Team Rouse Kickboxing/Boxing Opening Comments & Ten Count for “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali – RSR Video
The fights at the Sound Board Theater, Motorcity Casino Hotel Detroit, started out with two noteworthy fights. A 4 round Jr. Middleweight bout between two opponents that have faced off against each other in the MMA world and one seeing the return to the ring of a 50 year old fighter who entered the ring, jokingly, with the assistance of a walker. Before the action, the fans were asked to stand for a ceremonial 10 count honoring the loss of “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali.
In the first fight, John Chalbeck 3-0, 3 KO’s whom I’ve heard about from folks familiar with both the Detroit boxing and MMA scene, would be one to watch and he proved them right in this fight facing off against Marcus Wheeler in his pro boxing debut. Chalbeck took little time feeling out his opponent and dominated the first round using a good jab and dolling out the punishment while taking little in return utilizing good defense by slipping and blocking most of what Wheeler had to offer. Chalbeck was on his game and was rewarded with a TKO in the second round at 1;16. This kid is sharp, focused and quick and has good power and defense to round out his talent. I look forward to watching him move up the ranks.
Just a few miles down the road from the boxing hall of fame in Canastota, New York, and on the eve of the 2016 induction of memorable greats Hector “Macho” Camacho, Hilario Zapata, and Lupe Pintor, was a very action packed fight card at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort. Well perhaps not a hall of fame matchup, the headline event was an all-out brawl between Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov and American John Molina, JR.
While both men have showed in their previous body of work that they perhaps were a level below the very top of their weight divisions, they have also showed tremendous grit, heart, determination, and most of all the thudding punches and willingness to come forward that boxing fans crave. There is no retreat in these two warriors and it showed. They faced off in a lunchroom type matchup, a “what if” sort of situation that we seem to be actually finding out about less and less in today’s boxing world. This one however, we received an answer to the question: what if brawlers Provodnikov and Molina, JR. faced each other.
Night of Knockouts VII-Sound Board-Motorcity Casino Hotel
June 10, 2016-Doors at 7:00pm-First bout at 7:30pm
Chico Crout 146.8 vs. Eric Hall 142.4 – 6 Rounds-Lightweight
Stephanie Spehar 138.6 vs. Carolyn Biskup 142.4 – 4 Rounds -Lightweight
Winford Harris 152.2 vs. Lional Jimenez 151.8 – 4 Rounds-Middleweight
Lennox Lewis Speaks Out on Being Honored to Be a Pallbearer at Muhammad Ali’s Funeral – Breaking Boxing News
Before serving as a pallbearer at Muhammad Ali’s funeral on Friday, former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis spoke to CNN’s Hala Gorani about how Ali inspired him in and out of the boxing ring.
“If I would get into a fight on the road or something, my first recollection of who I was was Muhammad Ali – running around doing this, moving my head, saying, come on, sucker. You know, that’s what Muhammad Ali does, you know? And maybe throw in the Ali shuffle in there as well.”
Lewis also recalled an exchange with Ali after a loss at the world championships that stayed with him throughout his career.
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Muhammad Ali, & The Funniest Show Question Ever has Me on the Floor! – RSR Video Email Bag Show
Welterweight world champion Keith Thurman opened training camp to media today in St. Petersburg as he prepares to defend his title against former world champion Shawn Porter on Saturday, June 25 in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT with a featherweight world title showdown between current champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares.
The captain, Thomas Stalker, 11-1-3 2 KO’s, did it and managed to get himself, at the third time of asking, a European lightweight belt. It was the performance we had been looking for, from a former Olympian who needs now to kick on and make his play for world glory.
As you may have gathered from my piece on the AIBA decision to allow professionals into the Olympics, over in the UK we take our amateur sport really seriously. That the British Boxing Board of Control has asked AIBA to rethink is testimony to just how seriously we take the amateur game.
CEO/Publisher of Ringside Report “Bad” Brad Berkwitt is the Ring Announcer again this Saturday June 11th for the Team Rouse Kick Boxing Event in Dewey Oklahoma at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Feature Writer Mike Tupa gave him some great ink in the Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise.
Shannon Briggs never shy when a camera is in his face had this to say recently. Read HERE.
Packy’s World: Muhammad Ali, Fernando Vargas, James Caan, My Pal Al, & The Chutzpah Award Posthumously Goes to Muhammad Ali
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… RSR Readers if I were to tell you where I have been, I would have to kill you! How many times have you heard that corny line in your lifetime? Well, “Ole Packy” was down hard and they thought he may not make it, but I showed them all and kicked what I had right in the bagels, with the help of my beloved Sadie, my little Bagel Breaker to the 3rd power. I saw the light. When I asked the Doc, to turn that sonofbitch off, I’m not going yet, he fell on the floor! So much has happened since my last column, so let’s get right into it folks.
A great human being passed away last Friday. To call him simply a great prizefighter under values the man’s contribution to this world. This man of course is Muhammad Ali “The Greatest”. He is the only man ever to have won the heavyweight crown three times. That is THE heavyweight crown, not A heavyweight crown. His style was as electric as his smile, his punches as fast and sharp as his words. His accomplishments in the ring have been well documented, and are known to all who grew up in that era, or even have a passing interest in boxing history. The only man whose heavyweight resume could possibly rival Ali is the great Joe Louis, it is a fine distinction for either man to be mentioned alongside one another. Muhammad Ali the boxer, as amazing as he was, was no comparison to Muhammad Ali the man.
An era is coming to an end, and most boxing fans don’t even realize it. The latest retirement of Floyd Mayweather, JR., this past November’s defeat of long reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, and last November’s pummeling of Bernard Hopkins by Sergey Kovalev are certainly nails in the coffin of this long reigning era. The era of which I speak is the defensive era of the 2000s.
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
Street Fighter, MMA & Boxer Kimbo Slice has died at the age of 42 of an apparent heart attack. Kevin Ferguson was his real name. Reports said efforts were made to revive him, but to no avail.
Ringside Report passes on our condolences to the Ferguson family in their time of grief.
Francisco Vargas came into this fight with a 23-1, 17 KO’s record and the fighter with less experience coming up against a seasoned Orlando Salido, 43-12-3, 30 KO’s with 5 losses by KO and coming off a brawl of a draw against Roman Martinez, with some saying Salido should have been awarded the win in that fight.
First round, not much of a feeling out process between the two with both fighters comfortable throwing punches at will right from the bell. It only took 2:30 of the first round for both fighters to get heated up and to commence with the all out battle that proved to be much like two brick walls throwing punches. Each taking every blow the other threw with what looked to be granite chins!
Oscar De La Hoya EXPLODES in Anger at Bob Arum Over Canelo “Catchweight” Alvarez Vs Gennady “GGG” Golovkin Match Being Made!
Oscar De La Hoya who is protecting his Golden Goose Canelo “Catchweight” Alvarez like a squirrel does his nuts, has made headlines once again. Read HERE.
A friend recently asked the question, “Why won’t the top guys fight each other?” It sent me into a tailspin. Listen… I miss the boxing scene of the 1980’s like a soldier on Active Duty in a foreign land misses his mom’s freshly baked apple pie. Let me break it down for anyone who wasn’t there.
In the seven year stretch covering 1980-1987 between welterweight and middleweight, Boxing Hall Of Famers Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Duran all fought each other! Add one more year – 1979 – and throw Wilfred Benitez into the mix and you’ll see he fought Leonard, Hearns, Duran, and was actively pursuing a shot at Hagler before losing an eliminator to the Syrian iron man Mustafa Hamsho in 1983.
In a night full of surprises, the UFC pulled the biggest easter egg promo ever.During pay-per-view broadcast, the UFC showed it’s promo for UFC 200 where all fighters in the card such as Miesha Tate, Frankie Edgar and Jon Jones appeared to hype up the UFC’s premiere card of the year.What surprised the people watching was a familiar voice shouting:
Muhammad Ali Tribute: Champion, Humanitarian and Flawed at Times – RSR Video Email Bag Show (Special Edition)
There’s a new force to be reckoned with in the light heavyweight division. In this main event held at the Bell Centre in Montreal last night, Artur Beterbiev squared off against Argentinian super middleweight Ezequiel Maderna. Beterbiev is an exciting and aggressive young fighter, having recorded nine spectacular wins before this night, and has looked like a vicious attack artist in every one. He was coming off a year long layoff due to a shoulder injury and looking to resume his ascent to the top of the light heavyweight division.
Friday night inside the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions brought fight fans a night of action as two Southern California fan favorites, Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada and Santa Ana’s Ronny Rios took to the ring for their LA Fight Club debut.
In the main event Ronny Rios, 25-1, 10 KO’s took on another Southern California local Efrain Esquivias, 17-4-1, 10 KO’s in an action packed 10 round Featherweight showdown. Rios came in the ring with a vengeance, knocking Esquivias down in the first round with his powerful punches. The Belasco was a full house tonight chanting “Ronny” throughout his entire bout as they watched Rios take down Esquivias in the second round by technical knockout.
Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s anticipated return will have to wait a little longer. In an interview with ESPN, UFC President Dana White was asked of the possible timetable of Rousey’s eventual return: