Andre Ward sounds bitter on TMZ Sports after his gift decision over Sergey Kovalev last month. Read HERE.
WBO & WBC Junior Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford has been sentenced to 90 days in the Pooky! Read HERE the details!
Dec 10th, 2016 was a huge night for boxing. We had a plethora of fights, especially in the UK, where they had a stacked card on tap. Quite a few title fights, with many of boxing’s rising stars to be viewed. Ironically out of all the bouts, one of the biggest mismatches of the day, turned out to be the most important of them all.
Anthony Joshua went against Eric Molina in a heavyweight clash for the IBF world heavyweight title. Joshua was as much as a 20-1 favorite. Nobody in attendance, nor any viewers at home expected much of a challenge for Joshua, and to say he had his way with the challenger would be an understatement. Joshua dominated Molina, putting him on the canvas in the 4th, before brutally punishing Molina in the corner, forcing the referee to stop the contest.
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR Vs Conor McGregor Takes on New Life with Shocking Move by Former Boxing Champion – Breaking NEWS
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. the King of Media has once again, made headlines with his recent move against Conor McGregor. Read HERE.
By Joshua “JDB” Brewer
10 pounds! That’s all that separates us from one of the most compelling match-ups in the last several years. That would-be Terence “Bud” Crawford, 30-0, 21 KO’s Vs Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko, 7-1, 5 KO’s. While 10 pounds isn’t far out of reach in many scenarios, this particular 10 pounds has some extra baggage. Bud Crawford is the reigning champ and man to beat at junior welterweight, 140 pounds. Lomachenko is a champion two fights in at junior lightweight, 130 pounds, and from all indications is most certainly the man to beat at that weight. Given such talent, the intrigue of this match is through the roof. The problem is, unfortunately for us die-hard boxing fans, timing and this 10 pound difference will likely be the major issue that prevents us from being able to see his fight. This puts more emphasis on the phrase time is of the essence.
This Saturday December 17th marks the last major bout of the year as future hall of famer Bernard Hopkins tangles with Joe Smith, JR. in what Hopkins promises to be his farewell performance. In true Bhop fashion, he has raised the bar again and challenged himself hard edge going against Smith, JR. instead of picking a sure bet opponent where he gets some work in and is guaranteed to go off in the sunset with a victory.
Hopkins is the most old school fighter in the game today and this scribe isn’t referring to his age. During his boxing tenure, of nearly thirty years, he has yet to ever duck a challenge, especially where the logical odds were stacked against him. Believe me, Hopkins and his bravado will be sorely missed.
James Broad, 23-10,15 KO’s was an American heavyweight boxer who was an amateur star and, prior to the boycott, was set to represent the United States in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. As a professional, “Broad Axe” won the NABF heavyweight title and was a regular sparring partner of a peak Mike Tyson.
Broad, who took up boxing when he joined the Army in 1976, defeated top amateur Chris McDonald in the 1980 Olympic Trials finals and qualified for the 1980 US Olympic Boxing team. Unfortunately, “Broad Axe” was unable to achieve dream of Olympic Gold when the U.S team pulled out of the summer games due to political reasons.
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. just can’t stay out of the media and this time around, it’s not under good circumstances. Read HERE.
It seems everyone comes at Gennady “GGG” Golovkin with something. Here is a recent article with accusations leveled against him. Read HERE.
Group Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gestev are very happy to confirm the Clash of Titans mega-event as former International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) will face World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs), Friday, February 24, in a 12-round light heavyweight bout at Vidéotron Centre of Québec City.
This event is a presentation of Vidéotron, in association with Mise-O-Jeu.
The bout headlined a nine-bout card, which was promoted by GH3 Promotions, King’s Promotions and Sampson Boxing.
Already building a reputation for putting on Detroit’s best boxing shows, promoter Dmitriy Salita and Salita Promotions have done it again by featuring a potentially explosive war in their next show.
In a special Sunday edition of their popular “Detroit Brawl” series on January 22, 2017, Detroit fan favorite and world-class spoiler Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner (30-10-2, 19 KOs) will return to action to face undefeated Toledo, Ohio, hotshot Wesley “Casanova” Tucker (13-0, 8 KOs) in the eight-round main event.
Saturday night, at the USC Galens Center in Los Angeles, California, Jermall Charlo, 25-0,19 KO’s successfully defended his IBF Junior Middleweight title by knocking out Julian “J-Rock” Williams, 22-1-1, 14 KO’s in the fifth round. The champion sent Williams to the canvas three times en route to an impressive stoppage victory and making a strong statement to everyone in the junior middleweight division.
In the second round, Charlo caught Williams with a solid jab that sent the challenger to the canvas. Williams seemed to recover from the flash knockdown and scored with a big overhand right himself by the end of the round. Charlo, utilizing a slight size advantage, maintained a comfortable difference though and used his jab effectively.
Nick Blackwell: With His Recent Tragedy Ringside Report is CALLING On The Carpet Hasan Karkadi & Liam Wilkins!
I am going to put a fair amount of money on the fact that if I were to mention the names of light heavyweight Hasan Karkadi, 7-1, 1 KO’s, or of trainer, Liam Wilkins, readers of this column would be unaware of who they are. Their names though are highly significant in one of the most damning events in a gym in the UK for some time.
As we are all struggling to understand how an entire countries’ desire for sporting genius would see a systematic cheating program putting the lives of their athletes in danger, knowingly, willingly and one would think with the collaboration of those athletes, these names shall become lip synched to the tragedy of Nick Blackwell.
It takes a true titan, a monster if you will, to step inside those ropes. Honestly, boxing should not even be categorized as a sport. Anyone can pick up a basketball and learn to play. Anyone can put on a glove and play catch in the backyard. Boxing on the other hand, not remotely similar, you can’t play this. Boxing is not a game. Boxing takes a special breed, a Spartan if you will. Boxing can and will tear you down, tear you down and rebuild you over and over again. Boxing can and will reveal the true character of a man. It can be the most beautiful of spectacles, but turn around and be the most brutal, all in the same breath.
Boxing has had its fair share of tragedy. Many fighters have literally given their life to the sport that they love, and use to provide for their family. For many it becomes an addiction, giving up this way of life is all but impossible. Most fighters would rather die in that ring, would rather go out on their shield as a warrior, than to quit and live to fight another day. Unfortunately this way of thinking has led to many fighters lives being altered, if not snuffed out for good.
Over the last decade, many sad stories have crossed our sports ticker, telling the tale of fighters who have been forever changed by their way of life.
Saturday night, at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California, Abner Mares, 30-2-1, 15 KO’s defeated Jesus Cuellar, 28-2, 21 KO’s by split decision to win the WBA World Featherweight title. Two judges scored in favor of Mares (117-110,116-111) while the third judge favored Cuellar (115-112).
Cuellar, attempting to bully Mares early on with his size, built an early lead utilizing his jab and strong counter left hand. However, Mares demonstrated good ability fighting off his backfoot and minimizing the southpaw’s aggressiveness. The three-division world champion began taking control of the contest midway through the fight when he began attacking the Argentinian’s body with his power shots.
Trey Lippe Morrison WINS, Ivan Baranchyk, Dillon Cook, & Jarrett Rouse Results – 4SF Franchise Wrap Up Show on the Ringside Report Web TV Channel
Vinny’s Views: Terence Crawford – John John Molina, JR & Anthony Joshua – Eric Molina By The Numbers
OK sports fans be prepared to switch channels in tandem tomorrow night in pursuit of witnessing two “Molina’s” challenge for titles in their respective divisions. Both HBO and Showtime will be wagging war of their own for viewership and control of year end boxing ratings. Hopefully the 65 minute time differential will allow fans easy access to both bouts.
Let’s tackle the big men first. Showtime will be televising the IBF Heavyweight title clash on December 10 at 5:30 PM EST. The disparity in abilities makes this more a clash of styles and physiques more than a clash of titans. Anthony Joshua of Britain will be making the second defense of his title. How we arrived here is a sorted chain of karma events that unfolded rapidly this fall. Tyson Fury pulled out of scheduled rematch of former champ Wlad Klitschko with a reported injury for a second time. It was later revealed the giant was suffering from depression, not training and failed two drug tests.
Junior Lightweight Champion Jose Pedraza & Super Bantamweight World Champion Amanda Serrano Represent Puerto Rico – Boxing News
The only two Puerto Rican-born world champions in boxing are set to show their skills and heart for boxing fans in New York as Jose “Sniper” Pedraza and Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano defend their titles on Saturday, January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.
“Puerto Rico has such a rich boxing history with many of the sport’s greatest champions hailing from the island,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Right now, there are only two Puerto Rican-born world champions, junior lightweight Jose Pedraza and junior featherweight Amanda Serrano, and I happen to promote them both. January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn is a tremendous card all around, but it will also serve as a celebration of Puerto Rican pride and heritage to be able to watch the country’s only two world champions defend their titles on the same show.”
The 10-round main event December 17 of the final 2016 installment of the popular “Knockout Night at the D” series, featuring undefeated Oscar Cantu and Aston Palcite, is a classic match-up of styles between a boxer and puncher.
“Knockout Night at the D” will air live (7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET) on CBS Sports Network from inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center indoor facility, located in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas casino district, one block away from the world-famous Fremont Street (200 S. 3rd St.), and FloBoxing.tv will live stream the Dec. 17th undercard worldwide, starting at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET), in addition to three main card TV bouts – excluding North America – beginning at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET).
The “Knockout Night at the D” series, presented by the D Las Vegasand Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions.
“Throughout my boxing career even as an amateur I never had it easy.”–Freddie “Pit-Bull” Liberatore
Freddie Liberatore grew up in Bayside and in 1988 won the New York Golden Gloves at featherweight. A promising pro career lay before him with his crowd pleasing brawling style. An under rated boxer who got inside the pocket and was a perpetual windmill of aggression. He’d climb over contenders and ignore setbacks in his quest for title belt. Many of his battles and hard fought journey to number one contender status were nationally televised. In 1995 he unsuccessfully challenged Gabriel Ruelas for WBC featherweight title and of his own accord decided to never lace up the gloves again. He finished his career with a very respectable 20-4-1, 11 KO’s.
Over the last few months between tragedies in the ring and in sparring to have been asked to see the news across in the UK of a young boxer losing his life was heart breaking. There is absolutely no comfort in the fact that he lost his fight outside of the ring for any young man whose life is needlessly taken defines tragedy for his family and for the community out of which he came.
It was therefore with unbelievable sadness that we heard that Ed “Bad Boy” Brown had lost his fight for life at the age of 25. With a professional record of 20-0, 16 KO’s, this was clearly a kid going places. At welterweight, the world could have been his to command but now all we have left are the memories of his time as a professional and a highly impressive amateur. That amateur pedigree saw him accrue an amazing record of 390 fights – 370 wins.
This past weekend Billy Joe Saunders struggled big time with cherry picked number 10 WBO middleweight contender Artur Akavov. Yours truly covered the fight just days before and warned that this was a very live under dog going up against a champion who refused to fight any number one contender this past year as well as passing on a trio of name contenders for a voluntary June defense. All three contenders had already lost title bids against true middleweight king Gennady Golovkin. I predicted a Saunders win, but was the only one reporting here on Ringside Report how difficult it would be and how he would struggle for decision victory.