Friday night inside of the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California, heavyweights LaRon Mitchell, 15-0, 13 KO’s and Scott Alexander, 12-2-2, 6 KO’s battled for the WBC/NABF JR Heavyweight Title in the main event of “Path to Glory” presented by Thompson Boxing. Mitchell is a rising talent in the heavyweight division. His first thirteen wins all came by knockout and his latest victory was a hard fought unanimous decision over Mario Heredia in August, it was a solid test for the San Francisco native. Mitchell took another tough obstacle in Alexander who also fought in August on the same Thompson Boxing card as Mitchell. Alexander used his length, power and speed to easily beat Sergio Ramirez by TKO.
Heavyweight David Price has made major sporting news across the pond with his claims about Anthony Joshua. Read HERE.
The long-awaited matchup between IBF super welterweight champion Jermall Charlo, 24-0, 18 KO’s, and mandatory challenger Julian Williams, 22-0-1, 14 KO’s, finally has a date and venue. The fight is scheduled to take place December 10th, from USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. This fight will co headline another world championship fight; as former three weight world champion Abner Mares, 29-2-1, 15 KO’s, takes on tough Argentine Jesus Cuellar, 28-1, 21 KO’s, for his WBA world featherweight title.
This event also marks the return of former CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Richard Schaefer. He resigned from Golden Boy in June of 2014, and has been absent from the boxing world since, due to a non-compete clause he signed with Golden Boy. Now Schaefer has returned to the sport, and has founded his own promotional outfit; Ringstar Sports. This will be the first card he has promoted under the new banner, and will be co promoted with TGB Promotions.
Former two-time M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov put himself in position for another title shot and Pavel Vitruk became the first M-1 Challenge Bantamweight Champion at last night’s entertaining M-1 Challenge 71 in Ingushetia, Russia.
Kazakhstan-native Nemkov (24-6-0, M-1: 17-5-0), fighting out of Stary Oskol, Russia, won a three-round unanimous decision from former Bellator champion Attila “Pumukli” Vegh (29-8-2, M-1: 0-2-0), of Slovakia, in the main event.
By Donald “Braveheart” Stewart
Richard John Hatton casts a remarkable figure over British boxing. As well as being the one man who stood in the ring against both Floyd Mayweather, JR. and Manny Pacquiao from Britain he is also the man who brought a legion of fans with him who went on to drink Los Angeles dry.
His rise as a fighter has been matched now as the head of a gym that includes Lucas Browne 24-0, 21 KO’s and the guy who battled Ricky Burns 41-5-1, 14 KO’s close the other week in Glasgow Kiryl Relikh 21-1, 19 KO’s.
His relationship with the British public has always been good though his relationship with the boxing press can be seen from the moniker of Ricky Fatton he got because between fight he would allow his weight to balloon up and then have to train and boil down to make the weight for his fights. At one point he entered the ring in a Sumo suit before taking it off to reveal the toned body he needed to beat the guy who had come to fail and take his belt away from him.
Former WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye was involved in a scary episode today. Read HERE.
Packy’s World: Andre Ward is TAKING Sergey Kovalev to School, Vasyl Lomachenko Stops Nicholas Walters, Aaron Pryor, Richard Gere, My Pal Al, & The Chutzpah Award Goes to Rachel Maddow
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… Sorry for my absence lately on RSR, but at my age, absence and not actually being gone forever, is a good thing. The year is almost over and Sadie is still breaking bagels, her yenta club is still a pain in my tukus and I still love boxing. So with all of that said, let’s get to it…
Legendary Talk Show Host Glenn Harris of SportsTalk with Glenn Harris Is Going into the DC Boxing Hall of Fame
For 12 years, (2000-2012) I had the honor of being the Boxing Analyst for Glenn Harris’ highly popular SportsTalk with Glenn Harris that was seen on News Channel 8 and viewed in VA, DC, MD, & WV. For those years, Glenn and I would talk boxing for his 30 minute show and take callers questions.
He helped my boxing career tremendously and to see him being inducted into the DC Boxing Hall of Fame this year, is not only well deserved, but long overdue. Glenn, I am very proud of you my “Brother In Boxing”.
Heavyweight contender, Joe Hanks makes his return to the squared circle when he takes on Nick Guivas in a scheduled eight-round bout on Saturday night, November 5th at the Morristown National Guard Armory in Morristown, New Jersey.
The card will be the inaugural event promoted by Ambush Promotions.
In the co-feature, Denis “The Momma’s Boy” Douglin will see action in a super middleweight bout scheduled for eight-rounds.
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Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fought to an electric 12 round decision at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York this past July. Frampton picked up a majority decision victory in his first fight at the featherweight division. The fight was a thriller with back and forth action. It was one of the few bright spots of the 2016 boxing year, it could easily be a front runner for fighter of the year on many people’s ballot. Frampton, 23-0, 14 KO’s is coming off a stellar 2016. Prior to defeating Santa Cruz, he was able to unify titles in the IBF and WBA world titles in the super bantamweight division against Scott Quigg.
There was an advert in the 1970’s which was for an insurance company here in the UK where the catchphrase was “it’s an equitable life.” I had a fleeting thought about it when sitting to write this because, the domestic heavyweight division in the UK is far from being equitable. It is fascinating, interesting and catching the mainstream media as much as it has caught the boxing fraternity on forums and internet chat nonsense.
Let’s be honest. Amongst all of the weight categories in boxing this is the one people who are not boxing fans associate with the sport. It is the one they shall get out of the chair to cheer. It is the one they shall pick up newspapers to read about and it is the one that we all want “our” fighter to win.
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Johnny “World Class Pug” Lira, 29-6-1, 16 KO’s was lightweight title contender from Chicago, Illinois in the late 70’s-early 80’s. As a professional, Lira went on to win the United States Boxing Association lightweight title by knocking out undefeated, Andrew Ganigan in the sixth round in August 1978. He was a classic boxer-brawler, described as a well-spoken and intelligent man, who is remembered for slugging it out with the best of them, including former WBA Lightweight champion Ernesto Espana.
The real story behind Johnny Lira was how he was able to turn his life around because of boxing. Johnny Lira started boxing at age eight at the Union League Boy’s Club. As an amateur, he fought in the Chicago Park District tournaments, the Catholic Youth Organization tournaments, and won the Illinois statewide AAU championship in 1974. Lira also won the Chicago Novice Golden Gloves championship at middleweight in 1974.
As former light heavyweight title contender Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) gears up to face Ukrainian prospect Oleksandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) on the Kovalev-Ward HBO Pay-Per-View undercard, he will be training with former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr.
Chilemba, 29, originally from Malawi, but now residing in South Africa, is coming off the toughest fight of his career. On July 11, this road-warrior travelled to WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev’s home country of Russia to face the champion in front of a sold-out crowd in his own backyard. Despite the unanimous decision loss, Chilemba’s performance against Kovalev raised a lot of eyebrows in the boxing community. Chilemba managed to go the distance against the “Krusher” a distinction held only by one other fighter, future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins.
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Los Angeles-based undefeated Vyacheslav “Lionheart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) will look to continue his impressive run up the light heavyweight ladder, but standing in his way will be his toughest competition to date in the form of Cuban standout Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs), as the two warriors go head-to-head in a 10-round bout for Shabranskyy’s WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight title on HBO Latino® Boxing on Friday, December 16 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
Shabranskyy is coming off of victories inside the distance in his last seven of eight fights and last appeared on HBO Latino at the end of last year when he earned a hard-fought majority decision against rugged contender Yunieski Gonzalez.
In the last year, undefeated 154-pound contender “Swift” Jarrett Hurd has rocketed to the top of the stacked super welterweight division, putting himself squarely in the hunt for a world title. Saturday, November 12, Hurd continues his championship march as he takes on once-beaten Jorge Cota in Premier Boxing Champions on Spike action from Temple University’s Liacouras Center.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and is headlined by Philadelphia’s own undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, who takes on Colombia’s Samuel Vargas in a 10-round bout. Garcia is teaming up with Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, to arrange a regional food drive and raise money throughout the promotion.
By Jose “Silensachi” Batista
It’s always the same song and dance, we get pumped for a huge big time fight and we rarely get it without going backwards first. Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs were on a collision course to determine who is the best middleweight on the planet. Golovkin is ranked # 1 while Daniel Jacobs is ranked # 2 according to Boxrec.
The bout was originally slated to take place December 10th as Madison Square Garden was the venue on hold for the event. The negotiations however are at a standstill for now which is a black eye for the sport at the moment. The fight could have been one of the better one’s in a very underwhelming year of boxing.
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By Jose “Silensachi” Batista
Bernard Hopkins is a legendary fighter, there is no other way to put it. He has accomplished what most boxers can only dream of, he is a first ballot future hall of famer without a doubt. Hopkins is looking for one last magical moment when he faces Joe Smith, JR. The bout will take place Saturday, December 17th and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Hopkins resume reads like an old school phone book when people would keep important names in there. His list of victims includes Felix Trinidad, Glen Johnson, William Joppy, Oscar De La Hoya, Antonio Tarver, Ronald “Winky” Wright, Kelly Pavlik, Jean Pascal and of course Roy Jones, JR.
At the young age of 51 and arguably one of the top 5 middleweights of all time, Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 23 KO’s has decided to enter the ring one last time at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California on December 17th 2016. Hopkins who hasn’t fought since his loss to the “Krusher” Sergey Kovalev in November of 2014 has chosen Long Island native Joe Smith, JR. 22-1,18 KO’s as his last opponent. Smith, JR. is coming off a devastating KO victory over Andrzej Fonfara, June 18th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and hasn’t lost a bout since 2010, which is the only loss on his record.
Hopkins began his pro boxing career after serving five years of an 18 year sentence inside of Graterford Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania. Before being sentenced to those 18 years for nine different felony counts, Hopkins had been in and out of trouble with the law, and had already been stabbed three times. It was in Graterford where Hopkins took up boxing.
TMZ is reporting that Adrien “Boner” Broner is up to his old ways once again and is in trouble with the law! Read HERE.
Vinny’s Views: Danny Garcia Is Way Overrated, Tyson Fury’s Struggles, Andre Ward Vs Sergey Kovalev, Roy Jones, JR RETIRE! & More…
Let me start by saying I love the sport I cover even in spite of itself. Seems almost every boxing writer has uttered those words sometime in their careers from decade to decade, generation to generation. Presently the fall of ’16 is littered with reminders of all that is wrong with the game and why we cling to precious heroes who remind us what the passion for boxing is all about.
Shooting from the hip several big name matchups have been mired in ambiguity and political strife while many a fan favorite is sitting out the remainder of the year. Abel Sanchez still has high hopes that the WBA mandated fight between his charge Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs comes to fruition for December. Jacobs’ rants this year have run the gamut from declaring he will be unable to make fight happen until spring of 17 to hand him the contract to sign, all the way to balking at proposed payday.