Packy’s World, Oscar De La Hoya Where Did Your Balls Go?, Michael Spinks, Ray Liotta, My Pal Al, & The Chutzpah Award Posthumously Goes to Singer/Actor Gordon MacRae
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… Sadie and I took a little vacation which I had been promising my bagel breaker since January. I took in the sun rays and she spent my clams. Fair deal to me. So before she gets back from playing cards with the Yenta Club, let me bang out my column.
Look my wrestling flock, if “BRJ” says it, it’s so… My main man Shelton Benjamin is making his comeback to the WWE. I was riding in my 57 Thunderbird when my cell went ring a ting a ting with the wind blowing in my golden locks as my top was down today. On the other end, was “SB” who informed me of the great news. It’s been years since we slanged and banged off the top rope, but let me warn Vinnie Mac, “SB” aint gonna put up with your crap pal!
Canelo “Catchweight” Alvarez and Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya are fast becoming disliked in boxing due to their not making Gennady “GGG” Golovkin – Canelo Alvarez, a fight the boxing world wants to happen. Read Here for “Catchweight’s” latest remarks.
On Friday night, August 19th, undefeated Mykal Fox will take on Somner Martin in a junior welterweight bout scheduled for eight rounds which will be the main event of a card that will originate from the Crystal City Hilton in Crystal City, Virginia.
The card is promoted by King’s Promotions.
Fox of Forestville, Maryland has a record of 10-0 with two knockouts.
A lightweight bout pitting Saad Awad (19-7) against Derek Anderson (13-2) has been added to the main card of the recently announced “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull” event on August 26 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
In addition, the highly-anticipated professional debuts of wrestling sensation Joey Davis and “Baby Slice” Kevin Ferguson Jr. are set for must-see preliminary action against opponents to be named later.
Last weekend’s WBC title fight between Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola got me thinking about the state of the Heavyweight division and how it all might unfold over the next six months. While not the greatest representation of pugilism ever displayed on television, Wilder/Arreola was a HW title fight on network T.V. This is huge. With the Ultimate Fighting Championship being sold recently, and the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts seemingly on the wane, the time is ripe for boxing to reassert itself as the premier combat sport on television. Despite this upswing in momentum, there are a few things that need to be made clear:
Saturday night a Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, Golden Boy Promotions will showcase two of their top boxing prospects as Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, JR. and Antonio “Relentless” Orozco will headline a televised HBO Latino card in separate bouts.
In the main event, San Diego’s Antonio “Relentless” Orozco, 24-0, 16 KO’s takes on Abner “Jaeger” Lopez, 25-5, 19 KO’s, a tough fighter from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico known for his heavy punch and endurance in the ring. Orozco who is ranked #1 by the WBC and in the top 10 by all major world sanctioning bodies in division, is one of the most promising contenders at super lightweight, and looks to give fight fans a big night of action Saturday.
His moniker is “Ruthless”, a nickname that perfectly describes his fighting style; unrelenting, bloody and painful. Those qualities brought Robbie Lawler to the top of the welterweight heap, his post-fight pictures are a testament to the wars that he basks in and welcomes in open arms. Lawler though is not a fighter that just throws caution to the wind, he is mistakenly pegged into a character that fights with reckless abandon. He’s not that necessarily.
How amazing is it that every critic and curmudgeon of Kevin Durant’s decision to go to The Golden State Warriors are people that do not have rings. I could lump them in to one of the two categories I like to call the Have and the Have Nots. They have an opinion, but they have not a ring. They have their critiques and opinions but just like navels or something else everyone has one and they usually stink. And whether you’re a sportscaster or former athlete the fact that you do not have a championship should be pre-requisite for you chiming in and insulting someone in their prime.
The bout headlined a sold out night of boxing that was promoted by Rising Promotions. It was the fourth consecutive sold out event in the last eight months that Rising Promotions has staged.
Two high-profile featherweight attractions have been added to the main card of the recently announced “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull” event on August 26 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The first pitting the undefeated A.J. McKee (4-0) against Henry Corrales (12-3), and the second newly-announced bout will see Bubba Jenkins (11-2) attempt to avenge a previous loss against Georgi Karakhanyan (24-6-1).
Tickets for “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull” start at $30 and can be purchased now on Ticketmaster and at Honda Center Box Office. Doors for the event open at 4:45 p.m. PT local time and the first preliminary bout – which streams live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App — begins at 5:00 p.m. PT. Additional contests will be announced in the coming weeks.
The featherweight world championship clash between defending titlist Leo Santa Cruz and undefeated former unified super bantamweight champ Carl Frampton features an unpredictable and potentially explosive mix of styles between two of the world’s top fighters.
Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) will make the second defense of his WBA Featherweight Title against Irish superstar Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs), who relinquished two belts at 122 pounds, when they face off in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader on Saturday, July 30, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Yoshihiro Kamegai Vs Jesus Soto-Karass II Supporting Roman Gonzalez Vs Carlos Cuadras on September 10th
The long-awaited rematch bout between (28-10-4, 18 KO’s) Jesus “Renuente” Soto-Karass and (26-3-2, 23 KO’s) Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai will take place on Saturday, September 10 at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. The boxers first went head-to-head on April 15 in Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles in an epic match dubbed the “Fight of the Year” candidate. Online boxing odds will be at the edge this time as the HBO World Championship Boxing prepares to televise the fight with a 0:00p.m. ET kick off.
Canelo Alvarez Continues to Piss Off Boxing Fans with Latest Stunt Against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin – Breaking Boxing News
Canelo “Catchweight” Alvarez once again, is in the news with statements about “GGG”. Read HERE.
By Jeffrey “Italian Medallion” Cellini
Once again, there is big news coming out of Rio concerning boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. For the first time since the 1980 Moscow Games, the AIBA has decided that male boxers will step into the ring without headguards. AIBA president Wu Ching-kuo has stated in recent months that the commission came to that conclusion based on “both our statistical research and the feedback from boxers and coaches”. He also believes “that this is the best outcome for our sport.” The argument will definitely start over again on whether or not this is the right decision for those fighters entering the squared circle.
After all the recent mismatches, excuse making, fight cancellations and postponements, and straight up ducks fight fans finally got a glimpse of what they really want last night: an actual fight between two top fighters of the same weight division. Terence “Bud” Crawford took on Viktor “Iceman” Postol at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Both men were undefeated going into the contest, and both had distinguished themselves as the class of their division. Crawford had shown his quality to the American public by defeating a number of challengers on HBO over the past few years such as Ricky Burns, Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Dierry Jean. What he lacked was a very top level name on is resume to prove his status as a top fighter and pound for pound contender. Crawford has slick skills and some serious power.
Early Thursday morning, half way across the planet, there was a prizefight of note. Joseph Parker, a top young heavyweight standout took on Solomon Haumono in a big Kiwi matchup over in Christchurch, New Zealand. Parker, of course, has quick hands and is the best looking boxing prospect to emerge from New Zealand since David Tua. Solomon Haumono is a former rugby player and sometimes prizefighter who has proven himself the best of the fighting rugby players, and has shown a skill level higher than that of a journeyman. He has built a decent following in Oceania, which made this a very marketable matchup in New Zealand. Known for his big punch against the Kiwi level opposition he has been facing, Haumono was taking a serious step up in level.
Undefeated No. 1 light heavyweight contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) has found a solid boxer to face him on the July 29 card, featuring the WBC and lineal world light heavyweight title fight between defending champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and challenger Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs), at the Videotron Centre. WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Alvarez will face New Zealand southpaw slugger Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (27-4-1, 21 KOs).
Jesse Vargas made headlines across the pond with his recent comments on the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin – Kell Brook match. Read HERE.
The last time fight fans had a chance to watch two time former world champion Mikey Garcia enter the boxing ring was on January 25th 2014. That night he came away with a unanimous decision victory over Juan Carlos Burgos. Since that night in New York City, Mikey has spent the last two and half years out of the ring fighting a legal battle against Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum. Mikey claimed Top Rank violated the Muhammad Ali Act, which is a federal statute put in place to prevent promoters from taking advantage of fighters. Eventually after a long court battle Garcia was released from his Top Rank contract this past April.
With a potential title shot on the line, Adam Lopez and Roman Reynoso fought to a 10-round draw in the main event of the 15-year anniversary telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday on SHOWTIME® from Foxwoods Resort Casino.
In attendance ringside before the fight, newly crowned IBF Junior Featherweight World Champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0, 22 KOs) announced that he’d like fight the winner of Lopez-Reynoso, raising the stakes for this matchup of 122-pound prospects. While the fight was close and entertaining, analyst Steve Farhood, who has called all 219 ShoBox telecasts, didn’t believe either fighter did enough to earn an immediate title shot against Guzman.
Tyson Fury continues to make boxing headlines. Read HERE.
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
Sure once again, I grabbed the RSR Reader and new readers with my title. Yes, it was on purpose. Before you leave me hate comments on Facebook or threaten to shove my spleen through my kidneys (Is that even possible? Yes, an actual threat from a Facebook Keyboard Warrior World Champion) let me break this article down and the title for you…
A Closer Look at Five Possible Opponents for WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder
Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder is coming off a sensational eighth- round technical knockout victory over Chris Arreola this past Saturday night in defense of his WBC Heavyweight title. The champion will be sidelined for a few months while trying to heal a broken right hand and a torn bicep muscle that were sustained during the fight. However, the search for his next opponent begins now. Here are the five heavyweight challengers that await an opportunity to fight the “Bronze Bomber” for the championship.