Feature Boxing Writer Dave “Mythical” Siderski has joined Ringside Report “The Heart of Boxing”. We welcome him aboard.
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin SHOCKER: Wrongly Accused of Making Statements – “This Just Pisses Me Off to the Point I Want Him to Knock Out Floyd Mayweather, JR in the Ring”
“This just pisses me off to the point I want him (Gennady) to knock out Floyd Mayweather, JR. in the ring!”–Buddy Ruffin, JR., President of Please Knock Out Floyd Mayweather, JR. In The Ring Gennady “GGG” Golovkin Fan Club, Coffeyville, KS (678,113 members and growing daily)
Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has flatly denied quotes attributed to him by a U.K. based website, which were picked up by numerous other media outlets. “These are not my words in this interview,” said Golovkin.
Although boxing was considered too violent for inclusion at the first modern Olympics in 1896, it showed up as a demonstration sport in 1904 in St. Louis and then as a medal sport in 1908 in London. Boxing was omitted once again, however, in 1912 in Stockholm. Since the 1916 Berlin Games were never held due to World War I, boxing didn’t permanently join the Olympic fold until 1920 in Antwerp. Since then it has included some of the most memorable champions in Olympic history from Cassius Clay and George Foreman to Oscar De La Hoya and Teofilo Stevenson.
WBC light flyweight champion Pedro “Pedrin” Guevara (26-1-1, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Ganigan Lopez (25-6, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cenreo de Usos Multiples in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Scores were 116-112, 116-112, 117-111.
Guevara’s brother, super bantamweight Alberto “Metro” Guevara (21-2, 8 KOs), scored a third round TKO over Oscar “De La Renta” Blanquet (32-11-1, 23 KOs). Alberto dropped Blanquet in round three and got the stoppage with a furious follow-up barrage.
The word Ghana means “Warriors King” in Mande, a language spoken by the Soninke people of West Africa. The title itself was bestowed upon the medieval kings of the Empire of Ghana, a kingdom enriched by trans-Saharan trade of salt and gold. Today, though the warriors and kings have been replaced by modern equipped military personnel and presidents, the tradition has been carried on by the coastal nation’s Western-styled boxers.
Since the 1950’s, hardened men from the sovereign republic proved tough for their in-ring foes. Men like Roy “The Black Flash” Ankrah, Floyd “Klutei” Robertson, and Love Allotey, were gifted and collectively stopped only five times in 156 bouts. More recently, Ghanaian legends such as Azumah Nelson, aka “The Professor”, Ike “Bazooka” Quartey, Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey, and Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko have made their marks in boxing rings around the world, proving not only more skilled than their predecessors, but also just as tough. Clottey and Agbeko are still active, but with Quartey coming before Clottey and Nelson preceding Quartey, someone must step in to carry on this warrior tradition. That man may indeed be a 5’9” puncher from Accra named Richard Oblitey Commey.
For the second time in less than eight months, Russian striker Sergei “Paratrooper” Kharitonov defeated former M-1 Challenge champion Kenny Garner in a Heavyweight SuperFight, stopping the dangerous American in the opening round this past Friday night in M-1 Challenge 59: Battle of Nomads 5 main event in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Kharitonov (23-5-0, 13 KO/TKO, 9 SUB) defeated Garner at the 4:11 mark of the first round via punches, setting the stage for a potential showdown with M-1 Challenge heavyweight Marcin Tybura.
By Roy “Sharpshooter” Bennett
“I don’t get no respect”. – Comedian and huge boxing fan Rodney Dangerfield
I need to get something off my chest that I’ve been quietly seething about lately. Top Rank seems determined to put Tim Bradley out to pasture. But he keeps winning and wrecking Bob Arum’s carefully laid plans for other fighters. For the uninitiated and the wilfully ignorant these are the facts.
Tim Bradley signed with Top Rank to be able to make a fight with Manny Pacquiao a reality, stopping a faded Joel Casamayor to get his big chance. This was around the same time some people, Bernard Hopkins included, were saying Pacquiao had been purposely avoiding African American boxers in their athletic prime. Bradley fit the bill. But the fact is the subtext to all of this was Bob Arum signed Bradley with a view to feeding him to Pacquiao as pugilistic food. You read that right. Food. But it didn’t work out that way.
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt (Written in 2005)
Replace Berbick with Balboa. It’s November 22, 1986. Young “Iron” Mike Tyson finally gets his shot against legendary Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa. Balboa is in his prime with his mind totally focused on his biggest fight since he regained the title with a knockout over former champion Clubber Lang.
In fact, with the deaths of both his corner men Mickey Goldmill and Apollo Creed, Balboa has hired Clubber to work his corner for this “Super Fight”. The first thing Lang sets out to do is make Rocky mean…. Tyson has that anger, and as Clubber did many years before, he knows that is a big advantage for the young challenger to have going into this fight.
Lang also works very hard on Rocky’s jab, which he feels is going to keep Tyson on the outside. With Balboa having a trademark heavy body work ethic, Clubber thinks his jab is going to confuse Tyson, and allow Rocky to get on the inside with Mike so he can bang the ribcage.
Benny Leonard, Ted “Kid” Lewis, Henry Armstrong, Billy Conn, and Manuel Ortiz are Hall of Famers. What else do they have in common? They all lost their first professional fights.
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
On May 2, 2015, we had the “Farce of the Century” when Floyd Mayweather, JR., faced Manny Pacquiao in the biggest money maker in the history of boxing. What we had was no surprise though many are still crying about it. Floyd Mayweather, JR. did what he always does, and that is just enough to win without giving the fans excitement of a classic like Sugar Ray Leonard Vs Tommy Hearns I. With that said, I am not saying that boxing is not the sport of hit and not get hit, but no matter what anyone says, Mayweather, JR. will never be an exciting fighter no matter how many million plus dollar cars or pictures of his money he posts on Social Media.
Packy’s World: Keith Thurman – Floyd Mayweather, JR, My Pal Al & Jon Stewart Awarded The Chutzpah Award
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… As I sit out on my patio this morning and watch all the boats go by on the Biscayne Bay, it amazes me that this is my 85th Fourth of July weekend here in the world. I have seen many great fireworks displays in NYC and now on Miami Beach for many years. The kids always loved them and so do my great grand kids.
Sadie is in cooking breakfast in her brand new 65k kitchen, so my bagels at least for now, will have some peace… In fact, she is calling me to eat, so let me send off this column to Bradley to post on RSR.
By Barnaby “Mattress Man” Kellaway
UFC fans around the world collectively sighed when Dana White announced that Aldo had officially been replaced by Mendes for the UFC 189 main event. With the announcement came the realization that one of the most anticipated fights of all time was no more. However, despite all the glumness there is good reason to be equally as excited for the fight we have instead.
In his UFC career thus far McGregor has not faced an elite wrestler – almost every minute he has spent inside the octagon has been on his feet. It is for this reason that throughout his meteoric rise to the top, experts and fellow fighters, although unanimous in their belief that he is a great talent, have continually asked the question: what will McGregor do when he faces a wrestler?
The word “haymaker” was first used by turn of the century by welterweight champion James Ferms to describe his knockout punch.
Errol Spence, JR: Time to Retire Floyd Mayweather, JR and Let the Young Guns who Excite Boxing Fans have the Spotlight
By Travis “Novel” Fleming
Welterweight prospect Errol “The Truth” Spence, JR., 17-0, 14 KO’s, has been getting a ton of ink lately, a lot of it as a result of him being vouched for by pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather, JR., 48-0, 26 KO’s. Mayweather has taken the talented 25 year old under his wing and proclaimed him as the future of boxing. So confident is Mayweather in Spence’s ability that he has been campaigning on Spence’s behalf for fights against top welterweight contenders Keith Thurman, 25-0, 21 KO’s, and Shawn Porter, 26-1-1, 16 KO’s, while Spence has yet to fight even a top twenty welterweight. Floyd has brought Spence into his camp as sparring partner in the past, and the rumors of Spence giving Mayweather all he could handle must have some truth to it for Floyd to be heaping such praises on a young man still in the prospect stage. Mayweather has gone as far as offering to vacate one of his three welterweight titles to allow Spence to fight Thurman or Porter, if either is willing to get in the ring with the young Texan.
Keith Thurman STUNS Boxing Fans: “Oh Please Floyd Mayweather, JR Will Drop in Two Rounds” – Breaking Boxing News
Undefeated WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) defends his belt against former world champion Luis Collazo on July 11 in the inaugural Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN event at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. “I’m looking forward to July 11 in Tampa Bay, Florida defending my world title in my hometown,” said Thurman earlier this week. “Me and my whole team are truly excited. We respect Luis Collazo and we’re looking forward to having a great performance and challenge on July 11.
Gormley’s debut date and opponent will be announced in the near future.
Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a pair of explosive mixed martial arts events this Friday, July 3, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET with M-1 Challenge 59: Battle of Nomads 5 from Astana, Kazakhstan. Later, at 10 p.m. ET, Resurrection Fighting Alliance returns to primetime with RFA 27: Murphy vs. Brock from CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
Packy’s World: Shannon Briggs “Let’s Go Champ” My Tukus, Sonny Liston, My Pal Al & Burt Reynolds Awarded The Chutzpah Award
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… By the time this article is posted by Bradley on Ringside Report it will be July 2nd. A day that I will never forget and sadly, it has come again. On July 2, 1998, at 1:30 AM my dearest friend Alvin, of 39 years, passed away in his sleep. He was 70 years old. It seems like yesterday that my Sadie picked up the phone and it was Bradley informing her of the news. I heard Sadie weeping uncontrollably as I jumped out of bed and ran off to see what was wrong. The look on her face is one I will never forget because as I did, she so loved Al and felt grief stricken, something I felt as well.
Here a 3 fighters who made their pro debuts in title bouts.
1. Pete Rademacher (1957)
2. Jack Skelly (1892)
3. Rafael Lovera (1975)
This Day in Boxing History: Jack Dempsey Knocks Out George Carpentier (First Million Dollar Gate in Boxing)
Halfway through the writing of part III of my dear Eurasian fighters, I’ve decided to watch the Broner-Porter fight, and I must say, I felt quite inspired afterwards. I thus decided to temporarily put the third part of my master’s thesis on the shelf and follow my inspiration. In part one, we’ll look back at Broner’s beginnings in the world of boxing all the way to his ascension to the top. In part two, we’ll take a look at Broner’s current struggles, where he now stands, and what he should do to get himself and his career back on track. Enjoy.