Deontay Wilder is without doubt an exciting and explosive fighter, with an impressive record of 37-0, 36 KO’s he has been an integral part of the resurgence within the heavyweight scene. He remains a polarizing fighter, although not for the usual reasons we find with boxers. On one hand, we see a fighter confident in his ability, brash without being arrogant and in moments away from the hype of the ring a genuine and grounded man. The other side is the one that despite a high number of fights, a respected belt around his waist and the media singing his praises, at times sees him open to criticism. Whilst other fighters have continually stepped up their level of competition Deontay seems to have plateaued and dare I say settled in his quality of opposition and skill level. I do not personally see this as the fault of Wilder, many fans seem to be of the mind that a fighter is in total control of his career and how it progresses when in fact they are simply a cog within the machine.
Attention Boxing Fans: Floyd Mayweather, JR Vs Conor McGregor is a JOKE! Keep Your Hard Earned Clams…
By Joshua “City” Brewer
There has been a lot of hoopla as of late on the potential of boxing icon Floyd “Money” Mayweather, JR. taking on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. The consensus has been that the fight would take place in a boxing ring, under boxing rules. For starters let’s just make one thing clear, McGregor has no chance of defeating Mayweather, JR. in boxing just as Mayweather, JR. has no chance of defeating McGregor in a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) battle. Regardless of that fact, people have been intrigued by the possibility of the two fighters making this fantasy a reality.
Saturday night, at the 2300 Arena, in Philadelphia (PA), hometown heroes Jaron “Boots” Ennis and Manny “Major Pain” Folly made quick work of their assignments for the night. Dubbed “Super Brawl”, presented by Victory Boxing Promotions, the two headliners for the event capped off an evening filled with sensational knockouts by some of boxing’s top rising prospects.
Welterweight prospect Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 9-0, 8 KO’s headlining his first event, needed only thirty-five seconds into the fight to dispatch Elvin Perez, 28-17-4, 19 KO’s. Deemed the best prospect out of Philly since 1984 Gold Medalist Meldrick Taylor, Ennis easily vanquished his opponent before his hometown fans. At the opening bell, Perez went right at Ennis who landed a left to the body followed by a right to the chin and finished Perez off with a left hook to the mid-section. Perez took the count on a knee from referee Shawn Clark.
Vinny’s Views: Leo Santa Cruz & Carl Frampton – True Ambassadors of Boxing! & Mikey Garcia Makes Fistic Statement…
Saturday evening got under way in a memorable night of fistic mayhem as both cable giants HBO and Showtime went to war of their own showcasing double headers of giants in the smaller weight classes. Four bouts matched for pure boxing fanatics who were forced to keep remote in hand and channel surf in tandem like a furious exchange between two brawlers.
First up Showtime got on the scoreboard when two time champion Mikey Garcia stepped up to lightweight division to challenge WBC southpaw champ Dejan Zlaticnin. Friday both men weighed in at 134.5 and put their unbeaten records on the line. Dejan who stands 5’4” was conceding a three inch height differential as well as a three inch reach disadvantage to the challenger and from the opening bell Garcia used every bit of both along with terrific balance and timing to quickly wear down the champion. Referee Tony Weeks had very little work cut out for himself as Mikey introduced a power jab followed by straight right hands that continually found their mark as he introduced them from ever changing angles. The frustrated belt holder made the night particularly difficult for himself by walking straight into the pocket and into the line of fire.
June 1986 was not a good time for me. I was 21 years old, had finished my degree at the University of Glasgow and found myself sleeping on someone’s couch. I was working in a bar in the downtown Partick area of Glasgow and Sharon Flood, with whom I worked, had taken pity on me and offered to put me up.
I still had pretensions towards a political career and was trying to work out how my next step would appear from my stupor. I was due to start on my teaching qualification in the September, having got into the College down where I lived back in Ayr, some 35 miles from my current “abode”.
Jack Culcay Defends WBA Super Welterweight Title Against Demetrius Andrade on March 11th in Ludwigshafen – Boxing News
Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) is set to defend his WBA World Super Welterweight title against former WBO World Champion Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) on March 11 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
‘Golden’ Jack claimed the WBA strap with a unanimous decision over Maurice Weber in Frankfurt on May 9, 2015. The 31 year-old has since defended his title with a points victory versus Dennis Hogan in Hamburg on December 5, 2015, and a stoppage win against Jean Carlos Prada in Potsdam on April 9, 2016.
“I think he is a depleted fighter at 147, he is a much better fighter at 154.”—Eddie Hearn
Such was the view of Eddie Hearn after the full breakdown of the fight between his fighter and the guy to whom he was referencing, Kell Brook, 36-1, 25 KO’s and Amir Khan, 31-4, 19 KO’s. Following Brook’s tussle with “GGG”, there is little doubt that most think he should stay up at middleweight and the fight with Khan should probably be his last hurrah at welterweight – if it ever happens.
This is a fight we have all been hoping and praying that would be made but the split has been the major breaking point for negotiations between Khan’s team and Hearn.
Angel Garcia & Danny Garcia Called OUT! – Boxing Industry & Fans from Around the World Throw Their Support Behind the Brutally Honest RSR Video Email Bag Show – Breaking NEWS
Yesterday our very own CEO/Publisher “Bad” Brad Berkwitt called out Angel Garcia on his racial tirade against WBA Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman at a recent press conference for his upcoming fight against WBC Welterweight Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia. Not to let anyone get away with BS, “Bad” Brad also called out Danny for being a cosigner & the bogus sanctioning bodies to step up and BAN Angel Garcia for not his first racial attack, and for sure, not his last…
In less than 24 hours, “Bad” Brad received numerous emails, Facebook IM’s and texts throwing support behind him and praising his (R Rated Stance) by calling out the participants in this horrendous show of classlessness.
Local favorites Chuck “The Professor” Mussachio and Gabriel Pham will see action in separate bouts that will highlight an outstanding undercard this Saturday night at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
The card, which is promoted by Rising Promotions will feature,Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna taking on Eduardo Flores un a junior middleweight bout scheduled for eight rounds.
Mussachio (19-3-2, 5 KO’s) of Wildwood, NJ takes on Michael Mitchell (3-7-2, 1 KO) of Paterson, NJ in a light heavyweight bout, while Pham (6-1, 2 KO’s) of Pleasantville, NJ battles Jose Valderrama (5-17, 3 KO’s) of Manati, Puerto Rico in a super middleweight bout.
Mussachio, who won a unanimous decision over Willis Lockett last May 27th. That nout was his first bout after a three-plus year off.
Vinny’s Views: Deontay Wilder Gets the Shaft Again, Zab Judah & Ricardo Mayorga Comebacks & Big Fights This Weekend on HBO & Showtime!
There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes, “Even a broken clock is still right twice a day.” Nice proverbial tie in to this week’s column. Stay with me here it isn’t that complicated. While dozens of poets have tried to take credit for this line the author is unknown. What is more fascinating than the quote itself is how many people scratch their heads trying to underscore a hidden meaning. Let’s cut to the chase. Losers can be right once in a blue moon, same as a losing streak.
Ever since the bare knuckle days and Marquis of Queensbury Rules boxing has comeback kids who sometimes enrich the sport with another shot at glory but more often than not lace up the leather again to exchange in fistic mayhem strictly because they are in dire straits and have no other means of supporting themselves.
There’s a very fine line between love and hate, common sense and reckless abandon, stardom and has-been and right now Amir Kahn is treading water. The likable and talented Brit somehow has confused reality with showmanship and now is in serious jeopardy of “wanna-be” status. Since 2013, he has fought a mere five times winning four decisions and being left for dead courtesy of a single Canelo Alvarez right hand. Amir took the bout that guaranteed him a 13 million dollar payday which was courtesy of fighting the best active pay per view attraction who the world knew would win by knockout, not because anyone in their right mind envisioned Kahn’s lightning fast hand speed or crafty footwork to nullify the Junior Middleweight champion’s power and skills.
By Jeffrey “Italian Medallion” Cellini
The heavyweight division has always been the most scrutinized weight class in all of boxing. Today, two of the greatest heavyweights will be matched against each other to see which one was the more accomplished champion during their respective reigns.
“Smokin” Joe Frazier, 32-4-1, 27 KO’s defeated Buster Mathis on March 4, 1968, to claim the vacant NYSAC World heavyweight title. Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title because of his legal issues (After Ali’s title defense against Zora Folley in 1967, he was stripped of his title due to his refusal to be drafted to Army service.]
“Bad” Brad Berkwitt LIGHTS UP Angel Garcia, Deontay Wilder Screwed & More… – RSR Video Email Bag Show
On Saturday night, welterweight prospect Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 8-0, 6 KO’s will begin his second year as a professional at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, headlining an eight-bout card promoted by Chris Middendorf’s Victory Boxing Promotions this Saturday night. The six-rounder is Ennis’ first main event, a fitting early honor for the top rookie in Philadelphia. His opponent will be 24 -year old Todd Manuel, 12-12-1, 1 KO from Rayne, Louisiana.
“It’s my first one,” Ennis said about fighting in the main event. “It feels great. I’m glad it’s at home. It’s a great feeling to have the crowd behind me in my first home main event.”
Oscar De La Hoya continues to suffer with demons outside of the ring and once again, is in trouble. Read HERE.
Over in the UK we believe that we are in the middle of a renaissance of British boxing which has delivered us no fewer than 13 world champions, I have spent a wee bit of time thinking about when we last all felt this warm and fuzzy. I have gone back in time to the 1970’s and wandered around my memories which, added to by some research, I hope will challenge my own memories. Certainly, the first fighter I have taken some time to look into brought as much in controversy as he did in triumph.
There were some fantastic nights in that decade as I raised my head as a 5 year old in 1970 to being 15 at 1980. In between I think there were some great fights, tremendous boxers and nights with which to conjure.
But am I deluded?
The card is promoted by Rising Promotions
LaManna of Millville, New Jersey has a record of 21-2 with 9 knockouts, and wants to avenge his September 15th defeat to Dusty Hernandez Harrison. But first he must get past the 52 fight veteran Flores.
I would first like to start by making it clear that I do not wish this article to cause upset or hurt to the people around Nick Blackwell, 19-4-1, 8 KO’s or those of any boxer who suffers tragedy within the sport. This article is simply to give what I hope is a fair and unbiased observation on the events which have been discussed in all corners of the boxing community regarding the events after the fight with Chris Eubank, JR. and the more recent events which led to the promising young boxers return to hospital.
On the 26th March 2016, Chris Eubank, JR. and Nick Blackwell met in the ring at the Wembley Arena, London to fight for the BBBofC British Middleweight Title in what was a promising fight. Eubank, JR.with slick skills, sharp powerful shots and the ever-present eccentric corner featuring his father were hoping to make a statement to finally silence the critics over his performance against Billy Joe Saunders in 2014 where the young Eubank had seemed to try showboat his way to victory in the first half of the fight, and had been dogged with criticism since.
WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) will defend his title against former two-time world champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs) in a 12-round matchup that serves as the co-main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Televised coverage on SHOWTIME begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten light heavyweight contender “Sir” Marcus Browne (18-0, 13 KOs) meeting hard-hitting former title challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round showdown. The event is headlined by former four-division world champion Adrien Broner taking on hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados.
Boxing has seen many fighters come in and out of the sport over the years. It’s the norm. There are those who have the role of being an opponent to make other fighters better, while collecting a payday for themselves. There are those boxers who build a local following and don’t quite reach star level, but make a living from boxing. You get those that reach a sort of star, middling-star level to where they can be recognized when they fight on a televised card. You get your true boxing stars, those who are in the upper echelon of competition and title contention. These guys usually get there by collecting a few belts and putting on great fights.
As soon as Floyd Mayweather, JR. spoke and said he was the most skilful boxer that Britain possesses now, there was a courting going on. We, of course, in the UK knew that this was the case but the love affair we have with this pugilist is a strange one.
You see, in the UK, we do not like to be told what to like. At times, the best that walk amongst us go unheralded. We want them to do more than be the best in our islands. We often push them away so that they can prove to others what we shall later claim we knew all along – that they were the best outside of our kingdom.
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci
There’s an old adage in life, be careful what you ask for. You just might get it. Enter Manny Pacquiao on the Jeff Horn wish list. Bob Arum of Top Rank has officially signed this one for April 22. Funny thing about wanting in on the Pacquiao Parade where a boxer is literally guaranteed a bigger pay day then they’ll find anywhere else at this weight but more often than not they walk away with broken dreams. This past November young upstart Jessie Vargas who had more experience than Horn and a much better resume did not win a single round in the Manny Sweepstakes and just like most before him, walked away empty handed. Managers, promoters, and boxers alike are hoping to cash in on the boxer’s mileage of a 22 year career and duplicate the lightning in a bottle punch that the great Juan Manuel Marquez landed back in 2012. What they forget is that it took JMM four fights and 42 rounds to time the perfect punch.
By BJ “Warhammer” Proctor
For the better part of 10 years, Floyd Mayweather, JR. was the unquestioned best fighter in the sport. Sitting atop every worthwhile pound for pound list, and most importantly the Ring Magazine. Having a fighter dominate the top of the pound for pound list for years at a time is nothing unusual, as it’s happened many times over the course of boxing history. Whether you’re speaking of the great Roberto Duran during the 70’s, or you look at the 90’s, and you have Roy Jones, JR. and Pernell Whitaker who jockeyed for the top spot for the better part of the decade. What becomes very interesting is the debate that rages after a fighter like Floyd loses his spot, or in his case, steps away from the sport.
Photo Credit Eunice Trotter
Tom Prater, 24-21-1, 15 KO’s faced some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division during the 1970”s. Prater, a tough kid from Indiana, was never afraid to mix it up with some of the most heavy-handed punchers of his generation.
On October 20, 1973, Tom made his professional debut against Lou Rogan at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Prater walked away with his first career win by split decision and would go on to be victorious in seventeen of his first 21 fights. Prater scored impressive wins over Jody Ballard (MD) and Al Jones (TKO) early on in his career before falling victim to a long list of up-and-coming fighters.
By Sean “Oldest Youngest Man” Walsh
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 48-1-1, 34 KO’s is arguably the money maker in the boxing world as we start 2017, he has a large and loyal following and in the aftermath of the Floyd Mayweather, JR. era he is a drastically contrasting character who seems more grounded and relatable to many. Alvarez is a fighter who I have some confusion over however, not too long ago Canelo seemed to be wanting to cement his legacy by pushing himself and working for the fights to happen without the circus that seems to swallow up other big fights. I was a staunch supporter of Alvarez, I saw a young talented fighter who was a breath of fresh air to the sport, approachable and hard working with a long career at the top laid out before him.