talk trash as a result of his second pro loss. continue
By James Slater: As soon as news broke telling us how Erik Morales was in need of a new opponent for his Sept. 17th clash due to original foe Lucas Mattyhsse falling out with a virus, fans on this web site made it clear the man they’d like to see take the Argentine’s place was WBA and IBF 140-pound king Amir Khan. continue
By James Slater: Thanks to unbeaten 21-year-old fellow Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano, living legend Erik Morales will still get the opportunity to fight for his fourth “world” title in as many weights on September 17th. Argentine slugger Lucas Mattyhsse pulled out of the “Star Power” show due to a virus, temporarily leaving “El Terrible” without a dance partner in the fight for the vacant WBC 140-pound belt. continue
Philadelphia, PA (September 9, 2011) - With a main event that was a battle for Pennsylvania pride, everyone was a winner at the Asylum Arena tonight when fans packed the building for an explosive seven-fight card that was presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. and Don Chargin Productions. If you missed the live action or the TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
HINCKLEY, Minn. (Sept. 10, 2011) – Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo made the most of his return to the red corner by turning in a gritty unanimous decision performance over Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez by the scores of 98-92 twice and 96-94 on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. In the evening’s co-feature, Lateef “Power” Kayode scored a unanimous decision victory by the scores of 98-92, 97-92 and 96-93 over Felix Cora, Jr. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: Vincent Arroyo (12-1, 7 KO’s) and Hector Sanchez (19-2, 9 KO’s) put on a great show for the fans at the Grand Casino in Hinkley, Minnesota this evening on ShowBox: The New Generation. Also in action, Freddie Roach trained Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) won a unanimous decision against Felix “Bad News” Cora Jr. (22-6-2, 12 KO’s). continue
Award winning boxing commentator Dave Bontempo will host full post fight coverage this Saturday, Sept.10 of the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Daniel Ponce De Leon featherweight title match on The Boxing Channel. All the coverage can be found by logging on to www.boxingchannel.tv. continue
At the official weigh-in for Saturday’s showdown against former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon, ARENA’s Cuban featherweight superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa had to get rid off his underwear in order to make the contractual weight of 127 lbs. The Mexican weighed in exactly in the limit as well. continue
Hinckley, MN/New York, NY - (9/10/2011) - In the main event of this week's edition of Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generartion, held at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, fellow up and coming DiBella Entertainment prospects, Hector Sanchez and Vincent Arroyo engaged in a very entertaining ten round welterweight war. continue
By James Stillerman – For the last two years, Arizona Senator and former Republican Nominee John McCain, New York Republican Representative, Peter King and Nevada Democratic Representative, Harry Reid have all tried unsuccessfully to persuade President Obama to pardon the great African American heavyweight pugilist, Jack “Galveston Giant” Johnson for his conviction under the Mann Act Law. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - American light heavyweight contender Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) is slated to challenge the ageless warrior Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) on October 15 for the WBC title that Hopkins recently won when he became the oldest boxer in history to win a major world championship. Apparently however, Dawson will be going into the biggest fight of his life without Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward.
Steward was already in camp working with several boxers, including middleweight contender Andy Lee who is preparing for a long anticipated rematch with Bryan Vera. Dawson, however, did not show up for training as scheduled. Instead Dawson has now decided that he wants to stay near home for his training and preparations so that he can be close to his wife and newborn child. It is unclear at this time who will be training Dawson for the showdown with Hopkins and it appears he is currently working alone. continue
By James Slater: Jamie Cox of Swindon picked up a debatable, controversial 12-round UD over Ghana's Obadai Sai tonight in London, taking the unbeaten African’s Commonwealth light-middleweight title with the win. The scores were 114-113, 114-112 and 115-113, all for Cox. continue
New York, NY - (9/9/2011) - The #1 middleweight in the world, and top three pound-for-pound fighter, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (47-2-2, 26KO's) is preparing for "Dazzling" Darren Barker (23-0, 14KO's) feverishly, respecting his foe's amateur pedigree and undefeated professional record and putting the final touches on another hard training camp with trainer Pablo Sarmiento and top sparring in Oxnard, CA. Martinez will be putting his WBC Middleweight Diamond belt and Ring championship on the line against the European Champion Barker, on Saturday, October 1st, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The show, entitled "Noche de 'Maravilla': Martinez vs. Barker" is being presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Matchroom Sport, and Caesars Atlantic City, and is sponsored by Corona. The long awaited rematch between Andy Lee and Brian Vera will open the telecast. The show will be aired live on HBO's World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT. continue
By Quenton Marselles: Everybody has been talking about the big fight between Mayweather Jr. and Mayweather Sr. that was aired live on HBO’s 24/7 and later streamed on YouTube. No one knows the truth behind what took place other than those who were there. I ran into Floyd “Joy” Mayweather Sr. at the world famous Johnny Tocco’s boxing gym after the incident to get his side of the story. continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2-0, 39 KOs) and his challenger, former world cruiserweight and light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) stepped on the scale today. continue
New York, NY - (9/9/2011) - It's a busy weekend for DiBella Entertainment (DBE) fighters, as four members of the promotional outfit will be in action starting late this afternoon when "Khanqueror" Breidis Prescott (24-2, 19KO's) takes on Ireland's Paul McCloskey (22-1, 12KO's) in an official WBA light welterweight title eliminator. continue
By James Slater: The weights are in for two of the three big fights that will go down in an action-packed Saturday night. Up at heavyweight, WBC king Vitali Klitschko and his challenger Tomasz Adamek tipped-in at 242.9-pounds and 216-pounds respectively, while down at light-welterweight top contenders Breidis Prescott and Paul McCloskey both made the 140-pound limit at the first attempt in their WBA title eliminator. Saturday’s third big fight is the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Daniel Ponce De Leon featherweight clash, and they will both weigh-in later. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Fritz Sdunek, Vitali Klitschko’s loyal long time trainer and friend, recently gave a German newspaper some of his time, talking about Vitali and his future boxing career. continue
U.S.-based boxing fans can watch the Breidis Prescott-Paul McCloskey 12-round WBA light welterweight elimination match at Belfast, Northern Ireland’s Odyssey Arena, Saturday, Sept. 10, at 3:45 p.m. ET on ESPN3, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE. continue
UKRAINIAN boxing powerhouse Vitali Klitschko is the firm favourite on Betfair to successfully defend his WBC Heavyweight title in Saturday’s championship bout against Tomasz Adamek in Wroclaw, Poland. continue
London (9 Sept, 2011) OHIO-based Nicolai Firtha says he wants to fight Tyson Fury for the Irish heavyweight title when they collide at the King's Hall on September 17. Firtha may not sound like an Irish name but he has revealed how many of his cousins live in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare the home of his grandfather and mother Deborah O'Connor who left many years ago to make a new life in Massachusetts. continue
New York, NY - (9/9/2011) - On Saturday, October 1st, Andy Lee (26-1, 19KO's) will not only have the opportunity to erase the lone blemish on his otherwise perfect professional record, but also take yet another step toward fighting for a middleweight world championship, when he takes on former member of "The Contender: Season 3", Brian Vera (19-5, 12KO's). Lee-Vera II, which will air live on HBO's World Championship Boxing, is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and will be the main supporting bout of the evening to Sergio Martinez' World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Diamond Belt title defense against current undefeated, European Champion, Darren Barker. Lee-Vera II is scheduled for 10 rounds in the middleweight division. continue
by James Slater: As fans may have already read, Argentine slugger Walter Matthysse has had to withdraw from his Sep.17th clash with Mexican legend Erik Morales, because of a viral infection. The search is now on for a late replacement for "El Terrible." Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has confirmed that Morales will still fight on the card, and that a suitable opponent is hoped to be announced soon. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 141st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with the newly crowned IBF welterweight champion of the world Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) who is coming off a fifth round stoppage victory against Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs). Berto spoke about his victory and also discussed his future plans. Additionally he shared his views on some upcoming fights including Floyd Mayweather Junior versus Victor Ortiz and Manny Pacquiao squaring off for the third time against Juan Manuel Marquez. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move to our first guest of this week’s show, he’s a returning guest. We’re joined by the new IBF welterweight champion of the world, Andre Berto. How’s everything going today Andre?
ANDRE BERTO:Everything is going pretty good. You know I’m just getting back and just relaxing with the family a little bit.
JENNA: Okay, well you had a pretty damn good fight this past weekend against Jan Zaveck. He was a tough opponent. He gave you a good run. You came up with the title. How do you feel about your performance?
BERTO: You know like I said, I feel my performance was so-so because it was a little bit out of character for me. I could have easily just used my speed and just boxed him. I don’t know. I went in there with a lot of different emotions and I really wanted to try to press the action. I knew he had never been stopped and I wanted to just try to beat him up a little bit, and try to be the first one to try to stop him, and to just show folks I didn’t go anywhere. Pretty much to a point I noticed that his punches couldn’t hurt me, so I just started trying to press him, and walk him backwards, and just keep ringing off combinations. continue
All-time-great boxing champion James "Lights Out" Toney is turning a negative into a positive… As in he’s positive he’s going to Russia to kick Denis Ledbedev’s ass.
After training extremely hard in preparation, Toney was informed not long ago that his unified rules bout with MMA hall-of-famer Ken Shamrock would be delayed until the early part of 2012. Already in terrific shape and weighing near the cruiserweight limit of 200 lbs. Toney has decided to instead re-focus on his boxing career and target the #1 cruiserweight contender Denis Ledbedev, who recently knocked out one of his old-time rivals, Roy Jones Jr. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (Sept. 8, 2011) – Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs) and Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs) both weighed in at the contracted maximum 143 pounds while Lateef “Power” Coyote (17-0, 14 KOs) and Felix “Bad News” Cora Jr. (22-5-2, 12 KOs) both tipped the scales at an even 198 pounds one day before their ShoBox: The New Generation showdowns Friday, Sept. 9, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) LIVE on SHOWTIME® from the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 141st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Andre Berto and James Toney. 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:
• Andre Berto winning the IBF Welterweight title by stopping Jan Zaveck on cuts after 5 rounds
• Where does Andre Berto go from here?
• 24/7 Mayweather vs Ortiz episode 2 review
• Possible James Toney vs. Denis Lebedev fight for November 5th
• Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson looking likely for December 10th
• Is Khan avoiding rematches with Macros Maidana & Breidis Prescott?
• Preview of this upcoming weekends Heavyweight show down between Tomasz Adamek & Vitali Klitschko
By Lee Callan: One of the most articulate, intelligent and deep thinking boxers of his time (or all time, for that matter), Chris "Simply The Best" Eubank, gave his thoughts to me in correspondence through his Twitter profile @Chris_Eubank. continue
HBO’s flagship boxing series presents an intriguing international heavyweight title showdown when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: VITALI KLITSCHKO VS. TOMASZ ADAMEK is seen live SATURDAY, SEPT. 10 (4:45 p.m. ET/1:45 p.m. PT) from Wroclaw Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland, exclusively on HBO. Later that same day, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT), HBO will present a replay of the bout, along with the live featherweight slugfest YURIORKIS GAMBOA VS. DANIEL PONCE DE LEON from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The HBO Sports team will call all the action for both bouts, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
MANCHESTER, N.H. (September 8, 2011) – A little more than month after registering on national television the most significant victory of his young pro boxing career, undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius“Boo Boo” Andrade (14-0, 9 KOs) returns Wednesday, September 21 to headline the 10th annual Fight To Educate at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. continue
NEW YORK (Sept. 8, 2011) – Give Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs) a brutally cold Buffalo winter day to train and he’s as happy as can be. The 24-year-old explained why and answered other questions just days before his 10-round welterweight fight against Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs) on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, Sept. 9 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
By James Slater: Though Vitali Klitschko and Tomasz Adamek have not exactly engaged in a fierce, nasty war of words ahead of this Saturday's World Boxing Council (WBC)heavyweight title fight, the two have exchanged some words. continue
By Robert Brown: In my last article I proceeded to focus on how one of the major reasons for boxing being in a major decline is the excessive amount of worthless title belts which are currently in existence, another major reason for the popularity of boxing being in free fall in regards to the mainstream general public is the failure of promotional companies to tailor their marketing towards the general population. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 7 - The night before the biggest boxing event of 2011, the welterweight championship bout between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and "Vicious" Victor Ortiz, the "STAR POWER" weekend will get into gear during the September 16 edition of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" which will also air live on Fox Sports Network from the Dallas Events Center in the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Fight fans will get to see top heavyweight contender Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell take on Hector Ferreryro in a 10-round main event that will be sure to get fight fans amped up for the big boxing weekend in Sin City. continue
Tomasz Adamek participated in an public workout today at Magnolia Park Mall in Wroclaw, Poland. Adamek was warmly received by a crowd of over 500 of his loyal Polish fans, and answered media questions after his workout. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: That his fight date has been brought forward eight days than previously announced due to TV schedules, Ghana’s Obodai Sai remains unwavering but rather focused on his first defence of the Commonwealth Super Welterweight title against Briton Jamie Cox. continue
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 7)...Throughout the history of boxing, generations of family members have come together to watch the sweet science. Whether it was fathers and sons watching fights together or grandfathers buying tickets to take their grandsons to stadiums or arenas, the sport has always been a family affair. Now, with top pay-per-view events being televised live nationwide, it's not uncommon for three generations (or more) to gather in the same room and share in the thrills of major prize fights. continue
Wroclaw/Poland (September 7, 2011) – Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs), and Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), held their open work out at a shopping mall in Wroclaw (Poland). Announced by Michael Buffer, both fighters were showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday, September 10. More than 1200 boxing fans showed up in the early afternoon hours to watch. WBC Champion Klitschko and Adamek will face off at the all new Wroclaw arena (Poland). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Right now, the expression ‘put you money where you mouth is,’ belongs to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Saying that Mayweather Jr. is confident is a gross understatement, as according to numerous reports, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is willing to bet Oscar De La Hoya and Victor Ortiz $2.5 million a piece on their upcoming fight. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: "I never said [Pacquiao would be next] at all. So please, don't put words in my mouth," Mayweather said. "Nothing is a precursor." (http://espn.go.com/sports/boxing/blog/_/name/boxing/id/6938490/money-manny-gamesmanship-continues) continue
By James Slater: We all know reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) and IBF 140-pound champion Amir Khan wants a massive fight with superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior; Khan has been talking about his 2012 summer Dream Fight for quite a while now. But does the unbeaten boxing master known as “Money” have any interest in coming to the U.K to fight Khan, or in facing him anywhere else? continue
By James Slater: As fans may have read, future Hall of Famer James “Lights Out” Toney is currently in negotiations to fight dangerous Russian cruiserweight Denis Lebedev on November 5th. Toney, who has just turned 43, is hoping the fight comes off. Reportedly in the best shape he’s been in in years, Toney is also hoping a win will lead to even bigger fights with the likes of Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver. continue
By James Slater: The fans want some stability and order to the middleweight title, and Don Jose Sulaiman has gone on record as saying his organization the World Boxing Council (WBC) will get to work on a fight that will eventually crown one and one only WBC 160-pound champ. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - When Vitali Klitschko came out of retirement after almost four years of inactivity to challenge WBC champion Sam Peter for the belt he once held, many wondered if the elder Klitschko brother would even survive training camp let alone a fight against “The Nigerian Nightmare”. After all, Vitali had to call off scheduled fights with Hasim Rahman on three separate occasions due to injury setbacks suffered during training. Klitschko did the honorable thing and retired to not hold up the progress of the division, but it seemed the old warrior had seen his best days come and go. His body simply became too fragile. He even had to call off an attempted comeback nearly one year prior to the Peter fight when a back injury suffered during yet another training camp prevented a fight with Jameel McCline from going forward. The fact that his only two career losses happened when his body failed him in fights he was winning with Chris Byrd and Lennox Lewis only amplified the perception that he was injury-prone.
Of course, Vitali went on to stop Sam Peter in one-sided fashion and has since successfully defended his title in equally one-sided fashion six times. Now he goes for defense number seven against former cruiserweight and light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek in his home country of Poland in a matchup many fans view as a total mismatch. Adamek, after all, is not a natural heavyweight. He is a skilled fighter who has shown tremendous heart and warrior spirit in his career, but he is grossly undersized for the weight class. Nevertheless, Adamek has strung together a series of victories against much larger foes. After successfully testing the heavyweight waters in October 2009 against fellow Pole Andrew Golota, Adamek has since won five in a row, marking him as one of the most active fighters in the division. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental Welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin has upped sticks and moved to London, where he will be coached by the world renowned father and son coaching team Jimmy and Mark Tibbs at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town. continue
By James Slater: Unfortunately, as his fans know, a Martin Rogan-Tyson Fury fight could not, for whatever reasons be made, but the 40-year-old former “Prizefighter” and Commonwealth heavyweight champ now has another fight set. “Rogie,” inactive since November of last year, will face experienced Panamanian Luis Andres Pineda at The Odyssey Arena in Belfast on October 27th. At stake in the bout will be the vacant WBU title. continue
NORTH BERGEN, NJ (September 6, 2011) - The first installment of the highly-anticipated "Global Boxing Series" will be headlined by a familiar face, when former undisputed cruiserweight champion O'Neil Bell returns to action in a ten-round bout against an opponent to be named later. The card, which takes place at the Global Boxing Arena in North Bergen, N.J., will be promoted by Global Boxing Promotions. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: With Vitali Klitschko (42-2-0) vs. Tomasz Adamek (44-1-0) fight coming up on September 10, 2011 in Wroclaw, Poland, there have been a ton of predictions on what will happen on that night. Most including myself, believe that Vitali will have no trouble beating Tomasz, but what seems to be a question that not too many have asked as of yet, is whether Tomasz is similar to any of Vitali’s pervious competition. continue
By James Slater: It seems WBO super-featherweight champ Ricky Burns will not now be making his fourth title defence with that the intriguing-looking fight with the unbeaten Adrien Broner. The fight, up on Boxrec for November 26th in Cincinnati, has not actually bee signed according to Burns’ manager Alex Morrison. Not only that, but the fight isn’t likely to be signed. continue
Hammer-fisted Colombian slugger Breidis "The Khanqueror" Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) has arrived in Ireland for his 12-round WBA light welterweight elimination bout this Saturday against Irishman Paul McCloskey at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. continue
NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2011 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 14 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns in October for its 11th boxing installment with 24/7 PACQUIAO/MARQUEZ, an all-new four-episode, all-access series, it was announced today by Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports. Debuting SATURDAY, OCT. 22 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), the series will follow two elite fighters as they prepare for the third chapter of their spirited rivalry in an electric pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 12. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (September 6, 2011) – With one single point the difference in keeping their two previous world title rumbles from being Draws, Fighter of the Decade MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO of the Philippines and Three-Division World Champion JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ of México will go mano a mano once again in a battle between two of this era’s top pound for pound and evenly matched fighters. Pacquiao-Marquez III, the eagerly anticipated third act of their world championship trilogy that has had fans and media standing on their feet for 24 action-packed rounds, will take place Saturday, November 12. It will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
By James Slater: 32-year-old Nicolai Firtha, 20-8-1(8) will travel from Akron, Ohio to Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 17th, for a fight with unbeaten British champ Tyson Fury. Fury himself sees a risky fight ahead of him, while the experienced Firtha says he will be trying his best to get a win in the short notice fight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 140th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former two-time super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) who is scheduled to challenge WBO champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) as he attempts to become a three-time champion. Kessler spoke about his upcoming fight and also shared opinions on various other matters, including Lucian Bute, the Super Six Final between Andre Ward and Carl Froch, Bernard Hopkins versus Chad Dawson, the Mayweather family feud, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move to our second guest of this week’s show. He is the former super middleweight champion of the world. He is “The Viking Warrior”. We’re joined by Mikkel Kessler. How’s everything going today, Mikkel?
MIKKEL KESSLER: Everything is very good. It’s going forward. I feel good in my body and the training is going good.
JENNA: Well your training for an upcoming title fight against Robert Stieglitz. What do you think about your opponent?
KESSLER: Robert Stieglitz is a very tough fighter. He’s an intelligent fighter and a tough puncher. I don’t have to underestimate him. He was world champion just after the Super Six began, so I’ve got a very hard fight in front of me. Of course he’s a world champion, the WBO champion. He’s a very good fighter, but still, I know I’m better than him.
JENNA: Now are you working on anything in particular to prepare for his style?
KESSLER: Yes, of course I do but I can’t say to you guys. He will probably know. I know I got to keep him away with my long arms and my reach. He’s going to try and come in close on me and he’s going to try to put me under pressure, so I have to keep him away and use my technique. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0-0) is known for a whole list of things and acts he has blessed the media with, but one thing that he does frustrates his fans and the entire boxing world together: his unstoppable craving for vacations. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: I really don’t know how he does it, but somehow James Toney (73-6-3) is always able to secure a more-or-less decent fight for himself. It has been an exceedingly long time since Toney looked even average, always boring the crowd and possibly even his own opponent only to protest his unexciting result later. continue
September 5, 2011 - Wroclaw, Poland - In the middle of the town square, in front of a packed house at City Hall in Wroclaw, Tomasz Adamek and Vitali Klitschko attended the final press conference held prior to their upcoming WBC Championship fight. continue
"God bless you, thank you for fighting for this country... the red white and blue, there's nothing better than this country, America - you guys are great, thank you so much... from the bottom of my heart."
By James Slater: There are internet rumblings that say 43-year-old all-time great James Toney will face 32-year-old Russian cruiserweight Denis Lebedev later this year. Boxrec.com have the fight up as happening in Moscow on November 5th, and fans have surely read about how Toney has been recently rededicated to training and is currently said to be approx 215-pounds. So, who knows, maybe the fight will go down? continue
Wroclaw/Poland (September 5, 2011) – Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs), and Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), participated today in a press conference and talked about their upcoming clash next Saturday. WBC World Heavyweight Champion Klitschko and Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight World Champion Adamek will face off at Wroclaw Stadium, Poland. In the U.S., HBO will shown the fight at 5 pm (EST)/2 pm (PST).
Vitali Klitschko: “This is my title and I will never lose it inside the ring. I am in very good shape and I cannot wait to show once again that I am the best.
“After my brother Wladimir and me, Adamek is the third best heavyweight in the world. He is definitely better than David Haye who is just a world champion in talking. continue
By James Slater: Andre Berto was able to rebound from his sole pro defeat and pick up a major title this past weekend, as he hammered out an exciting 5th-round retirement win over a badly busted up Jan Zaveck. The winning performance he put on in coming back from his upset loss to Victor Ortiz showed how Berto remains a fighter who is there to be hit. continue
Martin B. (Orlando, FL): I thought you did a very good job last week breaking down the Mayweather Jr./Sr. fiasco, but I wanted to know if you can expand on your thoughts surrounding the relationship between lil' Floyd and Roger, and how it was able to succeed where the relationship between big Floyd and jr. failed. continue
By James Slater: Back in the day when he truly was “Superman,” it never for a single second entered my mind that the sublime Roy Jones Junior would ever lose, let alone get brutally KO’d more than once. But, as we all lament, all boxers, no matter how gifted, begin a slow fade if they stick around long enough. No man can beat Father Time (although the amazing Bernard Hopkins is currently doing a terrific job at age 46 going on 47!). continue
London (5, Sept 2011) Tyson Fury says he will battle with North American champion Nicolai Firtha at Belfast's King's Hall on September 17 because he wants to give the Irish fans a night to remember. continue
Former Super Featherweight World Champion turned promoter Carl Greaves presents the opportunity for boxing fans to spend an evening with one of the greatest British boxers of all time - undisputed Super Middleweight World Champion Joe Calzaghe - at the Cedric Ford Pavilion, Newark Showground, Newark, Nottingham on Saturday 8th October. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: (September 4, 2011) - Next week’s bout between Johnathon Banks and Fres Oquendo is cancelled. The fight, scheduled for the undercard of WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko’s title defense against Tomasz Adamek in Wroclaw, Poland, has been rejected by Oquendo’s camp. Tom Tsatas, Oquendo’s manager, explained, “The circumstances weren’t right. We appreciate the offer to fight Banks, but we weren’t comfortable with certain things about the fight.” continue
Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions wishes to congratulate IBO bantamweight champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs) for his dominant 12-round victory over Evans Mbamba (18-2, 9 KOs) at the Karen Demirchyan Sports Complex in Yerevan, Armenia, on Saturday. continue
By James Slater: Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rubio scored a 5th-round TKO over a game Mohammed Akrong of Ghana last night, in what turned out to be a sensational battle. The 31-year-old Rubio, fighting in his homeland, scored with a big left hand to the body in the 5th, and down went 28-year-old Akrong. Though be bounced straight back up, the referee decided Akrong had seen enough and stopped the fight. A good call by the ref. continue
Rudy Markussen (36-2, 23 KOs) scored a spectacular first-round KO victory over Michael Recloux (19-12, 8 KOs) at the TV2 Fight Night in Herning on Saturday night. In his first fight since November 2010, the “Hardhitter” wasted no time and flattened his opponent with a huge right. Recloux managed to get back up but when Markussen knocked him down with another hard series of punches, the referee stepped in (2:59). “I had prepared for eight tough rounds but I am happy I caught him early,” Markussen said. “This was a good win for me. I am pleased I showed my fans why they call me ‘The Hardhitter’ – I hit harder than anybody else at super-middleweight.” continue
By James Slater: Two British fighters heading in different directions had eventful weekends. Unbeaten pro and former world amateur champion Frankie Gavin didn’t have a fight, but news broke revealing a most important development in the career of the 11-0(8) welterweight hope’s career. Gavin, known as “Fun Time,” announced via his Facebook page that he has split with trainer and former pro Anthony Farnell. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Baja California, Mexico, two “Sons Of Legends” scored relatively easy KO victories against selected opposition. Omar Chavez, son of course of the great Julio Cesar Chavez, halted Alberto Martinez with a wicked left hook to the jaw that landed in the very first-round. The official time was 2-mins and 51 seconds. Chavez is now 27-0-1(20). Martinez is now 15-2(10). continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: Tonight at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) showed again why he is one of the most underappreciated boxers in the sport as he did enough damage to the face of Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KO’s) to force a stop to the bout. Broadcast live on HBO Boxing After Dark, Berto has now won the IBF Welterweight Championship making him a two-time champion. continue
Biloxi, MS - (9/3/2011) - It was a clean sweep for DiBella Entertainment (DBE) stable-mates Thomas Oosthuzien, Randall Bailey, Luis Orlandito Del Valle and Ivan Redkach earlier in Biloxi, Mississippi, on the undercard of tonight's live HBO Boxing After Dark telecast, featuring former WBC Welterweight Champion, Andre Berto looking to reclaim a piece of the welterweight crown when he takes on reigning IBF Champion, Jan Zaveck. continue
MANILA (September 4, 2011) – Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ kicked off their 25,000-mile four-city international media tour, on Saturday, with an outdoor public rally at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. continue
Biloxi, MS - (9/3/2011) - Earlier tonight, DiBella Entertainment in association with SES Boxing presented, Battle in Biloxi: Zaveck vs. Berto, which featured former WBC Welterweight Champion taking on IBF Champion, Jan Zaveck in the main event bout of the evening on HBO's Boxing After Dark at the Beau Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in his native Doncaster, 25-year-old Jamie McDonnell regained the British bantamweight title and also retained his European and Commonwealth crowns with an exciting, absorbing points win over defending British ruler Stuart Hall. continue
By Joseph Herron: On Saturday, September 3rd, Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) gets another shot at welterweight gold when he faces the current IBF Welterweight Champion Dejan Zavec (31-1, 18 KOs) on HBO at 10:30 PM EST. continue
By James Slater: Along with some good judges of the sport, Juan Manuel Marquez believes he deserved the decision in both of his epic fights with Manny Pacquiao. The 38-year-old, speaking at the final press conference ahead of the eagerly-awaited part-three of Pacquiao-Marquez, said he won both fights, but that, “the third fight will be different because he [Pacquaio] has changed. He uses his right hand now so I have to take care of myself in the ring.” continue
By James Slater: Tyson Fury, the unbeaten British and Commonwealth heavyweight champ, has had a tough time finding a suitable opponent as far as his next fight goes. Reportedly, offers to David Price and Mike Perez were not returned (with Price saying he WILL face Fury, but all in good time) and with a couple of other names being bandied around but with nothing solid coming up. But now, according to The Belfast Telegraph, the 23-year-old big man has a name foe for his September 17th bout in Belfast: 32-year-old Nicolai Firtha. continue
Orange, CA (September 2) - On September 17, as the televised opener for the STAR POWER mega event fight card featuring Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz, highly rated junior welterweight Josesito Lopez (29-3) will go toe-to-toe against Jessie Vargas (16-0) in a voracious 10 round battle to reign supreme. continue
Biloxi, MS - (9/2/2011) - All the participants for Saturday night's Battle in Biloxi card at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino weighed-in earlier today. The card, which will be broadcast live on HBO's Boxing After Dark, is headlined by the much anticipated Welterweight Championship showdown between former WBC Champion, Andre Berto and reigning IBF Welterweight Champ, Jan Zaveck. Berto tipped the scales at a ripped and ready, 146 3/4 lbs, while Zaveck scaled in at 146 1/2 lbs. continue
By James Slater: A potentially interesting ten-round heavyweight bout has been added to the upcoming Vitali Klitschko-Tomasz Adamek bill in Poland. According to ESPN.com and Boxrec.com, former IBF cruiserweight title challenger Johnathon banks of Detroit will meet ultra-experienced former two-time heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo of Puerto Rico. continue
An extremely hungry and vicious “Vicious’ Victor Ortiz (29-2-2) is young, explosive and heavy handed. He has improved with each outing and has made fans forget about the Maidana debacle. As in the Berto brawl, he will perpetrate his unique brand of shock and awe on Floyd Mayweather Jr. early and if Little Floyd (41-0) is rusty, Victor will hurt him and then exploit Floyd’s suddenly faded reflexes caused in part by 1) lack of ring activity and 2) by external legal issues. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: On Saturday, September 3rd, 2011, for the first time in his professional career Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KO’s) will enter the ring without a perfect record, having lost that distinction and his World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight Title in a match with “Vicious” Victor Ortiz back in April, in one of the most exciting bouts of the year. Berto had been knocked down in just the first round, only to put Ortiz down in round two and both fighters knocked each other down again in the sixth. continue
On November 19th WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin will defend his title against Canada based Romanian Ionut "Jo Jo Dan" Ion in Trabzon, Turkey. Promoters Ahmet Oner (ARENA) and Chris Ganescu (GANKOR promotions) avoided going to purse bid by signing an agreement the night before the free negotiation period ended. continue
By James Stillerman: Two of the best up and coming top ten heavyweight contenders, Alexander Povetkin and Robert “Nordic Nightmare” Helenius were showcased this past weekend and both pugilists emerged victorious. continue
The World Boxing Council has confirmed the final elimination bout to determine the mandatory contender in the super welterweight division – No. 1 ranked Vanes Martirosyan vs. No. 2 ranked Alfredo Angulo - and a date has been set for Friday, September 23, to hold a purse offer in case no agreement is reached between the promoters during the free negotiations period. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to a fresh report by the New York Post, Oscar De La Hoya (39-6-0) paid Milana Dravlen of Siberia a massive $20 million just to keep his cross dressing night a secret. - http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/kink_of_the_ring_rNu8Kx75pw1LldsGhIk9kM continue
Sept., 2, 2011 – Leading up to the welterweight world championship fight between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz – set for Saturday, September 17 and presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View® – HBO Sports will present exclusive replays of two riveting showdowns that highlights the remarkable skill and will of these competitors. continue
New York, NY - (9/2/2011) - As if the main event, featuring former World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight Champion, Andre Berto looking to regain a piece of the welterweight crown when he challenges current International Boxing Federation (IBF) Champion, Jan Zaveck, at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, wasn't intriguing enough for the fans in Mississippi, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has put together an undercard loaded with undefeated prospects and future stars. continue
by John Wight: It’s hard not to like middleweight contender Craig McEwan. In fact a more personable and friendly guy it would be hard to meet. And in the world of professional boxing, in which sadly there is far too much emphasis placed on ego and bombast at the expense of respect and humility, this is no mean feat. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 140th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with undefeated heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) who is coming off an impressive ninth round stoppage victory against former WBO champion Sergei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KOs). Liakhovich is now the third former heavyweight world champion to be stopped by “The Nordic Nightmare” inside the distance, with Samuel Peter and Lamon Brewster being the others. Helenius spoke about his victory, talked about his future, and also shared his views on the current state of the heavyweight landscape. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: To kick this show right off, coming off a very impressive performance from this past weekend, we’re joined by “The Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius. How’s everything going today Robert?
ROBERT HELENIUS: Hey, everything is fine. I’m just on vacation with my family here. I’m a little bit tired after the fight, but everything is cool.
JENNA: Well that’s good to hear. Well you had a heck of a fight this past Saturday night against Sergei Liakhovich.
HELENIUS: Thank you.
JENNA:A lot of people are saying it’s one of the best heavyweight fights they’ve seen in a long time. How do you feel about your performance?
HELENIUS: Yeah, of course I feel always that I could do better and maybe move more on my feet and stuff like that apart from my own distance. I don’t know. I just felt like I wanted to do some close combat and stuff like that, that I usually don’t do in the fights. But I’m pleased with my fight, yeah.
JENNA: Alright, now did he do anything in the ring that surprised you?
HELENIUS: No. I knew he was going to go. I was ready to go twelve rounds. I knew he was in good shape and he got like three and a half months time to prepare and he is very much experienced. So I knew he was going to be a tough guy. continue
HBO's Emmy-Award®-winning reality series "24/7" is coming to CNN, which will air replays of the all-new four-part series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ, beginning with the dramatic episode #1 Friday, Sept. 2 at midnight ET/PT. The CNN replays were slated to begin on Aug. 27 but had to be pre-empted due to live coverage of Hurricane Irene. continue
HBO Sports highlights a former world champion’s shot at redemption against a current world titleholder when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: JAN ZAVECK VS. ANDRE BERTO AND GARY RUSSELL, JR. VS. LEONILO MIRANDA is seen SATURDAY, SEPT. 3 (10:30 p.m. ET/PT) from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for the Labor Day weekend event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
After hurricane "Irene" hit the East Coast last week, Atlantic City is getting ready for another thunderstorm on September 10th when Cuban featherweight phenomenon Yuriorkis "El Ciclon" Gamboa steps into the ring to blow away former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 1 - The time has come for Gary Russell Jr., a member of the 2008 United States Olympic team and an undefeated professional who has sent 17 opponents crashing to defeat. The 23-year-old phenom will hit HBO airwaves for the first time on Saturday, September 3 when he squares off against Mexican knockout artist Leonilo Miranda in the co-featured bout on the Andre Berto vs. Jan Zaveck Boxing After Dark card at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. continue
New York, NY - (9/2/2011) - This Saturday night Andre Berto attempts to regain a piece of the welterweight crown when he takes on reigning IBF Welterweight Champion, Jan Zaveck, at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS. Of all the people in attendance and even more watching at home, there will be no one observing the action more closely then two-time world champion, Randall Bailey. continue
by James Slater: Though it is always sad seeing an once-great boxer attempting to recapture past glories when a faded, worn out shell of the man he once was, we fans never seem to stop watching when a former champion comes back, and back, and back. Right now, a near-49-year-old Evander Holyfield is struggling on as he attempts to regain his position atop the heavyweight boxing world. continue
By James Slater: It seems as though, like fellow veteran heavyweight Evander Holyfield, Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett isn’t planning on retiring any time soon. Fresh off his hard but well-earned win over Samoan powerhouse David Tua, Barrett is in negotiations to face the man Tua crushed via impressive KO a couple of years ago, in Kiwi Shane Cameron. continue
By Sailor Sharkey - Alex Leapai, Australia's leading Heavyweight Boxer has scoffed at American Promoter Gary Shaw's comments that he would like his Heavyweight charge Kimbo Slice "to fight in Australia possibly against the likes of the Logan City hitman. "After one or two rounds with me he will retire from Boxing and go back to beating up "Crack Heads" on YouTube". Leapai currently stands at 23-3-3 (18 KO). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 140th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior who recently had a heated encounter with his son Floyd Mayweather Junior on HBO’s first episode of 24/7 in promotion of the highly anticipated September 17 bout between Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) and WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs). Mayweather Senior gave his take on the altercation and also shared views on a variety of other issues. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: It is time for our third and final guest of this week’s show. He is making his 13th appearance with On the Ropes Boxing Radio. We are joined by the one and only Floyd “Joy” Mayweather Senior. How’s the day treating you Floyd?
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SENIOR: Everything is going great.
JENNA: Alright Floyd, well people have been talking about the incident that happened between you and your son on the HBO 24/7 series. Can you tell us in your view what happened with that whole situation?
MAYWEATHER: It was nothing but just a father and a son thing. He’s just disrespectful. He’s ungrateful. All I can do is leave it up to the higher power. That’s all I do. I can’t judge my son in no kind of way or anything like that. But like I said, one thing I can do is go on about my business, take care of my business, and whatever happens with it, let him do what he’s got to do for himself. I don’t really want to bother with him as being a son like that.
JENNA: How long ago did that incident happen between you two?
MAYWEATHER: It happened about, right now it’s going on about two weeks now. It’s going on about two weeks since that happened.
JENNA: Now the 24/7 cameras really didn’t capture how it really all started. Was it really just a debate over two female fighters or was it something more?
MAYWEATHER: Well first of all, the one guy Tim Coleman used to train at the gym. My brother used to train Tim Coleman, and my fighter knocked Tim Coleman out! My boy knocked him out. My boy was named Vernon Paris. Vernon Paris knocked out Tim Coleman. If you remember seeing the fight on ESPN when the guy kept hitting him with the body shots, and the guy kept going down, and the referee just called it off. You might not remember. That fight was probably about five weeks ago. continue
New York, NY - (9/1/2011) - This Saturday night, Gemany's current International Boxing Federation (IBF) Welterweight Champion, Jan Zaveck (31-1, 18KO's) will make his long-awaited arrival stateside, when he defends his belt against former WBC Champion, Andre Berto (27-1, 20KO's) at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS. The show, entitled, Battle in Biloxi, is presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with SES Boxing. The show will be aired live on HBO's Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:45 PM ET/PT. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: "The bottom line is, boxing is violent.” – Dr. Danelle Fisher. I am not entirely sure exactly when boxing became an official sport instead of a way to settle aggressive debates, but I am fairly confident that it must have been a very long time ago, being one of oldest sports in history, dating back to 688 BC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing. continue
By Robert Brown: Boxing insiders and the general public have come up with a multitude of reasons why boxing is in decline all around the world. Some people say it is because of the lack of mainstream network TV coverage, other people say it is because the sports promotion is not being catered enough towards the general public, and others say sports like MMA which are over a shorter distance require less of an attention span and therefore have more impact and more of an adrenalin rush than boxing. continue
STUEY HALL believes his amazing boxing fairy-tale will continue in Saturday’s (Sept 3) triple title bantamweight battle against Jamie McDonnell at Doncaster Dome.
McDonnell (17-2-1) who will have hometown advantage risks his European and Commonwealth crowns, while Hall (11-0-1) will be putting the British title on the line. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 140th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Floyd Mayweather Senior, Mikkel Kessler, and Robert Helenius. 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:
• HBO’s Mayweather-Ortiz 24/7 Episode 1 Review
• Was the Floyd Sr. vs. Floyd Jr. argument a culmination of the last 15 months of drama for Mayweather?
• Robert Helenius impressively stopping Sergei Liakhovich in 9 rounds
• Is the Nordic Nightmare the biggest threat to eaither of the Klitschkos?
• Alexander Povetkin defeating Ruslan Chagaev by UD for the vacant “regular” WBA heavyweight title.
• How much did Teddy Atlas have to do with Povekin coming away with the victory?
• Possible Povetkin vs. Holyfield bout on December 17th?
This afternoon Tomasz Adamek, 44-1, 28 KO's, took time before flying to Poland to chat with the media about his upcoming WBC Heavyweight Championship battle against reigning WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, 42-2, 39 KO's. continue
EW YORK (Aug. 31, 2011) – When last seen on ShoBox: The New Generation, Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo scored an exciting upset majority decision over then-unbeaten welterweight prospect Willie Nelson. continue
By James Slater: He’s seen more major boxing matches than anyone alive. He’s forgotten more about the sport than millions of us will ever learn. His name is Angelo Dundee, recently turned 90-years-of-age, and his keen eye continues to study boxing as sharply as any other trainer/corner-man/expert. continue
Los Angeles (Wednesday, Aug. 31) World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight Champion Jhonny Gonzalez (49-7, 43 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico puts his title, and his pride on the line as he fights on his country's Independence Day, Thursday, September 15 at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas as he takes on the Tanzanian slugger, Rogers Mtagwa (27-14-2, 19 KOs). The 12-round World Championship bout is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Promociones Del Pueblo and will be broadcast live on ESPN Deportes and Televisa. continue
Las Vegas (August 31) - As we near the September 17 mega-event "STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" emanating from both the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas, and the celebrity capital of the world, Los Angeles, the connection between the squared circle and the silver screen comes even more into focus. This fight card is called "STAR POWER" and the eight fighters featured on the HBO Pay-Per-View® televised event carry on the proud tradition of fighters rubbing elbows with Hollywood's elite, romancing stunning starlets and flashing smiles that can make female fans' knees buckle. continue