The title, “Heavyweight Champion of the World” had always been an easy enough title to track. It wasn’t like keeping up with the baseball champions or football champions or the champions of any other sport, which was usually decided once a year. While the avid fans of those sports can do it, it takes some major dedication and research, the older the sport is. Boxing doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t have a season where the top fighters that year fight each other until they get down to the best one, though that’s not a bad idea, either. No, to be “champion”, all you have to do is beat “The Champion”; easy enough, or so one would think.
Today is the 115-year anniversary of when (due to World Featherweight Champion “Terrible” Terry McGovern no longer being able to make the division´s then-maximum weight limit of 122 pounds) Abe Attell and George Dixon fought each other for the third time. Both weighed in at 116 pounds. Attell prevailed by points after 15 rounds and staked a claim to the featherweight title and won recognition from The Police Gazette as World Featherweight Champion, but the public, by and large, still lent its recognition to McGovern.
Floyd Mayweather, JR. has made a final decision on facing Conor McGregor. Watch HERE.
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IBF Super – middleweight Champion James DeGale has some sharp words for Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Watch Video HERE.
Bellator MMA has added a pair of electric matchups to its first ever event in Ireland, pitting Northern Ireland’s own James Gallagher (4-0) against Anthony Taylor (1-1), as well as flyweight phenom Bruna Ellen (2-1) meeting Helen Harper (4-1) during the main card of “Bellator 169: King Mo vs. Ishii,” inside 3Arena on Dec. 16.
“Bellator 169: King Mo vs. Ishii,” will be headlined by a heavyweight fight pitting “King Mo” (19-5, 1 NC) against Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii (14-6-1). In addition, veteran featherweights Daniel Weichel (37-9) and Paul Redmond (11-6) will also face off on the Spike-televised main card.
2016 has been a great year for young fighters, some have taken a safe route with their fights and are moving slowly along. Others have made a splash on the scene and have caught the eye of many of the sanctioning bodies. They’re electric in the ring, have the attention of the boxing media and are shooting up the ranks. In this article, I take a look at some of the top prospects who I believe are on the verge of greatness. Each of these individuals are elite athletes with the potential to quickly become a household name. Some have stellar amateur records others are natural talents. Here’s a look at my top five prospects of the year.
It is nice to know that Coach Rex Ryan hasn’t allowed himself to bask for too long in the glory of the Bills’ 16-0 victory over the Patriots a few weeks ago. It was a great victory but Ryan isn’t blind to the fact that the Patriots were hardly at their best. Tom Brady wasn’t in the picture on that day. And Ryan agrees with NFL sportsbook betting odds that the second round might go a little different.
Tom Brady is not only back, he is having the time of his career, so Ryan has a lot to contemplate. Of course, that doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t elicit satisfaction from his victory.
Today is the 85-year anniversary of a fight between Panama Al Brown and Eugene Huat. It was a rematch. Brown won by a 15-round Unanimous Decision. The fight happened at Montreal, Canada, and Montreal would, decades later, host the 1976 Olympic Games. About 11,000 people watched the Brown-Huat rematch and the gate was circa US$18,000, which, in 2016 dollars, translates to about US285,901.58. This duel marked the first time in Montreal history that the no-foul rule was duly enforced, to avoid any possibility which could be akin to the recent Huat-Newsboy Brown bout. According to the Montreal Gazette: “The contest was so one-sided that it became tiresome to the thousands who gathered around the ringside and many kept calling to Brown to go on and knock Huat out.”
Gary Hinton, 29-5-2, 11 KO’s was a southpaw fighter from Philadelphia, PA who won the IBF Super Lightweight title in the 1980’s; however, he is best remembered for his performance against boxing Hall-of-Famer and legend Aaron Pryor. Symbolic of his fighting style, Hinton was the self-proclaimed “Executioner” because of the way he executed his boxing skills to perfection to defeat his opponents.
The Blue Horizon and the Spectrum in Philadelphia played home for Gary Hinton at the start of his boxing career, which began on January 24,1978 against Billy Jones. Unspectacularly, Hinton won his first nine fights, with only two victories coming by way of knockout. Furthermore, Hinton defeated Jones three times in his first four fights, with only the third fight ending by stoppage.
The Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound for Pound” HBO Pay-Per-View telecast on November 19 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. will now include the 10-round middleweight showdown between Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs) and James “The King” De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs).
Stevens fought earlier this year on the Canelo-Khan HBO Pay-Per-View telecast and scored a spectacular second-round upset knockout of then-undefeated Brazilian Patrick Teixeira. When asked about the upgrade to the televised card Curtis replied, “I know it is Kovalev-Ward but now it is Kovalev-Ward-Stevens. Time to show out!”
De La Rosa was in a similar situation when he defeated former title contender Alfredo Angulo on the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana. He said, “Déjà vu all over again. The same thing happened when I fought Angulo. I am happy to fight on the PPV telecast. I need this win so I’ll leave it all in the ring come November 19.”
Ralek is the third son of Rorion, the nephew of Royce, Rickson, and Royler Gracie and received his black belt from Grand Master Helio Gracie. The Gracie Family is famous for putting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the map around the globe.
A near brawl broke out today between former world champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vázquez, Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs) and Juan Manuel “JuanMa” López (34-5, 31 KOs) at today’s press conference, during the traditional face-off picture, in advance of this Saturday night’s grudge showdown, airing live on pay per view from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Boxing’s only eight division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade Senator MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, Hall of Fame trainer World-Famous FREDDIE ROACH. and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM hosted their only Los Angeles Media Workout Today! Wednesday, October 26, at the Wild Card Boxing Club (1123 North Vine St. – one block north of Santa Monica Blvd. – Hollywood, Calif. 90038.)
The boxing fraternity in the UK has had its fair share of trauma and tragedy over the last few months so this past weekend was an opportunity to relax and get behind yet another massive Matchroom and Eddie Hearn bill in Birmingham, England. We had the popcorn on order as the announcer gave us the news of the boxers who would fill our living rooms and entertain our Saturday night.
After all we expected that the Yafai brother who was boxing would get through OK, that guy who was on the Dancing with Stars thing and won an Olympic Bronze Medal would be fine and then there was a genuine 50/50 fight between the most decorated amateur boxer the UK has ever produced and some local guy that people were giving warnings about – what could possibly go wrong…?
By Jose “Silensachi” Batista
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Vanes Martirosyan has always been a solid fighter. In the world of boxing being a solid fighter isn’t always enough to solidify your spot as one of the top fighters in the sport. Martirosyan 36-3-1, 21 KO’s recently took to social media with his displeasures about his managerial and promotional situations. Boxing Scene reported on a tweet from Martirosyan.
“I want all my boxing fans to know that I’m not happy with my manager, Al Haymon, and my promoter, Tom Brown,” Martirosyan wrote. “They are holding me back! I have too much respect for this bulls*t. They don’t wanna answer my calls, but they answer my tweets! Champs keep cherry picking around each other,” tweeted Martirosyan.
Today would have been, if he were still alive, the 110th Birthday of Primo Carnera, who was World Heavyweight Champion from Thursday, June 29, 1933 until Thursday, June 14, 1934. Carnera died at the age of 60. Rest in peace, Champ!
It’s the 85-year anniversary of when Young Perez became Tunisia´s first boxer to become World Champion. He KO´d Frankie Genaro in the second round and won the title of National Boxing Association World Flyweight Champion. The NBA was the World Boxing Association´s predecessor, the WBA.
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. never one not to love an open mic had the following to say about Manny Pacquiao. Read HERE.
For all those boxing fans that have recently been discouraged over potential blockbuster fights not coming to fruition, SHOWTIME Sports will present seven marquee boxing matches pitting top-10 rated champions in the prime of their careers against fellow top-10 rated challengers. Starting in December, boxing fans will be treated to some captivating matchups over a four-month period.
Seven of the 14 fighters are undefeated, while the champions and challengers in the six world title fights boast a combined 313 wins versus just six losses.
Feature Boxing Writer Carlos “The Boxing Kid” Ortenblad is our newest member on Ringside Report “The Heart of Boxing”. On behalf of the entire team, we welcome him aboard.
Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year Claressa Shields will be making her much anticipated professional debut during the lead-off freeview telecast of Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” on Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shields is set to face an opponent to be announced in a four-round middleweight bout, with each round timed at two-minutes. The pay-per-view telecast will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The freeview telecast which includes the live Claressa Shields bout will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT and will be available on cable, satellite, and telco channels.
In the main event, undefeated and world ranked super bantamweight Adam Lopez takes on Carlos Valcarcel
The scheduled eight-round bout will be the featured bout of the inaugural broadcast on ONE World Sports.
This year in boxing has been disappointing. There have been numerous big fights that were not able to get made. We have seen fights such as Gennady Golovkin Vs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or against Daniel Jacobs not materialize.
HBO has not provided us the top-quality fights that we were frequently accustomed to on their cable network in years past. Premier Boxing Champions has failed to impress this year even though they have serious talent on their roster. Talent is being wasted if they aren’t matching up their best fighters with more consistency.
“A Champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” Jack Dempsey, World Heavyweight Champion from 1919 to 1926, was the man who spoke those excellently chosen words, for he, of all men, would know. When asked about whether or not he was knocked down in his early career, Dempsey went on to say, “When I was a young fellow I was knocked down plenty. I wanted to stay down, but I couldn’t. I had to collect the two dollars for winning or go hungry. I had to get up. I was one of those hungry fighters. You could have hit me on the chin with a sledgehammer for five dollars. When you haven’t eaten for two days you’ll understand.” The bottom line is Dempsey was “one of those hungry fighters”; and 60 years later, so was the WBC Champion, 29 year old Larry Holmes.