Less than 24 hours after I penned an article scathing Adrien Broner who acts like a real boner, he has now come out in the media and apologized for his classless statements against Jay-Z and Rihanna. Of course he did….. Whomever his publicist is told him you royally shoved your crank deep down your throat this time and you need to apologize because “Bad” Brad Berkwitt from Ringside Report went after you in his column (just kidding, but many including me in the media caused this retraction) so the power of the pen is always important even in this day of the internet!
Despite a windchill of 28 degrees, over 900 runners signed up to participate in the 2015 Pensacola Beach Run, Half Marathon, 10K/5K. The race, held by the Pensacola Runners Association, is one of the premier destination road races in the South. This year Iraq War Veteran and amputee Elliott James ran the Half Marathon for his charity (Amputee Blade Runners) raising over $2500. Amputee Blade Runners helps equip amputees with prosthetics so they can keep an active lifestyle.
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
Adrien “The Problem” Broner or more aptly should be called, “Has A Major Fu%&*(* Problem” redefines Webster’s Dictionary definition of classless. But before I really rip into his six, let me be positive in one area towards this classless fighter. Yes, I do acknowledge he has skills and I give him respect as I do any fighter that steps into a ring I once shared as an amateur boxer. However, that is where the respects end…..
Golden Boy Promotions has reportedly surrendered its promotional rights to Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia and “most” fighters associated with reclusive boxing manager/advisor Al Haymon. According to Yahoo Sports, the company will continue to promote Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse and Leo Santa Cruz.
Golden Boy has also reportedly reached an undisclosed settlement with former CEO Richard Schaefer, who left the company last summer after a bitter disagreement with GBP President Oscar de la Hoya.
One of the finest lightweight champions I’ve seen over the last forty five years was Scotland’s Ken Buchanan. Born in Edinburgh on June 28, 1945, Ken was a major force in the lightweight division for nearly a decade. For almost two years he was the lightweight champion of the world. Buchanan had a solid amateur career in which he won the ABA featherweight title in 1965. Later that year he turned professional. In 1967 Ken won a ten round decision over John McMillan in Glasgow to win the vacant Scottish lightweight title. Later that year he scored his first major win against Frenchman Rene Roque. In his career Roque would meet world champions, Johnny Famechon, Sandro Lopopolo, Bruno Arcari and Pedro Carrasco.
I love spending hours digging back in time on the good and bad of boxing’s influences because there are so many names within boxing’s shady past, that are forgotten. So here I share a few names that left a significant imprint in the boxing world. In 1931, shortly before the end of Prohibition, Owney Madden got out of bootlegging and entered into partnership with boxing promoters, Billy Duffy and George Jean DeMange. Between them, they controlled the careers of several boxing champions including Max Baer and Primo Carnera.
Undefeated prospect Ivan Redkach (18-0, 14 KOs) was impressive in a sixth-round knockout victory over Yakubu Amidu (19-6-2, 17 KOs), who failed to get off his stool following the sixth round in Friday’s main event of ShoBox: The New Generation from Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.
Working for the first time with new trainer Robert Garcia, Redkach, of Los Angeles by way of Ukraine, started out slow as he found his range, with the durable Amidu handling his power in the opening rounds. Amidu, of Los Angeles by way of Ghana, started slow but picked up the pace in the fourth and then was docked a point by referee Ray Corona for repeated low blows in the fifth.
Bermane Stiverne “On January 17th I Will Hurt Wilder and I Will Knock Him Out”- Heavyweight Championship HEATS UP!
As we near the epic return of world championship heavyweight action in the United States, WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) was a definite winner in the latest war of words with unbeaten challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) in advance of their Showtime-televised showdown on January 17 in Las Vegas.
What do you think of your opponent, does anything he does concern you?
Bermaine Stiverne: I think Wilder is a clown. Wilder thinks this is the WWE. He acts like it’s the WWE. This is for real. It is going to hurt very bad.
Deontay Wilder: I have no thoughts about Bermane Stiverne. I’m just ready to fight and leave it all out in the ring.
Chris Calvin: Tragedy In the Ring that Left One Fighter Dead and Another with the Killer Instinct Taken Away
(Calvin on the right)
I’m not a fan of the UFC. I appreciate it for what it is, for the skill that’s involved, for the commitment and determination of the combatants but I’ve never taken to it and, although I’ve devoted some time to it, it’s a sport that leaves me a little cold. I’m sure that there are those of you who would say I’ve missed something, and you are most probably correct, but there’s horses for courses and I’m just not that nag. To me, there is nobility in Queensberry Rules and, rightly or wrongly, I see that as the underlying integrity that separates professional boxing from the bloody rituals that unfold on the street.
By Doctor Ibrahim Hussain
Terrence Crawford is a world champion that steps into the ring with sell-out crowds of all backgrounds in the part of America that is not used to the glitz and glam of fight night.
It’s fair to say that seldom does a fighter attract such a loyal following. Crawford has now confirmed his move up to the 140 pound division after his universal recognition as the best at lightweight.
Crawford had enjoyed much appreciation in a division that is far less than representative of a golden era of boxing. However, he has overcome notable prospects, and in particular Yuriorkis Gamboa who is another of the Cuban defectors that was pushed as a dominant force to be reckoned with, despite his attraction to the sinful activities that new money can earn.
Mashantucket, CT: Before Karl “Dynamite” Dargan and Tony “The Lightning” Luis square off for the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship, fans at Foxwoods Resort Casino will be treated to an action-packed card filled with local rivalries and local prospects. Currently this stacked undercard is packed with six young fighters from the New England area.
In the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights co-feature, Pawtucket, Rhode Island native Thomas “The Souljah” Falowo (12-3, 8 KOs) will take on undefeated middleweight sensation and Portland, Maine resident Russell “The Haitian Sensation” Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs) for eight rounds.
With just a week away from an outstanding championship doubleheader on January 16, 2015 you will see two NABA/NABO title fights that will originate live from the Turning Stone Resort Casino and will be televised live on ESPN’s Friday night fights.
The show is promoted by Banner Promotions.
In one co-main event, NABA/NABO and Boxcino 2014 Lightweight champion Petr Petrov (35-4-2, 17 KO’s) will take on Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KO’s)
The Petrov – Lundy fight is promoted by Banner Promotions and Classic Entertainment and Sports (CES) Boxing.
By Dave Wilcox
The greatest prize in sports used to be the Heavyweight Championship of the World. From John L. Sullivan to Lennox Lewis, the sport of Boxing’s heartbeat has usually been dictated by the Heavyweight division and its historical champions. Those days seem like a million years ago.
For the last decade or so, the Heavyweight championship of the World has been relegated to Saturday afternoon showings on an internet feed near you. The brothers Klitschko have run the heavyweight division off of our televisions and out of the thought process of the modern day sports fan.
They defend their titles to packed stadiums in Germany, but probably couldn’t sell out my kid’s lunch room at his school in the USA.
NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today performers and some of the celebrities who will judge the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant, airing Sunday, January 25 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC. The Miss Universe contestants will be hosted in Doral, Florida and the pageant will air live from the FIU Arena. The pageant will also simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo.
The six fighters who will compete on Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) made weight on Thursday at Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.
In the main event of the DiBella Entertainment-promoted event, unbeaten lightweight Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach (17-0, 1 NC, 13 KOs), of Los Angeles by way of Ukraine, will meet Yakubu Amidu (19-5-2, 17 KOs), of Los Angeles by way of Ghana, in a 10-round fight.
The National Football League hired a former FBI director Robert Mueller to investigate its investigation of the Ray Rice incident that occurred on February 15, 2014, and the findings are anything but shocking.
Sure, Mueller acknowledged that the NFL had substantial information about the case and could have obtained more evidence. And yes,Mueller found that the league should have done a better job of getting all of the facts before handing down its initial punishment. What is noteworthy, however, is that the investigation showed that no one from the League had seen the video that a law enforcement official claims to have mailed to NFL headquarters in April. The video resurfaced in September, and prompted Rice’s indefinite suspension from the League.
The Year: 2002 was a landmark year for the world of boxing. Lennox Lewis pounded the shadow of the once great Iron Mike Tyson in a bout that pitched the overrated against the over the hill. Floyd Mayweather, JR. was gifted an outrageously bad decision against Jose Luis Castillo while Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera followed up their 2000 fight of the year by doing it all again in June. Oscar De La Hoya answered the questions asked by Fernando Vargas and, up amongst the big men, David Tua punished Michael Moorer, Evander Holyfield took the honors against Hasim Rahman and Frans Botha fell to the sheer power of Wladimir Klitschko the younger. But a fight took place in May of that year which would outshine all other events in the ring and find its place in history as arguably the greatest boxing match of all time. It was the year of Arturo “Thunder” Gatti and “Irish” Mickey Ward.
After competing against fighters as much as two weight divisions out of his natural Jr. Welterweight division, Steve Upsher (24-4-1, 6 KO’s) is ready to move back down and take a run at the best Jr. Welterweights in the world.
In 2014, Upsher put up a great effort in falling short against former world champion Andre Berto. In his two previous bout, Upsher fought natural Jr. Middleweight Eddie Gomez and former Welterweight champion Luis Collazo.
“Basically I have never lost at 140 pounds. My only losses were at 135 and I avenged that loss. Gomez is a natural 154 pounder; Berto and Collazo are former Welterweight world champions. All of the fights had contracted weights of 150 pounds,” said Upsher.
The fourth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 26, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
“The fourth class of the New York State Hall of Fame inductees matches up very nicely with the previous three,” NYSBHOF Nominating Committee Chairman Jack Hirsch said. “It feels good to give recognition to those who have done so much for the history of our sport in New York. I want to express my gratitude to my fellow committee members Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Bobby Cassidy, Jr. Steve Farhood, Ron McNair and Neil Terens. They all take the process very seriously and a lot of thought and debate goes into our selections.”
By Lou Eisen
Widely considered the greatest boxer of his time as well as the greatest boxer of all time, the former three-time undisputed world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was released from an undisclosed hospital in Arizona today (Jan. 8), a mere nine days before his 73 birthday. As it turned out, Ali in fact did not have pneumonia as previously reported. He was suffering from a severe urinary tract infection, which took a while to heal. Ali was treated with various antibiotics.
Of course at his age (72), any kind of infection or sickness is very dangerous to his health, given Ali’s already underlying condition of Parkinson’s Disease. It seems somewhat improbable that Muhammad Ali, who beat Joe Frazier twice, Ken Norton twice, Sonny Liston twice and George Foreman (to win his title back), could be felled by something as seemingly treatable as a urinary tract infection. However, as he has always done throughout his extraordinary life and boxing career, Ali responded well to this most recent challenge in front of him.
On Friday, Feb. 6, DiBella Entertainment and Goossen Promotions will present an exciting edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights when IBF middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (33-4-1, 20KO’s) puts his IBF middleweight championship crown on the line against former junior middleweight champion and “The Contender: Season One” winner Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (27-3-2, 9KO’s). The 12-round championship bout is set take place at MGM Resorts International’s beautiful Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Miss. It will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
By Carrie Riedel
The most poignant fight for me in the last 75 years has to be the first fight between Cassius Clay (who after the fight announced he was now to be called Muhammad Ali) and Sonny Liston. Taking place on February 25, 1964 in Miami Florida with Clay, (obviously being the underdog) taking the win in the opening of the 7th round.
What fascinates me most about these two athletes, is the fact that they both shared the same dislike from the press because they were “colored” and simply considered (and termed) “Gorilla’s or having hands like bananas.”