By James Slater - Currently suspended but appealing the BBB of C’s decision, controversial British heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora has been spending a fair amount of time in Russia just lately, and the word is the manager of “regular” WBA heavyweight champ Alexander Povetkin has been in talks with “Del Boy” about the possibility of a fight this fall. continue
By James Slater - As has already been reported, Cuban heavyweight hope Odlanier Solis is set to make his ring return on May 19th in Texas. Not seen in action since his 1st-round stoppage loss at the hands of WBC king Vitali Klitschko, when a serious knee injury forced Solis into hospital, the 31-year-old has undergone a series of operations and will at last make his return.
According to a couple of boxing schedule web sites (Boxrec among them), the opponent Solis, 17-1(12) will face will be German tough guy Konstantin Airich. According to Boxrec, the fight will be scheduled for eight-rounds. continue
By Michael Collins: 47-year-old WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO’s) will get another shot at trying to beat challenger Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KO’s) in their rematch a little later on this month on April 28th, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hopkins may not have wanted the rematch but the World Boxing Council ordered the rematch after Hopkins was injured in his fight with Dawson last October. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former IBF middleweight world champion Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) who faces Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs) today in Germany. Abraham spoke about his fight and also touched on his future plans. Additionally he provided some opinions regarding the current boxing landscape, including the rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, the upcoming fight between Lucian Bute and Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler’s move to light heavyweight, and more! Here is what Abraham had to say:
Regarding his upcoming fight against Piotr Wilczewski:
“Well it’s going to be a tough fight. My opponent is a former European champion, but we’ve trained very hard, and we’re very optimistic, and we expect to win.”
His views on what a victory against Wilczewski will do for him at this stage in his career:
“Well it’s my goal to be world champion again by the end of the year. That is the plan and that’s why I’m boxing on Saturday, because it’s part of my plan to be world champion again by the end of the year.”
Regarding whether he is hoping to win a title in the 160 or 168 pound weight class:
“We made the decision that I’d stay at super middleweight and I will not fight at middleweight again.” continue
When you think of the word “boxing”, what you find coming to your mind first. Boxing gloves, a squared ring, or you may find yourself playing mental highlights of the movie series “Rocky” or photos of the past greats such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson or Evander Holyfield. continue
Donyil Livingston 162.6 vs. Elie Augustama 163.2
Daniel Roman 119.4 vs. Jesus Adame 119.2
Neil Arellano 146.4 vs. Shawn Gary 143.6
Oscar Diaz 133.8 vs. Oscar Santana 130.8
Celine Roman 125.2 vs. Claudia Gutierrez 124.6
Herbert Acevedo 134.6 vs. Eddie Ramirez 134.6
Zachary Wohlman 146.4 vs. Clifford McPherson 146.4
Tyrell Hendrix 168 vs. Reynaldo Rodriguez 167
Undefeated middleweight prospect Donyil Livingston (8-0-1, 4 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday, March 31st on the "War at Woodland Hills" card titled "Saturday Boxing Fever." Promoted by Boxing360, Livingston, who resides in Palmdale Calif., will face durable Elie Augustama (5-4, 3 KOs) of Haiti, by way of Miami, in a six-round bout. continue
BRONX, NY (March 30, 2012) Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing returns to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York with ESPN2's Friday Night Fights on Friday, May 18th. Priced at $75, $50, $40 and $30, advance tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 5th and are available through Ticketmaster, (www.Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000) or at the Times Union Center Box Office, (1-800-30-EVENT), and at select Wal-Mart Music Centers. Tickets are also available by calling Star Boxing at 718-823-2000 or on www.starboxing.com. continue
Jorge Linares 134.6 vs. Sergio Thompson 134.2
Marco Antonio Periban 167.6 vs. Gerardo Diaz 164.4
Carlos Cuadras 116.1 vs. Humberto Morales 116.8
Naciff Castillo 115 vs. Faustino Cupul 117.5
Francisco Vargas 129.8 vs. Carlos Fernando Perez 129
Jorge Romero 136.6 vs. Eduardo Canales 137
Following an exciting February event, the Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Mexico will once again host Televisa's hit series "Sabados De Corona," this time featuring a Saturday, March 31 showdown between former Two-Division World Champion Jorge "El Nino de Oro" Linares and hometown hero Sergio "Yeyo" Thompson.
This 12 round lightweight clash, which is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Pepe Gomez Promotor Deportivo and sponsored by Corona, Oasis Cancun, Periodico QueQui, Cancun Tourism and Quintana Roo Tourism will take place at the Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Mexico. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 30 - Unbeaten junior lightweight favorite Ronny Rios will be put to the test at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, April 7, when he squares off against tough Buffalo, New York native Guillermo Sanchez in the main event of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate." The co-featured fight will see Oxnard's Hugo "The Boss" Centeno battle Gerardo Prieto in an eight round junior middleweight matchup. continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: As most boxing fans know, Ronald Hearns and Erislandy Lara will be squaring off against each other on April 20th. Both fighters are coming off of losses. Hearns hasn’t fought in over a year and was tko’d by middleweight titlist Felix Sturm in the 7th round of their affair. On the other hand, Erislandy Lara fought this past July against Paul Williams. Lara officially lost the fight by decision but anyone who watched the fight knows he clearly won. He simply couldn’t miss with his left cross and Paul undoubtedly took a beating that night. continue
By Paul Strauss: Chances are Freddie was engaging in a bit of waggery when he recently shared his opinion that Sergio Gabriel “Maravilla” Martinez has been exposed. No, not that kind of exposure you ninny! Freddie would like us to believe he's serious. Remember, this is coming from the guy chosen several times as trainer of the year. Or, could it be that Little Freddie is just being mischievous and yet fulfilling a personal agenda? Is he that clever? Might he be using a little guile to slip a sinister piffle passed us?.
Wait a minute now. Maybe Little Freddie does have a touch of the scallywag in him. Oh sure, over the years he's demonstrated the argus eye. In other words, he's been a careful observer, attentive, and vigilant to patterns, patterns that can be exploited. But, on the other hand, he usually isn't a faultfinding person.
Why then the prognostigation about Martinez? Did something happen recently that would realistically bode ill for Martinez? Does Maravilla know that he has been exposed? Suffering Succotash, what's he going to do now that he's kind of been caught with his pants down (expesed)? What about all those experts who think Sergio is still a top P4P guy? Have they been bamboozled or deceived? Did they miss the singular act or incident that lead to this exposure? Martinez certainly hasn't missed much with his recent kayo victories. continue
Lausanne, Switzerland, 30 March 2012 - After this Friday's action, there were only two teams left in the competition, with the penultimate round of matches before the season finale deciding who would battle it out for the coveted WSB Team trophy. Dynamo Moscow hosted Astana Arlans, looking to overturn a slender 3:2 deficit, and Baku Fires faced with the impossible against the Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder, having lost 5:0 in the first leg. continue
New York, NY (3/30/2012) - On Friday April 20, DiBella Entertainment, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, will present a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation when former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO's) looks to take another step toward reclaiming the middleweight championship when he takes on the undefeated Caleb "Golden" Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO's) in a 10-round middleweight matchup. SHOWTIME® will begin live coverage starting at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Taylor, who made his successful return to the ring in December on ShoBox after a nearly two-year layoff-scoring an eighth-round TKO over the tough-as-nails Jesse Nicklow-barely took any time off before returning to camp with longtime trainer Patrick Burns. Burns is the man responsible for guiding Taylor from the 2000 Olympics to the undisputed middleweight championship, which he won by dethroning future hall-of-famer Bernard Hopkins in 2005. After an unsuccessful bid in the super middleweight division, Taylor has reunited with Burns as he makes another run toward the middleweight championship. Already Taylor is ranked #6 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC. continue
By Michael Collins: Former two division world champion Darius Michalzewski believes that former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KO's) could have a really tough time on Saturday night against former EBU super middleweight champion Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KO's) in their fight at the Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. continue
By James Slater - Two reasonably big heavyweight news stories came out today: “regular” WBA heavyweight champ Alexander Povetkin’s mandatory defence against former king Hasim Rahman is looking like going down on July 14th in Germany, and SKY Sports turned down the suggestion of a Vitali Klitschko-David Haye Pay-Per-View fight in the summer.
Dan Rafael of ESPN.com has written that the “working date” for Povetkin-Rahman is July 14th, the exact venue in Germany to be announced. continue
Here are the weights from Kiel, Germany: WBO Europe Super-Middleweight Title:
Arthur Abraham: 76,2 kg vs Piotr Wilczewski: 76,1 kg
European Light Heavyweight Title:
Eduard Gutkecht: 78,8 kg vs Tony Averlant: 79,0 kg
Mateusz Masternak: 90,0 kg vs Felipe Romero: 90,3 kg
Former European Super-Middleweight Champion Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs) is the final obstacle between Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) and another world title shot. The two fighters battle it out in Kiel, Germany on Saturday night. Here is a quotes wrap-up from both men. continue
By James Slater - The British Boxing Board of Control has today ordered a return meeting between cruiserweights Enzo Maccarinelli and Shane McPhilbin. Anyone who saw the exciting, controversial March 23rd fight will know all about the “short round,” when the opening session was terminated a full 47-seconds too early due to a blunder on the part of the timekeeper, Martin Fallon - this just after defending British champ and heavy underdog McPhilbin had scored a hurtful knockdown over Maccarinelli. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: In front of a capacity crowd at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia, Togasilimai Letoa (12-9-1, 7 KOs) knocked out WBA #12 Manny Vlamis (11-3, 8 KOs) in the third round of their scheduled twelve round bout to capture the vacant OPBF light heavyweight title.
Entering the bout having lost 7 of his past 8 bouts, Letoa shaped up against Vlamis as the significantly larger fighter, appearing in top condition, which had an immediate impact as he made Vlamis taste his power from the outset. In the second round, an upset looked quite a realistic possibility as Letoa put Vlamis to the canvas with a right hand that had him in trouble. continue
By James Slater - James Slater: It’s great to speak with you, Earnie - a heavyweight legend! I know you know David Haye quite well. People are still talking about the brawl he and Dereck Chisora had in Germany; today (March 29th) Chisora appealed the decision that saw his licence taken away. Do you think both guys should be able to fight again?
Earnie Shavers: Well, they should serve some time for what they did, definitely - but I don’t think they should be banned for life. No, let them back after a time, let them earn a good living.
J.S: Did anyone ever try and get at you outside of the ring, Earnie - at a press conference or anything like that?
E.S: Oh, no, never anything like that. I got on fine with all fighters outside of the ring. I had no problems.
J.S: Were boxers more gentlemanly back in your day?
E.S: Yes, and we also had great trainers - trainers who not only taught us boxing but also how to conduct ourselves as gentlemen. The trainers taught us and told us what not to do. continue
From WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: The World Boxing Council ratified during its 49th Annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, in December 2011, the highly successful open scoring rule, which has been working efficiently around the world since 2006. This rule has been used in the USA only a few times, once in Arkansas, several times in Puerto Rico, and this year the State of Texas has used it in two WBC championship fights. continue
by Vivek Wallace: In last weeks segment of EastSideBoxing's countdown to Mayweather vs Cotto we took at a look at the obvious. This week we analyze an angle that will take us from the simple to the complex. Mayweather has effectively built his resume on the art of the "take-away", nullifying practically all of an opponents strengths. Cotto isn't as skilled in this department, but under his new fundamental trainer, Cuban, Pedro Diaz, there seems to be an awakening. On the heels of this realization, today, we visit the intricate topics of precisely "WHAT STRENGTH EACH MAN WILL POTENTIALLY TAKE AWAY FROM THE OTHER"?.....AS WELL AS "WHAT PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN ATTRIBUTES THAT MAN COULD POTENTIALLY AWAKEN IN THE OTHER"?:
In Miguel Cotto, we see a warrior who has been to the mountaintop, as well as through the valley. Highs and lows are part of any warriors journey in the sport, but for Cotto, the road for redemption has clearly defined the mission. In the Summer of 2008 Cotto faced Antonio Margarito and had no answer. Just a few bouts later he would face Pacquiao and meet the same fate. What did he learn from these defeats? Considering the paralleled "ambush" style of both fighters, the biggest lesson he learned was simply to box intelligently and bang only when opportunity presents itself, leaving less room for the type of brutal warfare known to bring many careers to an end. continue
by Ted Spoon - Four years is what prevented Ruben Olivares swapping his rib-rupturing hook for Carlos Zarate’s pestilent cross. The miniature Mexicans with the opposing weaponry were similarly contrasting specimens; Ruben, boyish with a full head of hair; Carlos, moustache, plus a receding hair line that made him appear like a well preserved middle aged man.
Their commonalities lay in the stuffy, gasoline-chugging lunacy of Mexico City, plus the fact both could reduce fighters under nine stone into neat little piles of rubble before their brows collected sweat. continue
The unbeaten Manuel „Diamond Boy“ Charr (20-0-0 (11)) presently holder of the WBC-International-Silver title is defending his title for the first time. Charr will compete against a very experienced man from EC Boxing / Hamburg, Taras Bidenko (28-4-0 (12)) from Ukraine. The bout will take place during the “Gala-Dinner-Boxing” at the Hotel “Maritim” in Cologne, Germany. Check out FIGOsport for this event and follow the live stream starting at 9pm GMT today! continue
by Jenna J - This week's 163rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, former two division world champion Zab Judah, former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, and junior middleweight contender Carlos Molina.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest in boxing news & upcoming fight discussion! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• The controversial DQ10 for James Kirkland over Carlos Molina
• Should the ref have made the call that he made? And what would have happened if the fight had continued?
• Will the result be overturned upon Molina camp’s protest of a rule the ref did not follow? Should it be?
• Who wins the rematch and why?
• Danny Garcia's UD12 win over boxing Legend Eric Morales.
• Should EL terrible consider retirement after failing to make weight, losing his title, and the bout with Garcia?
• Morales vs. Marquez once and for all before he retires?
• Zab Judah's impressive one sided victory over Vernon Paris. Was this Super Zab looking elite again, or just taking advantage of a limited fighter?
• What's next for Super Zab?
• The surprising TKO9 upset win over IBF ranked Victor Cayo for Nate Campbell. Is the Galaxy warrior back?
• Campbell vs. Joan Guzman?
• Floyd Mayweather Jr. Says - I'll Fight "Five More Times"
LOS ANGELES, March 29 - Golden Boy Promotions is proud to announce another addition to its vast roster of fighters with the signing of 2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas. The rising junior lightweight star will look to add professional accolades on top of his impressive amateur accomplishments with an eye on a run at a world title with the help of the top team in boxing today. continue
Jaco vs. Pavlik To Co-Main Event Top Rank Live! Telecast on Azteca America Network
Sarasota, Fla. – Local boxing product Aaron “Jedi” Jaco (15-2-0, 5 KOs) will be in the co-main event of the Top Rank Live! Telecast, this Saturday, March 31st, as he takes on former world middleweight champion, Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (37-2-0, 32 KOs) in a 10-round, Super-Middleweight, bout emanating from the Illusions Theater in San Antonio, Texas. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Former Commonwealth Super Middleweight champion Charles Adamu AKA the Crusader says his professional career is far from over even though he has not fought in nearly two years.
Adamu, 17-5, 12 KOs, has remained inactive since losing his Commonwealth belt to Briton George Groves in April 2010, many boxing insiders even forgetting him altogether. But the man famously nicknamed the Crusader says he will be back, only if he gets the right manager.
“I’m not finished with boxing yet, trust me I will be back. I’m fit, I’m training everyday and I’m ready to fight even today but I have to get a good manager. continue
By James Slater - He’s inherited his legendary father’s looks and he may have inherited some of his awesome power and freakish physical strength, but we still have almost no idea if 29-year-old George Foreman III, AKA “Monk” can actually fight.
Having had absolutely no amateur career, things were always going to go slow for Foreman Junior in the first couple of years or so of his boxing career; especially with the ever-cautious Foreman Senior watching over his son’s wellbeing. continue
Liverpool rival unimpressed by Welshman’s title challengers - Tony Bellew has poured scorn on rival Nathan Cleverly, saying that his British light heavyweight title fight with Danny McIntosh in ‘The Big Bang’ at the Echo Arena Liverpool on April 13 live on Sky Sports is tougher than the opponents Nathan Cleverly has faced for his World title. continue
by Robert Jackson: Primetime…a word that conjures up images of American NFLer Deon Sanders intercepting a pass and running it back for a touchdown, dancing his way into the endzone. ‘Primetime’ the nickname Sanders a 14 year pro was given based on his preparedness for the BIG game/moment and the many highlight reel plays he made during his career, had 9 career interceptions returned for touchdown and is considered one of the most feared pass defenders to ever play the game.
Applying this word and what it means to boxing, one would have to surmise that a few of the advertised fighters just aren’t ready for ‘Primetime’. The following list of high expectation/low achievement fighters should make the meaning of primetime quite clear.
10) Amir Khan – potential = 10, ability = 10, skills = 7 (still fights in amateur style), needs to control himself in the ring, have more poise and stop crying so much-running his mouth and let his fists do the talking. continue
By James Slater - Whether or not you feel Australian heavyweight contender Alex Leapai is, A: big enough at 6.0” and approx 235-pounds or, B: good enough to be able to live up to the claim he has made about being ready for the Klitschko brothers; it has to be agreed that the 32-year-old “Lionheart” is one darn exciting warrior to watch. Even if the slugger with the Rugby background fails to get as far as he believes in his (lion) heart he will get, it sure is going to be fun watching Leapai fight.
Speaking with Australia’s ABC Grandstand this week, ahead of his fast-approaching rumble with capable, never-stopped U.S big man Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (April 1st), Leapai said he will “bring boxing back to life” in his homeland. continue
On May 18, undefeated NABO light welterweight champion, Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield (15-0-1, 9 KOs), headlines ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" when he defends his title against Philadelphia's Raymond Serrano (18-0, 8 KOs) at the Exhibition Hall at The Times Union Center in Albany, New York. Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing in association with Prize Fight Promotions will promote the 10-round bout. continue
The World Boxing Organization have now officially approved Robin Krasniqi as the challenger for Nathan’s Cleverly’s World Light-Heavyweight title on Saturday 28th April at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
After some uncertainty about Krasniqi last week when he was announced as Cleverly’s opponent, promoter Frank Warren and the WBO Championship Committee have resolved the situation and the Welshman will now proceed with the fourth defence of his title with the winner to face the mandatory challenger in 120 days.
It’s set to be a landmark occasion with world championship boxing returning to the iconic venue for the first time in over a decade. continue
Mar. 29, 2012 – Earlier this week Hall-of-Fame boxing historian Bert Sugar passed away at the age of 75. For many years, this remarkable and unforgettable boxing personality was part of the HBO Sports family, working at major boxing events and writing articles for hbo.com. As a celebration of Bert Sugar’s prolific career as a journalist, historian and broadcast personality, hbo.com has established a remembrance page at hbo.com/boxing that will allow boxing fans to review some of his signature contributions to HBO Sports. continue
By James Slater: As fans may or may not know, exciting heavyweight slugger David Tua, one of the biggest stars of the 1990s, announced his retirement at the weekend. Aged 39, Tua, one of the best heavyweights never to have won a world title, said he could no longer put what was needed into the sport for him to make it back to the top. continue
By James Slater - As surely every fight fan the world over knows, British heavyweight Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora wound up in a whole heap of trouble and on a whole pile of front pages after his recent “Mayhem in Munich” adventure. The now infamous brawl with David Haye followed the Vitali Klitschko “slap” and the Wladimir Klitschko “spit,” and Chisora subsequently had his licence to box removed “indefinitely” by the BBB of C.
Today, promoter Frank Warren confirmed that his fighter has officially appealed against the decision; claiming the way the hearing went was not satisfactory. Warren also stated that in his belief a fight (in the ring!) between Chisora and David Haye (who, after all, played his part in the Munich post-fight press conference melee), is “a natural.”
First, here is what Warren had to say about the appeal:
“The appeal has gone in already,” Warren said as quoted by The Mail. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: This Friday night sees boxing return to the Malvern Town Hall with the first card of the year by Peter Maniatis Promotions seeing world rated light heavyweight Manny Vlamis (11-2, 8 KOs) headlining the seven fight card.
Vlamis, who most recently captured the PABA light heavyweight title late last year, takes on Togasilimai Letoa (11-9-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant OBPF light heavyweight title. continue
CHICAGO, IL (March 28, 2012) “Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting” as Chicago’s 8 Count Productions has teamed with Warriors Boxing to present SOLO BOXEO TECATE, an evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, April 14th at Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Illinois. Advance tickets, priced at $30, $50, $75 and $100; for SOLO BOXEO TECATE can be purchased through the 8 Count Productions’ office by calling 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie; doors on the night of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. continue
Team Julio Gonzalez Boxing - As many of you know, on March 10th we lost a champion and a true warrior. But we also lost a father, a son, a brother, a friend and one of the kindest souls our god has ever created. Julio Gonzalez was the type of guy who would always, weather permitting, be without his shirt on. That's because he loved life and enjoyed the warmth of the sun and everything life had to offer. But rather, he was that guy that would always give the shirt off his back for you or anyone that needed it. He was a defender of the people and always looked to protect people in need without ever seeking anything in return. A man that had a kind enough heart to give you whatever money he had even if he didn't have any. He always placed people ahead of him because he loved people and wanted them to smile the way he smiled, undeniably. He always wanted to share his experiences with his loved ones or new friends he had just made. As one of his best friends I can tell you he saved my butt on many occasions and protected my wife too. Julio in many ways was like a super hero; once you asked him to come, he was there. His love for life changed me many years ago and allowed me to see it from a much different angle, much like his punches in the ring - to love and be strong and while doing so never compromise your integrity and always be true to yourself and others. This is the toughest thing we've been through and our greatest loss. We love you more than the word itself can describe and will protect and take care of your family and children, my brother. Rest in Peace, Champ..
In effort to provide for his children's future education and family expenses, we have setup the "Julio Gonzalez Memorial Foundation". Donations can be mailed to : JULIO GONZALEZ MEMORIAL FOUNDATION 30 Via Lucca, Suite F404 Irvine, CA. 92612 or you may contact Jesse Somberg at 714-458-1331 or email@example.com.
By Eric Roman: The year was 1993, the venue was the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. It was one of the first occasions in which I felt just as robbed as the Combatant in the ring. The fighter was Hall of Famer Pernell Whitaker. He outboxed and outclassed an 87-0 undisputed Jr. Welterweight Champion in Julio Caesar Chavez. At the time, Chavez was considered by a majority of the sport as the recognized pound for pound king, “Sweet Pea” frustrated the Mexican, boxing circles around him en route to what was thought by many at ringside to be a masterful work of art, and an easy unanimous decision victory for the Welterweight Champ. Instead, what we got, was a taste of Texas scoring for the first time. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 28 - A hot card at the Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Mexico just got hotter, as a 10 round super middleweight battle between Mexico City's unbeaten Marco Antonio Periban and Guadalajara's Gerardo Diaz has been added as the co-featured fight on Saturday, March 31 before the main event between former Two-Division World Champion Jorge "El Nino de Oro" Linares and Chetumal's Sergio "Yeyo" Thompson in a 12-round WBC Lightweight Title eliminator fight. continue
HOBOKEN, NJ (March 28, 2012) - Former International Boxing Federation ("IBF") Light Welterweight Champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi will soon embark on his Ukrainian mission, as he challenges undefeated World Boxing Association ("WBA") World Welterweight Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko, live on pay per view April 29 from Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Senchenko vs. Malignaggi," presented by Union Boxing Promotion, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 1:00 PM/ET - 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVNfor a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
"I look forward to becoming the WBA World Welterweight Champion," Malignaggi commented. "I'm not worried about fighting over there because the WBA and Golden Boy Promotions have appeased any fears I may have had at first. Golden Boy takes good care of its fighters, so I took the fight.. continue
AUSTIN, Texas – World-class professional boxing will return to the Frank Erwin Center Friday, April 27 when Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions brings two riveting 10-round feature bouts to be telecast live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. continue
by Chris Walker: With the UFC almost certain to add a monumental Liverpool date to their already congested 2012 schedule, local favourite, Terry Etim, is likely to perform for the rampant organization in his beloved hometown for the first time. For the time being, Etim will have to play the role of supporter, as once again, he cheers on long-time friend, Tony Bellew, from ringside, as he puts his British title on the line against Norwich’s Danny McIntosh on April 13th. continue
By James Slater: Interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) cruiserweight champ Ola Afolabi, 19-2-3(9) has a second chance to win the full title on May 5th, when he will face Marco Huck in a rematch. Back in December of 2009, “Kryptonite,” as the London-born Afolabi is known, lost a reasonably close 12-round decision to “Kapt’n” Huck and now he is getting ready for another chance in Germany.
Ola says he is a different, vastly improved fighter today, and the 32-year-old who has won five in a row since the loss to Huck says he will leave “no doubt” this time around. Afolabi, who has scored a couple of eye-catching KO’s in his time (think his taking out of Enzo Maccarinelli and his KO Of The Year candidate of a win over Terry Dunstan), feels Huck will be overpowered this time. continue
BRONX, NY (March 28, 2012) "The Fighting Pride of Huntington, Long Island", Chris Algieri has returned home to headline ROCKIN' FIGHTS 3, a world class professional boxing card presented by Star Boxing this Saturday night, March 31st at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island. continue
MIAMI—Don King Productions will present the first boxing event at Casino Miami Jai-Alai on Saturday, April 14 to celebrate completion of their $87-million expansion. The card will be headlined by local favorite and World Boxing Council United States super welterweight champion Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (20-1-1, 11 KOs) against Shakir “The Assassin” Ashanti (16-12, 4 KOs), from New Bern, S.C. continue
One year ago Cuban heavyweight sensation suffered a bad knee injury when challenging World Boxing Council (WBC) world champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne, Germany. At the end of the first round which he would have won on the scorecards, Solis’ knee gave in, forcing the referee to stop the fight. "La Sombra“ had to undergo surgery three times and was unable to get back into the ring so far even though his comeback had been announced a couple of times last year. Now the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and multiple world amateur champion is finally set to return to action on May 19th in Texas on a show promoted by Kathy Duva (Main Events) along with Ahmet Oner (ARENA).
At the moment Solis is in training camp in Florida with champion coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez who is also preparing Miguel Cotto for his light middleweight mega fight against Floyd Mayweather jr. on May 5th in Las Vegas.
"It feels great to be finally back in action and working on my comeback“, says Solis. „The last twelve months have been hell with a lot of setbacks but now I’m ready to go at it again. Of course, it adds some extra motivation to work with a great champion like Miguel Cotto. We have lots of fun at camp but, of course, we are both very focused and working hard on our goals.. continue
By James Slater: Whether you’re excited about it or not, Ring Magazine, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko will be meeting Washington D.C’s Tony Thompson next. The fight, as has been reported by ESPN.com, will go ahead on July 7th, most likely in Berne, Switzerland. continue
March 28, 2012 - After spending four weeks in a training camp with Robert Garcia, at his academy in Oxnard, Calif., Huntington, New York's undefeated junior welterweight sensation Chris Algieri (13-0, 6 KOs) feels the experience was extremely beneficial and well worth the travel from the east coast. continue
Piotr Wilczewksi (30-2, 10 KOs) is the last obstacle between Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) and another world title shot. “If Arthur wins on Saturday night, he will be the highest-ranked challenger in the World Boxing Organization (WBO) ratings and face the winner of Stieglitz-Groves,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said at today´s press conference. “It´s all or nothing for Arthur. He needs to win against Wilczewski.”
Abraham is ready to make things happen. “It will be a tough fight, but I have trained well,” he stated. “We have trained very hard and I am in good shape. I will win on Saturday, that´s all I want to say right now.”
After missing yesterday´s public work-out due to an airport strike in Germany, his opponent showed up on time today for the press conference. “Being stuck at Munich airport was no problem for me,” said Wilczewski, a former European Super-Middleweight Champion. “I just trained at the airport. I eventually reached Kiel at 20:30 last night. It does not bother me. I am ready for Abraham. We know what he will do and we don´t expect any surprises.. continue
March 28, 2012 – HBO Sports® held a fan vote to decide which classic fights they would want to see air on the HBO2 service leading up to the super welterweight world championship fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. The fans have chosen two riveting showdowns that highlight defining moments in the careers of both superstars. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons: It's beginning to look as though 2012 will be the year Andy Lee 28-1-0 (20 KOs) wins a middleweight title. But the question remains what title, and against which champion? The most likely alphabet candidates include: Kelly Hope, the new Welsh EBU champion; aging WBA champion Felix Sturm in his German bunker; Daniel Geale, King of the Australian outback; and the elusive Dimitri Pirog in mother Russia. Last on the list is “the real champion” Sergio Martinez, who seems the least likely opponent. There's a good chance Martinez may vacate the middleweight belt to opt for greater pound-for-pound glory. Such a move could be a blessing in disguise, because Lee just isn't at “Maravilla's” level.
Yet you have to wonder why so many efforts have been made to import foreign contenders like Barker, Rubio, Zbik, Macklin, and Murray for title fights. Lee himself said, “I am a prize fighter, that's what I do and why I came to America.” Some argue Lee is such a poor prospect that promoters must go overseas to find a more worthy opponent. But the fact is Lee hasn't gotten a title fight because he has power in both hands and a good chin. His southpaw style and 13-fight winning streak (7 by KO!) make him a dangerous challenger. No promoter wants to risk his title holder against Lee. Last year, he streched out Craig McEwan for over a minute and went on to avenge his only loss in a brilliant boxing clinic against Bryan Vera. continue
BoxNation is delighted to announce a long term output deal with top US boxing promoter Golden Boy Promotions, commencing on April 21 with a double world-title show Abner Mares v Erik Morel for the Vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) World Super-Bantamweight title and the WBA Super World Bantamweight title between Anselmo Moreno and David De La Mora, followed on April 28 with Bernard Hopkins’ rematch with Chad Dawson for the WBC World Light-Heavyweight title. continue
By Eric Roman: Jim Jeffries was the first pugilist to accept the moniker of being known as the “Great White Hope”, although unsuccessful at his attempt to dethrone Jack Johnson the search for this savior went on until Jess Willard controversially defeated the once invincible champion. From Jerry Quarry to Gerry Cooney to Tommy Morrison, the phrase has grabbed the attention of Boxing fan's all across the country. continue
By James Slater: In this article, I look back at the decade that was the 1990’s and it’s ten finest heavyweights. The following choices are men that, while not all champions necessarily, were, in my opinion, the best over the decade. Some of the names you will read may have been heavyweights that featured uppermost in the top ten from a previous decade (or two, in one incredible fighter’s case) while others still may be names that went on to achieve more in the following decade. But in this list, the names written are the ten most dominant, most talented and/or most successful big men from the entire ten years that made up the 1990’s (again, in my opinion).
1. Evander Holyfield. “The Real Deal” is a real easy choice for best heavyweight from the ‘90’s. A world champ of the big men for the first time in October of the new decade’s first year with a quick KO of Tyson conqueror “Buster” Douglas , Evander would also reign a further two times before the ’90’s were over. Among the men Holyfield defeated from 1990-1999: James Douglas, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Mike Tyson, Ray Mercer and Michael Moorer. “Commander Vander” also held Lennox Lewis to a controversial draw, before losing a very close decision in the return match. continue
Camacho Jr. & Ayala in Co-Feature
Studio Show On Site
Lightweights “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) and “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (21-1, 17 KOs) will meet in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra March 30. Friday’s co-feature will pit Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. (53-4-1, 28 KOs), (son of former Super Featherweight and Lightweight titlist Hector “Macho” Camacho) against former middleweight title challenger Elvin “The Lycan” Ayala (24-5-1, 11 KOs). Friday’s show will air at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Mashantucket, CT. The card is presented by CES Promotions. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “If I don't ask for a larger share, and then what if I lose? He's fine because he's a congressman, but I'm just a boxer,” said Floyd Mayweather Jr. according to Manny Pacquiao, during Manny’s interview with ANC’s HeadStart. (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/03/27/12/floyd-confesses-fear-losing). continue
Los Angeles, CA - March 27...Boxing fans can now go behind the scenes of the "Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto" press tour as a three-part video series produced chronicles each stop of the three-city tour. The tour, which made stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico, New York City and Los Angeles between February 27 and March 1, officially announced the May 5 mega-fight between undefeated Seven-Time World Champion Floyd Mayweather and World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto. continue
By James Slater: Even though he was, by his own admission after his May 2010 2nd round stoppage loss to the currently banned Derek Chisora, a fighter with no remaining punch resistance, 38 year old Danny Williams still hasn't quit the ring. continue
I cannot say I knew the legendary Bert Sugar, but I can say I met him. I was fortunate to be with the legendary boxing writer and analyst in Philadelphia last year at the ESPN radio show at Finnegan’s Wake. The bar is located next to the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in the Northern Liberties Section of Philadelphia. continue
HAMILTON, NEW JERSEY (March 27, 2012)—Already a packed fight card, this Saturday night’s boxing event at The Hamilton Manor just got even bigger with the addition of former four-time world Heavyweight Jameel McCline taking on Livin Castillo in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. continue
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – The 25th Annual Convention World Boxing Organization (WBO) Silver Jubilee and Election will take place this October in Hollywood, Florida as announced today WBO President, Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel. continue
Nina C’s Touch Glove Promotions today released the promotional video for the upcoming May Bank Holiday weekend mini UK tour by the real life subjects of the box office hit movie ‘The Fighter’, ‘Irish’ Micky Ward and his half brother Dickie Eklund. continue
By Eric Roman: Religion is a touchy subject in our nation. People have a tendency to shy away from the topic as soon as it comes up, but for some, they proudly wear it on there sleeve for the whole world to see. Bert Sugar did just that, except his religion was Boxing. As we all know, the golden age of Boxing is long gone. The Heavyweight Division is starving for talent, Mayweather and Pacquiao want to get it on as much as your Grandparents want to, and the rise of MMA has Prize Fighting up against the ropes nearing an eight count. When a boxer is cornered, the one element needed to fight his way out is “heart”, on Sunday, March 25 2012, our sport took a major hit and lost a piece of it's heart. continue
Montreal, Monday, March 26th 2012 – Lucian Bute was sworn in as a Canadian Citizen earlier today at an Official ceremony held at St-Dorothy Elementary School in the district of Saint-Michel in Montreal. Lucian was sworn in by Judge the Honorable Mr. Gilles Duguay and was visibly emotional during the entire procedure. Lucian was accompanied by InterBox President Mr. Jean Bedard, head coach Stephan Larouche and his close friends from Romania and Canada. Lucian was pleasantly surprised to see so many media and journalists make the trip to witness this happy occasion. continue
March 26, 2012 (San Juan, PR) - As part of the acclaimed series of boxing events "ShoBox: The New Generation" transmitted through SHOWTIME, Dibella Entertainment will be featuring two of it's best fighters from "Team Puerto Rico" on Friday, April 27, 2012, in Oklahoma, USA. continue
South America's World Boxing Council (WBC( Silver Super Middleweight Champion Noe "El Carbonero" Gonzalez (28-1, 20 KOs) weighed in at 180.78 lbs and his opponent, Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (17-1, 14 KOs) weighed in at 176.37 lbs at the WBC-mandated 30-day safety weigh-in for their April 20 fight. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Bert Sugar was not only a tremendous journalist and a sensational person, more importantly he was a colorful character in a black and white world of one dimensional individuals. When present, the boxing media flocked to Bert for interviews, opinions, and predictions. continue
ESPN will pay special tribute to iconic boxing writer and sports historian Bert Sugar today on ESPN Classic with fifteen hours of programming beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Sugar passed away on Sunday at the age of 75. Sugar was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. According to the Hall's website, Sugar wrote more than 80 books, including "The 100 Greatest Boxers Of All Time." He also appeared in a handful of films, including "The Great White Hype" starring Samuel Jackson. continue
HBO’s Emmy-Award®-winning reality series ‘24/7’ is returning to CNN, which will air replays of the all-new four-part series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO, beginning Saturday, April 14 at midnight ET/PT.
In the lead-up to the blockbuster HBO Pay-Per-View® telecast on May 5 in Las Vegas when Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto battle for Cotto’s world super welterweight title, CNN will present all four episodes of 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO, the all-access, behind-the-scenes pass that allows viewers to step into the lives of the fighters before they step into the ring. Mayweather lives and trains in Las Vegas, NV, while Puerto Rico’s Cotto will train in Florida. continue
By James Slater: Modern day legend Erik Morales is still deciding whether or not he will fight again after his upset, 12-round points loss to the much younger Danny Garcia. “El Terrible,” aged 35 and having made a success of his latest comeback (which followed a two-and-a-half year break following his oh-so-close points loss to David Diaz down at 135-pounds), should go out now in the opinion of most. continue
By James Slater: As fans know, Zab “Super” Judah lived up to his nickname, at least partially, with this past Saturday’s impressive 9th-round TKO over the previously unbeaten and highly touted Vernon Paris. Badly needing the win, coming as he was off a 5th-round KO loss to Amir Khan, the 34-year-old Brooklynite rejuvenated his career with the victory; his 42nd, with 7 losses. continue
The representatives of junior middleweight Carlos Molina have the following official response to his improper disqualification Saturday night against James Kirkland in a World Boxing Council (WBC) Light Middleweight Semi-Final Elimination fight at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. continue
Kell Brook will return to the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on July 7 after the huge success of his victory over Matthew Hatton at the venue last week. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants to build on Brook’s big night which saw 10,000 people packed into the Arena, and was also a huge ratings winner on Sky Sports. continue
Three-time super-middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) will be moving up in weight on May 19 when he clashes with fellow Super Six World Boxing Classic contestant & power puncher Allan Green (31-3, 21 KOs) on May 19. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - MARCH 25, 2012 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of boxing writer Bert Sugar. He passed away today surrounded by family at Northern Westchester Medical Center in Mount Kisco, NY. He was 74. continue
By Andy Watts: Friday 23rd March and another successful boxing show from Spencer Fearons Hardknocks Promotions, this time at The Troxy in East London’s Lime House for the Shamrock Showdown II. continue
London (March 25)TYSON Fury and Martin Rogan will fight for the vacant Irish heavyweight title at the Odyssey Arena on April 14. The Boxing Union of Ireland have confirmed that Fury has the right to box for the title after proving his Irish ancestry with some help from his cousin and World middleweight title contender Andy Lee. continue
By James Slater: Well, last night’s win for warrior James Kirkland sure was a strange, controversial one. Emerging victorious over a crafty, cagey, some would say disappointingly negative Carlos Molina by 10th-round disqualification, Kirkland remains in position to challenge reigning WBC 154-pound champ Saul Alvarez (providing Canelo can get past Sugar Shane Mosley on May 5th of course). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with highly regarded trainer Ronnie Shields, who recently helped guide Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) to an impressive victory over Donovan George (22-2-1, 19 KOs). Shields spoke about Rodriguez’s victory and where he believes the young super middleweight currently stands in the 168 pound landscape. He also touched on a variety of other subjects including Sergio Martinez’s eleventh round stoppage victory against Matthew Macklin, the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Miguel Cotto, whether he believes Shane Mosley has a chance against Saul Alvarez, the two title shots Shields received back in his days as a boxer, Tomasz Adamek, and some of the younger fighters he is currently working with including Mike Lee, amongst others. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
His views on Edwin Rodriguez’s winning effort against Donovan George:
“I thought Edwin did a great job. This was my third fight with Edwin, and I must say I think this is the best fight that we’ve had together since I started training him. I think Edwin showed he’s not a one-dimensional fighter like everybody thought he was.”
Regarding the more tactical approach displayed by Rodriguez against George:
“I definitely didn’t want Edwin to get into a slugging match. They billed this fight as “Bombs Away”, but I had to take that away from him because I didn’t think that was the best option for him to be in a fight like that. So he really, really did a great job. His defense worked perfectly, and I’m so proud of him because he stuck with the game plan.” continue
By James Slater: We saw a classic changing of the guard last night in Houston, as young tiger Danny Garcia out-fought, out-thought and out-punched aging lion and living legend Erik Morales over 12 at times exciting rounds. And even if the final scores in the favour of the unbeaten 24-year-old known as “Swift” were way too wide (two of the three cards anyway), Garcia deserved his win and he is now on the way to true stardom. continue
By James Slater: There were three biggish heavyweight bouts last night, one of which that may have seen a future contender emerge. In Atlantic City, giants Mariusz Wach and Tye Fields collided and the action was lively. Eventually, in the 6th-round, unbeaten Polish slugger Wach took the upper hand, landing repeated rights to the head of the huge Canadian. continue
By Paul Strauss: Zab Judah boxed beautifully tonight at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY. He had his way, turning, stepping around, jabbing, moving, ripping off combinations and moving his combinations up and down. Paris was very cocky going into the fight, and might have been over confident.
Brooklyn is Zab birthplace and he loves fighting there and tonight it showed. He was fast and smooth. He remained poised and relaxed, so much so that he was smiling between rounds.
Vernon Paris fought foolishly. He followed Zab around, and wound up with his shots, telegraphing them for the most part. A few times he did land when he straightened out his shots and doubled and tripled up on them, especially with the right, first going to the body and then head.
However, for the most part Zab controlled things, and stayed calm, looking for the opportunity when he could really open up. He came close several times, including the first round, but Paris was managed to keep relatively safe by going into a tight shell to avoid Zab's follow up hard shots. continue
JENNINGS POST FIGHT COMMENTS: "Comfortability like I said. Elite Klass, that's what I practice. I practice to be elite; I told you guys that at the meeting I practice to be perfect. Honestly I didn't even fight the fight that I wanted. I was too cautious. I could have done a lot more. But you know I got it out of the way. He didn't have nothing for me. I didn't even feel a punch.. continue
New York, NY (3/24/2012) - Earlier tonight, Danny Garcia won a unanimous decision over Erik Morales to pick up the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) junior welterweight title, with scores of 118-111, 117-110, and 116-112. Watching closely from ringside was the WBC's undefeated mandatory challenger, Ajose Olusegun (30-0, 14KO's). Olusegun, who is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions, has been waiting for his shot at the title for some time now and wants to make it crystal clear that the wait is over and he is next in line. continue
GARY BUCKLAND sent a warning to Europe’s top super-featherweights in Sheffield last night (Sat).
The Newport traveller made a successful first British title defensive with a unanimous points win against brave Paul Truscott at sold-out Ponds Forge Arena. Buckland dropped his Middlesbrough challenger with a body shot in round ten and took his record to 25 wins and two defeats with the judges’ scoring 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.
The 25 year-old said: “The plan was to take it to him and I thought I had him finished when he went down but Paul is a good boy.
“I was beating him to the jab and if you can do that then the fight is in your hands. He made a fight of it though.. continue
By Michael Collins: Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO's) fought really well in beating Vernon Paris (26-1, 15 KO's) by a 9th round TKO defeat on Saturday night in a non-competitive fight in an IBF light welterweight title eliminator at the Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York, United States. Judah, 34, hurt Paris with a left hand in the 9th and then snowed him under with shots until the referee Steve Willis stepped in and halted the fight at 2:07 of the 9th to keep Judah from really hurting the overmatched Paris. continue
By Michael Collins: In a fight that was surprisingly competitive until the last part of the 6th, unbeaten heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KO's) stopped big 6'8" Tye Fields (49-5, 44 KO's) in the 6th round on Saturday night at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Wach, 32, hit Fields with two solid left hooks that hurt him causing him to back up near the ropes. continue
by Doug Hattier - Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas – HBO Erik Morales vs. Danny Garcia (WBC super lightweight): Erik “The legend is Over” Morales is 35 yrs old, but as far as boxing yrs, he is more like 135 because of all the mileage he got from the many wars especially with Barrera. On top of that he lost his title on the scales, so what does that tell you. Up and coming standout Danny Garcia has beaten good fighters in Greek Spartan Mike Arnaoutis and Jorge Romero and great fighters in Nate Campbell and Kendall Holt. Expect Danny to fight a measured fight early then come on during the stretch. Hopefully this is Erik’s last time out because he needs to retire and enjoy his notoriety.
James Kirkland vs. Carlos Molina (super welterweight)
James last time out exciting TKO over Mexican standout Alfredo Angulo. Kirkland possesses good offense, great pressure, but uses the age old Philly adage which is the best defense is a good offense. Carlos has beaten many good fighters including New York City tough cookie Allen Conyers, Great fighters in Kermit Cintron and drew with Very good Cuban Erislandy Lara and Chavez, Jr. Jr won rematch and other loss to undefeated West Coast tough guy Mike Alvarado. continue
By James Slater - Samoan slugger David Tua, one of the biggest heavyweight names of the 1990s and also one of the most exciting fighters of that decade, has officially announced his retirement. Now aged 39, Tua told The Sunday Star Times in New Zealand that he “can’t keep doing it the way it’s been.” Tua said he respects the fans and the sport too much to carry on fighting when not at his physical, mental and spiritual best. continue
By James Slater - Last seen losing his much-hyped grudge-match of a return with Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto, Mexican bad boy Antonio Margarito hopes to be engaging in an all-Mexican showdown this coming September: against unbeaten WBC middleweight title holder Julio Cesar Chavez Junior.
Speaking with the L.A Times yesterday, “Tony” said he will have a tune-up fight next, and then shoot for “The Son Of The Legend” after that. continue
Unbeaten, top-10 super featherweight contender Diego Magdaleno continued his rise up the rankings with an inspired performance on Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast from a sold-out Casino Del Sol in Tucson.
Magdaleno, the popular and charismatic Las Vegas fighter, dispatched late-replacement Fernando Beltran Jr. of Mexico by seventh-round TKO as Beltran’s corner threw in the towel to save their near defenseless man late in the round.
Beltran accepted the fight early during fight week as Magdaleno’s original opponent Eduardo Lazcano withdrew from the fight on Monday with a training injury. Beltran, who usually campaigns at 122 and 126 pounds, had a fight cancelled last weekend in Mexico when his opponent fell out.
Magadaleno came into the fight looking to make a statement, fighting with a mix of determination, poise and ferocity. His fast hands and creative combination punching was no match for Beltran, a veteran of two world championship bouts. continue
Lausanne, Switzerland, 23 March 2012 - Spectacle of the highest order as Astana Arlans and Dynamo Moscow battled it out in this captivating World Series of Boxing semi-final first leg (3:2). With the 'Daulet' Sports Complex in the heart of the Kazak capital packed to the rafters, there was an incredible atmosphere greeting both teams. These two Eastern rivals put on a real show with five electrifying bouts. continue
Jon Campbell - On the back of Broner's impressive display in ending Eloy Perez's undefeated record, it is beginning to become clear that we have a potential great on our hands. At 22 years old Broner is a titleholder with ridiculous handspeed, a great philly-shell defense without complete willingness to fight from the pocket and rarely feels the need to dance around.
Moving forward with a career like this one is very important in terms of how he will be remembered by the history books. continue
By James Slater: Tonight, before a packed crowd in Wolverhampton, Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli survived one of the biggest crisis of his entire career, as he got up from a 1st-round knockdown to out-point defending British cruiserweight champ and local hero Shane McPhilbin. In the end, after a wild, at times hugely entertaining if somewhat crude slugfest, Maccarinelli prevailed by 12-round UD - winning by scores of 116-111, 115-110 and 115-111. But the final result does not begin to tell the full story. continue
by Robert Jackson: This coming Saturday’s advertized match-ups involve one Mexican legend and an up-and-comer whose in-the-ring exploits are reminiscent of a young Mike Tyson.
The Kirkland/Molina matchup should get the fans ready and revved up for an evening at the fights, don’t know if the main event will match this one. Molina a boxer with only 6 KO’s coming off a highly successful run in 2011 is in deep against a beast of a fighter – James Kirkland now reunited with trainer Ann Wolfe after a not-so-successful pairing with veteran trainer Kenny Adams.
Morales/Garcia pits a Mexican legend against a stalwart up-and-comer. After a 2.5 year respite from the ring a rejuvenated Morales returned to the ring at light welterweight and has been on a tear since, becoming the 1st Mexican fighter to win a title in 4 weight divisions with his win over Pablo Cano last September. Morales also put in a gutsy performance against Marcos Maidana in a fight many had him winning except on the judge’s scorecards. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: When interviewed by the Gulf News, former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes (69-6-0) said some interesting things about his thoughts on the topic of recent Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0-0) and Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2) back and forth drama. (http://gulfnews.com/sport/other-sports/holmes-sceptical-over-pacquiao-retirement-talk-1.997230) continue
By Michael R. Cumberbatch: Fight Night comes to Brooklyn on Saturday, March 24th at the Aviator Sports Center. Televised nationally on NBC Sports Network, the event will feature Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris and co-feature Sergei Liakovich vs. Bryant Jennings. Tomasz Adamek will also face Nagy Aguilera.
I had the chance to sit down with the Main Events Queen and, as usual, she did not disappoint.
MC: I’m here with Kathy Duva; Kathy, how are you?
KD: I’m doing well. How are you?
MC: Well. You have a big card coming up on the 24th of March which will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Before we talk about the card, let me ask you this: how were you able to get the deal done with NBC Sports Network, especially considering it was tried years back with Top Rank and the plug was eventually pulled. continue
By James Slater - Moments ago in Houston, Texas, Mexican legend Erik Morales and his unbeaten opponent Danny Garcia weighed-in. As has been reported by Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, 35-year-old “El Terrible” looked drawn as he approached the scale, and he then failed to make the 140-pound limit.
Morales tipped-in at 142-pounds and, according to Rafael, then “gulped down Gatorade.” For failing to make 140, Morales was stripped of his WBC belt and fined the sum of $50, 000. Garcia came in at a ready 139.5. Garcia will now be shooting to win the vacant belt. continue
Zab Judah 138 vs Vernon Paris 138
Tomasz Adamek 222.5 vs Nagy Aguilera 226.5
Siarhei Liakhovich 231 vs Bryant Jennings 219.5
Santander Silgado 196 vs Willie Herring 196
Curtis Stevens 162 vs Romaro Johnson 160
Vinny O’Brien 143 vs Jeff Lentz 144
The Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris fight is a 12-round IBF junior welterweight title eliminator. The fight is part of a triple header that includes Sergei Liakhovich vs. Bryant Jennings in a 10-round heavyweight fight and Tomasz Adamek vs Nagy Aguilera, in a 10-round heavyweight fight. A full all-star under card will support the three main bouts. Tickets to this blockbuster event are priced at $200, $100 and $75 and may be purchased by calling Main Events (973) 200-7050, Peltz Boxing (215) 765-0922, or online through www.peltzboxing.com. The non-televised undercard fights will begin at 7:30 p.m., the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Mar 24th.
The Aviator Sports and Events Center offers free parking. You can also take public transportation via the Q35 MTA bus from the Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College subway station.
Be sure to tune into NBCSN for all the action following the NCAA basketball tournament! There are large screen TV's in the bar to watch NCAA. continue
Mar. 23, 2012 - Fight fans eager for a unique inside look at the May 5th HBO Pay-Per-View® mega-fight between undefeated superstar Floyd Mayweather and super welterweight title-holder Miguel Cotto should mark their calendars to catch an all-new edition of "Face Off," starring the two elite ring warriors. “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Mayweather/Cotto” debuts Tuesday, Apr. 3 at 8:45 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: Boxing Star Vic Darchinyan is set to take on WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanka in Japan this April. This particular match-up features a nice contrast in fighting style between the two fighters. As most boxing fans already know Darchinyan loves to come forward and brawl, he also loves to use his size and physicality against his opponents. continue
In an EastSideBoxing exclusive, boxing scribe Vivek Wallace opens a weekly countdown to Mayweather vs Cotto. For years, fight fans around the globe have wanted to see these two men square off. Politics kept the world from seeing it happen in their early years, but fate would eventually have its way, as May 5, in Las Vegas' MGM Grand, the once impossible will be made possible. In this weeks segment, we analyze precisely what could happen when the "best of skills" meets a "tested will":
Never in a million years did many of us think the world would see Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto face American Floyd Mayweather jr. Critics of Mayweather pointed to fear....his supporters believed his superiority made it a pointless affair......and those in the neutral corner simply observed a harsh reality that tells us Top Rank would never do business with a fighter who left the ranks. Whatever the case may be, the truth is that in only a few weeks these two men will face off, and all those subplots are suddenly a thing of the past.
When we look at the two men who now stand center stage several facts stand tall, yet none more than this unparalleled truth about the two men: Both have found great success.... continue
By Joseph Herron-San Antonio Boxing Examiner: Luis Yanez dominated Joseph Rios in front of a crowd of 1,200 at La Villita's Maverick Plaza in San Antonio, TX, on March 24th Credits: Esteban Erik Stipnieks. On March 24th, at La Villita’s Maverick Plaza, Zeferino Entertainment treated San Antonio fight fans to a spectacular show which featured six action packed bouts in various weight classes, ranging from Super Flyweight to Junior Middleweight. continue
The all-action Newport fighter wants the Belgian after tomorrow’s Sat (March 24th) British super-featherweight title defence against Paul Truscott (18-2) at Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield. Fegatilli won the title 13 months ago when he shocked another Hatton Promotions boxer Stephen Foster Jr – who is mandatory challenger to the Buckland-Truscott winner. continue
By Young Runyon - Sunday April 1st will see Brisbane's Doomben Racecourse transform into a first class boxing arena when Australia's Alex Leapai battles American Kevin Johnson over 12 rounds for the IBF Australasian title. The bout, which will be available via internet stream, puts the winner in line for a huge fight with the cream of Europe. Eastsideboxing.com caught up with the Samoan hit man, who owns an impressive 25-3-3 (20 KO) record. Leapai, always humble, spoke with a steely determination, seemingly all to aware of just how much this fight meant to his career, family and his supporters.
Q. Alex, firstly thanks for taking the time to talk to ESB.
A. Always a pleasure.
Q. What can you tell us about your next fight?
A. I'm very excited about this next fight as my opponent has been in with the best and it will give me an idea where I stand in the whole scheme of things. continue
By Jose Lopez: For 40 years, Luis Camacho has run a community boxing gym behind a deserted grocery store in New York City's South Bronx, where young men learn the skills they need to win in the ring and in life. In a neighborhood better known for quick deals and short lives, the Bronxchester Boxing Club is a proving ground and a sanctuary. continue
By James Slater - Never rule out the possibility of anything happening in today’s boxing world!
In what will have to go down as one of the freakiest of all freak shows if it actually takes place, reports from Poland say Andrew Golota has put pen to paper regarding a third encounter with 1990’s rival Riddick Bowe. That’s wild enough, but there’s more: the prospective fight would take place under MMA rules!
According to a piece on Polish web site Thenews.pl, promoter Michael Brill, speaking on radio show TOK FM, said “We finished negotiations regarding the third Golota-Bowe encounter at 3 O’clock in the morning.”
It is not yet known if “Big Daddy” has signed the contract himself. Nor is it known where the fight will take place, or on what date. continue
By Robert Brown: For the last decade the Klitschko brothers have been dominating faceless challengers in the Heavyweight division with monotonous regularity, and the majority of boxing insiders and boxing fans have generally come to the conclusion that the only Heavyweight of the modern era that could beat either of the Klitschko’s, and indeed did beat Vitali, is former British world Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. However in my opinion the boxing world has forgotten about a Heavyweight that was blessed with all the attributes in order to beat the Klitschko’s, this Heavyweight is Riddick (Big Daddy) Bowe. continue
By Adrian Hernandez: On March 23rd, 24 year old Welterweight prospect “King” James De la Rosa (20-1, 12 KOs) expects to make a lasting impression when he squares off against knock-out artist Tyrone Brunson (21-1-1, 20 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA, on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights. continue
By Paul Strauss: Let’s get the big ones out of the way first. Sorry Miguel Cotto fans, but Floyd will be too much for the Puerto Rican star. Yes, Cotto has some experience with fast handed fighters, but not ones who set up their speed so well. In his prime, at a lighter weight, Cotto was a fierce fighter. He had a great left hook to the body. However, he’s slowed considerably, and with Floyd, he won’t get close. Floyd will take Cotto out of his offensive game plan, and then pick him apart. The downer is that once again Floyd won’t take any major chances and will be content with a UD.
Manny Pacquaio should beat Timothy Bradley. Bradley was down twice against Kendall Holt, and even though he came away with a win against Devon Alexander, he had trouble when Devon moved and used his jab. Desert Storm’s head first attack could result in dire straits for the PacMan. What if some of that old scar tissue opens up as a result of a clash of heads? But, before that happens, look for Bradley to get caught by one of Manny’s short devastating inside shots that could come from either side. Bradley’s very tough though, and undoubtedly will not be discouraged. He might just dust himself off and charge in for more. Manny will be ready. continue
March 22, 2012 - Eager for his opportunity to challenge the winner of Erik Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) vs. Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs) for the World Boxing Council (WBC) super-lightweight title is mandatory challenger and No. 1 ranked contender Ajose Olusegun (30-0, 14 KOs). continue
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (March 22, 2012) “The Hebrew Hammer” Cletus Seldin heads back to the ring on Saturday, March 31st at Star Boxing’s ROCKIN’ FIGHTS 3, at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island. The 25-year-old Seldin has turned heads in the New York City area with his stunning knockouts in his last three bouts, raising his record to 6-0-0 with five knockouts since turning pro in July 2011. continue
TUCSON (March 22, 2012) – The boxers who will compete in a doubleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) tomorrow/Friday, March 23, made weight on their first attempts Thursday.
In a clash of southpaws in the 10-round main event, unbeaten, world-ranked super featherweight Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs), of Las Vegas, meets Fernando Beltran Jr. (36-7-1, 20 KOs), of Tijuana, Mex., at the Conference Center at Casino Del Sol.
Undefeated junior welterweights, former international amateur standout and 2008 Cuban Olympic Bronze Medalist Yordenis Ugas (11-0, 5 KOs), of Miami, Fla., and Johnny Garcia (11-0, 8 KOs), of Holland, Mich., collide in the eight-round co-feature on ShoBox.
Magdaleno weighed 129½ pounds on Thursday; Beltran 130 pounds. Garcia tipped the scale at 140 pounds, Ugas 142.
Tickets for the Top Rank-promoted event, priced at $100, $75, $50 and $35, are available at the casino box office and on www.casinodelsol.com. continue
RICHARD TOWERS is ready to show his credentials when he faces Harold Sconiers on Saturday night. The unbeaten Sheffield heavyweight bids for his 13th straight win when he tackles the American (18-23-2) over eight rounds in his hometown at Ponds Forge Arena. Newport’s Gary Buckland heads the bill when he risks his British super-featherweight title defence against Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott. continue
After battling the best in the world everywhere from 130 pounds, where he won his world title in 2000, all the way up to 150 pounds, where he faced Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, former world champion Steve "2Pound" Forbes will make his return to the ring in his optimum weight class - junior welterweight - in a Fight Club OC headlining bout against veteran Emanuel Augustus on Thursday, April 12th. continue
By James Slater - An interesting and possibly exciting heavyweight match-up should have already taken place by now in Brisbane, Australia, as Samoan slugger Alex Leapai was all set to square off with once-beaten U.S heavyweight Kevin “KingPin” Johnson. However, as has been reported by Fightnews.com, Johnson had to postpone due to falling ill with the flu. The new date is April 1st. The new venue is Ascot, Queensland, Australia.
The scheduled 12-rounder (which will contest the IBF Australasian title) is a fight 32-year-old Leapai, 25-3-3(20) overall, but unbeaten in his last 17, sees as a way to earn some even bigger fights down the road. For Johnson, also aged 32 and 25-1-1(11) a win would ensure that he doesn’t become a forgotten fighter (he has fought just three times since his Dec. 2009 points loss to Vitali Klitschko)
Both men are talking a great fight: Johnson vowing to end Leapai’s career - “I hate to do it, but I’m going to end this boy’s career,” Johnson said, adding “You won’t make it through eight rounds, Alex.” Leapai is also predicting a KO; stating that he will “do what Vitali Klitschko couldn’t do.. continue
Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the World Boxing Association ("WBA") Welterweight Championship fight between undefeated champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and No. 2-ranked challenger Pauli "Magic Man" Malignaggi, April 29 live from Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. continue
HOUSTON, March 22 - Living up to the old adage that everything is bigger in Texas, the March 24 HBO World Championship Boxing event featuring a hard-hitting doubleheader of Erik Morales vs. Danny Garcia and James Kirkland vs. Carlos Molina will have an undercard just as exciting as the featured fights at Houston's Reliant Arena, with former World Champion Jose Luis Castillo squaring off against longtime contender Jose Miguel Cotto in a ten round welterweight bout, adding another chapter to the great fistic rivalry of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, plus a bevy of up and coming prospects doing battle prior to HBO hitting the airwaves. continue
By James Slater - Last year, British boxing had four world championship claimants: in Amir Khan, Carl Froch, Ricky Burns and Nathan Cleverly. Super-featherweight (now lightweight) star Burns continued his storied career, and 175-pound titlist Cleverly began his rise to the top of his division; yet it was Khan and Froch who enjoyed the most global attention in 2011.
But then, at the end of last year, “King Khan” and “The Cobra” both lost their belts. Froch was an underdog entering his “Super-Six” final with the awesomely talented Andre Ward, so his points defeat was to some extent seen coming. Yet Khan was a big favourite to beat Lamont Peterson; even if the fight was held in “Havoc’s” hometown. Yet Khan also lost a decision; leaving his two belts in D.C. continue
Andy Lee, Irish Kronk middleweight star (28w, 1l 20kos) declared this week he wants a world title shot against World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45w- 1d, 1nc 31kos) on June 16 at the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas.
In February this year, Lee was already in the frame to fight Chavez Jr. on June 16. The fight was agreed in principle by HBO Boxing, Team Lee and Chavez Jr.’s promoter Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. Then Team Chavez reneged on Lee as an opponent because of the Kronk fighter’s southpaw style. continue
By James Slater - Earlier this week, a news story broke that informed us how boxing superstar and P-4-P king Manny Pacquiao had had a dream in which God told him to retire. The subsequent statement by Pac-Man, that retirement many not be too far away as a result of his religious experience (no small thing for any fighter - remember heavyweight legend George Foreman’s decision to up and quit after being visited by The Almighty in that steamy dressing room in Puerto Rico in 1977?) was enough to worry promoter Bob Arum.
Arum, talking to The Manila Bulletin, expressed his concerns:
“I am worried a bit because these are the things you don’t say when preparing for a fight,” The Top Rank boss said. “He will retire in 2013.. continue
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) will make his mandatory defence against interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) in Erfurt, Germany on May 5. It will be the second time the two fighters face each other in the ring, with Huck clinching a close points victory in their first meeting in December 2009. “I had just won the title against Victor Emilio Ramirez and then had to make my first defence against Afolabi,” Huck said. It was a tough fight and I won on points. Afolabi has been victorious in all of his fights ever since. He seems to have gotten stronger. I will be prepared for a hard night on May 5.”
After challenging WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin in February, Huck will have to lose weight again. “He weighed around 95 kilos prior to the Povetkin fight,” coach Ulli Wegner said. “Now he has to lose five kilos. That is something new for him. He has a lot of muscles, so it won´t be easy. But we will get it done during the hard preparation.”
Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer is happy to bring the fight to Germany. “We look forward to fighting in Erfurt again,” he said. continue
Leading up to the Mayweather vs. Cotto championship event fans will be able to vote on what Mayweather & Cotto classic fights they would like to see air on the HBO2 service. Now through Friday, March 23 fans can go to the HBO Boxing Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/HBOBoxing) to vote on what classic fights they would like to see air prior to the May 5 pay-per-view event.The winning Classic Fights will be announced on March 24 during the World Championship Boxing telecast from Houston. Undefeated superstar Floyd Mayweather steps up in weight to challenge super welterweight champ Miguel Cotto on Saturday, May 5, live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
by Sylwester Jankowski (BoxingNews.pl) - British heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KO) is planning to go Moscow on April 4th to watch in action the Russian favourite Denis Lebedev who will face a fighter from Barbados Shawn Cox. "Del Boy" also wants to appear in the Russian television to tell about controversial events which took place in Munich before and after his fight with Vitali Klitschko. continue
Over 5,000 tickets sold in 48 hours for Nottingham World title clash
Carl Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title fight with Lucian Bute at the Capital FM Arena Nottingham on May 26 is racing to a sell-out after over 5,000 tickets were sold in the first 48 hours.
The Cobra aims to become a three-time World Champion when he faces the unbeaten Canadian, who is making the tenth defence of his title. Froch is fighting in the UK for the first time since beat Andre Dirrell in the Super Six opener at the same Arena in October 2009.
Tickets went on sale at 2pm on Monday when Froch and Bute came face-to-face at a press conference at the venue, and the demand for the hottest ticket in town was instant, with a huge queue forming at the Arena, and the phones and website were hot with fight fans snapping up the seats. continue
The Big Bang brought forward to avoid FA Cup clash - David Coldwell and Eddie Hearn would like to announce that ‘The Big Bang’ boxing show headlined by Tony Bellew vs. Danny McIntosh will be moved from its original date of Saturday April 14 2012 to one day prior on Friday April 13 2012, to avoid a clash with the potential all-Merseyside FA Cup semi-final. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (March 21, 2012)—This Saturday afternoon, two of the biggest Heavyweights in the world will meet up when undefeated 6’7” Mariusz Wach will take on 6’9” Tye “Big Sky” Fields in an important Heavyweight showdown as they will compete for the WBC International heavyweight title as the bout can be seen LIVE from Resorts in Atlantic City all over the world (with the exception of Poland) on the world’s number-one website for Live Streaming Combat Sports, www.gfl.tv continue
March 21, 2012 - This past weekend, in his fist title defense, Antonio DeMarco (26-2, 20 KOs) retained his World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight championship with a spectacular performance, knocking out Miguel "Mickey" Roman (37-10, 28 KOs) in the fifth round. The victory has opened up a floodgate of opportunities for DeMarco who hails from Los Mochis, Mexico, but a rematch with Jorge Linares is what's up next.< DeMarco defeated Linares in dramatic fashion last October, a fight which took place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Behind on the scorecards, DeMarco showed why he's one of boxing's true warriors, rallying to triumph by 11th-round TKO.
Said his promoter, Gary Shaw, "DeMarco's dream of becoming a world champion was fulfilled when he beat Jorge Linares and he's not going to let anyone take it away from him. The fact the he knocked out Roman for the first time in his career means he's all business. A rematch with Linares is being negotiated and a tentative date has been set for July 7 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. continue
The talented, popular world-ranked super featherweight Undefeated Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs) will face fellow southpaw Fernando Beltran Jr. (36-7-1, 20 KOs), of Tijuana, Mex., in the 130-pound main event this Friday, March 23, in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
Boxing returns to Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, March 24th, with NBC Sports Network's "Fight Night". The blockbuster fight card featuring some of the best fighters of the sport in fiercely competitive bouts is sure to thrill true boxing fans. Even though the action inside the ring is expected to be furious, the star of this show may in fact be the state-of-the-art venue that will host it.
The Aviator Sports Complex is the perfect example of the modern sports and entertainment locale that transforms the visitor's experience from merely watching an event into being a real part of it all. Although fans will come to watch the fights Saturday night, they will find many other things to do between the matches.
The Aviator Sports Complex, home of the Brooklyn Aviators hockey team, also offers great food and a full bar. We're not just talking hotdogs and beer here. During the heat of "March Madness", the numerous big-screen TVs throughout the Complex will ensure that sports fans won't miss a moment of all the championship college basketball action. continue
By James Slater: I don’t know about you, but I was almost sure I’d seen the last fight in the great career of James Toney after his bad, heavy, one-sided points loss to the strong but somewhat limited Denis Lebedev. Toney had pushed his body hard enough to get down to below 200-pounds for the first time in years, yet he had almost nothing to offer when the fight with the Russian southpaw began. continue
EL PASO, Texas (March 21, 2012) – Abner Mares and Eric Morel held a press conference on Tuesday, March 20, at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, to formally announce their upcoming showdown for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight World Title on Saturday, April 21, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Don Haskins Center. continue
By James Slater: According to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, the WBO have announced that cruiserweights Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi have reached an agreement for a mandated return meeting, therefore purse bids will not be necessary. The word is the two will meet in Erfurt, Germany on May 5th - the night the massive Mayweather-Cotto card goes down in Las Vegas.
The best fight that could be made in today’s bubbling 200-pound weight division in my opinion (although there are a number of potentially great fights that could be made there; most of them involving the always-fun-to-watch “Kap’n Huck”), Huck-Afolabi II will see a return of the exciting December 2009 clash the two rivals had. Huck survived a torrid 5th-round to win that one via reasonably comfortable 12-round UD (115-113 twice and 116-112), yet British-born Afolabi says he was too lazy and reluctant to throw punches in the fight - a mistake he says will not be made again.
27-year-old Huck, 34-2(25) was last seen rumbling with a proven heavyweight in Alexander Povetkin; now he must again get past the slick, well-travelled, gym-experienced “Kryptonite.” Fans can get ready for a tough fight; for both guys. continue
We are presenting the interview with one of the best polish heavyweight contenders - Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KO). 32 - years old named 'Viking' talking about his preparations for the fight which will happen on 24th March, and a bit about Global Boxing Gym guvnor – Mariusz Kołodziej and his situation. continue
By James Slater - Retired great (retired most likely for good but maybe not!) Lennox Lewis has basically said he’s had it with the current heavyweight division. Claiming the division is “dead” and that the fights of the all-conquering Klitschko brothers are “boring,” the 46-year-old said today’s heavyweight title fights make up a “circus.”
Speaking with German paper Stern, the man who ruled (off and on) from 1992 to 2003 says that both the Klitschkos and their challengers are in the sport just for the money.
“Right now, the heavyweight division is dead,” Lewis stated. “The Klitschko brothers and their opponents are just filling their bags [with money]. Their opponents will not improve, they wouldn’t have even made sparring partners for me.. continue
The entire tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic is lit up with excitement over this Saturday, March 24's professional boxing event at the Palacio de Los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. continue
HBO Sports’ flagship boxing series presents an all-action affair when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: ERIK MORALES VS. DANNY GARCIA AND JAMES KIRKLAND VS. CARLOS MOLINA is seen live SATURDAY, MARCH 24 at 10:00 p.m. (ET)/7:00 p.m. (PT), from Reliant Arena in Houston, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Emanuel Steward will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
They don’t call promoter Spencer Fearon ‘Mr Boxing’ for nothing, the man who boxed under the name ‘The Spirit’ has turned the London Boxing scene on it’s head, since making the move to promoting, and in the process his Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions organisation has rightfully earned the reputation of putting on the best shows in the Capital, bar none.
Why you may ask? Well the answer is simple, the fans are treated to genuine 50/50 fights between the most heavily avoided fighters in the land, and beyond. The result is virtually every fight on every show becomes an instant all ‘Fight of the Year’ contender.
Take his last show, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green back in October last year, there were five barn storming fights, in fact every fight was top class so it really is hard to know which fight to highlight.
It could so easily be Choi Tseveenpurev out and out war with Janis Puksins, mind you it only took Choi four minutes and forty six seconds to dispatch the young upstart, or it could be the feisty all action British Masters title rematch between Darren Hamilton and Dave Ryan. continue
Junior Middleweights Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (30-3, 21 KOs) and “The Truth” Antwone Smith (21-3-1, 12 KOs) will meet in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra March 23. Friday’s show will air at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Pharr, Texas. The card is presented by Warriors Boxing. continue
The first event had been scheduled to take place at the Tampa Convention on Friday, March 2, 2012. Fifteen minutes prior to the start of the event, the Florida State Boxing Commission was forced to pull the plug due to an unforeseen situation that left Jerry Estrada, the promoter of the event, with less than the minimum amount of bouts required for a sanctioned event in the State of Florida. continue
Kell Brook's brilliant War of the Roses victory over Matthew Hatton was watched by record numbers on Sky Sports.
The welterweight star signalled his intention to shake up the welterweight scene at World level with a commanding points win over Hatton in the Mancunian’s 50th pro outing, and the top class evening of boxing from the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield gripped the living rooms of Britain as well as captivating the 10,000 packed into the Arena.
Carl Frampton defended his Commonwealth super bantamweight crown with a second round stoppage of Ghanaian Prosper Ankrah, while Kerry Hope wrestled the European middleweight title away from Greg Proksa in a gruelling 12 round battle live on Sky Sports before Brook’s masterclass.
“I was thrilled with the sell-out crowd so to hear about the TV figures is amazing,” said Brook, who moved his unbeaten record to 27-0. “A lot of people said I might not handle the pressure but I thrived on it and I hope that the next time I’m out we can create something even bigger.. continue
HBO Sports, widely recognized for its pioneering, award-winning and distinctive storytelling productions, will launch a new boxing show hosted by four-time Sports Emmy® Award winner Jim Lampley, it was announced today by Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports. continue
HATTON PROMOTIONS prospects Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins have signed 12 month sponsorship deals with Owlerton Greyhound Stadium and Napoleons Casino and Restaurant. The unbeaten pair hope to celebrate their new agreements by storming to KO victories on Hatton Promotions big Sky Sports televised card in their hometown Sheffield on Saturday (March 24. continue
By Lou McLaughlin: Today I had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Newark’s up and coming middleweight John Thompson. John carries himself and speaks as someone far mature then his 23 years. He is a young man who is introspective enough to consider the “Big Picture” of life. As to how what he does in his youth and how it will affect his future. One would hope that his boxing career will continue with success because as the spotlight shines brighter on him it will give younger people an inspiration to see how he has chosen to lead his life. He has a six round semi main event on First Round Promotions card at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.
Q-You turned pro June 22, 2011. You had three fights in last half of 2011.
A-I may slow down a bit but not drastically. I still haven’t achieved my ultimate goal. As long as that goal to be number one is still there I’m going to keep at it
Q- I was at your last fight in Nutley in February. You really dominated Laureano Laracuente. How did it hit your ego that he said “no mas”-no more of this guy Thompson and didn’t come out for the fourth round?
A-It was good as far as my record goes. continue
Veteran trainer Jack Loew believes North American Boxing Federation ("NABF") "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) is vastly overrated and predicts his dynamic lightweight, "Dangerous" Dannie Williams (20-1, 16 KOs), will stop Lundy in the March 30th ESPN Friday Night Fights' 10-round main event at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Ever since the Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao drama took center stage, both fighters have been in the spotlight for anything and everything they were a part of. Many of us assume that their good deeds, charitable work, and the “nice guy” persona is something that they artificially concoct for the media to swallow, and regurgitate to the public and the boxing community. While all this may be true to a certain degree, sometimes the good deeds are not intended to be a show, but instead are cloaked acts of humble giving and attempting to help those who need it most. continue
Andy Lee, Irish Kronk middleweight star (28w, 1l 20kos) is seeking a world title shot against World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45w- 1d, 1nc 31kos) on June 16 at the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas.
The hungry Kronk fighter is presently listed in the world rankings as WBC #4, WBA #2 and WBO #2 and following a 13 fight winning streak feels he has paid his dues to challenge for a world title on June 16.
In the last six months Lee has seen boxers like Martin Murray, Darren Barker, Matthew Macklin, Peter Manfredo Jr and Marco Antonio Rubio all challenge for world titles and the Irishman now wants his chance.
Following Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. successful second title defence of his WBC belt against Marco Antonio Rubio on February 4, 2012, Andy Lee was in the frame to fight Chavez Jr. in June. Team Lee, Chavez Jr.’s US promoter Top Rank CEO Bob Arum and HBO Boxing all agreed to the fight in principle.
Then during February 2012 Team Chavez changed their minds on Lee as an opponent, the reason being they were reluctant for Chavez Jr. to fight the Kronk fighter because of his southpaw style. continue
By Chip Mitchell: Excitement was in the house as Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan hit the second leg of a three-city tour to promote their eagerly anticipated rematch.
The promotion titled “No Doubt: Lamont Peterson vs. Amir Khan II“ took place at the W Hotel and both fighters seemed to eager to settle the controversy of their first fight and leave ‘no doubt’ in the minds of the fans. The DC Fight Diva, Crystal Hamlin was also in attendance and here’s how things played out continue
Highly touted junior welterweight boxing prospect Danny O'Connor is ready to rock n roll in 2012. The Framingham, Massachusetts boxer has the new support and backing from the popular musical group Dropkick Murphys. The band plans to call on their legion of fans to get behind Danny O as they announce Clan O'Connor to the world. Dropkick Murphys founder Ken Casey and his band mates are proud to be mentoring such a fine young man and hope to help him achieve his goals of championship glory while at the same time restoring the proud tradition of Boston boxing. continue
GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO- Former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez presented today to the media in Puerto Rico to apologize to referee Roberto Ramirez for the coments he made after his defeat against Orlando Salido, the WBO featherweight titlist, last March 10.
“I want to aplogize again, now in public to Roberto Ramirez for the comments I made after the fight against Salido. I'm embarrased for all what happened and I want that Ramirez forgive me. I don't remeber what I said, I'm ashamed", Lopez said. Along with Lopez were Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions Vice-President, his manager Orlando Piñero, his trainer Alex Caraballo, his physical trainer Alexander Greaux and his legal advisor Pedro Hernandez.
“I saw the fight and really I was hurt. Roberto made a good job in stopping the fight. I apologize again to Ramirez and to all the fans in Puerto Rico and around the world", Lopez said. continue
March 20, 2012 - After a dominating performance this past weekend en route to winning a one-sided unanimous decision against Ayi Bruce (21-6, 13 KOs), Boxing360's Vitaliy Demyanenko (20-0, 12 KOs) looks to get a big fight with a top 10 contender as he seeks a world title in the near future. continue
EL PASO, TEXAS (March 20) - In 2011, former Mexican Olympian Abner Mares left his mark on the professional boxing world by winning and defending his first world championship at bantamweight against former World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko. Now, on Saturday, April 21 Mares will get his shot for a world title in a second weight class as he moves up in weight to take on former Two-Time World Champion Eric "Little Hands of Steel" Morel of Puerto Rico, in a 12-round bout for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight World Championship at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas in a fight which will be televised live on SHOWTIME®. continue
By James Slater: Years from now, how will the historians of our great sport judge things if the super-duper-mega-fight we all want to see happen never actually takes place? I’m talking of course about Floyd “Money” Mayweather against Manny Pac-Man Pacquiao.
What with Pacquiao’s recent retirement talk and Mayweather’s impending jail time, it doesn’t look like the fight will actually come off; although some people remain hopeful it will. One man who has wanted to see the fight and still does has come out and said that in his opinion it is Mayweather’s fault the fight hasn’t happened, and that it will be “Money’s” fault if the fight never happens: heavyweight legend Larry Holmes.
Speaking with Gulf News recently, “The Easton Assassin,” a man who would have never turned down the kind of money that is on the table for Pac Vs. Floyd (somewhere around $30 mil to $40 million each!) said Mayweather is the bad guy as far as the failed meeting is concerned. continue
LAS VEGAS (March 20, 2012)...Four Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties will host live closed circuit telecasts for "RING KINGS: MAYWEATHER vs. COTTO" on Saturday, May 5 as Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, Circus Circus and The Mirage open their doors for the closed circuit viewing. In addition to the world championship showdown between the undefeated Seven-Time World Champion Mayweather and World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight World Champion Cotto, viewers also will have the opportunity to witness World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez defend his title against future Hall of Famer Sugar Shane Mosley in the co-main event. continue
By James Slater: According to The Daily Mail (and the always-reliable Boxrec, who have the fight up on their upcoming U.K schedule page), reigning WBO 175-pound king Nathan Cleverly will make his next defence against Serbian-born German Robin Krasniqi, 37-2(13) on April 28th. The venue looks like being the historic Albert Hall in the heart of London. continue
Lamont Peterson, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion
"I am happy the rematch is happening. Too many times the fans want to see a rematch and you don't see it until five or six years later when the fighters are past their prime. This will be a great fight for the sport of boxing.
"I had other fights on the table that were interesting to me, but the fans seemed disappointed [with those fights]. I like to think I am the people's champion and the fans wanted to see this fight and I wanted to do it for them.
"Since I stepped out of the ring, I have wanted to get back in there with Amir. continue
MARTIN MURRAY has been forced to withdraw from his WBC world middleweight title challenge against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr because he cannot obtain a visa in time that would allow him to enter the United States. The British, Commonwealth and WBA inter-continental champion was lined up to challenge the Mexican in El Paso, Texas on Saturday 16th June. continue
by Sylwester Jankowski (BoxingNews.pl) - Former European middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa (26-1, 19 KO) rests in his hometown Wegierska Gorka after the toughest fight in his career. Last Saturday in Sheffield the 27-years old Pole lost by
majority decision to Briton Kerry Hope (17-3, 1 KO). Proksa doesn't want to make excuses and hopes that he will get the rematch soon. continue
Four time world champion in as many divisions and current WBC light welterweight champion Erik "Terrible" Morales arrived in Houston, Texas, on Sunday evening for his next assignment and first defense of his title on Saturday, March 24th. Morales landed with his team comprised of his trainer and father Jose "Olivaritos" Morales, chief second Fernando Fernandez as well as assistants Armando Cardona and Jorge "Choko" Murillo. Morales (52-7, 36KOs) of the Zona Norte of Tijuana, Mexico, will be facing undefeated young lion Danny "Swift" Garcia (22-0, 14KOs) of Philadelphia in a twelve round bout. The contest will be televised live by HBO's "World Championship Boxing" from the Reliant Arena and presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Box Latino and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T.
On Monday afternoon, Morales made his way to the Savannah Boxing Club to fine tune the last details for his Saturday night engagement.
Saturday, March 24th, HBO's "World Championship Boxing" live broadcast.
Tickets are still available with prices of $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, at any Ticketmaster location by calling (800) 745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Reliant Arena box office.
When the NBC Sports Network presents the second edition of its nationally televised "Fight Night" boxing series on March 24, live at 10PM ET, from the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach will once again join Kenny Rice, BJ Flores and Chris Mannix as part of the broadcast team. Roach made his "Fight Night" debut in January, and brings a world of boxing knowledge to his new role as a ringside commentator. continue
Lou Esa Inducted Into New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame - It was recently announced that former heavyweight knockout artist Lou Esa will be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. On Thursday evening, November 8, 2012, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will hold its 43rd Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the beautiful Venetian, located at 546 River Drive, Garfield, New Jersey starting at 7 p.m. continue
European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht (23-1, 9 KOs) will defend his title against Tony Averlant (17-5-2,4 KOs) on Team Sauerland´s show in Kiel on March 31. It will be Gutknecht´s third title defence since winning the belt in May 2011. The 30-year-old last defeated Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Frankfurt in February. “That was an important victory for me,”
Gutknecht stated. “I did exactly what my coach Mr Wegner asked of me. Now I am prepared for a tough fight against Averlant. I was ringside when he won the EU title against Artur Hein last year. He impressed me, he is a good boxer and comes forward all the time. I will be prepared for him and defend my title.”
In the main event of the night, Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) will take on Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs). continue
Helliet has built a reputation as Britain’s top small-hall promoter and regularly sells out venues with terrific value-for-money bills – and his next show could be his best yet. Helliet’s show at The Coronet last November attracted a massive television audience on Eurosport and they take their cameras back to the Elephant and Castle on Friday, April 20 to capture all the drama when Chas ‘The Bomb’ Symonds and Darryl ‘The Real Deal’ Still clash for the vacant Southern Area welterweight title. continue
Oklahoma City, OK (March 19, 2012) – USBA Welterweight champion and IBF #3 rated “Kid” Carson Jones has made a career out of shattering his opponents’ dreams. The 25-year-old Oklahoman has impressive wins over knockout artist Tyrone Brunson, 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Williams, world rated Said Ouali and title contender Michael Clark, but recognizes that there are plenty of fish to fry. continue
By Joey Mills - It’s been widely reported that both Kell Brook and Amir Khan have designs on a fight with each other. The promotional difficulties in putting this match together have been covered elsewhere on this site, but assuming the fight can be made, who would walk away with the win?
“King” Khan has the clear edge in experience. A former unified champion at 140 pounds, he has mixed in a far higher class than Sheffield’s Brook. Lovemore N’Dou and Matthew Hatton make up the only world level fighters on “Special K’s” resume whereas Amir Khan has seen off the likes of (an albeit faded) Marco Antonio Barrera, Andreas Kotelnik, Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi and Marcos Maidana. It would perhaps be an idea for Brook’s team to match him with a world class name before a Khan fight was made in order to better assess where he is in his development, and get a clearer picture of whether he is ready for the Bolton man.
The status of a potential Brook-Khan match also depends on whether the former Olympic silver medallist can come through his May 19th title challenge against Lamont Peterson. continue
The war that has waged between Super Flyweight Texas Champion Luis Yanez (4-0-1) and 115 pound brawler Joseph Angel Rios (10-6-2, 4 KOs) has not only captured the imagination of the Alamo City boxing public, it has rekindled a deep rooted San Antonio tradition that is rich in pride, honor, and valor. continue
Carl Froch is delighted to be back fighting in Nottingham – and believes his IBF World super middleweight title challenge with Lucian Bute on May 26 at the Capital FM Arena Nottingham – with tickets on sale now.
Tickets for Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title challenge to Bute are on sale now priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £200 from the Capital FM Arena Nottingham website www.capitalfmarena.com and on 08444 124624. VIP packages priced at £300 are available exclusively from Matchroom Sport at www.matchroomboxing.com and 01277 359900.
Froch returns to the venue of his last UK fight, which was his Super Six opener against Andre Dirrell in November 2009. The Cobra left Nottingham to travel the globe tackling the cream of the super middleweight crop en route to his Super Six final with Andre Ward in Atlantic City in December. continue
By James Slater - Though world middleweight number one Sergio Gabriel Martinez, his promoter Lou DiBella and fans the world over want very much to see “Maravilla” face WBC middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez next, it looks as though this will not be happening.
According to Chavez Junior’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, who spoke with Fighthype.com, and according to Britain’s unbeaten middleweight contender Martin Murray, who was a studio guest on Sky Sports as the cable giant televised Martinez-Matthew Macklin - it looks like being Chavez Jr against Murray next; probably on June 16th (Boxrec has the fight as going down in El Paso, Texas. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Seems like being a congressman is simply not enough for Manny Pacquiao, who announced in an interview with Korina Sanchez the he is planning to run for governor of Sarangani province in 2013. (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/03/19/12/pacquiao-run-governor-2013) continue
by Robert Jackson: This article may be a little premature, but let’s consider the possibility of Floyd facing Sergio Martinez. Floyd may or may not get to face Pacquiao – the fight everyone wants to see, any time soon for whatever reason. Floyd is moving up to 154lbs to face Miguel Cotto and some experts speculate that Canelo Alvarez will be next when both Floyd and Canelo get past their May 5, 2012 opponents. Floyd taking these fights tell me that he’s going to acclimate himself to the higher 154lb weight class.
Sergio Martinez and his promoter, Lou DiBella have said recently they would face Floyd at a 150lb catchweight and take 20% of the purse leaving Floyd 80%. I’m sure this was a delight to ‘Money’ Mayweather’s ears, but to this gesture Floyd has made no response…yet. For Mayweather whois a shrewd businessman it would be premature and a distraction while in preparation for Miguel Cotto, to comment on any future fight until the one at hand has been taken care of. Also, a 87 day jail sentence awaits Mayweather shortly after the Cotto fight. continue
By James Slater - On the big show at Madison Square Garden at the weekend, heavyweight terror Magomed Abdusalamov kept his prefect record, as was “extended” into the 4th-round by the previously unbeaten Jason Pettaway. Scoring a quite brutal 4th-round TKO (that could have been stopped far sooner than it was had the ref been 100-percent on the ball), “Mago” improved to 14-0(14). continue
By James Slater - Superstar Manny Pacquiao was a guest on radio station DZMM recently, and what he had to say whilst being interviewed has been picked up by a number of boxing web sites. The 33-year-old all-time great said that in a dream he had, God told him to quit the ring.
“I will not stay long in boxing because he [God] said: ‘You have done enough. You have made yourself famous but this is harmful.’”
Pacquiao went on to add that he made the decision to give up all his vices due to the powerful dream. Pac-Man also said that he will be making a big announcement regarding his religious duties soon.
So, how long have we got left to enjoy the reigning WBO welterweight king? Next up is Tim Bradley, and Pacquiao has hinted before that the June fight could well be his last. But then, in another interview, Pac-Man said he still loves boxing and may stick around for a few more. continue
Bad Boy Promotions head honcho Chrissy Morton has a passion for boxing, so much so that she gave up a lucrative career in the City to focus on promoting boxing events. Not just any boxing events though, Chrissy’s passion is the White Collar Boxing phenomenon that has swept like wildfire throughout the financial districts Worldwide over the past decade or so. continue
A full squad of USA Boxing’s top female boxers will test their skills against elite women from north, central and south America at the 2012 Women’s Continental Championships, April 4-7, at the NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. The United States will send a full squad of 10 athletes to the event with the three Olympic Trials champions joining the 2012 USA Boxing National Champions in the seven non-Olympic weight divisions. continue
by Paul Strauss: It’s a hard argument to make. First of all, most of the credible boxing people rank him number three or four on the P4P list. He is recognized as the true lineal middle weight champion. Doesn’t that mean he is a success? Well, as they say, everything is relative, and in his case what has been withheld from him is the big money fights, and the chance to be part of the big show. Why? Is it something he has done or not done that has kept him just short of being a mega star? Is he flawed or somehow unworthy?
Take a moment and have a little fun creating an ideal prize fighter. Now, you shouldn’t limit him to just your own likes. Expand things and create someone who you know will reflect the proper image and have wide ranging appeal. A comic book hero if you like. Remember, we’re talking ideal now. Try this on for size. This person should be handsome, yet rugged, someone who will appeal to female enthusiasts. He should be David like in build and athletic ability. He should have incredible boxing skills, both offensively and defensively, as well as being very tough. He should be very fast, yet graceful and fluid. He should be intelligent and well spoken. He should also conduct himself with proper deportment, and avoid any hint of scandal. He should be willing to fight all comers. He should be gracious in victory and never complain when misfortune might occur. continue
Up and coming Australian heavyweight Mark de Mori (18-1-2, 16 KO’s) stopped Rob Calloway (71-14-2, 57 KO’s) by 4th round TKO to win the WBC Asian Heavyweight title in Queensland Australia. De Mori dropped Calloway in the first round and dominated Calloway until the 4th before the doctor stopped the fight. continue
By James Slater - It has been announced by Boxrec that unbeaten British heavyweight hope Richard Towers, 12-0(9) will face U.S veteran Harold Sconiers, 18-23-2(11) on this Saturday’s Gary Buckland-Paul Truscott British super-featherweight title clash in Sheffield. Often a touch overlooked when it comes to the current crop of promising British heavyweight hopefuls - a crop that includes Tyson Fury, Sam Sexton, David Price, etc - 32-year-old Towers (who entered the sport quite late in life) may be the best of the bunch. continue
By James Slater - If it actually happens, it will possibly be one of the biggest all-British showdowns in recent years; a guaranteed sell-out of whatever U.K venue the fight took place at. Kell Brook Vs. Amir Khan: a clash between the next big thing and the world class-proven former 140-pound king. But will it happen?
Khan, of course, has impending unfinished business with Lamont Peterson (May 19th in Las Vegas) to attend to, but unbeaten Brook wasted no time in calling Khan out last night. Immediately after his wide, near shut-out points win over a gutsy Matthew Hatton, “The Special One” turned his attention Khan’s way.
“I’ve been banging on about me and Amir Khan. If that fight happens, I’ll smash him,” Brook said.
Brook’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, had the following to say:
“I could sell 40,000 tickets. And let me tell you something right now, he would absolutely destroy Amir Khan.. continue
Promoter Spencer Fearon today announced the impressive lineup for his upcoming Premier Sports (Sky platform Ch 433) broadcast mega event ‘Shamrock Showdown II’ which takes place at the Troxy in Limehouse, London on Friday 23rd March. Never shy about beating his own drum - rightly so since he gives the fans exactly what they want, a night of scintillating evenly matched bouts featuring the Nation’s most exciting young warriors, as well as an old war horse in the form of the magnificent former two time World Champion Choi Tseveenpurev - Spencer has come up trumps with yet a World Class headliner, when the Mongolian Warrior Choi Tseveenpurev takes on French hardman Bastien Rozeaux for the vacant WBC International Silver Featherweight Title. continue
This past Friday ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" co-main event featured an aggressive Abraham "Chamaco" Lopez against Gabriel "The Ghost" Tolmajyan in an extremely close fight at Morongo Resort & Casino. The featherweight war went the full 8-round distance and ringside judges scored the fight unanimously in favor of Lopez. Two ringside judges scored it 78-74 twice and 79-73. continue
by Paul Strauss: Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez had his hands full Saturday night at Madison Square Garden (MSG), NYC, NY, at least temporarily. He not only had a tough opponent in front of him named Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin, but he also had to convince a large segment of the crowd, which was Irish, that their fellow Irishman wasn’t winning the fight. Every time Macklin would throw any kind of punch, it was enthusiastically acknowledged by his fans.
To make matters worse, Sergio came into the fight as a heavy favorite, as much as 10-1 according to HBO announcer Larry Merchant. Consequently, it wasn’t going to be enough to just win rounds. It seemed as though he needed to be doing it impressively, and that didn’t seem to be happening, at least according to both Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward. They both felt he appeared indecisive or unsure of the situation. Jim Lampley disagreed and said he thought they both appeared that way.
The truth of the matter is Sergio Gabriel “Maravilla” Martinez is one of the best tacticians in the game. He is a giant feint. In small doses, he was driving Macklin crazy. continue
Veteran boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia, founder and CEO of the Bronx-based Star Boxing, will be the special guest speaker for Ring 8's monthly meeting this Tuesday evening (Mar. 21 @ 7 PM/ET) at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. Ring 8 will also be holding a clothing drive at this meeting. Coats are being collected, in association with the Mark Breland Foundation, to donate to needy boxers. continue
HATTON Promotions heavyweight hope Richard Towers will face tough American Harold Sconiers this weekend. Their eight rounder is on the undercard when Gary Buckland risks his British super-featherweight title against Paul Truscott at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on Saturday (March 24). Towers has won all 12 professional contests in style, but his Florida rival will provide a proper test despite an 18-23-2 record. continue
By James Slater - First of all, credit and praise goes out to world middleweight ruler Sergio Gabriel Martinez, who, after a tougher than expected first seven rounds with challenger Matthew Macklin, eased into a different class and got the job done in style.
“Maravilla,” one of the most amazingly well conditioned 37-year-olds in all of boxing, appeared angry at having been given a count in the 7th, when he touched down for a second after having been tagged by a right hand (his legs also getting tangled up with those Macklin) and he turned up the heat in the 8th, punishing Macklin with hard lefts hands to the head, which busted him up and had him down twice in the 11th.
The often underrated James “Buddy” McGirt showed once again how he cares about the wellbeing of the fighters he trains, and he pulled Macklin out before the 12th - a round in which the gifted southpaw would almost certainly have scored a KO; possibly a brutal and damaging one. Martinez once again proved he is the best 160-pounder on the planet, and he will now continue his search for a mega-fight. continue
The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today four-division world champion Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran will attend the Banquet of Champions on Saturday, June 9th. The banquet is part of festivities planned for the 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 7-10th. continue
By James Slater: There was a time when the great heavyweight champion Joe Louis, who had an amazing 25 world title defences, looked set to keep his world record for, well, forever. From 1937 to 1949 “The Brown Bomber” fought and retained his crown all those times; a truly astonishing work-rate (and to think, Louis could have had even more fights had WWII not got in his way!) continue
The Special One thrills Sheffield crowd with dominant performance
Kell Brook says he’s ready to fight for World honours after producing a dominant display to beat Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
The Sheffield star richly entertained a crowd touching 10,000 in his hometown with a tremendous display, rarely troubled by his Lancastrian opponent who was fighting in his 50th bout. Hatton used every minute of his experience to hear the final bell having hit the canvas in the ninth round and although Brook couldn’t quite force the stoppage, the gulf in class between the number one and two welterweights in the UK was evident on the judge’s scorecards, that ruled 118-109, 119-108 and 119-107 in favour of the Steel City man.
If Brook’s jab was the weapon of choice again as he moved his unbeaten record to 27-0, the variety, accuracy and intensity of his complete arsenal was on display against Hatton, and as The Special One settled the debate on who is the top welterweight dog in the country, his thoughts turned to dominating the World stage – and after tasting hero-worship in his hometown, he hopes his promoter Eddie Hearn can deliver it in Yorkshire, and reiterated his desire to fight Amir Khan.
“No-one can touch me domestically now – I’ve proved I’m ready for a World title push,” said Brook. “Winning a big fight in front of 10,000 in my hometown is just a dream come true. I was nervous before but I’m only human, all those fans were in there were watching me and that’s pressure I’ve never had. continue
Santo Domingo, DR - Yesterday in the municipality of Villa González in Santiago de los Caballeros, César "Junito" Seda (22-1, 16KO's) defeated former world title contender, Domingo Guillen (38-12-1, 34 KO's) by technical knockout in the first round, in a bout set for 8 rounds at 118 lbs. continue
On Saturday night at the Club Sportlife in Kiev, Ukrainians Vitaliy Kopylenko and Timur Akhundov captured World Boxing Federation Intercontinental titles with stoppage victories over Vasyl Tarabarov, also from Ukraine, and Hungarian Arpad Vass. Kopylenko, based in Switzerland and fighting in his native country for the first time since his professional debut four years ago, won the vacant Middleweight version when he outworked Tarabarov for four rounds, taking the initiative and landing the heavier shots. . continue
NEW YORK (March 17, 2012) - Before a house filled with Irishmen celebrating St. Patrick's Day, World Middleweight Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez scored a dramatic come-from-behind knockout of a game Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin Saturday night in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
"THE REAL Middleweight Championship - Get Your Irish Up," presented by DiBella Entertainment, provided fireworks on HBO and a strong Fight of the Year candidate in the main event. The 37-year-old Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) got off the canvas, albeit a controversial knockdown, in the seventh and then dropped Macklin twice at the end of the 11th round. Referee Eddie Cotton halted the action on the advice of Macklin's corner.
"It was a complicated fight," Martinez explained. "He wasn't open on defense. I knew it was a 12-round fight. I knew that it was only a matter of time. It's like chopping a tree - little by little - and I knew he would fall."
"My right hand to chest, straight punch to the chest, was working for me," Macklin commented. "It was hard for him to nail me. He didn't think I could box smart.
"Buddy stopped the fight, I wanted to continue. (Macklin's co-promoter Brian Peters said, 'We called it in the corner. There are more days.') I worked with Buddy on technical things. He polished me but I resorted back in the last two or three rounds. We only had 10 weeks working together (for the first time) to fight the best middleweight in the world."
In the "Bombs Away" co-feature, undefeated IBF #3 Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) defeated tough Don "Da Bomb" George (22-2, 19 KOs) in the opening bout on HBO. Rodriguez proved to be more skilled during the 10-round bout for George's USBA title. The Worcester, Mass. fighter won a unanimous decision by scores of 99-91, 97-93, 96-94. continue
Pharr, Tex. (March 17, 2012) - Earlier tonight, Texas fight fans were treated to an explosive five-fight card at the Pharr Convention Center in Pharr, Texas presented by Golden Boy Promotions 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
Grind 2 Def Entertainment is proud to congratulate lightweight boxer Carl "Chi-Town Assassin" McNickles (8-3
6 KOs) on getting a big victory by 6 round majority decision over tough New Jersey based fighter Danny McDermott (9-4-2, 4 KOs) on the undercard tonight of Martinez vs Macklin at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York on a boxing card promoted by Dibella Entertainment. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in Sheffield, before a massive 10,000 audience, unbeaten welterweight star Kell Brook won a wide, at times hugely impressive 12-round points win over a courageous, always game Matthew Hatton. The Ingle-trained boxer known as “The Special One” won by commanding scores of 119-108, 119-107 and 118-109.
Brook is now 27-0(18). Hatton is now 42-6-2(16).
Brook looked a class act from the start, bloodying Hatton’s nose, marking his face up and even hitting him at will at times. So much faster and more powerful than the gutsy Manchester warrior, Brook also looked that much the naturally bigger man. Brook really is a huge 147-pounder.
By the middle rounds, it looked like Brook might get the stoppage, as he was going through the gears, hurting Hatton and having the ref have a closer look at his combinations. Brook’s right hand to the head was an especially telling blow. Yet Hatton, who was so up for tonight’s big fight, refused to be overwhelmed. Down in the 9th, Hatton showed real passion as he had fleeting moments of success of his own. At times, the two men tested each other’s chin; Brook landing the far heavier, more consistent work.
Hatton scored something of a moral victory by making it to the final bell, yet this will not have been anywhere near enough for the proud man.
Brook? He looks like a future world champion the way he’s going. Fights between the Sheffield star and the likes of Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz or even Amir Khan would be hugely interesting.
By Paul Strauss: Did you see Kendall’s left hook to Coleman’s body? If you didn’t see it, certainly you heard it! It had that loud thudding, jaw dropping type of sound to it. Coleman had just missed with his own right. That side of his body was stretched out, exposed like so much beef on a hook. When Holt’s left cracked against his short ribs, Coleman’s jaw dropped open in a kind of silent scream, and he sank to the canvas. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (March 17, 2012) – Méxican legend and three-division world champion JUAN MÁNUEL MÁRQUEZ and undefeated former World Lightweight Champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS will headline a world championship pay-per-view event that’s so big its main events are originating from two different countries! continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with the recognized Middleweight Champion of the World, Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) who will be squaring off against former title challenger Matthew Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) this Saturday, March 17 at Madison Square Garden. Marinez spoke about his upcoming fight, his opponent, and more! Here is what Sergio had to say:
Regarding his upcoming March 17 fight against Matthew Macklin:
“It will be a very difficult fight. I’m very motivated and I am very sure that I will win by KO.”
His views on how he expects Macklin to fight him:
“I expect him to be attacking for three minutes of every round like he did with Felix Sturm and I will be ready for that.”
Regarding fighting in front of a pro-Macklin crowd on St. Paddy’s Day:
“I’ve been here before where I was the stranger in the arena, so it will be no problem for me.”
On whether he feels he will silence his critics who claimed he was slowing down and showing his age in his knockout victory against Darren Barker last time out:
“I don’t believe that I’m slowing down. I don’t know what people were thinking, but I was really hurt with a lot of injuries, but I will prove myself this Saturday. I’m still in the best shape of my life.” continue
By James Slater: The Olympics are soon to be upon us, with London 2012 looking like being a very interesting games as far as boxing goes. The U.S must do better than at the 2008 games, where just one(!) boxer picked up a medal - truly astonishing when you think about it (this man being Deontay Wilder). The U.K has some serious talent looking to pick up medals, with big man Anthony Joshua (a fighter some have already stated will be the next Lennox Lewis!) a favourite to win the gold. continue
by Sylwester Jankowski (BoxingNews.pl): Undefeated EBU (European) middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa (26-0, 19 KO) is awaiting for his first title defense. Tonight in Sheffield the Pole nicknamed “Super G” will face 30-years old Briton Kerry Hope (16-3, 1 KO). Proksa doesn't expect an exciting bout, because him and his opponent are both southpaws. continue
The official weigh-in was held today in the Theater at Madison Square Garden for tomorrow night's St. Patrick's Day celebration -- "THE REAL Middleweight Championship - Get Your Irish Up" -- presented by DiBella Entertainment. World Middleweight Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez tipped the scales at 157 ½ pounds, while challenger Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin weighed in at 158 pounds
In the 10-round "Bombs Away" co-feature, super middleweight Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez and Don "Da Bomb" George both weighed 166 pounds. Martinez-Macklin and Rodriguez-George will both air live on HBO's "World Championship Boxing," starting at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT.
Tickets, priced at $505, $355, $205, $125 and $65, are available to purchase through the Madison Square Garden Box Office, through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (866) 858-0008. Call DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577, visit www.dbe1.com and @loudibella on Twitter for more information. continue
By James Slater - Though in the long run hypothetical match-ups between greats from yesteryear and the best around today usually end up in argument and nothing much more, fans still seem attracted to “Dream Fight” scenarios. Actually, it’s not only the fans that enjoy/get excited about/get angry about these kind of boxing articles - sometimes the fighters themselves get involved. continue
Things turned from bad to worse for WBA / WBC / WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (19-0, 5 KOs), who was forced to pull out of the “women´s fight of the year” against French power puncher Anne Sophie Mathis (26-1, 22 KOs). The First Lady underwent surgery in Berlin to get her tonsils removed. “I am gutted,” Braekhus said from hospital. “This is the biggest disappointment of my career.. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Joseph King Kong Agbeko believes he still owes his fans and Ghanaians in general an apology and has therefore marked his return fight in this country to appease and make up to them.
The former IBF Bantamweight champion fights in Ghana for the first time in over 5 years when he faces veteran Filipino Michael Domingo (44-16, 23 KOs) for the vacant (International Boxing Organisation) IBO Bantamweight title on May 26 in Accra.
“Ghana is the place where I was born. There can be no other place like home than Ghana. I’ve not fought in front of Ghanaians for a long time so it’s a great time to fight here again. It makes you feel good, at home. So it’s not a bad idea at all,” Agbeko exclusively told Ghana based newspaper ALL SPORTS. continue
After three years of waiting for his mandatory title shot, unbeaten Selcuk Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs) will face Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) on July 28th for the WBC interim world welterweight championship. Aydin had secured his position as No. 1 contender with a KO victory over "Sugar" Jackson Bonsu back in July 2009 but was forced to fight Canada based Romanian Jo Jo Dan twice for the WBC Silver Championship instead of getting a shot at the big green and gold belt. continue
Heavyweight boxer Nagy Aguilera, 17-6, 12 KOs, is deep into preparations for his upcoming fight with former two-time champion Tomasz Adamek, 44-1, 28 KOs. Under the tutelage of trainer Bobby Benson, Aguilera, a former amateur NY Golden Glover, has been watching tapes of his experienced foe, training hard, and getting pumped for battle.
"I'm excited to go back to New York and to fight on NBC Sports Network," Aguilera said. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) who will be taking on Don George (22-1-1, 19 KOs) TONIGHT on HBO! Rodriguez spoke about his upcoming fight with George, and also touched on a variety of other subjects including his 2011 campaign, the fight between Sergio Martinez and Matthew Macklin, the 168 pound landscape, the fight between Carl Froch and Lucian Bute, and more! Here is what Rodriguez had to say:
On receiving the opportunity to fight Don George on HBO March 17:
“Oh, it’s a great opportunity you know being on HBO at Madison Square Garden which is a legendary venue. It’s a blessing!”
On whether there is any added pressure fighting under the spotlights of high profile exposure:
“Definitely there’s a lot of pressure, but boxing is performed in front of a lot of people on TV. So I’m ready for the pressure and I know how to perform under pressure.”
His views on whether he believes the winner of the fight between him and Don George could be in line for a title shot:
“You know I have a tough fight in front of me with Donovan George. He’s a strong fighter, he has power in both hands, and I’m just looking at one fight at a time. I’m going to let my manager manage, and my promoter promote, and I’m just going to be the fighter! I’m going to take care of Donovan George on March 17 and if they feel like I’m ready for a world title and give me the opportunity, then that would be great. But I’ll let them do their jobs.” continue
March 16, 2012 (Morongo, Casino) - Live form the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, Calif., and televised live on ESPN "Friday Night Fights", former WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt (28-5, 16 KOs) and Tim Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KOs) went toe to toe in a scheduled 10-round main event bout that ended early. Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing were the promoters. continue
On Friday, April 20, DiBella Entertainment, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, will present a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation when former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO's) takes on the undefeated Caleb "Golden" Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO's) in a 10-round middleweight matchup. In the co-featured bout, former Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KO's) takes on Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KO's) in a fight originally scheduled for February 11 as the co-feature to Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II, but that was postponed after a Berto injury caused a postponement of the event. SHOWTIME® will begin live coverage starting at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
INDIO, Calif. (March 16, 2012) – Omar Figueroa (15-0-1, 11 KO’s) overwhelmed Ramon Ayala (22-3-1, 11 KO’s) with brutal body shots to score a second-round TKO in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation. In the co-feature, Randy Caballero (14-0, 7 KO’s) kept his perfect record intact with a tough unanimous decision victory over veteran Jose Luis Araiza (32-6-1, 23 KO’s) by the scores of 98-92 twice and 97-93 from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
Figueroa returned to ShoBox for his second appearance on the series and earned another stoppage. In his usual style, the all-action pressure fighter from Weslaco, Texas dominated Ayala with power shots for nearly two full rounds before the fight was halted. Ayala, of Morelos, Mexico, seemed to deal with the head shots, but the body blows proved too much. Figueroa landed a left to the gut in the first that staggered his opponent, but it was the left hook to the liver in round two that spelled the beginning of the end. Figueroa, who threw more body punches than his opponent by a tally of 19 to 2, followed the liver shot with a barrage of shots to finish the taller Mexican. Ayala attempted to hold but Figueroa let him drop to the canvas and referee Lou Moret began the count. Ayala returned to his feet by the count of nine but wobbled backwards and Moret ended the contest at 2:53. continue
In 2011, former Mexican Olympian Abner Mares left his mark on the professional boxing world by winning and defending his first world championship at bantamweight against former World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko. Now, on Saturday, April 21, Mares will begin his quest for a world title in a second weight class as he moves up in weight to take on former World Champion Eric “Little Hands of Steel” Morel of Puerto Rico, in a 12-round bout to be contested at 120 pounds at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas which will be televised live on SHOWTIME®. continue
By James Slater - Exciting, talented and mega-fight-hungry Robert Guerrero, last seen winning a wide decision over Australian warrior Michael Katsidis (in April of last year, “The Ghost” unfortunately being sidelined for a number of months after the big win due to injury; this ruining his scheduled fight with top-rated 140-pounder Marcos Maidana), wanted to face superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior when it was announced that “Money” would be fighting a TBA on May 5th. continue
Meadowhall shopping centre stood still today as Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton weighed in for tomorrow night’s War of the Roses clash at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, live on Sky Sports 1, HD1 and in 3D.
Both men took to the scales live on Sky Sports News, Hatton making the weight first (10st 6lb 9oz) before Brook travelled down the escalators to a rapturous reception from his home town following as he tipped the scales at 10st 6lb 4oz.
“I am overwhelmed by the turn out today,” said Brook. “Coming down to a reception like that was just amazing, I have been buzzing for fight night for a while now and that’s given me another boost.
“I’d like to thank all the fans that turned out today and I promise them that I will make Sheffield proud tomorrow night.. continue
“El Matador” Caballero’s manager Cameron Dunkin feels his fighter is at the top of a long list of hugely talented Coachella Valley boxers who are ready to bust out and contend for multiple world championships. “He’s a terrific talent and had a fantastic amateur career,” said Dunkin, who also manages Two-Division World Champion Nonito Donaire, former Middleweight World Champion Kelly Pavlik and former Lightweight World Champion Brandon Rios. “He’s just part of this really good group of fighters from that Indio area that is really hot. Randy sells tickets and the crowd loves him. He’s an exciting, energetic fighter who I think will be a world champion someday.” continue
London (March 19) After a year away from the sport, Irishman John O’Donnell will be making his comeback on the undercard of the Hennessy Sports promoted event at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday 14th April.
Headlining the event titled “Unfinished Business” will be Tyson Fury vs. Martin Rogan, the Titanic Heavyweight battle will be broadcast live on Channel 5. continue
On Saturday, May 19, 2012, fans at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev., as well as those watching around the world, will see one of boxing's most intense grudge matches re-ignited when World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Lightweight Super World Champion and (IBF) Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont "Havoc" Peterson faces former Two-Time World Champion Amir "King" Khan in the highly anticipated rematch of their December 10, 2011 fight in Washington, DC in which DC native Peterson scored a title winning but controversial split decision victory over the United Kingdom's Khan.
"Peterson vs. Khan II: No Doubt," a 12-round Unified Super Lightweight World Title Fight for Peterson's WBA World Super Championship and IBF World Championship taking place Saturday, May 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Khan Promotions and Headbangers Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The fight will be telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 10:45 p.m. ET/7:45 p.m. PT in the United States and live on Sky Sports 1 HD in the United Kingdom at 11:00 p.m. GMT (beginning with David Price vs. Sam Sexton for the British Heavyweight title from Liverpool, followed by Peterson vs. Khan II.
Both fighters have agreed to be subject to Olympic style drug testing which will include random blood and urine tests. continue
NEW YORK (March 15, 2012) - The final press conference was held today at the famed Madison Square Garden for Saturday night's "THE REAL Middleweight Championship - Get Your Irish Up" card, presented by DiBella Entertainment. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 15, 2012) – Two years ago at Samuel Peter’s training camp in California, Mariusz Wach found a unique way to break the ice with his new roommate, fellow heavyweight contender Tye Fields. continue
With only one week to go until his first defense of the light welterweight World Boxing Council (WBC) title versus Philadelphia, PA's Danny "Swift" Garcia (22-0, 14KOs) on Saturday, March 24th, in Houston, Texas, Erik "Terrible" Morales (52-7, 26KOs) is fine tuning the final details in the Zona Norte gym that saw him grow in his native city. With his trainer and father, Jose "Olivaritos" Morales and assistant trainer Fernando Fernandez, Morales finds himself in the final phase of his training before flying out to Houston Sunday evening.
The bout between Morales and Garcia is scheduled for twelve rounds and will mark the third time Morales performs in Texas. In his first bout in the "Lone Star State", Morales captured his first title, the WBC super bantamweight strap, by defeating Mexican veteran Daniel Zaragoza at the County Coliseum in El Paso back in '97 while in his second fight in Texas, Morales knocked out Kevin Kelley in seven rounds at the Don Haskins Convention Center, also in El Paso, in 2000. continue
Matchroom Sport can confirm that Carl Froch’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight World title fight with Lucian Bute will take place at the Capital FM Arena Nottingham on May 26. continue
INDIO, Calif. (March 15, 2012) – All four fighters participating in Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader (11:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) weighed in at the Lit Lounge at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. on Thursday, just steps away from where two prospects will step into the ring to face the toughest tests of their young careers. continue
By James Slater - The REAL middleweight championship of the world will be contested this Saturday night inside New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden. Whatever any fighter, from Julio Cesar Chavez Junior to Felix Sturm or any of the other alphabelt champs at 160-pounds may say, Sergio Gabriel Martinez is the true middleweight king, and he will be giving British warrior Matthew Macklin a shot at the crown greats such as Marvin Hagler, Carlos Monzon and Sugar Ray Leonard once held.
29-year-old Macklin, 28-3(19) is well and truly up against it in this fight, however. Argentine southpaw Martinez looks to be in absolutely magnificent physical condition and he is a big betting favourite to win, and win in style, in two days time. Age seems to be the only factor on the challenger’s side. Macklin is hugely hungry and motivated, yet Martinez, though he craves the mega-fights, does not seem to have taken any shortcuts going into this fight; and his sheer professionalism and desire to be a great will see to it that he keeps on winning. This is what most experts think anyway. continue
The World Boxing Organization was informed by Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Omar Nino Romero had a disciplinary fine in the amount of $11,250.00 pending since 2006. WBO President, Francisco Valcarcel contacted Chairman Hon. Juan Ramon Guanzon, from the Games and Amusement Board in the Philippines to inform him that the scheduled WBO Flyweight Championship Bout between Brian Viloria and Omar Nino Romero to be held on March 31, 2012 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Manila, Philippines was pending sanction until such time when the fine was appropriately dealt with. continue
By James Slater: Well, it turns out the quite mouth-watering match-up that was unbeaten lightweight stars Brandon Rios Vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa WAS too good to be true after all. Upon hearing about the scheduled April 14th showdown set for Las Vegas, fans, experts, writers and just about anybody else who loves boxing went into a frenzy over the possible, probable FOTY encounter. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 161st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, world class boxing trainer Robert Garcia, and super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest in boxing news & upcoming fight discussion! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Orlando Salido's TKO10 stoppage of Juan Manuel Lopez in their action packed rematch.
• JuanMa's controversial post fight comments. Will Lopez be able to recover reputation both in and outside the ring.
• What's next for Orlando Salido?
• Mikey Garcia's TKO7 Bernabe Concepcion
• Dereck Chisora getting his boxing licnene revoked
• Vlitali Klitschko's desire to fight David Haye, even without the WBC belt
• Sergio Martinez vs Mathew Macklin pre-fight predictions
New York, NY (3/14/2012) - Things have been a bit hectic the past couple of days for middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez and challenger Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin. The two fighters will square off in the much-anticipated DiBella Entertainment-promoted St. Patrick's Day card this Saturday, taking place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, which is being televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. continue
By Gary Smith: Adnan Amar (25-1, 7 KO’s) is a 29 year old welterweight from Nottingham. He is fighting for the vacant English welterweight title on March 17 on the undercard of the Kell Brook v Matthew Hatton fight at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. continue
By James Slater: Moments ago at The British Boxing Board of Control HQ, former WBC heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora’s licence was withdrawn “indefinitely.”
Due to his controversial conduct both before and (especially) after his recent fight with Vitali Klitschko - when “Del Boy” slapped Vitali at the official weigh-in, then spat water in the face of younger Klitschko brother Wladimir in the ring whilst awaiting the opening bell and then, most seriously of all, got into a post-fight brawl with fellow Brit David Haye - Chisora’s career is now in the balance.
Smiling as he left the Board’s HQ and wearing dark glasses, Chisora now has 14 days in which to appeal the decision. It is unknown if the former British champ will ever be permitted to fight again. continue
By James Slater: As fans have probably read by now, George Groves-Kenny Anderson II, originally set for this Friday night at Wembley, is off. Unbeaten Groves announced that he had to withdraw due to “medical issues,” in a move that left Team-Anderson absolutely furious. continue
Kell Brook says he will “smash” Matthew Hatton in Saturday night’s War of the Roses clash at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield – and there are only 300 tickets left to watch them settle the debate on the number one welterweight in Britain. Tickets have flown out the door for the blockbuster night, which is televised live on Sky Sports 1, HD1 and in 3D from 9pm. Brook and Hatton’s clash closes an action-packed night of title action with Carl Frampton defending his Commonwealth super bantamweight belt against Prosper Ankrah, Greg Proksa defending his European middleweight strap against Kerry Hope and Lee Purdy and Adnan Amar battling for the vacant English welterweight crown. continue
By James Slater: Some say former WBC heavyweight champ Ken Norton looked afraid when making his ring entrance for his fight with unbeaten Irish/American big noise Gerry Cooney. And, as things transpired, the 38-year-old former Muhammad Ali conqueror had a right to be somewhat tentative. Not only was he about to take some of the big punching, but largely untested contender’s (some said hype-job) blows flush on his chin, but Kenny was also about to share the ring with a thoroughly inept third man - one who was to let Cooney swing away at him freely when he was defenceless.
Tony Perez may have had some good nights as referee in the past, but his performance on May 11, 1981 was nothing short of disgusting. Ken Norton could very well have been permanently injured as a result.
Norton came out fighting in his usual way - with his left jab pawing out at his opponent and his right leg being dragged behind him. While Cooney immediately went on the attack. continue
HBO Sports unleashes an explosive middleweight twin bill on St. Patrick’s Day when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: SERGIO MARTINEZ VS. MATTHEW MACKLIN AND EDWIN RODRIGUEZ VS. DONOVAN GEORGE is seen live SATURDAY, MARCH 17 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward will be ringside for all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
By James Slater: Fresh off his ultra-exciting, early FOTY candidate victory over the always-thrilling Juan Manuel Lopez, WBO featherweight king Orlando Salido and his team are already looking towards the next big fight. Promoted by Fernando Beltran, the Mexican warrior known as “Siri” is fully deserving of a big payday, and Beltran is looking to secure one for him. continue
By Jon Campbell: The prestigious pound-for-pound rankings have historically been a way of removing the variable of weight to provide a list of the current top ten boxers on the planet. The Ring magazine is that which possesses the most respected ranking, number 3 on the current one is 37 year-old Argentine Sergio Martinez (48-2-2) who has had great success considering he took up the sport at 20 years old.
The current 'The Ring' Middleweight champ despite his achievements up to now fails to make as much as an impression upon me to the point where I would see him as the third best boxer on the planet. His ability and record is unquestionable but I believe there are numerous fighters more deserving of such an accolade. I will begin my argument by firstly laying out two important things which should be considered when assessing a fighter's pound for pound ability. These are firstly, weight class domination at original weight class. Secondly, successfully moving up in weight. continue
ORANGE, CA (March 14) - This Friday, March 16, undefeated featherweight Abraham 'Chamaco' Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) will square off against Gabriel Tolmajyan (12-1-1, 3 KOs) in the co-feature of this week's ESPN 'Friday Night Fights'. Click on the video link below to hear what Lopez had to say about his upcoming battle against Tolmajyan. continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature two top contenders – former Junior Welterweight titlist Kendall “Rated R” Holt (27-5, 15 KOs) and Junior Welterweight Tim “The Pitbull” Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KOs) in the 10-round main event on March 16. Friday’s show will air at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Cabazon, Calif. The card is presented by Gary Shaw Productions. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten at 30-0 with 25 stoppages, exciting heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov is helping to make the current heavyweight division that much more intriguing, on the European scene especially.
He may not be a massive guy, nor a huge puncher, but the 26 year old Boytsov has so far shown the tools needed to reach the top. Some fans' pick for the most promising young heavy out there, Boytsov is set (according to boxrec.com) to take a somewhat intriguing, possibly tough, test in his next bout.
Boytsov is down as facing durable, experienced and sometimes dangerous U.S big man Dominick Guinn, in Cologne Germany on April 13th. And as much as the much younger, fresher and more active Boytsov looks a big favourite to win the fight, the fans may get to know a little bit more about Boytsov in this fight. continue
NEW YORK - March 14, 2012 - Zab "Super" Judah, former undisputed welterweight and junior welterweight champion, will be featured in Fight Night 36: Zab Judah, premiering Wednesday, March 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. continue
Super middleweight Donovan "Da Bomb" George plans on turning St. Patrick's Day into a Greek holiday this Saturday, March 17, when he comes bearing the gift of leather for his opponent, Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez. continue
Robert Jackson: As Boxing historian Bert Sugar likes to say about a fighters chances “slim and none and slim is out of town” – this indeed may be the mantra surrounding Miguel Cotto’s chances. Elite Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach once said that as a young fighter he would spar with the late Alexis Arguello and Arguello would know what he (Roach) was going to do before he did it. One would have to say that Mayweather is also that class of fighter – he knows what you’re going to do before you do it. And even if he doesn’t know he has the quickness (quickness is in the mind, speed is in the body) to figure things out and do something to render it ineffective.
This Mayweather trait is the most formidible one that WBA Champion Miguel Cotto will be up against. Because of his quick mind, Mayweather is able to adapt very well against his opponents, within a short period of time. Couple this attribute with the training that Mayweather puts himself thru to prepare for a fight and there you have it. continue
(Photo: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME)) -- Paul Strauss: You knew the moment the words came out of Juan Manuel Lopez’ mouth, he was going to regret it. It was an “Ah oh” moment! It’s not the first time a fighter has had a microphone shoved into his face, only later to regret what popped out of his mouth. It’s especially true when the fighter has just experienced a tough loss and had his brains rattled.
The post-fight interview often times provide good theater, but sometimes you have to wonder if the interviewer is being fair to the one who is being put on the spot? With these post-fight interviews, fans are generally looking for insight into what the fighter thinks just happened in the squared circle. Was the fighter surprised by what the opponent did, or how good was the fighter on this particular night? Was the opponent more skilled, or faster than anticipated, such as when David Diaz tried to explain how he couldn’t cope with the speed of the Pacman. He admitted getting his clock cleaned and when acknowledging it, he slipped in a few @#*^!’s, but again it was to be expected considering the circumstances. continue
When problems arose for the NBC Sports Network Fight Night debut on Jan. 21 at the Asylum Arena in South Philadelphia, Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5K0s) stepped up. When he heard Eddie Chambers was pulling out of the card due to injury, Jennings offered to replace him. As it turned out, the main event contest became a toe-to-toe brawl with Jennings defeating fellow-Philadelphian Maurice Byarm, instead of Chambers’ original opponent, ex-WBO world heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich (25-4, 16K0s). continue
by Sylwester Jankowski: Promising light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (20-2, 11 KO) is awaiting his return to the ring which will take place on March 16th at UIC Pavillion in Chicago, Illinois. The 24-years old Pole, nicknamed "The Polish Prince", will face American Byron Mitchell (29-9-1, 22 KO). 6'2 tall Fonfara is going to take advantage of his speed, long jab and footwork. continue
By James Slater: Bitter 140-pound rivals Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan met face-to-face for the first time since their exciting, controversial December 2011 meeting today, the two attending an official press conference in London. The eagerly anticipated return is, as we know, on for May 19th in Las Vegas, and both men naturally feel they are going to win.
There were some interesting quotes from both men at today’s press conference.
A somewhat tired but no less distasteful “I’m ready to die to keep my titles” statement came from Peterson (how may fighters, from Fernando Vargas to Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, have made this vow in recent years?). While a more-relaxed Khan said “You can see by Lamont Peterson’s eyes, he knows he lost the first fight.”
Peterson, who will be making his first title defence, said he ultimately agreed to the rematch “for the fans.. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghanaian Boxer Mohammed Akrong is so grateful for all the support and career push he has received from promotional outfit Box Office Sports so much that he is promising to win his next fight scheduled for the Barona Areena, Espoo, Finland on March 31 by a knock-out just to show his appreciation. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (March 13, 2012) - Four years of planning, hard work and dedication culminates Saturday night for Team Rodriguez as undefeated super middleweight Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez makes his HBO debut against Donovan George at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. continue
HOBOKEN, NJ (March 13, 2012) - Three-time world champion Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria always feels at home fighting in the Philippines. He's looking forward to avenging his first pro loss and completing the Omar Nino Romero trilogy there March 31, headlining the "Island Assault 4: The Battle" pay-per-view-event, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. continue
New York, NY (3/13/2012) - This Saturday, St. Patrick's Day, middleweight kingpin Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez will look to defend his crown against Ireland's top-rated contender Matthew "Mack The Knife" Macklin at the famed Theater at Madison Square Garden. Martinez-Macklin is scheduled for twelve rounds and will be for THE REAL Middleweight Championship of the world. The championship bout will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. continue
MONTREAL (March 13, 2012) - The most feared puncher in boxing, International Boxing Federation ("IBF") No. 2 ranked Adonis "Superman" Stevenson, takes on World Boxing Council ("WBC") No. 2-rated Noe "El Carbonero" Gonzalez, April 20 on ESPN Friday Night Fights in a unification fight, as part of another installment of the popular Fast and Furious Series, live from the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. continue
March 13, 2012 - This Friday on ESPN "Friday Night Fights," welterweights Kendall Holt (27-5, 15 KOs) of Paterson, New Jersey and Baltimore, Maryland's Tim Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KOs), collide in the 10-round main event at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. Both fighters are looking to get back in the win column and promise to leave everything in the ring. continue
PANAMANIAN Bernardo Checa says he will give Martin Rogan the perfect tactics to bring Tyson Fury’s career to a grinding halt when the two heavyweights battle it out on April 14 at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on the main event of Hennessy Sports “Unfinished Business” show. continue
By James Slater - Virgil Hill, known during his prime as “Quicksilver,” achieved plenty in the ring; amateur and pro. Yet the 48-year-old who has not fought in over four years says he is currently in training to make one last comeback. continue
Robert Jackson: Juanma’s emotional accusatory rant directed towards referee Roberto Ramirez after Saturday night’s fight ending TKO loss for the 2nd time to Orlando Salido has cost him a year, so say the WBO. The WBO yesterday suspended Juan Manuel Lopez for a year (Lopez has 5 days to respond). But what does this mean for Lopez?
At 28, Lopez will be missing out on a year of his prime for fighting. continue
Two qualified Olympians and an Olympic hopeful will compete in a the Chemistry Cup, March 14-17 in Halle, Germany. 2012 Olympians Joseph Diaz, Jr. (S. El Monte, Calif.) and Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) and 2012 USA Boxing National Champion Santos Vasquez (Reno, Nev.) will all represent the United States in the Olympic preview event. continue
LAS VEGAS - At 35 years of age, former World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich, 25-4, 16 KOs, has been around the boxing block a few times. However, the mileage he has logged in the ring figures to be his biggest advantage in his next fight. Liakhovich will take on the younger and perhaps hungrier Bryant Jennings, 27, in a 10-round heavyweight contest on the latest edition of the nationally televised "Fight Night" boxing series on the NBC Sports Network, March 24th from Brooklyn, NY. The broadcast begins at 10PM ET. continue
Atlantic City (March 12) - Undefeated dynamo Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell and power-puncher Chazz "The Gentleman" Witherspoon are ready to continue their quest to prove that the concept of the great American heavyweight is alive and well when they face each other in their upcoming Saturday, April 28 bout as the 10- round co-main event of the "Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson: Once And For All" world championship showdown. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. For both of these college graduates, this upcoming bout will not only put regional bragging rights on the line with Mitchell hailing from the Washington, DC area and Witherspoon from the Philadelphia area, but also be the biggest fights of their respective careers as they each look to come one step closer to contending for the heavyweight title. continue
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today that the WBO Executive Committee voted and approved a resolution against Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez after his comments on referee Roberto Ramirez after his defeat versus Orlando Salido last Saturday. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: David Haye has recently announced that Vitali Klitschko has finally agreed to fight in some time in the summer. "Vitali has just finally agreed to fight me in a live RTL interview!!! He told me I will be his next fight!! Let's Get Ready To Rumble!!!" (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/mar/04/david-haye-vitali-klitschko) continue
By James Slater: Exciting heavyweight contender Travis “Freight Train” Walker upset the odds last Friday, as he went to Australia and halted local hero and betting favourite Kali Meehan via 6th-round TKO.
32-year-old Walker, now 39-7-1(31) needed the win - having been beaten in his previous fight and having also been the victim of some debatable decisions - and the powerful 245-pounder who has been called “a modern day Ron Lyle” now looks ahead to another big chance. continue
NORTH BERGEN, NJ (March 12, 2012) - Danny "Little Mac" McDermott looks to make his first appearance at Madison Square Garden in seven years one to remember when he faces Carl McNickles this Saturday, March 17 in a junior welterweight contest scheduled for eight rounds. continue
British Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves has been forced to withdraw from his title defence against Kenny Anderson this Friday (16th March) at the Wembley Arena due to medical reasons. continue
Team Sauerland regrets to inform boxing fans that Mikkel Kessler´s next fight in Copenhagen has been postponed to May 19. The Viking Warrior has not yet regained the necessary fitness following last year´s hand surgery, forcing him to pull out of the April 14 clash with WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz. Details about the new opponent will be announced at a press conference next week. continue
By James Slater - In very sad news, it has been reported how Mexican warrior and former light heavyweight king Julio Cesar Gonzalez died yesterday in a motor bike crash.
Apparently, the still-active 35 year old was struck by a drunk driver.
Gonzalez was the perfect example of a give-his-all warrior, a fighter who took on all comers and who absolutely never, ever knew when he was beaten. Most famous for his shock upset over amazing talent Dariusz Michelchrlski (apologies for the spelling, I'm writing on my I phone) , Gonzalez also rumbled with Roy Jones, Clinton Woods (twice) Tavoris Cloud and, in a truly sensatiinal, must-see war, Julian Letterlough (also sadly rip). continue
Last Wednesday, undefeated super middleweight Badou Jack "The Ripper" (10-0, 8 KOs) continued his march up the professional ranks with a solid six-round unanimous decision (scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56) over Tennessee's Grover Young (6-6-1, 3 KOs)... continue
Hard-hitting German heavyweight contender Konstantin Airich returned back home to Hamburg after stopping WBO#6 Ondrej Pala in the ninth round of an exciting brawl in Tekirdag (Turkey) on Friday night. With this win the „Sandman“ added the WBO European championship to the IBF intercontinental championship which he had won by annihilating Varol Vekiloglu in one round in Regensburg (Germany) last October. At the airport Airich was welcomed by his nine-year-old twins Alexia and Max. continue
By James Slater: I think it’s time for another list! Following on from my top ten list of the 10 best fights held in Las Vegas, I have compiled my own personal choice of the ten fighters who have given us (in my opinion anyway) the most scintillating and action-packed fights in boxing during the time that I have existed on this planet.
Since I was born in 1971, there are many fighters that I had to give consideration to. Compiling such a list is never an easy job, though it is a somewhat fun and enjoyable task. Hopefully, each and every person who reads it will find it fun and enjoyable also. And please remember - just because a fighter is considered one of the most exciting, this does not necessarily mean he is one of the all-round best or most talented - last night’s brave loser Juan Manuel Lopez for example.
But “Juanma” arguably the most consistently thrilling fighter around today (and a possible future addition to the following list) moves fans in a quite passion-filled manner. So did these guys: continue
By Joe Poulton: I hadn’t watched many tapes of Paulus Moses in the build up to his WBO lightweight title clash with Ricky Burns, but I had according to Burns watched more than he, the champion had. These tactics could have been a ploy, good tactics or just plain stupid and the critics were divided in their opinion on whether this was a good idea or not and on Saturday 10th march in front of 6000 fans at the Braehead Arena Glasgow, we would find out. continue
By Paul Strauss: Orlando Salido once again went into Juan Manual Lopez’ backyard, this time at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico and beat him. It took him two more rounds this time, but he got the job done, and it was a good thing because it must have seemed like everyone was against him, even the odds makers. In the first fight on April 16th of last year, he was an eight to one underdog, and as the defending champion, he still couldn’t convince every one of his abilities, because he remained an underdog; although, a closer two to one disadvantage. continue
By James Slater: Forget for a minute who won the fight that contested the WBO featherweight title last night in Puerto Rico. Both Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel Lopez deserve an absolute ton of credit for giving us a classic war that will surely be right at the front of the line when this year’s FOTY awards get chosen. continue
By James Slater: It’s official: Antonio Tarver will face unbeaten, highly touted contender Lateef Kayode on May 26th on Showtime (venue to be confirmed). At stake will be 43-year-old Tarver’s IBO cruiserweight belt. continue
(Photo Credit: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME)SAN JUAN, P.R. (March 11, 2012) – Another fight, another war, another stoppage over Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-2, 28 KOs) for Orlando “Siri” Salido (38-11-2, 26 KOs). The latest installment of the storied Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry saw Salido retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world championship via 10th-round technical knockout in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In the co-featured event, undefeated Mikey Garcia (28-0, 24 KOs) furthered his path toward a title shot with an impressive seventh-round TKO over Bernabe Concepcion (31-5-1, 17 KOs) from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Although Lopez, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, attempted to alter his game plan, he was unable to alter the outcome. The popular Puerto Rican traded his brawling tendencies for boxing to start the bout but was unable to derail the relentless Salido, of Ciudad Obregon, México.
The two men traded blows for much of the fight with Salido often causing more damage. In the fifth round, Salido rocked Lopez and looked to capitalize when he walked into a perfectly timed short left hook from Lopez that sent the surprised Mexican to the canvas. The crowd roared and Lopez seemed to regain some of his confidence, but Salido refused to let up.
Round eight proved to be a short-lived candidate for Round of the Year as round nine eclipsed it only minutes later. The fighters stood toe-to-toe for an entire three minutes, exchanging power shots and displaying courage under fire. continue
(Photo Credit: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME) By Michael Collins: Former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez's career is now in shambles after losing by a 10th round TKO defeat to WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (38-11-2, 26 KO's) on Saturday night in their rematch at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Salido, 31, knocked a tired and hurt Lopez down in the 10th round with an uppercut to the head.
Salido was pressuring Lopez from the opening round nailing him with jabs while stocking him around the ring. Lopez looked to be making a poor attempt at boxing Salido instead of slugging it out with him. Lopez didn't look at all natural or comfortable with the new style, and it clearly didn't have much effect at stopping Salido from making contact.
In the second round, Salido hurt Lopez with a big left hook to the head that had Lopez backing up, clearly hurt. Salido followed it up with another big right hand that connected. Lopez looking to be fighting for his life, landing a hard combination before the round ended. It looked as if Salido had already found the same groove he was in the last time he whipped Lopez last April, except it was even easier this time because Lopez looked gun-shy.
Salido caught Lopez with a big right hand early in the 3rd round. Lopez didn't look good in taking the shot. Lopez was then later hit by a big left-fight combination followed by some uppercuts and hooks to the head while Lopez was cringing on the ropes. Salido suffered a cut over his left eye during the round, but other than that he totally dominated. Lopez looked like he was tying to imitate Floyd Mayweather Jr. with his defense by holding his guard low but it wasn't working at all for him. continue
NEW YORK (March 10, 2012) – SHOWTIME® Sports kicks off its early spring boxing schedule with a rematch of one of last year’s most shocking upsets and wraps it up with another rematch that promises to be one of the year’s most exciting fights. continue
By Michael Collins: A hulking WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (34-2, 9 KO's) was able to easily defeat challenger Paulus Moses (28-2, 19 KO's) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. The final judges' scores were 119-110, 120-110 and 117-111, all for Burns. continue
LOS ANGELES (March 10, 2012) - World middleweight contender Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs), rated No. 6 by the World Boxing Association ("WBA"), has been enjoying the sweet life since his last fight, in which the undefeated, rising star's HBO debut last November in Cancun resulted in a sixth round stoppage of Craig McEwan. continue
By Anthony Ivey: Dannie Williams has had his share of amateur accolades which include a national golden gloves title, and the WBC's Continental lightweight strap as a professional. On March 30th on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, he gets the opportunity to take his career to another level. "I feel great about this opportunity", states Williams (20-1, 17 KO's). continue
by James Slater: Being present at a big fight is a truly incredible experience. Madison Square Garden is for many the greatest venue to attend a fight, the place is just soaked in tradition and atmosphere and it is a very special place for both the fighters and the fans. Many legendary boxers have fought here and quite a few had their pro-debut in the Garden, men like George Foreman and Evander Holyfield to name just two. The greatest night for most at the Garden though was the first epic fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1971. This was the first time two undefeated heavyweight champions ever fought one another. It was indeed an historic event and fittingly it took place in such a venue. continue
By James Slater: Former light-heavyweight king Jean Pascal knows firsthand how tough former two-time WBC 168-pound ruler Carl Froch is. Back in December of 2008, Pascal and Froch went to war in a classic modern day thriller. Froch won the battle, yet the two had a verbal agreement to meet again in a rematch, and Pascal is to be a very interested observer of “The Cobra’s” upcoming, May 26th showdown with Lucian Bute. continue
By Joseph Herron: In the age of the enlightened sports fan, boxing finds itself at a very crucial juncture in its long and illustrious tenure. With the boxing die-hard’s insatiable appetite for the all-action heroes of years past, the sweet science is currently accepting applications from any prizefighter who is willing to take up the mantle of “blood and guts warrior” once again. continue
PROVIDENCE (March 9, 2012) -- 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada made a strong statement in tonight's main event, knocking out veteran "Diamond" Dominique Alexander in the second round, at the Rhode Island Convention Center. continue
In a remarkable heavyweight brawl in front of 3,000 enthusiastic fans at Atatürk Spor Salonu in Tekirdag (Turkey) IBF#15 Konstantin Airich stopped WBO#6 Ondrej Pala in the ninth.
Pala started out strong showing that he is technically more skilled than the rough hard-hitter Airich. Especially Pala’s counterpunching was very precise and effective within the first couple of rounds while Airich didn’t seem to get in the right range for his furious power shots. continue
11 Weigh In – World Boxing Organization (WBO) Featherweight World Champion Orlando “Siri” Salido weighed in at 126 pounds during Friday’s weigh in at the Verdanza Hotel in Isle Verde, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Salido will defend his title against the man he dethroned, former world champ Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, on Saturday, March 10, LIVE on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. continue
By Robert Jackson: Looking ahead to a Yuriokis Gamboa matchup was the worst thing that Puerto Rico’s Juan Manuel Lopez could ever do, considering he had Mexico’s Orlando Salido to face first. Salido a 47 fight veteran at the time had faced a who’s who of championship caliber fighters including Juan Manuel Marquez, Yuri Gamboa and Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero – who he defeated but later had the victory declared a no contest after testing positive for PED’s. continue
By James Slater: Last weekend, former WBA heavyweight champ David Haye was all excited at the thought that he would get to face WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko in “Dr. Iron Fist’s” very next fight. Haye wrote on his Twitter account that the 40-year-old legend had “agreed to fight me on an RTL interview.” continue
By James Slater: It’s highly likely that next to no fight fans will be overly familiar with the name Steve Zouski. Yet the heavyweight battler who turned pro back in 1978 (winning his first 12 bouts, most of them by KO) and who went on to become a journeyman/trial horse in the ’80s and early 90’s holds a unique distinction - Steve was the very first opponent former heavyweight king “Big” George Foreman faced when launching his unlikely 1987 comeback.
It was exactly a quarter of a century ago this very day (March the 9th, 1987) that a 38-year-old Foreman stepped back into the boxing ring having been retired for a full decade. Facing the much younger Zouski, who was 25-11 at the time and had been in with the likes of Mike Tyson, Marvis Frazier and Tony Tubbs, a 267-pound Foreman won via rather ugly-looking 4th-round TKO.
A healthy, largely curiosity-seeking crowd showed up, yet the critics slammed both the fight and Foreman’s “crazy” idea of thinking he could make it back at such an age and at such a poundage.
“George Foreman’s Flabby Comeback!,” World Boxing magazine’s cover story wrote for the April ’87 issue. "The blob that ate Sacramento (the venue of the Zouski fight)," it read in the main artice. Yes, George would be well and truly up against it during this comeback.
Yet Foreman refused to listen to the critics; the so-called experts (imagine if George had paid heed to the “advice” of writers/trainers and commentators such as Wally Matthews, Pedro Fernandez, Gil Clancy and the like - all of whom were ridiculing Foreman’s ring return!?) and he patiently went about the business of ridding himself of ring-rust as he pursued his quest to make it all the way back to the top. continue
By James Slater: When featherweights Juan Manuel Lopez and Orlando Salido met back in April of last year, Lopez was an unbeaten upcoming star who was defending the WBO title. Today, in light of Salido’s big upset stoppage win, it is the Mexican who is the champ and “Juanma’s” stock has fallen at least a little. continue
Paul McCloskey, Martin Lindsay and the line-up for the Betfair Prizefighter all-Irish Middleweights are ready for their huge night at the King’s Hall in Belfast on May 5 – and promoter Eddie Hearn said it’s the first of three big nights of boxing in Belfast for Matchroom Sport in 2012. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with middleweight contender “Irish” Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs)who is scheduled to face Saul Duran (40-19-2, 33 KOs) this Saturday night in Novi, Michigan.
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Lee spoke about his upcoming fight, rumors regarding a June 2 bout against Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, his future plans, the upcoming fight between Sergio Martinez and Matthew Macklin, the current heavyweight picture, what it’s like to train with Wladimir Klitschko, the Haye-Chisora press conference brawl, and more! Here are some excerpts from that interview:
His views on his upcoming fight March 10 (the opponent was since changed to Saul Duran):
“He’s pretty good. I’m not sure if he’s the opponent or what’s going on. There have been a lot of changes with the opponent. Last I heard it was Camacho, but it could change again. Who I fight to me, I know it’s important who I fight, but I’ve trained well and I’m very focused and I know I’m fighting Saturday. So I’m just working towards the date and expecting anyone to be in the other corner. They’re going to have somebody there and hopefully I’ll have a good fight.”
Regarding the March 10 card that he headlines:
“I think it’s going to be a really good card. Anybody who’s here locally should come out and watch it, because there are a lot of good young prospects. A couple of guys will be making their debuts, Jacob Bamos and a guy named William McElroy. Tony Harrison is fighting on the card. He’s 5-0 with 5 knockouts. A guy named LeAndre White will be having his second, and Ernie Garza is a young Mexican kid from Detroit. He was a very good amateur and he’ll be having his debut. There are some good prospects on the card, and I’m headlining the show. I remember when I made my debut here in Detroit. It was a big occasion for me and it meant the world to me, and it’s real nice for these young fighters to be making their debut on my undercard, and I’m proud to be the headline fight on the night.” continue
BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546) will show this Saturday night’s explosive rematch between WBO World Featherweight Champion Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel Lopez live and exclusive from San Juan, Puerto Rico. continue
JERSEY CITY - Today Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO's),discussed his upcoming heavyweight bout with Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KO's), and answered media questions. HIs fight is part of the exciting March 24th NBC Sports Network Fight Night show featuring Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris, airing live 10PM on NBC Sports Network from the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY. continue
World title bout with Bute could be staged outdoors
Carl Froch’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) World super middleweight title challenge against Lucian Bute in May could be heading outdoors after a massive response from the public has led promoter Eddie Hearn to secure a bigger venue. continue
NORTH PHILADELPHIA - Upstart heavyweight Bryant Jennings, 12-0, 5 KOs, believes that when opportunity knocks, you have no choice but to answer. In January, Jennings stepped into the main event of the inaugural telecast of NBC Sports Network's "Fight Night" boxing series by seizing one of those unlikely opportunities that sometimes come along. On one week's notice, Jennings accepted a fight with another undefeated prospect and came away with a nationally televised 10-round victory, and for the first time in his career, left a fight with a little buzz surrounding his name. That buzz translated into yet another opportunity for Jennings on the very next NBC Sports Network "Fight Night" show, promoted by Main Events, March 24th. The fight will be part of fantastic night of boxing featuring Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris. The broadcast begins at 10PM ET. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns weighed in at 9st 8lb 8oz today at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel, while challenger Paulus Moses scaled 9st 7lb 2oz for their big fight tomorrow night. continue
WBO #6 Ondrej Pala (30-2, 21 KOs) and IBF #15 Konstantin Airich (22-5-2, 16 KOs) showed up in great shape and very self-confident at the weigh-in for their combined IBF intercontinental / WBO European championship bout tomorrow (Friday, March 9th) in Tekirdag, Turkey. The clash between the technically skilled Czech and the hard-hitting German will be broadcasted live on Eurosport (starting at 21:00h / 9pm Central European Time). It is a re-match of a 10-rounder in March 2009 which saw Pala getting away with a close Majority Decision win in Cuxhaven, Germany. continue
By James Slater: Last night in New York, heavyweight prospect/contender Tor Hamer got back to winning ways following a 15-month layoff. The 29-year-old took out Haitian-born danger man Dieuly Aristilde by way of 2nd-round KO. continue
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Karlsruhe, Germany – Undefeated Hungarian prospect Gábor Vető (residence in Berne) will face Justin “The Destroyer” Juuko for the second defense of his GBU World super lightweight title on April 21 in Chur, Switzerland. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 8 - local middleweight prospect Raul "El Tigre" Casarez looks to keep his 10-fight winning streak going against longtime contender J.C. Candelo on March 17 in the eight-round main event of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" live from the Pharr Convention Center in Pharr, Texas. continue
Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) will return to the cruiserweight division following last month´s exciting clash with WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin. After long talks with Hall of Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland, coach Ulli Wegner, Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer and sports director Hagen Doering, Huck made the decision to continue at cruiserweight, where he holds the WBO title. His next opponent will be mandatory challenger and interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs). Next up for Povetkin is the mandatory defence against Hasim Rahman. The earliest date for a potential rematch between Huck and Povetkin would be fall 2012. “We believe that defending his WBO Cruiserweight Title is the best thing for Marco to do,” Wilfried Sauerland said. “At the age of 27 he is still very young for a boxer. He can always move up to heavyweight later.” continue
by Sylwester Jankowski (BoxingNews.pl) Two division champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO) is awaiting his return to the ring which will take place on March 24th in Brooklyn, New York. The 35-years old Pole nicknamed “The Highlander” will face a Dominicam fighter Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KO). The bout is scheduled for 10 round and it will be the first Adamek’s ring appearance since his loss to Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO) in September last year. continue
London (Mar 8) The Unfinished Business press conference for the upcoming Heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Martin Rogan took place at the Odyssey Arena on Tuesday (6th) please click on the video below to watch the press conference. continue
By James Slater: It seems there is at least an outside chance that Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao could wind up joining fellow superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior, with a stint in prison. According to a number of reports, Pac-Man is in hot water due to Philippine tax officials filing a criminal complaint against him for failing to submit documents to investigators looking into his tax returns. continue
NEW YORK (March 8, 2012) - The inaugural New York State Boxing Hall of Fame ("NYSBHOF") induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, will be held Sunday, April 1 at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. continue
New York, NY (3/8/12) - Earlier tonight from BB King Blues Club and Grill in mid town Manhattan, DiBella Entertainment presented a thrilling nine bout card, that left the sold-out crowd in attendance begging for more. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 160th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, former heavyweight world title challenger Tony Thompson, and middleweight contender Irish Andy Lee.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest in boxing news & upcoming fight discussion! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Wladimir Klitschko's one sided KO4 win over Jean Marc Mormeck
• Who's next for Wladimir?
• Floyd Mayweather Jr stating that he will never give Manny Pacquiao a 50/50 deal. Does Mayweather Jr. even want the fight any more?
• David Haye's continuing efforts to try and get a fight with Vitali Klitschko. Should Haye have to prove himself against a Dereck Chisora before getting another shot at the title?
• Sonny Boy Jaro's shocking TKO6 upset over Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. Has Wonjongkam slipped as a fighter?
• Luciani Bute vs. Carl Froch announced for May 26 in England. Will this fight prove Lucian Bute is really the second best Super Middleweight in the world
• Orlando Salido vs Juan Manuel Lopez II predictions
CAROLINA, P.R. (March 7, 2012) – Television camera crews and reporters packed the Verdanza Hotel on Wednesday for the final press conference for Salido-Lopez II – the rematch of one of last year’s most shocking upsets – just three days before World Boxing Organization (WBO) Featherweight World Champion Orlando “Siri” Salido defends his title against the man he dethroned, former world champ Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, on Saturday, March 10, LIVE on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. continue
Los Angeles, Calif. (March 7) -Tickets for the highly anticipated Saturday, May 19 rematch between Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Lamont "Havoc" Peterson and former Super Lightweight World Champion Amir "King" Khan at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. go on sale this Saturday, March 10 at Noon PT. continue
Santa Fe Springs, CA (March 7) - Earlier today featherweight Abraham "Chamaco" Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) showcased his boxing skills at The Santa Fe Springs Activity Center in front of the boxing press and fight fans. Lopez, trained hard in front of everyone to show a glimpse of what they can expect to see from him on Friday, March 16 when he squares of against Glendale's Gabriel "The Ghost" Tolmajyan (12-1-1, 3 KOs) as the opener to the exciting 10-round welterweight war between Kendall Holt versus Tim Coleman on ESPN "Friday Night Fights" at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. continue
This Friday (March 9th) two promising European heavyweight contenders clash when WBO#6 rated Ondrej Pala (Czech Republic) squares off against IBF #15 Konstantin Airich (Germany) at Atatürk Spor Salonu in Tekirdag, Turkey in a clash for Airich’s IBF intercontinental championship and Pala’s WBO European champion title. Airich vs. Pala will be the main event for a big show broadcasted live on Eurosport (starting at 21.00h / 9pm Central European time) and streamed live online on wbcboxing.com. continue
Written by Jamie Hooper twitter @Boxingarticles: George Groves defends his British Super Middleweight Championship against Kenny Anderson on the 16th of March at Wembley arena. The two fighters still have unfinished business after their first meeting, which seen Groves fight back from his first Knockdown to stop a tired Anderson in the 6th round. continue
By James Slater: I don’t know about you, fight fans - but I want to see just how good Russian cruiserweight and current interim WBA 200-pound ruler Denis Lebedev really is. The once-beaten southpaw (beaten via close, controversial decision by Marco Huck) has added to his resume quite significantly with wins over modern day legends James Toney (last time out, a shut-out points win) and Roy Jones Junior (back in May of last year, a savage 10th-round KO) - but how would the 32-year-old do if he went in with the division’s best? continue
March, 7, 2012 - The deciding moment for Antonio DeMarco to take his destiny in his hands was the morning as a young teenager when he awoke to find his mother crying at the kitchen table. That day there wasn't a morsel to eat at the DeMarco home and Antonio understood that it was time to grow up and contribute to their humble household. Determined not to be a burden on his parents and hoping to be able to help them get out of the poverty that had so savagely taken a hold, DeMarco, at the tender age of fourteen, embarked with just a backpack over his shoulder on a journey that would lead him to one day capture the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title and realize one of his wildest dreams. continue
March 7, 2012 (Hobart, Australia) - In convincing fashion, Daniel "The Real Deal" Geale (27-1, 15 KOs) defeated Osumanu Adama (20-3, 15 KOs),to retain his IBF middleweight title last night at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Scorecards read, (117-111), (118-110) and (115-113), as Geale marched to a unanimous decision. continue
By James Slater: The great, the incomparable, the immortal Sugar Ray Robinson fought a number of vicious punchers during his incredible 173-19-6(108) bout pro career - a career that saw him dominate at welterweight in the 1940s and at middleweight in the 1950s. During his career, Robinson fought hard-hitters like Jake La Motta, Rocky Graziano, Gene Fullmer and many, many more. continue
By James Slater: Earlier today in Australia, on the Daniel Geale W12 Osamanu Adama, Billy Dib TKO7 Eduardo Escobedo card, heavyweight fringe contender Travis Walker scored an upset TKO over former WBO title challenger Kali Meehan. continue
By James Slater: “Fast” Fres Oquendo sounds an angry guy at present. The normally mild-mannered Puerto Rican, speaking on the web site of his promotional team Hitz Boxing, said he is sick of “doing the right things and getting the short end of the stick.” continue
Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, Jr. who have won 11 world titles between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pacquiao-Bradley world championship fight will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. continue
HOBOKEN, NJ (March 7, 2012) - Three-time world champion Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria headlines the "Island Assault 4: The Battle" pay-per-view-event, defending his World Boxing Organization ("WBO") Flyweight Championship against Omar Nino Romero, March 31 live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: Some sixteen months after George Groves and Kenny Anderson battled it out for Groves’ then newly acquired Commonwealth Super Middleweight Crown, at the M.E.N. in Manchester, the pair are preparing to go to war again on the 16th March. This time it’s for the British title Groves ceremoniously ripped from James DeGale’s grip back in May last year. continue
Following last month’s press conference where Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn and James “Lights Out” Toney nearly came to blows, Gunn made it clear to Team Toney and to the boxing world that this was going to be a fight that James Toney will never forget. continue
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between WBO Lightweight (135 pounds) champion Ricky Burns vs Paulus Moses this Saturday, March 10, at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, in a Frank Warren Promotions presentation. continue
PROVIDENCE (March 7, 2012) - 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada (17-4, 4 KOs) finds himself at the crossroads of his injury-plagued boxing career as he prepares to step into the ring Friday night in Providence against battle-tested veteran "Diamond" Dominique Alexander (22-13-1, 10 KOs) in the eight-round heavyweight bout headlining the "Who's Next?" card, presented by Big Six Entertainment, at the Rhode Island Contention Center. continue
By "Old Yank" Schneider: At 726 St. Peter Street, in the French Quarter of New Orleans one will find Preservation Hall. Since the early 1960's it's been a place where jazz has been played by perhaps every iconic jazz musician of the day. I got lucky and stopped in one February evening almost a lifetime ago and had the good fortune of catching Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, better known by all as Pete Fountin, sitting in with the band on clarinet. Beginning almost on the day Larry Borenstein converted the building from an art gallery to a music hall, musicians have played for tips only. continue
LAS VEGAS - Zab Judah, 41-8, 28 KOs, will face Detroit's Vernon Paris, 26-0, 15 KOs, in a 12-round International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Welterweight Title Elimination Bout at the Aviator Sports Complex, in Brooklyn, NY. The fight promoted by Main Events, is the featured bout of a big night of boxing to be nationally televised by the NBC Sports Network.The Fight Night broadcast begins at 10PM ET. continue
By James Slater: Well, there was a press conference moments ago in Los Angeles, to further promote the planned April 14th clash between lightweights Brandon Rios and Yuriorkis Gamboa, but, as expected in light of recent developments, Rios was the only fighter present. continue
By James Slater: It has been reported by Youngstown News that former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik will return to action against 34-year-old light-heavyweight Aaron Jaco in San Antonio, Texas on March 31st. The Vindicator reports how 29-year-old Pavlik, 37-2(32), now being trained by Robert Garcia, will meet Jaco at 168-pounds. continue
By James Slater: Though unbeaten Cuban defector Yuriorkis Gamboa has made it clear he is not afraid to fight fellow unbeaten Brandon Rios, the former featherweight has also stated clearly that the fight - set for April 14th in Las Vegas with the vacant WBA 135-pound title on the line - will only happen under contractual terms that are to his liking. continue
by James Slater: It takes a very special fighter to dominate a full decade. To have fought the best consistently for ten years, and to have beaten the same over the time period, is an incredible fistic achievement. continue
MIAMI (March 6, 2012) - MO Productions president Carlos Oliveira announced today that the long rumored fight between retired Brazilian living legend, four-time world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas, and undefeated World Boxing Council South American middleweight champion Michael "The Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira, will take place June 2 at Conrad Punta Del Este and Resort Casino in Uruguay. continue
Former two-time world champion and top-rated bantamweight Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko is now a promotional free-agent. Agbeko recently gained his freedom from Don King, the aging wild-haired promoter who is now virtually powerless in the sport he once dominated. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 6, 2012) – With his opponent all but guaranteeing a victory, vocal lightweight champion “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy has issued yet another reply in hopes of ending the banter between he and Dannie Williams before the two settle their feud in the ring later this month. continue
Namibian ‘Man About Boxing’ Nestor Tobias docked in the UK last Sunday brimming with belief that his charge Paulus Moses can reclaim a portion of the world lightweight pie when he goes up against World Boxing Organization (WBO) monarch Ricky Burns at the Braehead Arena on Saturday. continue
After coming perilously close to lifting the Commonwealth strap in late September, heavy-fisted South Queensferry super-feather Paul Appleby jumps back into the fireline on Saturday’s big Braehead bill against Dublin’s unbeaten Stephen Ormond for the Celtic title. continue
March 5, 2012 - IBF #6 ranked heavyweight, Maurice Harris (25-15-2, 11 KOs) has signed a contract to fight Edmund Gerber (19-0, 13 KOs) in Erfurt, Germany on May 5, 2012. Team Sauerland will promote the 8-round bout. continue
SCOTT JENKINS has revealed he has had a one-to-one training session with Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton. And the prospect hopes he will reap the benefits when he bids for his fourth professional win at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on Saturday March 24. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 5 - After an explosive night of boxing on January 6, Golden Boy Promotions is excited to return to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California on Friday, March 16 with Weslaco, Texas' Omar Figueroa Jr., who handed rising star Michael Perez his first loss that night, taking on Mexico's Ramon Ayala in a 10 round battle for Figueroa's WBO Intercontinental Youth lightweight title. continue
New York, NY (3/5/2012) - On January 21st, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) kicked off the 2012 season of the "Broadway Boxing" series with a thrilling sold-out event at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Now, less than two months later, the series returns to midtown Manhattan, this time at BB King Blues Club and Grill. While the venue might have changed, the results are the same: a complete sellout. continue
March 5, 2012 - Pound 4 Pound Promotions features Boxing360's undefeated prospects, Russian welterweight, Vitaliy Demyanenko (19-0, 12 KOs), and Brooklyn New York's Bryan Acaba (2-0), on March 17, 2012, at Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. GoFightLive.tv will stream the event live on the Internet at 7:30 pm ET via Pay Per View at a price of $9.99. continue
LOS ANGELES (Mar. 5) - As Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) made easy work of his voluntary opponent, Jean Marc Mormeck (36-5, 22 KOs) Saturday in Germany, a 6'5, 255 lb. heavyweight was watching from the states knowing he "Got Next." That man was Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs), and he is the International Boxing Federation (IBF) mandatory challenger for Wladamir in a bout to take place no later than mid-July. continue
By Adeyinka Makinde: There are several component parts making up the sum of what historically made the sport of boxing a vital and compelling form of entertainment for the American fight fan. Primary among these was the development of raw talent from the neighbourhood clubs as well as overseeing the transition of amateur fighters to the professional ranks through the state and nationwide boxing programs.
There was also the requirement that the promoters matched such talent competitively and regularly if they were to hold the interest of the fans. It is no surprise therefore that the maladies of contemporary boxing stem, arguably, from the non-availability and the mishandling of talent as is palpably demonstrable with the state of the heavyweight division. It is also quite clear that for a miscellany of reasons, fight promoters are failing to deliver genuinely competitive bouts in the main event and under-the-bill match ups. The reasons for the aforementioned continue to be argued and debated upon by members of the fight community.
One other matter consistently featuring in the heated discourse on the state of the sport is the standard of officiating. The fallout from recent world title matches involving Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz, and Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson are examples of bouts which caught the eye of the wider news media for all the wrong reasons.
For the aficionado, however, part of the overriding sense of malaise and degeneration in the fortunes of the sport which he loves is increasingly centred on the quality of refereeing.
Unlike other fields of professional activity where optimum standards of performance are demanded, and a high enough threshold is demarcated for practitioners to function at a level which is acceptable, it has often appeared that the administrators of the sport have been rather lax in enforcing minimum levels of competence. continue
By James Slater: On a short U.K mini-tour of after dinner speaking gigs, living legend Marco Antonio Barrera had some interesting things to say to his enthralled Wolverhampton audience this past Saturday night. Looking a whole lot younger than his 38 years, a mop-topped “Baby Faced Assassin” said that while he feels there are a number of current world champions he could defeat at this stage in his life, he will only take “good money fights” if they are offered to him. continue
Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrsion has been forced to postpone his comeback bout with Ali Adams, scheduled for April 14 at the Brentwood Centre, Essex. It will now take place 6 weeks later on 26th May at the same venue. continue
By James Slater: It could be argued that if there is a heavyweight on the planet capable of defeating Wladimir Klitschko we haven’t heard of him yet. For unless there is some young, hungry, talented, powerful, rock-chinned approx 240-pounder lurking somewhere in a gym quietly honing his craft as he prepares to launch himself on an unsuspecting heavyweight division, world ruler Wladimir Klitschko’s belts are perfectly safe. continue
by Sylwester Jankowski (BoxingNews.pl): Former two division champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 40 KO) trains hard for the upcoming fight with Dominican Nagy Aguilera which is scheduled on March 24th in Brooklyn, New York. The Pole nicknamed “Goral” (eng. “The Highlander”) is out of boxing since being stopped by World Boxing Council (WBC) world champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO) in September last year. continue
MARCH 5, 2012 (NEWPORT BEACH, CA) - Ever since it gained worldwide notice in 1996, women's boxing has produced a series of great fighters, but two iconic names stand above the rest - Christy Martin and Mia St. John. continue
By Dave Cacciatore: Watching the heavyweight champ pummel his blown up ex-crusierweight challenger had all the suspense of watching a Road Runner cartoon. It was only a question of when Jean Marc Mormeck was going to be dropped off the side of the cliff. Unfortunately, for Wladimir Klitschko and the sport of boxing this same predictable story has become all too common. After largely cleaning out all the remaining contenders, there are few top fighters on the heavyweight landscape that have not been conquered by the Klitschko brothers. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: (3/4/12) - Heavyweight Fres Oquendo returned to the ring for the first time in 15 months last night, stopping Travis Fulton in two rounds in Davenport, Iowa. Oquendo floored Fulton with a left uppercut to the jaw after dominating the bout with rapid fire left jabs. Oquendo is now 33-7 (22 KO’s). Fulton drops to 15-27 (15 KO’s). continue
ST. LOUIS (March 5, 2012) - Lightweight knockout specialist "Dangerous" Dannie Williams (20-1, 16 KOs) will break training camp in Youngstown (OH) later this month and head east to challenge North American Boxing Federation ("NABF") "Hammerin' Hank" Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) in the ESPN Friday Night Fights 10-round main event at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between WBO Featherweight (126 pounds) champion Orlando Salido vs Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez this Saturday, March 10, at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, ina Top Rank presentation in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions and Promociones Zanfer. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (March 5, 2012)—On Saturday night March 17th an outstanding night of boxing returns to Ballys in Atlantic City when John Lynch’s Pound for Pound Promotions presents returns featuring once beaten Super Middleweight Farah Ennis taking on Dion Savage in a ten round bout. continue
By James Slater: Heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko had absolutely no problems at all in picking up his 50th KO victory last night. As fans expected, 39-year-old Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck was in way over his head and had next to no chance of even making the fight competitive. Before the fight, doing the best he could to build up the mismatch, Wladimir’s trainer Emanuel Steward said Mormeck would last at least six rounds. continue
By James Slater - According to former WBA heavyweight champ David Haye, speaking via his Twitter account, WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko has agreed to fight “The Hayemaker” in his very next fight.
“Vitali has just finally agreed to fight me in a live RTL interview!! He told me I will be his next fight!! Let’s get ready to rumble!!!” continue
By Paul Strauss: In one of Floyd Mayweather, Jr’s latest little tidbits, he offers his opinion that Larry Merchant was under the influence when covering fights. Little Money’s loyal fans carry things a step further and call Larry a racist, someone who has never given black fighters proper credit. Ouch! continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) – Twenty boxers claimed national titles on Saturday at the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships at the Fort Carson Special Events Center near Colorado Springs, Colo. For 14 of the day’s national champions, they earned not only a gold medal but also the right to represent the United States in two critical international competitions.. continue
By Lewis Croft: Leaning on the ropes is one thing but doing what Tom Dallas did is another. With both fighters coming back from a loss it was there chance to return with a band and a purpose. For Matt Skelton, a former British, Commonwealth, European champion and a world title challenger after a torrid last 2 years at the age of 45 looked to reignite himself on the British
heavyweight scene. continue
By Lewis Croft: The fact that Wladimir Klitschko’s (57-3, 50 KOs) mandatory defence against Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-5, 22 KOs) was always going to be one of the biggest mismatches in
boxing to be contested for a heavyweight title but that never stopped or diminished ticket sales in any shape or form. Regardless of the opponent, fans of the Klitschko brothers will always turn up in there droves. Tonight the ESPIRIT arena in Dusseldorf was packed out to the rafter with nearly 55,000 fans eager to get a glimpse of Wladimir Klitschko. continue
by Paul Strauss: Poor Joe Tessitore, he has to stand silently in close proximity to Teddy Atlas when Teddy goes off on a rampage. This time Teddy’s ESPN2 FNF overkill dealt with the controversial decision made in favor of Alexander Povetkin, who we all know is Teddy’s former protégé. . continue
LOS ANGELES, March 2 - 2004 United States Olympian Vicente Escobedo's homecoming bout against Lonnie Smith headlines this Saturday night's edition of "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" at the Woodland Community Center in Woodland, California, but the action doesn't start there, as unbeaten Manuel "Tino" Avila headlines a stacked undercard featuring a host of local talent. continue
By James Slater - In a quite unusual move (at least it is in my opinion), a German court has forbidden boxer Marco Huck from discussing the activities of the two Klitschko brothers in public. Web site Russia Today has reported that Huck, a current cruiserweight/heavyweight contender who gave belt holder Alexander Povetkin a torrid time in a great action fight last Saturday, faces a 250,000 Euro fine or six months in jail if he violates the injunction.
Huck apparently alleged that the recent “slap” incident ahead of the Vitali Klitschko-Dereck Chisora fight was staged so as to add further intrigue and attention to the title fight. Bernd Boente, the Klitschkos’ manager, filed an official complaint and the court decided Boente had a case.
But is the court’s ruling a fair one? Whatever happened to freedom of speech? continue
Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing wishes to congratulate his fighter, WBA World Featherweight Super Champion Chris "The Dragon" John, for being awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Boxing Association. 32-year-old John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) has defeated the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Derrick Gainer and Rocky Juarez while making 15 successful defenses over a WBA-record nine years of being champion. . continue
By James Slater - Fresh off his very impressive, dominant points win over the always-dangerous Marcos Maidana, welterweight contender Devon Alexander is looking for another big name for his next fight. Feeling stronger and more powerful at 147, and living up to his “The Great” nickname during the near shut-out points victory, the gifted southpaw put behind him his disappointing loss to Tim Bradley.. continue
Leading up to the title defense of WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO and “The Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko against Jean-Marc Mormeck, Ola Afolabi is eager to take the next step in his career. He will face off with Valery Brudov for the WBO Interim Cruiserweight Championship. Both title fights will take place in the already sold out ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf (Germany) on Saturday, March 3.
Afolabi knocked out Enzo Maccarinelli to win the vacant WBO interim title on March 14, 2009. His last fight was a knockout victory against British champion Terry Dunstan in round 1 on the Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye show last year. His fight record is 18-3-2 with 8 Kos.
Brudov’s record is 39-3 with 28 Kos. He fought Jim Franklin in June 2011 last and scored a second round TKO. Brudov's 3 losses came against Guillermo Jones for the WBA world title (TKO 11) in 2010, Firat Arslan by split decision for the WBA title in 2007, and against Virgil Hill for the WBA world title fight in 2006. continue
By Paul Strauss: ESPN2’s featured bout of the evening, coming from the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, Hollywood, FL was full of action……one-sided action, but action. Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman was much too skilled for the bigger Jesus Pabon, who was down in the 1st , 3rd, and 4th rounds before going down for the fourth and final time in the 8th. continue
By John G. Thompson: Ed “The Lion” Paredes (30-3-1, 20 KO’s) looked good against short-notice opponent Manuel “Pirry” Leyva (21-5, 12 KO’s), however, Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman’s (32-0-1, 19 KO’s) knockout of Jesus Pabon (17-3, 11 KO’s) stole the show at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. continue
Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Brawl featuring, Irish star, Andy Lee.
For the first time since the Golden Kronk era, Emanuel Steward of Kronk Gym is promoting a night of professional boxing on Saturday, MARCH 10th, at THE SUBURBAN COLLECTION SHOWPLACE in NOVI, MI.
Kronk Fight Night will feature a full slate of bouts from Steward’s latest roster of soon-to-be-champions. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the headliner in the main event will be Kronk’s Irish star, ANDY LEE. Lee has fought on national television 6 times, his record is 27-1. In his last bout, he defeated the only fighter to defeat him. His victory was shown on HBO. Lee’s opponent is Alexis Camacho, his record 17-3 (16 KO) out of Austin, Texas.
The new crop of Kronk’s Professional Fighters includes, Tony Harrison, LeAndre White, Jacob Bonas, Ernie Garza of Saginaw, MI and Wade Tolle Jr. of Monroe, MI.
Equipped with a new set of Kronk boxing stars, International Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Steward proudly states, “This is the most talented group of youngsters I have had since the days of Tommy Hearns, Hilmer Kenty, Mickey Goodwin, Milton McCrory and Jimmy Paul”.
Steward is world renowned for making Detroit’s Kronk Gym famous for developing youngsters into great fighters. He is currently a boxing commentator for HBO. He has trained/managed more world champions than anyone in the history of the boxing (43).
“Many of the youngsters on this card have the talent to become world champions. The event expects to be a sold out show”. “ANDY LEE is tentatively scheduled to challenge, WBC World Champion JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR., on June 2, 2012. His title bout will be aired on HBO. continue
By Lewis Croft: ‘They are boring, robotic and lack the charisma of a Heavyweight champion’, ‘All they do is jab, jab and hold’, ‘They wouldn’t last five minutes against a throwback fighter like Tyson, Dempsey, Frazier or a Liston’.
Unfortunately this is just a sample of what many people think about the current heavyweight champions of this generation. Regardless of what people say about them, the fact is the Kiltschko brothers are and have been for many years the dominant force in the heavyweight division. continue
Former two time world champion, Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez weighed today 133.3 pounds before his Gym training for the rematch versus Orlando Salido, continuing in his plan for the fight to be held next March 10 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico in a Top Rank presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), Promociones Zanfer and San Juan City, to be televised on Showtime and Showtime Extreme.. continue
By John G. Thompson - It may cost him $10,000 but according to various sources former champion Gabriel Campillo filed the necessary paperwork for an appeal with the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation following an atrocious decision on February 28th at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Two of the three judges of the bout awarded the split decision to Campillo’s opponent Tavoris Cloud, thus robbing Campillo of Cloud’s IBF light heavyweight belt. Showtime commentator and recent inductee into the Boxing Hall of Fame Al Bernstein said after the fight, “It’s one of the most egregious decisions I’ve ever seen.” continue
By James Slater - The official weights for tomorrow night’s Ring Magazine, WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight title fight are in: defending champ Wladimir Klitschko came in at a ready 244.7-pounds, while challenger and former cruiserweight ruler Jean Marc Mormeck tipped-in at a fraction above 216-pounds.. continue
The NBC Sports Network and Main Events officially announced today that they have added a new date - June 1st - to the schedule of the network's popular nationally televised "Fight Night" boxing series. The new show will originate from the Events Center of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. continue
By James Slater - IBF light-heavyweight king Tavoris Cloud, 24-0(19) won a close, controversial decision over tricky southpaw Gabriel Campillo last time out. The all-action Floridian took, and is still taking, a lot of stick for the verdict that went his way, yet the 30-year-old moves on to his next fight.
Al Bonanni, Cloud’s trainer, kindly took the time out to speak with me yesterday evening, when he spoke about the forthcoming plans for the unbeaten 175-pounder.
Here is what Al had to say:
James Slater: It’s great to be able to speak with you, Al - I know you are a busy man. First of all, what’s your take on Tavoris’ win over Gabriel Campillo? People are still moaning about that split decision.. continue
By James Slater - Yesterday in his native Thailand, defending WBC and Ring Magazine flyweight king Pongsaklek Wongjongkam was the victim a a huge upset, courtesy of Filipino challenger Sonny Boy Jaro. Seen as a straightforward fight going in, the Thai southpaw was instead dropped heavily in the opening round, again in the 3rd and then stopped in the 6th.. continue
The much anticipated World Series of Boxing (WSB) knock-out stages finally got underway today with two high-octane encounters on the Asian continent. Astana Arlans faced the tricky Mexico City Geurreros and Venky's Mumbai Fighters hosted the undefeated Baku Fires in the first leg of these quarter-final showdowns. continue
Former World Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek and trainer Roger Bloodworth spoke to the media following an open workout at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey on Thursday. In the second installment of NBC Sports Network Fight Night series, Adamek, 44-2, 28 KO's, will face "Dominican Dynamite" Nagy Aguilera, 17-6, 12 KO's. The bout will take place Saturday, March 24th at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn on the undercard to Zab Judah's Homecoming bout against Detroit's Undefeated Vernon Paris.
ROGER BLOODWORTH - "Tomasz has learned a lot from the Klitschko fight. I think we got in the ring with him too soon, but boxing is a business and the offer was good, so we had to take it. Had we waited, things might have been different.. continue
On March 16, 2012, Gary Shaw Productions and ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" bring another exciting televised boxing event to the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. In the main-event, light welterweights Kendall Holt (27-5, 15 KOs) and Tim Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KOs) battle in a 10-round bout. Says Promoter Gary Shaw, "This is going to be a great night of boxing. Both Holt and Coleman are looking to get back in the win column and I expect them to come out swinging. A win for either fighter can get them back into title contention." continue
Mauricio Herrera inks contract to fight Mike Alvarado on April 14 under the much anticipated Rios-Gamboa card
Orange, CA (March 1) - Building champions one fight at a time. That is the slogan that Thompson Boxing Promotions has followed in the past when making the careers of champions such as Timothy Bradley and Yonnhy Perez. continue
Los Angeles (March 1) - Kings of boxing Seven-Time and Five Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto took their thrones from coast to coast as they announced their May 5 super fight which is taking place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. The three-city press tour culminated as boxing excellence came together in Los Angeles where Canelo Alvarez and Sugar Shane Mosley joined Mayweather and Cotto to announce their co-featured May 5 championship bout, completing the "Ring Kings: Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto" royal court.
The week-long press tour kicked off Monday with much fanfare on Cotto's home turf in San Juan, Puerto Rico when approximately 8,000 boxing fanatics poured into the Coliseo de PR José Miguel Agrelot. The crowd was treated to a pyrotechnic display (see link to video below) to kick-off the event as Mayweather made his first-ever appearance on the island and Cotto greeted his fans with admiration and the promise of once again bringing his championship belt home to Puerto Rico. continue
By James Slater - It has just been announced that unbeaten IBF super-middleweight king Lucian Bute will travel to former two-time WBC ruler Carl Froch’s hometown of Nottingham to defend his belt on May 26th. A massive fight - one that has been in the works for some time - Bute-Froch is about as good as it gets in today’s talent-rich 168-pound weight class. continue
Popular cruiserweight Rich Gingras, one of the stars of The Contender, Season IV reality television show, returns to the ring March 9 after a 2 ½-year layoff in a six-round bout on the Who's Next? card at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Who's Next? - presented by Big Six Entertainment - is headlined by an eight-round heavyweight fight between 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada (17-4, 4 KOs), fighting out of Providence, and veteran "Diamond" Dominique Alexander (22-13-1, 10 KOs). . continue
NEW YORK, NY (March 1, 2012) – International Boxing Federation (IBF) / World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Association (WBA) super heavyweight champion WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO (56-3, 49 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine, his Hall of Fame trainer EMANUEL STEWARD, EPIX Sports executive Travis Pomposello and Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions, hosted an international media conference call on Wednesday discussing Klitschko’s March 3rd world title defense against two-time cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs), of Pantin, France.
Klitschko vs. Mormeck is the third of three heavyweight title fights broadcast live to the U.S. on three consecutive Saturdays, exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com will stream the fights live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans. continue
Former WBO world title challenger Michael "Cold Blood" Clark (42-7) dropped an 8 round split decision to Bahodir Mamadjonov (9-0) in a 140 pound WBC USNBC title eliminator at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday night. A knockdown of Clark from a straight left by Mamadjonov in the final round proved to be the difference. Scores were 76-75 Clark, 76-75 and 77-75 Mamadjonov who is now the mandatory challenger for WBC USNBC champ Robert Frankel (30-11). continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) – 2012 USA Boxing National Championships competition moved into quarterfinal round action on Thursday at the Fort Carson Special Events Center. All of Thursday’s victors moved onto the semifinals and now stand just two wins away from a national title as well as the chance to compete in the final international Olympic qualifier in the seven men’s non-qualified weight divisions. continue
The Cobra battles Canadian for World title in first hometown fight in over two years
Carl Froch will challenge Lucian Bute for the IBF World super middleweight title at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on May 26.
The Nottingham star will fight in his hometown for the first time since October 2009 against the unbeaten Canadian-based Romanian who will defend his belt for the tenth time against The Cobra.
Froch comes back home after fighting the best in the business on the road as part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, facing Mikkel Kessler in Denmark, Arthur Abraham in Finland and a semi-final and final in Atlantic City against Glen Johnson and Andre Ward.
The 34 year-old has championed a huge hometown show since teaming up with new promoter Eddie Hearn and he is delighted to be back fighting in front of a home crowd. continue
TYSON Fury says he is coming to the Odyssey Arena to fight Martin Rogan on April 14 to prove that he is the rightful successor to the ultimate Irish warrior Cucuhalian. The battle between Ireland's two top heavyweights will be a memorable night and Fury, whose uncle lives just outside Belfast, says it will be a fight unlike any other ever seen in an Irish ring. continue
By Laz Izada - Wedsnesday afternoon at Duffys Sports Grill in North Miami Beach Acquinity Sports held its press conference for its upcoming show "D-Day, Dominican Domination" this Friday night March 2 on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights 9pm est, taking place at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Convention Center in Hollywood, Fl. continue
By James Slater - Floyd Mayweather has surprised some people by agreeing to face reigning WBA 154-pound king Miguel Cotto at 154-pounds - not at some catch-weight that so many of today’s fighters insist on boxing at when facing a naturally bigger man. The 35-year-old all-time great has just one request going into May 5th’s huge showdown with the Puerto Rican star: that the fight is fought with 8-ounce gloves, not ten-ounce.
As quoted by Ringtv.com, “Money,” who will be having just his second fight above welterweight, believes his massive win over Oscar De La Hoya could have ended earlier had the “World Awaits” fight been fought with smaller gloves.
“Against De La Hoya, they gave me heavyweight gloves. They have me 10-ounce gloves,” Mayweather said. “We are requesting 8-ounce gloves for this one. Hopefully, we can get them. We want blood, sweat and tears for this one.” continue
Greene and O’Donnell join Prizefighter line-up – tickets on sale at 9am tomorrow - Martin Lindsay is planning to fight on the massive Belfast bill alongside Paul McCloskey and the all-Irish Middleweight Betfair Prizefighter night on May 5 in King’s Hall, live on Sky Sports. continue
After six months without a fight, London based Dutch Cruiserweight Mitchell Balker finally gets the chance to return to the fray at Spencer Fearons Hard Knocks Promotions first event of the year, Shamrock Showdown II, at The Troxy in Limehouse, London on the 23rd March. continue
Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin opened up his training camp to the media in lower Manhattan yesterday ahead of his St. Patrick's Day showdown with Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez at Madison Square Garden. Macklin and trainer Buddy McGirt, a former two weight World Champion during his own career performed an open workout before a packed house at the Trinity Boxing Club in New York City with those in attendance including Tipperary hurling stars Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly.
Macklin's upcoming middleweight championship bout with Martinez is live on HBO's "World Championship Boxing" in the US and on Sky Sports 1 in Ireland and the UK on Saturday, March 17 and with a little over two weeks to go until the fight, Macklin looked to already be in phenomenal shape. continue
The quarterfinalists have now been determined at the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships as the competition closes its fourth day of action at the Fort Carson Special Events Center. Wednesday’s boxing featured the first appearance of the female boxers with first round action taking place in the bantamweight, featherweight and light welterweight classes. continue
The International Boxing Association is pleased to announce that its Executive Committee Bureau has approved today 1 March 2012 some key amendments made to the AIBA Technical & Competition Rules. These amendments were proposed by the AIBA Technical & Rules Commission further to recommendations made by the various AIBA Commissions following the 2012 AIBA Commissions meetings held from 19 to 22 January in Bangkok, Thailand. continue
By James Slater - As fight fans almost certainly know, tickets have just recently gone on sale for the May 5th Mayweather-Cotto showdown in Las Vegas. A whopping $1,500 will get you a ringside ticket, while the not inconsiderable sum of $200 will get you a “cheap” seat.
The power of superstardom Mayweather (and, to a lesser extent, Cotto) currently hold allows the promoters to charge such massive prices - that and the fact that the show at The MGM Grand will have a quality under-card; topped by “Canelo” Alvarez-“Sugar” Shane Mosley. And all up-and-coming fighters with real talent are hoping that they too will one day be able to command as many dollars as the master known as “Money” is currently able to do.. continue
Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute "Island Assault 4: The Battle," featuring the World Boxing Organization ("WBO") Flyweight Championship between defending champion Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria and challenger Omar Nino Romero, March 31 live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. continue
There’s now a blemish on the record, one that didn’t exist a year ago, and there have been minor setbacks along the way, but Vladine Biosse hasn’t changed his outlook in the face of adversity. “I feel the same way I did when I first started,” said the super middleweight prospect from Providence, R.I. “I’m still a top contender, and I’m still pushing for that world championship. I’m going to be a world champion whether people want to see it or not.” continue
By James Slater - Promoter Frank Maloney today officially announced the David Price-Sam Sexton bout, for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles Tyson Fury chose to vacate, will go ahead at Aintree, Liverpool on Saturday May 19th.
Maloney, having a dig at the recent Haye-Chisora brawl in Germany, said the upcoming fight will be “between two gentleman, not two thugs.” Both Price and former Commonwealth champ Sexton have a history and they have nothing but respect for one another. Rest assured, though - when the bell rings there will be action.
28-year-old Price, 12-0(10) must first come through his U.S debut - set for March 24th in Atlantic City against Frenchman Josue Blocus, 16-2(14) - but he will almost certainly enter the ring against Sexton as a substantial betting favourite.. continue
ADAM ETCHES has already sold 500 tickets for his next fight. The popular Sheffield light-middleweight will be in action on Hatton Promotions double title bill in his hometown at Ponds Forge Arena on Saturday March 24. Etches who is unbeaten in six pro fights said: “Selling the tickets does mess me about sometimes, but it is all part of the job so I am not moaning. continue
By Robert Brown: In this article I will be discussing a number of reasons why the most dominate middleweight in the world Sergio Martinez fails to attract the marquee names and possibly provide a solution to his current predicament.
When I think of Sergio Martinez’s current situation it reminds me of a former junior welterweight super star who faced a lot of the same hurdles that Martinez is now facing, his name is Aaron Pryor, who after failing to qualify for the 1976 US Olympic team languished in obscurity in the lightweight division fighting a bunch of faceless challenges in small arenas.
Despite a record of 23/0 in the lightweight division he had to move up to the junior welterweight division to receive a title shot in which he beat Antonio Kid Cervantes for the title, who had previously been dominated for a number of years. continue
The rematch between Chevelle Hallback and Terri Blair will be broadcast live Friday March 2 at 8 PM Eastern time on LDLTV and UStream free of charge. Calling the action from ringside will be Billy C, host of Talkin' Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio show, and former world champion Nate Campbell. "Not only do we have the scheduled eight round battle between Chevelle and Terri Blair, two other women's bouts are also on the card: Noemi Bosques making her pro debut against Vanessa Greco, and Shirvelle Williams mixing it up with Cimberly Harris," Billy C said. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: "Just by speaking to Pacquiao on the phone, I mean, he's not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer," Mayweather said. (http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7626619/floyd-mayweather-jr-says-manny-pacquiao-not-one-sharpest-not-getting-50-50-split). continue
New York, NY (2/29/12) - Earlier today, Matthew Macklin participated in an open workout before a packed house of media at the Trinity Boxing Club in New York City. Macklin is being trained by world-class trainer Buddy McGirt for his upcoming middleweight championship bout live on HBO's "World Championship Boxing" against Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. With a little over two weeks to go until the fight, Macklin looked to already be in phenomenal shape.
On hand to show their support for Macklin were Irish Hurling stars Eion Kelly (right of Macklin in the Photo) and Lar Corbett (left of Macklin in the photo), who had made the trip over from Ireland earlier this week and have been touring the city with Macklin to rally together the heavy Irish community throughout the New York area to come out and support Macklin on March 17. Below are photos and quotes from the media day. continue
Undefeated Junior Welterweight Vernon Paris, 26-0, 15 KOs, is already in the best shape of his career and looks forward to his big opportunity against Zab Judah on March 24th at the Aviator Sports Complex, in Judah's hometown of Brooklyn, NY. The 24-year old fighter known as the "Ice Man" sees his fight on the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast as the chance he's been waiting for. The broadcast will begin at 10pm ET. . continue
Marco Huck’s representatives have informed me that he has yet to decide if he will stay a Jr. Heavyweight or choose the Heavyweight division, but that his decision is imminent during the upcoming week. As I will be in Germany for the Klitschko and Afolabi bouts, I will be meeting with Marco Huck’s representative, Chris Meyer from Sauerland Events regarding this matter. continue
Wladimir Klitschko and Jean-Marc Mormeck held their open work out at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Düsseldorf (Germany). Over 900 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday, March 3.
WBA/WBO Superchampion, IBO/IBF World Heavyweight and “The Ring” Champion Klitschko and his contender Jean-Marc Mormeck will face off at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.
A video and pictures of the Klitschko and Mormeck open work out is available on the official Klitschko facebook page (www.facebook.com/ VitaliWladimirKlitschko).. continue