Anthony Joshua Vs Wladimir Klitschko , Trey Lippe Morrison, Bobby Chacon & More… – RSR Video Email Bag Show
Packy’s World: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin – Floyd Mayweather, JR, Howard Cosell, William Forsythe, My Pal Al, & The Chutzpah Award Posthumously Goes to Donald Trump’s Comb
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today…It’s a beautiful 85 degrees here on Biscayne Bay and as I sit on my balcony, I can hear the Yenta Club inside playing Gin Rummy. My doll Sadie just told one of the yentas, put your cards on the table, not your rack. Now that is some funny stuff. Oy Vay these old broads racks fell long ago that is for sure. Hey Bradley for the record, I still hate Bookface, Shitter, Instant Grits and any Social Media. What happened to people just talking in person? Try it sometime folks, it so much more fun. In my day before my Sadie, I got many a hot number by just good conversation.
By Kevin “The Voice” Kincade
While everyone was paying attention to Leon Spinks and his meteoric rise to the World Heavyweight Championship and fall from grace, another 1976 Olympian was slipping into the rankings, under the radar, meticulously climbing the ladder to contendership. Forgotten by most, “Big” John Tate from Marion, Arkansas, the heavyweight representative on the ’76 Olympic Team, came home from Montreal with a Bronze after losing to legendary Cuban Heavyweight, Teofilo Stevenson. While winning any medal is an accomplishment in and of itself, in 1976 his Bronze fell shy of notoriety amidst all the clamor over the five Gold medallions the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team brought home that year; but he was closing in on making his mark in the pro ranks.
“Big” John Tate was just that: “Big”. At 6’ 4” tall and tipping the scales in the neighborhood of 230 Lbs., he was one of the first of the new class of heavyweights. George Foreman, it has been argued, was the first truly big man with outstanding athletic ability to win the World Heavyweight Championship. “Big”John was bigger. Though he did not possess Foreman’s mighty wallop, he was far more mobile and faster handed than Foreman ever dreamt of being.
WBC Super Flyweight Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, 46-0, 38 KO’s was recently presented with an offer to meet WBO king Naoya “The Monster” Inoue, 11-0, 9 KO’s in a mega-showdown clash to unify the titles. Gonzalez is represented by Teiken Promotions, while Inoue’s promoter has close ties to the head of Teiken.
However, boxing’s pound-for-pound king Gonzalez is not happy with the money that is being offered for some possible fights, and believes he can make more money by giving Carlos Cuadras a rematch. “I do not care if Estrada asks me for a rematch. If he is not going to offer me good money, it won’t happen.
Photo Credit Uwe Koch
The wait is almost over! Five years after their first scheduled contest Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) will finally meet in a World title fight on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg.
WBA World Champion Braehmer returns to happy hunting ground as he looks to secure his seventh successive title defence by defeating his long-standing rival.
The German veteran captured the WBA strap against Marcus Oliveira at the Jahnsportforum in 2013, and successfully defended the belt with a shutout points victory over domestic rival Eduard Gutknecht in March this year.
The show is promoted by King’s Promotions.
The 26 year-old Gonzales has a record of 8-0-2 with two knockouts and in his last bout he won a six-round majority decision over Carlos Velasquez on June 12th in Lakeland, Florida
Veteran super bantamweight Erik Ruiz has replaced Ghanaian boxer Emmanuel Quartey, who was unable to secure a visa to enter the United States, in this Friday night’s 10-round main event versus Hanzel “Rude Boy” Martinez, headlining a strong “Knockout Night at the D” card, for the vacant World Boxing Association International super bantamweight title.
Airing live (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) on CBS Sports Network and internationally via ESPN (digital delay check local listings), “Knockout Night at the D” will be held outdoors under the neon lights at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.
The “Knockout Night at the D” series, presented by the D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions.
Tyson Fury: His Own Worst Enemy at Times… But Give the Guy a Break for What He Achieved in the Ring!
By Donald “Braveheart” Stewart
Tyson Fury is ill.
How ill remains to be seen but this man deserves the time to recuperate that ill people should have.
It does not and it shall not stop the vitriol or articles like this that speculate on what is happening in the aftermath of that fact.
Let me begin by stating that I do not like what Tyson Fury believes and find some of his antics less than admirable. I am however a staunch defender of his right to be who he is and to behave the way he likes. Both of those elements of this personality do, I think offer us clues to what has happened to this flawed but likeable big fella.
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR Rumored to Have Money Problems Leading to a 2017 Super Fight with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin – Breaking Boxing News
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
News sources are coming out that that Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. may be having money issues that have started the boxing world buzzing with a potential matchup with Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in 2017. Whether it is true or not, the man spends at a rapid pace and we all know has an ego the size of NYC, so fight 50 is almost a sure thing.
Do I think he will face “GGG”? Let me take a play out of Floyd’s playbook, “If it makes dollars, it makes sense!” It will make big dollars for sure.
Erik Skoglund’s WBA Title Fight Against Timy Shala is Postponed Until December 9th – Breaking Boxing News
Photo Credit KGZ Fougstedt
Erik Skoglund’s (25-0, 11 KOs) WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) will now take place on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.
‘’We’re delighted to have a new date in place,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’The application has already been submitted with the Swedish Martial Arts Delegation, and we can now look forward to another great night of boxing on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping.’’
Skoglund, who is back in action following a bloody brawl with Ryno Liebenberg on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm, is relishing a return to his hometown arena, which last year, played host to his historic IBF Intercontinental title fight against Oleksandr Cherviak, and a shut-out points win over Derek Edwards.
BJ Penn and Randy Couture…
Those two names are synonymous to greatness and history, both fighters captured two titles in different weight classes, a feat no one was able to attain since BJ Penn won the lightweight title in 2008. But in November, if all goes well, history will be written by Conor McGregor.
The UFC just announced that lightweight kingpin Eddie Alvarez will face McGregor in New York City, this will mark Alvarez’s first title defense since destroying now-former champ Rafael Dos Anjos, Alvarez have been lobbying for a high-stakes bout with McGregor for weeks, at first UFC president Dana White denied that Alvarez-McGregor was in the works, he instead announced that negotiations were underway for Alvarez to fight undefeated Dagestani wrestler, Khabib Nurmagomedov, but the announcement today was not a shock at all, in fact it was expected.
Tyson Fury’s camp discussed his medical issues. Read HERE.
With no strong opponents in the near future for Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to fight, the rumor mill is going crazy that in 2017, Floyd Mayweather, JR. is coming back to possibly face him in a mega Super Fight. Read HERE.
Boxing promoters always love those fighters who will fight anyone at any time, especially those fighters who will take matches on short notice. Forgotten at times are those boxers who contribute to the sport by filling in and competing when called upon. One of these individuals that answered the call whenever the phone rang was a fighter named Jerry Halstead.
Jerry “Wimpy” Halstead, 84-19-1, 62 KO’s, who was a heavyweight contender in the 1980’s. A tough kid from Oklahoma, “Wimpy” was a very active fighter who relied on staying aggressive in the ring, utilizing a good left jab and his experience to win a lot of his bouts. Halstead played spoiler for the early part of his career, but later became a journeyman that faced some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division.
By Shannon “Dallas” Hall
Boxing… You either love it or you hate it, for obvious reasons. Some cannot stomach the violence, ego’s and obvious health risks related to the sport. But on the other side of the slip rope, what is the real attraction to the sport for athletes who want to learn the sweet science and test themselves in the ring? Fame? Fortune?
Ok. Let’s cancel out the low end of the doubting spectrum that boxing is just a sport for bullies and “mean guys” that just want to hurt people. These types quickly get shut out when they crawl into a ring, put gloves on, and stand in front of another opponent who is trained and ready for them. The “even playing field” eliminates those who think they can go into the squared circle and make themselves feel good by hurting someone else. So then what? The health issues?
The preliminary portion of “Bellator 162: Shlemenko vs. Grove” at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., on Oct. 21 is official and amongst the 12 new additions, there is plenty of action to be consumed during the Bellator.com-streamed card.
Notably, the professional mixed martial arts debut of “Baby Slice” will finally take place, when the 24-year-old returns from injury to meet Rick Bing, who also will be lacing up the gloves for the first time as a pro. In addition, Steve Garcia (6-1) will face Ronnie Lawrence (1-0), Julia Budd (8-2) also returns from injury to face Arlene Blencowe (7-5), heavyweights Chase Gormley (13-5) and Bobby Brents (17-5) collide, and 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide National Champion Eryk Anders (4-0) takes on Brian White (5-4).
Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) believes it is his ‘destiny’ to beat Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and be crowned WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
Cleverly was scheduled to meet Braehmer for the WBO title in 2011, but with only days to go before the Welshman’s first World title challenge, Braehmer withdrew, leaving Cleverly to fight Aleksy Kuziemski for the vacant belt.
‘’I was in the car on my way to London when I got the call saying Braehmer hadn’t arrived and the fight was off,’’ recalls Cleverly. ‘’It was a crazy situation, and the scramble was on to find a replacement opponent in just two days.’’
Michael Spinks & Steve “Double SS” Smoger Among Others Inducted Into the Rochester Hall of Fame – Breaking Boxing News
A capacity crowd packed The Diplomat Party House to honor Michael “Jinx” Spinks and Fitz “The Whip” Vanderpool at the recent 26th annual Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame (RBHOF) Banquet & Awards Night.
Spinks (31-1, 21 KOs) received the prestigious Integrity Award, while Vanderpool (26-8-4, 13 KOs) was presented the coveted Courage Award.
Rochester’s Johnny McCoy (Clarence Millard) was inducted into the Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame. McCoy (77-30-14, 21 KOs), who passed away in 1978 at the age of 81, was one of the top flyweights in the world between 1916 and 1932. He was recognized as world champion by the state of California following a tournament to determine the winner of the vacant world title relinquished by Fidel LaBarba.
Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel “JuanMa” López plans to knockout bitter arch-rival Wilfredo”Papito” Vázquez, Jr., also a past world titlist, in their 12-round Special Attraction showdown Saturday, October 8, airing live on pay per view from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Guerra En El Clemente: Vázquez Jr. v. López, presented by Black Tiger Promotions, will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media live, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, in the United States and Puerto Rico on both cable and satellite pay per view on iN Demand, DISH, DIRECTV and Vubiquity. The event will also be available to watch across Canada on Fight Network, as well as via Fite TV app for iOS and Android devices or watch on the www.Fite.TV website. Suggested retail price is $29.95.
Tyson Fury Medical Update SHOCKS Boxing World! – Mental Health Issues Come Out for Heavyweight Champion
Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury who pulled out for the second time in a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko is making national headlines about him suffering from mental illness. Read HERE.
Robbie Epps, 31-4, 12 KO’s was a middleweight contender in the late 70’s-early 80’s. At six-foot-two, the skinny white kid from South Carolina would fight most of his boxing career in the deserts of Arizona and Nevada. Epps, who would utilize his height and long reach to keep most of his opponents off balance, was solid boxer that pulled off one of the most shocking upsets in the middleweight division of that era.
Robbie Epps won his pro debut against Wally Rambeau on June 22, 1977 at the Silver Slipper in Las Vegas, Nevada. After reeling off twenty-two straight victories to begin his career, Epps lost to journeyman Henry Walker (only 14 victories in 28 fights) at the Civic Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Epps would rebound by winning his next eight fights, including a split-decision victory over Walker in their rematch. He would defeat a string of journeyman such as Renato Garcia, Lenny Harden, Darryl Penn and James Williams along the way in padding his record, with Ray Phillips being the only legitimate fighter that resembled a young prospect.
So near, yet so far. Jimmy Young had been within a hair’s breadth of the Heavyweight Championship of the World on two occasions. The first time was in Landover, Maryland when an overweight, out of shape Muhammad Ali took him lightly and still won a split decision. The second time was in a title elimination bout with Ken Norton at Caesar’s Palace, a bout which, ultimately, decided who would own the WBC portion of the title. Jimmy ended up on the short end of the judges’ scorecards that night as well, once again, despite ringside opinions that he’d won. For two years, Jimmy had been hovering around the championship, close enough to touch it; but not close enough to grab hold. The frustration must have been maddening.
A short few months ago I was at an MGM Scotland show where a legend of the boxing world was introduced. My natural shyness overcame me and I sat in awe. No disrespect to the boxers who were on the bill that night but this guy, drawing the raffle, won the prize as top of any Scottish fighting bill of any era.
In his time, he fell out with Muhammad Ali in a dressing room, won world and European honors abroad, topped the bill in Madison Square Garden not once, but twice and gave up his belt to some young whippersnapper named Roberto Duran.
In the main event of “Bellator Kickboxing: Budapest,” Zoltan Laszak (11-2) defeated the immensely more experienced Karim Ghajji (96-13) via unanimous decision, taking away the belt that Ghajji had earned following his performance at “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino.”
In addition to the welterweight world title bout, the always-exciting Raymond Daniels (12-3) returned to action against Zsolt Benedek (15-4) of Hungary. The man many fans refer to as “RD The Goat,” utilized his highlight-reel style of offense to defeat Benedek via unanimous decision in front of his fellow Hungarians, improving to 3-0 under the Bellator Kickboxing banner.
Photos by Cynthia “Cindy Lou” Saldaña (At Ringside)
WBO Light Flyweight Champion, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, 38-1-4, 22 KO’s is not only a boxing legend in his island country of the Philippines, but he also the longest reigning Filipino World Champion. Nietes looked to keep that streak alive Saturday night under the stars at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California. Nietes took on the tough Mexican veteran and former WBC Light Flyweight Champion, Edgar Sosa, 52-9, 30 KO’s for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Flyweight Title. Nietes who hasn’t lost a fight since 2004, looked to impress boxing fans in his Flyweight debut, as ALA Boxing Promotions brought a night of action with their fight card labeled “Pinoy Pride.”