Italian Giant Roberto Cammarelle To Turn Pro; Can The Olympic Gold Medallist And All-Round Amateur Great Achieve Success In The Paid Ranks?

boxing image / photoBy James Slater: While London 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist Anthony Joshua says he will stay an amateur and shoot for more gold in Rio in 2016, the man who was closely, controversially out-pointed by the Londoner says he plans to join the pro ranks soon.

Italy’s amateur great Roberto Cammarelle, still angered and dismayed at the countback decision that went against him this past Sunday, would possibly make an exciting addition to today’s heavyweight ranks. As experienced as they come at amateur level – with a bronze, a gold and, most recently, a silver medal being claimed at Olympic games; along with a number of honours at European and world amateur level also won – Cammarelle has already shared a ring with a few recognizable pro names.

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Will Pacquiao and Mayweather EVER fight?

By Robert Jackson: 3 days and counting to Money Mayweather’s release from Las Vegas County Jail…unless he beats up a guard between now and then. Well anyway, upon Mayweather’s release the boxing world will be wondering whom Lil Floyd will fight next, and whether he’ll be fighting again in 2012.

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Ricky Hatton Comeback Rumours Continue To Grow, Talk Of An October/November Return At Manchester Arena

By James Slater: The rumours regarding a Ricky Hatton return to the ring refuse to go away. For weeks now, we’ve heard about the 33-year-old’s drastic loss in weight, we’ve also heard former Hatton foe and reigning WBA welterweight king Paulie Malignaggi offer his former conqueror a rematch. Clearly, there is something to the rumours and, in a news article by The Manchester Evening News (THE place for any news Hatton related), there is talk of a date – well, nearly.

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Did VADA jump the gun?

By Paul Strauss: After conducting its own independent investigation, The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has decided to allow Lamont Peterson the right to defend his Jr. Welterweight title. This of course is in lieu of VADA’s (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) revelation that Peterson tested positive for a banned substance. As most fans know, the banned substance was testosterone.

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Ward vs. Dawson: How does this fight play out?

By Robert Jackson: A very intriguing fight by all estimates, hopefully Ward/Dawson measures up to the hype. In one corner we have Chad Dawson reigning 175lb king with hopes of dominating the 168lb-175lb weight classes, dropping down in weight for a 168lb showdown. In the other corner we have Andre Ward recent winner of the Super 6, 168lb championship.

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Exclusive Interview with Boxing Photographer Tom Casino (Rare Photos Inside!)

Andrew Golota, Arturo Gatti, Carl Froch, George Foreman, James Toney, Micky Ward, Mike Tyson, Mikkel Kessler, Sugar Ray Leonard boxing image / photo

“In every Tyson fight you could feel the electricity in the air” – Tom Casino

Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani – I recently had the opportunity to have a very nice discussion with one of the best boxing photographers in the business, Tom Casino (pictured alongside Mike Tyson circa 1985). A master of his craft, Casino has captured the imagination of boxing fans for almost thirty years, bringing the action up close and personal while freezing single moments that shall forever live on in the annals of boxing history. Casino spoke about his experiences as a photographer and also shared some of his views as a fan. At the conclusion of the transcript, Tom has provided readers with an inside look of some of his work over the years, including images of Mike Tyson, Arturo Gatti, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, Carl Froch, James Toney, and more! Here is a complete transcript from the interview.

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GEOFFREY CIANI: Hello everyone. This is Geoffrey Ciani from East Side Boxing, and I am joined here today by one of the elite photographers in all of professional boxing, Tom Casino. How’s everything going today, Tom?

TOM CASINO: Very nice Geoff, thank you, and I appreciate that introduction. It was very nice of you.

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