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By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci
OK fight fans I’m here to shed the light and handicap the upcoming catch weight bout between former middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and former contender James Kirkland. When you see descriptive words in first sentence like “catch-weight” and “former” it’s dead giveaway someone’s picking on the cherry tree again. When you see the words “pay per view,” buyer beware.
On paper this is a fan friendly matchup of two gents whose styles will mesh to give their target audience an entertaining bout and most likely go the distance. What’s problematic is that Cotto will be coming off 15 months of ring rust surpassed only by Kirkland’s 21, like two Tin Men from Oz left out in the rain. Worse yet, last time we saw poor Kirkland left for proverbial dead in a heap courtesy of a Canelo Alvarez right hand.
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The stacked main card of “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” has added even more ammo to its arsenal with the news that Derek Campos (17-6) and Derek Anderson (14-2, 1 NC) will compete in a lightweight feature fight on January 21, 2017 inside The Forum in Los Angeles, Calif. In addition, a female flyweight bout pitting Rebecca Ruth (6-2) against Colleen Schneider (10-7) has been added to the preliminary portion of the event.
The lightweight clash joins a main card that is highlighted by a legendary faceoff between superstars Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) and Chael Sonnen (28-14-1). In addition, Ralek Gracie (3-0) and Hisaki Kato (7-2) will meet in a middleweight feature fight, while Georgi Karakhanyan (26-6-1) and Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3) battle. Lastly, a fantastic welterweight co-main event pitting Paul Daley (38-14-2) against Brennan Ward (14-4) is also set for the Spike-televised main card.
Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) is proud to announce the promotional contract signing of 2016 French Olympian Christian M’Billi Assomo to an exclusive promotional contact.He will settle in Quebec and make his professional debut there in early 2017.
Known in the ring as ”Le Solide” (The Solid), Assomo will arrive in Montreal at the beginning of January, when he will start working with world-class trainer Marc Ramsay and his outstanding team.
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The end of the year is just around the corner, which means the 2016 boxing calendar is almost complete. We already have a few tantalizing matchups scheduled for the 2017 calendar. So, it’s that time of the year that we should reflect on the year in boxing, and hand out the year end awards.
Performance of the Year
Terence Crawford 12 round unanimous decision over Viktor Postol. Crawford put on a boxing clinic, dominating Postol, who was not only an undefeated champion, but the consensus second best fighter in the 140 pound division.
Runner up: Jermall Charlo 5th round KO over Julian Williams.
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Kato Ali, 0-17, was a journeyman fighter from Philadelphia, PA who fought for nearly two decades in the super lightweight division. While most boxing fans will not recognize the name, most fans can still respect any fighter willing to get inside the ring and sacrifice himself for the entertainment for others. This is a tribute to all fighters that continue to enter the squared circle (despite the fact that they have no chance at winning a title) just out of the thrill for competition and for the love of boxing.
Ali began his career at the Armory in Dover, Delaware on November 15, 1979 when he dropped a four-round decision to Antonio Nieves, who was also making his professional debut. Less than two months later, Kato would drop another decision to Martin Parham in Hempstead, N.Y.
For some he is the mild-mannered Mike Tyson; a warrior who has managed to knock out all in front of him but retain the affability to keep people on his side, despite the world in which he operates. You see boxing does not breed gentle people; boxers spend their lives knocking people on the head whilst trying to avoid being hit themselves. Described as the sweet science, perhaps it is just a confusion wrapped up with a bow when it is done properly and brutally devastating when things go wrong.
So why do we always want a nice guy and get disappointed when they turn out to be at least partly bad? And then along comes our hero?
Welcome boxing fans to the “Warhammer’s Fighter Spotlight”, where we will give remembrance and recognition to one of the sport’s greatest. One of the greatest 154 pound champions of all time, one of the greatest southpaw fighters of all time, one of the greatest defensive fighters of all time. The extremely underrated, Ronald “Winky” Wright. Now there are so many avenues that we could explore to explain the greatness of Winky Wright, but we will explore his coming out party, the fight that put him on every insiders map, and firmly atop the p4p list, after years of hard work, globetrotting, and championships won. Let’s go back in time, back more than 10 years, to May 14, 2005, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, on HBO PPV.
In a year of cherry picking, trash talking, and broken promises 2016 will quickly fade in memories as old calendars get taken off the wall and replaced with new ones. The previous three years saw a rise in great match-ups making the sport’s popularity ascend to loftier goals reminiscent of the fabulous 80’s. While crying over spilled Vodka never helps the carpet, I refill my glass and raise a toast to fans of Ringside Report and the brave boxers who risk their lives in search of glory in hopes that ’17 barnstorms back to fruition.
Impossible to recap every fight I’ll attempt to shine some retrospective light on the headlines we talked about including the chaos, mayhem, and pathetic choices many of our heroes elected to make to accompany the stellar highlights and sensational knockouts that took our breath away.
By Donald “Braveheart” Stewart
One of the joys of looking back is memories. That is, if you can remember them accurately. Mind you, one of the wonderful things about having a bad memory is perhaps the creation of more pleasant experiences than the one you may have had. In boxing terms, I have had a fantastic trip down memory lane for Ringside Report over the last few months and I realized, just the other day, that one of the heavyweight boxers that has been seriously neglected is one that our memories of which we have a fantastic and better than believable memory – Henry Cooper.
Now we know that he downed Cassius Clay. We know that Clay’s corner got some time from playing with his glove and Angelo Dundee was extremely clever. For people of my generation we also know that he made a career out of advertising an after shave along with former English soccer legend, Kevin Keegan.
I may be the minority but I think a fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 48-1-1, 34 KO’s and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, 36-0, 33 KO’s can wait if we can get a matchup between Jermall Charlo, 25-0, 19 KO’s and Canelo prior. On December 10th, we witnessed the best Jermall Charlo we’ve ever seen in his statement knockout of Julian “J Rock” Williams, 22-1-1, 14 KO’s. Charlo was stoic from the beginning with only one thing on his mind, domination. Constantly controlling the center of the ring refusing to break ground. Williams had his moments during the fight, though nothing more than moments, even seemingly stunning Charlo on a couple of occasions. That was far from enough. Charlo was able to drop Williams with a laser-precision jab in the second round, proving that perfect timing can counteract speed. The jab hurt Williams and it wasn’t a fluke as Charlo dropped Williams two additional times in the 5th round to secure the technical knockout victory. The on again–off again fight was compelling from the time it was announce. Business has been done and we now move on.
Top rated heavyweights Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne were scheduled to fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim Heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Ekaterinburg Expo Center in Ekaterinburg, Russia. However, the WBC withdrew it’s sanctioning of the bout due to a Povetkin failed drug test. The WBC informed both camps of their decision Friday evening and advised the Stiverne camp they should not go through with the fight. The WBC abides by “Safety First” protocol in their Clean Boxing Program.
Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) from Checkhov, Russia was going into the fight rated No. 1 by the WBC. No. 2 rated Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) was born and raised in Haiti, now residing in Las Vegas. They were to fight for the WBC Interim Heavyweight Title, the winner becoming mandatory challenger to current champion Deontay Wilder, who has been incapable of defending due to injury.
Undefeated, WBA No. 3-ranked super bantamweight Adam Lopez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) will face the WBA’s No. 4-ranked Danny Roman (20-2-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Friday, Jan. 20, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.
The first ShoBox telecast in 2017 features eight fighters with a combined record of 115 wins against just seven losses.
In the co-feature, undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis (13-0-1, 1 NC, 10 KOs) will face off with Christopher Brooker (11-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round 168-pound matchup of ShoBox veterans.
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On Monday, December 19, 2016, Five-Time World Champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) and James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) participated in an official press conference to kick off the announcement of their February 25 showdown at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Dubbed as “The Return”, the anticipated bout is a 12-round junior middleweight contest. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets priced at $304, $204, $154, $104, $79, $54 and $29 not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 and the AT&T Stadium box office.
IBF Flyweight World Champion John Riel Casimero to Relinquish Title and Campaign at Super Flyweight – Boxing News
Former IBF World Light Flyweight and current IBF Flyweight World Champion John Riel “Quadro Alas” Casimero and his team have made the decision to relinquish his title and campaign in the super flyweight division.
Casimero (23-3, 15 KOs), who stopped Englishman Charlie Edwards in 10 rounds last September at the O2 Arena in London, will now go gunning for the 115-lb division’s top dogs including IBF World Champion Jerwin Acajas and Nicaragua’s Román “Chocolatito” González.
26-year-old Casimero, from Cebu City, Philippines, says he’s looking forward to the opportunity to join the greats of Philippines boxing.
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with an exhilarting night of boxing entertainment featuring world class fighters and local town heros in a variety of weight classes bringing nothing but blood, sweat and dedication to the action packed arena.
The main card and title fight will feature undefeated John “The Phenom” Vera (15-0-0, 10KO’s), southpaw from Fort Worth, TX defending his WBA-NABA Chamionship title against Salim Larbi (20-6-2, 7KO) from Cambrai Nord France, by way of New York.
An opponent has been confirmed for Patrick Nielsen’s (28-1, 14 KOs) ring return on January 21 at the Struer Energi Park. The Danish super middleweight star will take on the big punching Columbian southpaw Beibi Berrocal (17-3, 16 KOs).
After twelve months out of the ring, Nielsen is back in action, and will be aiming to start the New Year on a high, as he looks to kick-start a World title assault in 2017 with a statement win against the WBC World-ranked contender.
With sixteen of his seventeen victories coming by knockout, Nielsen knows he must be wary of the South American’s power, but having spent 2016 on the sidelines, the 25 year-old is eager to remind fans of what they have been missing.
Saturday night, at the Forum in Inglewood, California, WBO World Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, 11-0,10 KO’s defeated Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunuby, 17-3, 11 KO’s by 9th round technical knockout to retain his title. Fighting on the Bernard Hopkins – Joe Smith, JR. undercard, Usyk dropped the challenger three times en route to a ninth-round knockout victory that featured very little action despite the knockdowns.
It’s time for boxing, the sanctioning bodies, and the fans to collectively come together, and demand that boxers who continually fail drug testing, be banned from the sport! In the early morning hours this past Saturday, the president of the WBC confirmed that Alexander Povetkin had failed his second random drug test through the VADA testing agency, in the last six months. After failing a test before his much anticipated bout with Deontay Wilder, which forced that title fight to be scrapped. Povetkin was allowed to keep his status in the WBC rankings, which is a joke in itself, but was then allowed to schedule a fight with Bermane Stiverne, with the winner getting a title shot at the WBC heavyweight title that Wilder currently holds. Povetkin failed one of his random drug test for the banned substance Ostarine, which has effects similar to anabolic steroids, and has been banned since 2008.
Having a blast in social club as everyone jumped out of their card chairs or bar stools as the great Bernard Hopkins was knocked cleanly of the ring. Spectators were witnessing history both past and present unfold before their eyes. Some of the old timers who were choking on fifteen dollar cigars fresh from the humidor as they recalled not having seen a stoppage like that since the glory days of the forties and fifties. While the future hall of famer sat in dressing room still dazed from landing on his head he was delusional on how he arrived there courtesy of a Joe Smith, JR.’s vicious five punch assault. While Bhop kept insisting this was an unfair stoppage like Deja vu against Robert Allen back in ‘98, HBO replayed the five punch knockout sequence over and over dismissing his being pushed out of ring excuse and theory.
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In the main event, Giorgio Petrosyan (83-2-2, 1 NC) reminded people why he’s widely regarded the greatest kickboxer alive today, with a TKO stoppage of Jordan Watson (49-12-2) 53 second into the third and final round of their clash.
The ultimate birthday present to himself, “The Doctor” landed a vicious right hook following a standing eight count that ended the night for Watson, who until the final frame really was holding his own with the superstar.
Having watched the rise and rise of his rival for some time it is now the turn of Frank Warren to show his “Queensberry” tactics by taking on at least 3 fighters with world title potential; two of whom may well be arriving from his rival’s stable. On the back of a very decent TV deal with BT Sport, Warren strides once more across the UK boxing stage. The Matchroom hegemony, under Eddie Hearn, has been challenged and there are plenty of opportunities for promoting growth in the UK.
Warren had fallen a little out the limelight in recent years and had made his own way in the broadcasting world by launching BoxNation on the satellite platform. Eddie Hearn had taken the Sky Sports route and made his fighters a lot of money as their exposure was stratospheric. Warren has secured a deal which will see 20 live British shows aired per year, with a further 40 shows (30 international) shown on BoxNation.