By Steve Mabbott: #7 WBC, #9 WBA middleweight contender Andy Lee (28-2, 20 KO’s) will be returning to the ring on February 9th after a seven month layoff to face Anthony Fitzgerald (13-3, 4 KO’s) at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lee, 28, hasn’t fought since being stopped by former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last June at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.… Read Article
New York, NY (December 20, 2012) – Super middleweight contender Will “Power” Rosinsky earned a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over former USBA Light Heavyweight titlist Otis “Triple OG” Griffin Wednesday evening at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
With a packed house roaring him on, Rosinsky fought through a few rough moments in the early going. The Queens, NY native got cut over his left eye in the opening round and was briefly … Read Article
By Jeff Sorby: #8 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (21-1, 11 KO’s) returns to the ring tonight to face Russian Konstantin Airich (24-8-2, 18 KO’s) in a battle for the vacant WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean heavyweight titles at the Maritim Hotel, in Cologne, Germany. … Read Article
Photos by Adrian Hernandez – On Thursday, December 20th, all fighters scheduled to compete on Leija Battah Promotions’ “River City Rumble” fight card at La Villita participated in the customary pre-fight weigh-in media event.
While the opposing fighters were ostensibly anxious to contend in the December 21st battle, the qualifying pugilists displayed professionalism and sportsmanship while facing off for the attending media.
The only unfortunate surprise during the traditional weigh-in ceremony came from Junior Middleweight … Read Article
Since acquiring his promotional license with successful entrepreneur Mike Battah, two-time World Champion Jesse James Leija has produced four successful fight cards in a collaborative effort with industry stalwarts Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Inc. Although the pairings have been fruitful, the San Antonio boxing legend sees the future of Leija-Battah Promotions achieving long-term success upon adopting a much different and time tested business model.… Read Article
Negotiations are about to begin for arguably the most anticipated match-up in women’s professional boxing history between 14-time, three-division world champion Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (32-2-3, 9 KOs) and undefeated Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus (21-0, 5 KOs), considered by most to be the top two female pound-for-pound boxers in the world, for July in Las Vegas.
Braekhus issued a challenge by way of a video tape shown after Holm’s recent victory against Diana Prazak … Read Article
GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO- Former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez will return to the ring on February 2, 2013, headlining a DIRECTV “Pay Per View” show to be held at the coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation.
Lopez will share the show with world contenders Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, McWilliams Arroyo, McJoe Arroyo and Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez who will fight for regional titles as part … Read Article
By Joseph Herron – On December 17th, at the Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Russia, WBA Cruiserweight Champion Denis Lebedev (25-1, 19 KOs) impressively dispatched Santander Silgado in just four rounds, giving the fight fans in attendance a devastating knock-out of the year candidate to remember.
After the successful title defense, the hard punching Russian fighter precariously issued a post-fight challenge to perennial Heavyweight contender turned Cruiserweight pugilist, “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs).
The … Read Article
Very few young athletes choose the difficult sport of boxing to pursue as a profession for the obvious reasons. The sacrifice, discipline, and punishment a prizefighter is forced to endure in and out of the squared circle are enough to make the most ardent of athletes reconsider their chosen path.
For 18 year old Kennedy High School Senior, Javier Rodriguez, prizefighting was a natural and welcomed occupation.… Read Article
By James Slater, pohoto by Tom Casino/Showtime – Astonishingly, America has not been able to lay claim to even a portion of the heavyweight championship of the world for over half a decade. For not since Shannon Briggs lost his WBO title to Sultan Ibragimov in early 2007 has America – once the superpower of heavyweight boxing – held a major crown in the sport’s one-time glamour weight class.
Today, at the end of … Read Article