Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… With the loss of so many stars this year in Hollywood and the news consumed with these sonofbitchbastards (yes, one word and my word) terrorists, I have to vent in my column. I also derive some pleasure writing about our beloved sport of boxing. So let’s get right to it RSR readers.
Packy’s World: Mike Tyson, Amir Khan DEFEATS Canelo Alvarez, Terrorism, James Cagney, My Pal Al, & The Chutzpah Award Goes to Barry Manilow
The UFC presented it’s slew of fight cards with a tag entitled “UNSTOPPABLE” last March 4, 2016 in the eve of UFC 196. These fight cards will serve as appetizers that will lead to the yearly celebration of international fight week and it’s piece de resistance: UFC 200. All cards are relatively stacked and feature some of the best matchups for the first part of 2016 and will also determine the title landscape of the next half of the year since some of the fights are title fights or have title implications, here are a few:
By Ian “The Boxing Historian” Murphy
“I never stole nothin’ unless it began with an “A”- a truck, a car, a payroll…”–Rocky Graziano
Rocky Graziano never failed to entertain, and it didn’t matter if he was in a movie, TV commercial, a bar, or in the ring. He was a natural at just about anything he put his mind to. Not a technical genius in any field per se, but successful any way you stretch it. As famous after his boxing career as he was during it, former Middleweight champion Rocky led quite a life. His story starts out like many would be boxers, as he was raised in poverty and his home life was, to put it politely, “turbulent”. His father worked intermittently at best, and Rocky was forced to learn how to survive on his own from a very young age. “The Rock” refined his famed right hand in many street fights, often laying out his opponents with one punch. This was also a common theme later on when he was a professional. The Rock could seriously crack!
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All eight fighters, including the six undefeated ones, made weight Thursday for the ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader tomorrow/Friday March 25, live on SHOWTIME (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Buffalo Run Casino.
In the main event, unbeaten emerging star, Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (16-0, 13 KOs), of Houston by way of New Orleans, will meet Mexico’s Aaron “The Jewel” Herrera (29-4-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout.
I wish Andre Ward would say: “I’m Beating Sullivan Barrera like I did Creed”!–Simba Judeson, Coffeyville, Kansas (President of the Andre Ward Is To Boxing What Jay Z Is To The Rap Industry Fan Club – 81,204,001 members strong just in CVILLE!)
On Wednesday, March 23, Roc Nation Sports hosted the final press conference for Two-Time World Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) and number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) at Lake Merritt Amphitheater in Oakland, California in advance of their March 26 fight at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Ward and Barrera will meet in 12-round IBF number one position and mandatory position eliminator bout televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs) and top-rated featherweight contender Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (23-1-1, 16 KOs) were also in attendance on the press conference dais overlooking Lake Merritt ahead of their 10-round NABF Featherweight title fight which will open up the HBO telecast.
Breaking Boxing News: Arrest Warrant Issued for Adrien Broner SHOWS ONCE AGAIN he is a BONER! Wanted for Violent Robbery!
Adrien Broner known the world over as a “BIG BONER”, has maybe went too far this time and has a warrant out for his arrest. TMZ broke the story.
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Mexican boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez is backing Gilberto Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs) to dethrone WBO World Super Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs) on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
While hosting his ESPN show ‘A Los Golpes’, the former six-time World Champion told Ramirez: ‘’I have a lot of faith in you. I believe you will win the fight but you have to take advantage of your height and youth because Arthur Abraham is a great champion!’’
Despite his prediction, Abraham, who is aiming for a sixth successive defence of his WBO title, was flattered by Chavez’s remarks.
A lightweight bout pitting Marcin Held (21-4) against Dave Jansen (20-3) and a heavyweight contest pairing Chase Gormley (12-5) versus Joey Beltran (17-12), have been added to the main card of “Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef” at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho on May 20.
The fights join a card that already features a colossal Middleweight World Championship main event, when Rafael Carvalho (12-1) defends his belt against the fiery Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (30-12-1). In addition, former Bellator MMA Featherweight titlist Pat Curran (21-7) will return to action for the first time since June, when he faces the resilient Georgi Karakhanyan (24-5-1) in the card’s co-main event.
Khanelo… (My new catch phrase!)
A lotta cats out there are talking about Amir Khan’s hand speed. Yeah, he’s pretty fast. But I say this. If you punch WITH him, like Danny G did, his speed ceases to be a factor. And remember Canelo is no slouch in the speed department himself. I’m not a fan but the red head puts his punches together real well. James Kirkland can tell you all about that aspect of Canelo’s hustle. I’m not saying Khan doesn’t have an outside shot but it’s slim to none. And slim just left town.
By Buddy “BRJ” Ruffin, JR.
Look my wrestling flock, if “BRJ” says it, it’s so. You have heard me many times mention my “Brothers in Speedos” in my columns who are close to me and others who I am not to fond of. Well, everyone knows I would slang and bang off any top rope with Roman Reigns on any given Sunday! He’s aces in “BRJ’s” book. Now as far as The Undertaker, we are cordial at best. He still holds a grudge when I body slammed him years back and put him out of commission for a few weeks. Hey that’s how I role if you know what I mean jelly bean.
After the dismantling of Dennis Siver, Conor McGregor cemented his claim to the featherweight title. During this time, a handful of featherweights are also laying their claim to the crown such as the New Jersey native, Frankie “the Answer” Edgar, who fought and loss to a very close decision versus the champ Jose Aldo; Chad “Money” Mendes also fought the Brazilian champs already losing twice (via controversial KO and unanimous decision) but compiling strings of victory in his recent bouts, Mendes wanted a 3rd fight with Aldo. The UFC did not oblige either Edgar or Mendes, instead they went with the upstart featherweight in Conor McGregor to finally have the chance of bringing the belt to the Emerald Isle.
For anyone who still doubts the punching power of Sugar Ray Leonard, I challenge you to watch the You Tube video of this fight. Coming into this fight, Sugar Ray had already beaten the likes of Willie Rodriguez, Floyd Mayweather, Randy Shields and Armando Muniz. In his 20th professional fight, he faced what was viewed to be yet another tough test in Gonzalez, who came into the bout with an impressive record of 52-2-4, 30 KO’s. The first 90 seconds of the fight were pretty uneventful with Leonard circling the ring and Gonzalez stalking.
Adrien Broner – Ashley Theophane HEATS UP: “Ashley You’re Going Down in Two & Floyd Mayweather, JR is Going Down Next in Four!” – Breaking News
I wish Adrien Broner would say: “Ashley you’re going down in two & Floyd Mayweather, JR is going down next in four!” –Simba Judeson, Coffeyville, KS, (President of the Adrien Broner You Can Do It Fan Club – possibly two members if my cousin joins which that number includes me, but we think by next week, we may be up one more or down one if my cousin backs out. He’s on the fence!)
Lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (36-1, 24 KOs) looks to show off in his hometown when he battles Ghanaian Olympian Samuel Neequaye (22-1, 15 KOs) in a 10-round bout on Friday, April 1 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.
“I personally don’t know if this will be Manny’s last fight but he is training like it’s going to be his last fight. Manny has achieved so much in his boxing career and if this is going to be his swan song I know he wants to go out blazing with a spectacular performance. He’s pouring everything into this training. If the opportunity for a knockout presents itself during the fight, he’s going to go for it. He knows how to close the show and he wants this show closed with fireworks. He wants to finish the book on his boxing career with a spectacular ending.
After 20 years of waiting, the state legislature of New York finally passes the bill that lifts the ban on MMA being held in the Empire State. The State of New York is the 50th and last state that finally gave in to the promise of great MMA competition revenue that will be brought to the state. The battle wasn’t easy though as it took exactly 23 years (since MMA’s inception in 1993) for the holdout to retreat and 6 years worth of lobbying to get the sport into New York. Politics clearly was the issue not the nuances of the sport, since every argument such as revenue, fighter safety, rules, regulations and mainstream appeal were all at the side of MMA, however in the last 3 years, although the state senate voted to lift the ban, the state assembly never gave it a thought and never brought it up for voting.
Floyd Mayweather, JR Coming Back for Fight Number 50? This May be his Opponent! – Shocking Video Surfaces
“The Notorious” Conor McGregor is the most polarizing MMA superstar in a sea of polarizing superstars, the current UFC featherweight champion is indeed a sight to behold. Standing 5 feet, 9 inches tall, the brash Irishman is the king of the artful trash talk and methodical predictions which invites a lot of excitement, hype and deliberate word war with his opponents, getting into their skin and minds thus giving him some sort of mental advantage. But his talk isn’t the only thing pushing him to mainstream superstardom, his followers would strongly agree to this one; he backs his talk with his fists and utter disregard for his opponents power, goading them in before he finally cracks them with either his patented left straight or uppercut. “The Notorious” is indeed a sight to behold and before we lose sight of his legacy, we take a look back to his crucial matches which put him on the map and ignited his rise.
By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña
Photos by Cynthia “Cindy Lou” Saldaña
In the 70’s the Welterweight division had champions such as, Wilfred Benitez, Carlos Palomino, Pipino Cuevas, and Jose Napoles to name just a few. Follow that up with the next two decades with fighters such as Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Donald Curry, Pernell Whitaker, Ike Quartey, Meldrick Taylor, Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad. With the names mentioned it’s hard for anyone to argue that the welterweight division has always been a spotlight of the sweet science. For boxing fans that have just started following the sport, the division also has recently seen names such as Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Zab Judah, Antonio Margarito and Sugar Shane Mosley all hold some part of the title before the division was taken over by Manny Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather. JR.
Last weekend was a poor weekend for British Championship boxing but a rich one for variety as halls up and down the UK were heard to ring to bells and canvas. Though there were few belts on the line reputations and training camps were tested and men groaned heavily as they won, lost or drew.
I reported last week that I was all set up for my weekend of boxing with a pass to the Bellahouston Sports Arena to see the Lock Stock Promotions big night of boxing… Turns out I would have been a week early…
My plea in mitigation was that it said on Boxrec it was the 19th… Lame excuse? Ooopps! And so it turns out it is this weekend and on top of nearly going too early I am now also not going to see Willie Limond, 39-4-0, 11KO’s in the ring. With his massive British title fight against Tyrone Nurse in Glasgow in May, he is clearly saving himself to make sure he gets his UK belt back.
Roy Jones, JR DISGRACING Boxing, Leo Santa Cruz Vs Guillermo Rigondeaux , Andre Ward & More – RSR Video Email Bag Show
Former world champion DeMarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley (44-26-1, 26 KOs) will take on WBC #10 ranked Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (25-1, 23 KOs) on April 16 in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The 41-year-old Corley is already 2-0 in 2016 after a disappointing 0-4 2015 campaign. In February, Corley surprised previously unbeaten Osama Hadifi, who was 11-0, 11 KOs entering the fight. The bout will be televised in Mexico by Televisa.
Lucas Browne Statement: “I would like to assure all my fans, the whole of the boxing world and all of Australia that I am not a drug user or a drug cheat. The news of this positive test has shocked and devastated me, and I will be fighting for as long as it takes to clear my name.
“Prior to today I had not heard of the drug clenbuterol and had no idea what it was used for. I am now aware that it is essentially a weight-stripping drug, and as a heavyweight boxer the idea of me using it is utterly ridiculous. I am a staunch long-time opponent of any drug use, performance-enhancing or otherwise.
Undefeated Golden Boy Prospect Antonio “Relentless” Orozco is making his 2016 debut this Friday March 25th at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio California. Orozco, 23-0, 15 KO’s last fought in October of 2015 when he defeated former three-division world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto on the undercard of Lucas Matthysse / Viktor Postol matchup at the Stubhub Center in Carson California. That victory elevated Orozco to the top 10 of the 140lb division by the WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF it also landed him on the pound-for-pound lists of ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Ring Magazine and USA Today. Due to many of the top fighters in the division in talks for upcoming bouts Antonio will be taking on former WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta 29-8-2, 23 KO’s, With hopes of fighting for a World Title by the end of 2016. “Antonio Orozco had a fantastic year in the ring in 2015, defeating veteran Humberto ‘La Zorrita’ Soto and top contender Emmanuel Taylor,” said Oscar De La Hoya, chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “We have high hopes for Antonio in 2016 and believe he is on a path to fight for a world title soon. His next fight against Miguel Acosta on March 25 will get him one step closer to that goal”.