Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. whether you love him or hate him, speaks his mind. Here is a MUST WATCH Interview he recently did. Is a Political Run next?
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. whether you love him or hate him, speaks his mind. Here is a MUST WATCH Interview he recently did. Is a Political Run next?
Ringside Report CEO/Publisher “Bad” Brad Berkwitt Gets Some Nice Publicity in the Bartlesville Examiner – Enterprise – Breaking News
RSR CEO/Publisher”Bad” Brad Berkwitt got some nice ink from Feature Writer Mike Tupa, of the Bartlesville Examiner – Enterprise, for his Ring Announcer gig coming up this Saturday, in Dewey Oklahoma at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
“I read Aaron’s book many years ago and I still believe it’s the best boxing book I’ve ever read. A troubled soul was Pryor in his early days but still a truly formidable fighter and one of the fittest most driven fighters to ever grace our sport.” — WBC Cruiserweight Champion, Tony Bellew
Sometimes the loss of someone is hard to contemplate. If, like “Bad” Brad Berkwitt my Publisher here at Ringside Report, you are in the fortunate position that you get to meet the man who claims the title favorite in your favorite sport then you feel all the better for it. When meeting your idol, the maxim that they will disappoint you is one that is hard to escape as there are many examples spoken about, written with regards to and disappointments that are palpable.
Meeting Aaron Pryor, the greatest junior welterweight of the 20th Century, was no such cliché for “Bad” Brad. This was a former WBA and IBF word champion worthy of the belts and the title, champ.
Over the weekend in Glasgow, Scotland, WBA Super Lightweight champion Ricky Burns, 41-5-1, 14 KO’s survived some anxious moments to out-point Kiryl Relikh,21-1, 19 KO’s and win a unanimous decision. The Scottish fighter was able to prevail on all three judges’ scorecards by tallies of 118-110 and116-112 (twice).
The victory for Burn’s, the first defense of his title, has probably set up a big money fight with four -weight world champion Adrien Broner,32-2, 24 KO’s later this year. Promoter Eddie Hearn is confident Burns and Broner will meet. “I think it’s time to go on the road and Adrien Broner is 100 percent the fight Ricky wants and we’re going to push for it in December,” said Hearn.
Eddie Taylor, 31-19-1, 18 KO’s, aka Young Joe Louis, was a former two-time world title-challenger in the cruiserweight division. Taylor, who was feasted on mediocre competition early on in his career, was able to become a title contender despite his limitations. The crude boxer with knock out power, who was born in Mississippi, would begin his boxing career in Chicago.
On August 29,1975, Taylor won his first professional bout with a knockout victory over Milton Marshall. He would go on and win his first twenty-one contests, with thirteen knockouts, including victories over Ivy Brown and Jesse Burnett. However, Eddie’s winning streak would be snapped in his next fight. On March 13, 1982, fighting on the James “Quick” Tillis-Jerry Williams undercard at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Taylor had to settle for a technical draw against Dale Grant.
With deep regret I’m writing about the passing of the great Aaron Pryor this past Sunday morning, October 10th as confirmed by his widow Frankie Pryor. “The Hawk” passed on in a hospice where he was fighting heart disease since this past July. The champion had fists of fury that would land with unbridled precision as they rained in from every conceivable direction and angle, both high and low. His windmill style of leading with his chin behind an onslaught of piston like flurries resembled a Gatling Gun on two legs instead of a tripod.
Often compared to the great Henry Armstrong for his unique ability to get inside the pocket quickly and neutralizing his foes reach with a tornado of punches that whirled around a foe like a plastic bag in a windstorm. In a 24’ square ring his opponent simply had nowhere to hide. Pryor was relentless from the first bell to last beguiling fans with perpetual motion. His fluidity in rapid fire succession of combos also quickly endeared himself to writers and historians alike. Yes, there is a whole lot to report other than he became champion at 24, and left us too soon at 60.
A lightweight showdown pitting Adam Piccolotti (8-0) against Brandon Girtz (14-4) and a light heavyweight matchup pitting Linton “The Swarm” Vassell (16-5) versus Francis Carmont (14-4) have been added to the main card of “Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson” at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Nov. 19.
The bouts join a pair of action-packed fights highlighted by a lightweight world title main event featuring Michael Chandler (15-3) against Benson Henderson (24-6). In addition, a welterweight clash between undefeated British striker Michael “Venom” Page (11-0) and California’s own Fernando Gonzalez (25-13) will also be the card’s co-main event. Additional contests will be announced in the coming weeks.
As WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and former Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) prepare for their epic “Pound For Pound” showdown scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, fans, media, experts and odds-makers around the world are split on who will be the favorite to win this virtually even-money battle.
And with good reason. Both Kovalev and Ward are undefeated and in their prime, making for a rare and exciting boxing match-up and a testament to the moxie of the boxers and the promoters.
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. has once again, made headlines this time in Forbes Magazine about Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Read HERE.
By Buddy “BRJ” Ruffin, JR.
Look my wrestling flock, if “BRJ” says it, it’s so… John “He Can’t Act” Cena has heard the grumblings for him to leave the WWE. Well, look, a man can do anything he wants, but he needs to stay! Why? Because he can’t act DUH! Stick with the WWE “JC” your Speedo still has life I heard…
“BRJ” has left the building… Ruff Ruff…
By June of 1979, the WBA began making their move fill the coming void which would be left when Ali retired. While Ali was making commercials, fighting Superman in DC Comics, and taping his own Saturday morning cartoon show the business of boxing rolled on, and the Alphabet Battles heated up. There was seemingly no doubt as to who the top ranked heavyweight in the world should be; but because he wore another organization’s strap, the World Boxing Association omitted Larry Holmes from their rankings. When Ali finally decided to lay his boxing burden down, or so he said, in September, his belt would be up for grabs for one of four young contenders and, of course, “Die Bek van Boomstraat“ thought it was going to be him.
A fight for the interim WBC heavyweight title between the #1 ranked heavyweight Alexander Povetkin, 30-1, 22 KO’s, and #2 ranked heavyweight Bermane Stiverne, 25-2-1, 21 KO’s, will be taking place in Russia. A purse bid was ordered by the WBC to take place Friday October 7th, in New York, after both teams were unable to reach an agreement for the fight. Three promoters bid on the fight; Don king, who handles Povetkin, World of Boxing, who handles Povetkin, and Titov Boxing Promotions, a Russian based promotional company. Andrey Ryabinsky of World of Boxing won the rights to the fight with a bid of $3.16 Million. Povetkin and Stiverne will split that money evenly.
Former unified light welterweight champion and current WBC world welterweight titlist Danny “Swift” Garcia, 32-0, 18 KO’s, is slated to make the first defense of his title November 12th in his home town of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Garcia made his debut at 147 pounds on August 1st 2015, against former two division champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, 36-7, 7 KO’s, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Malignaggi was well past his prime and was coming off of a brutal fourth round knockout loss to Shawn “Showtime” Porter, 26-2, 16 KO’s, for his IBF welterweight title. Garcia dominated the fight as expected, and referee Arthur Mercante, JR. called a stop to the fight in the ninth round. Garcia went on to face another former two division champion in Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, 33-5, 18 KO’s, for the vacant WBC world welterweight title. Guerrero was very aggressive as he always is, but Garcia controlled the fight and ultimately won a unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring it 116-112 in his favor.
Bellator MMA is thrilled to announce the promotion’s first ever Friday/Saturday doubleheader event. The first night of entertainment will feature a bantamweight world title rematch pitting current division champion Eduardo Dantas (18-4) against a dangerous former two-division champion Joe Warren (14-5), which joins a previously announced featherweight showdown between A.J. McKee (5-0) and Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3).
Meanwhile, the second night of action will be headlined by a featherweight fight pitting former champion Pat Curran (22-7) against John Teixeira (19-1-2).
International Boxing Hall of Fame Flies Flags At Half Staff for BELOVED Former Junior Welterweight Champion Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor
The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of junior welterweight champion Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, who passed away today in Cincinnati, OH after a long battle with heart disease. He was 60.
“Without question Aaron Pryor was one of the most thrilling fighters to ever lace up a pair of boxing gloves. His aggressive style made him a fan favorite and whenever he stepped into the ring it was surely ‘Hawk Time,’” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame offers our condolences to his family and joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning his passing.”
Don’t look now, but some of the best fighters in the world today reside in Japan. Besides WBO Bantamweight champion Naoya “The Monster” Inoue, who is looking for a unification fight with pound-for-pound king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Japan has a few world champions that are being overlooked by the majority of boxing fans. Shinsuke Yamanaka, 26-0-2, 18 KO’s is the current WBC Bantamweight Champion. Yamanaka is currently ranked 9th in The Ring (magazine) Pound for pound listings. Hozumi Hasegawa, 36-5, 16 KO’s is the current WBC Super Bantamweight champion, and is a former WBC bantamweight and featherweight champion. Ryoichi Taguchi, 23-2-1, 10 KO’s is the current WBA Light Flyweight champion. Sometimes boxing fans forget that some of the best fighters, today and yesterday, can come from the Far East as well as another part in the world.
Japan has given the sport of boxing some of the best fighters ever. Here is a list of the Top Ten Japanese fighters of All-Time. Let the debate begin.
Oscar De La Hoya has had a well documented fight with Drugs and Alchohol and now he is coming to the side of Tyson Fury who is also struggling with a drug problem. Watch HERE.
Friday Night in downtown Los Angeles boxing fans were treated to an absolute war as Super lightweight contender Art Hovanissyan, 17-3-3, 9 KO’s took on former two time world title challenger Diego “Mr. Superb” Magdaleno, 29-2-0, 12 KO’s. In the main event of Golden Boy Promotions LA Fight Club Series. Magdaleno was looking to restart his career after suffering his second career loss to WBO Lightweight World Champion Terry Flanagan this past October. in a complete slugfest Friday nights bout showcased two fighter’s who were relentlessness in the ring, as both exchanged a series of punches from start to finish. In the fourth round, Magdaleno was head butted and cut over his eye, but that didn’t stop him from winning the fight via unanimous decision with the judges all scoring it 99-91. “Entering the ring, every boxer has a chance to get the knockout and that’s what I came for.
Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) is promising a career-best performance when he travels to Denmark to face Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) for the European Featherweight title on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.
The 30 year-old from Cromer says he is looking forward to fighting overseas and believes the pressure of being away from home will bring out his best.
‘’I’m really excited to be fighting away from home,’’ said Walsh, the current British Champion. ‘’I’ve done it once in Tenerife, but I still felt like the home fighter there. I know I won’t feel one bit like that in Denmark.
Bellator MMA is returning to Italy with another action-packed combo event on Dec. 10 from the Mandela Forum in Florence, featuring both Bellator MMA and Bellator Kickboxing brands. The Scott Coker-led promotion today announced the MMA portion’s main event, which will feature Rafael Carvalho (13-1) and Melvin Manhoef (30-13-1, 2 NC) in a rematch for Carvalho’s 185-pound championship. Meanwhile, “Bellator Kickboxing: Florence” has added a lightweight matchup between Italian superstar striker Giorgio Petrosyan (82-2-2, 1 NC) and British kickboxing champion Jordan Watson (48-11-2).
The mixed martial arts event will also boast Italy’s most popular and beloved mixed martial artist, Alessio Sakara (18-11, 2 NC), who takes on Mexican-American slugger Joey Beltran (17-13, 1 NC) in a light heavyweight matchup.
About 6 years ago I filed a report at Ringside Report about which I was particularly proud. It was a report on the latest world title being held by the fighter from the small town of Coatbridge in Scotland, Ricky Burns 40-5-1, 14 KO’s. I had headed it “Burns Night” as a play on his name and the annual festival which celebrates the poet born in my own home town; Robert Burns.
I was pleased because I thought nobody else would have made that connection. Since then and until now there have been many Burns Nights. In fact, there were many before them but I was too pleased with myself to notice them.
SHOCKING Pictures of Floyd Mayweather, JR (WARNING Don’t VIEW If You Are Not a Fan of His!) – Breaking News
Floyd Mayweather, JR. is back in the news once again. Click HERE for SHOCKING PICTURES.
Luke Capuano, 21-5, 20 KO’s was a tough boxer-brawler who fought in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions, and is best remembered for his two battles against former WBA World Light Heavyweight champion Mike Rossman. Luke, who lived in Chicago’s Taylor Street neighborhood, was a warrior that made “The Windy City” proud to call him one of their own.
On September 9,1978, Luke Capuano knocked out Bill Jackson in his first professional bout. Capuano would win his first 13 bouts, twelve by knockout, including a unanimous decision victory over El Boom Boom Moorer at the Aragon Ballroom in downtown Chicago. Moorer,7-6, 7 KO’s had suffered four straight knockout losses entering the contest, but was still able to go the distance with Capuano in his last professional fight.
Vinny’s Views: Anthony Joshua Vs Wladmir Klitschko Breaking It Down By the Numbers & Fight Prediction!
By Vinny “Glory Days’ Lucci
The heavyweight title match up between the two goliaths Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko has been awaiting confirmation long past an internet rumor. Ringside Report brings the fans the complete exploration and break down of fight slated for November 26 in Manchester England for Joshua’s IBF title. This was same date Wlad was to rematch Tyson Fury in a bout that had already been postponed once before. Fury pulled out of fight amid controversy a second time being unfit to defend the titles he lifted from Klitschko a year ago.
Anthony Ogogo – Craig Cunningham Clash for WBC International Strap in Birmingham on October 22nd – Breaking Boxing News
Photo Credit Paul Currie
Anthony Ogogo (11-0, 7 KOs) will fight for his first pro title when he clashes with Craig Cunningham (16-1, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC International Middleweight title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on October 22, live on Sky Sports.
Ogogo’s first shot at professional hardware comes after returning to action with three successive wins following a difficult time with injuries that had previously stunted his promising career in the paid ranks.
The London 2012 Olympic bronze medal hero has blown away his three opponents inside three rounds since his return in May, and the 27 year old is preparing for an exciting clash with another man in great form.