By Donald “Braveheart” Stewart
The early morning of the 6th May 1965 was memorable. For Jean Stewart, it was the moment that her third child made its arrival on Planet Earth. At Irvine Maternity Hospital in Scotland apparently, it wailed into the wind at 4am bringing both parents a new headache – another child in the swinging sixties with an 8-year gap between them and their sibling.
From that inauspicious beginning and the fact that by arriving in the wee small hours of that very special day, Jean was rewarded with another day in hospital when she wanted to get back home, the child would be constantly reminded of his inconvenient arrival; and he continues to blame his lack of timekeeping on that fact, but like his birth he seldom gets away with it.
18 fights. 18 wins. 18 knockouts. That is Anthony Joshua’s record so far during his fairly short professional boxing career. The Briton who hails from Watford will fight Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in what could be a career-defining bout. For the Ukrainian, this is a shot at redemption after his devastating defeat to Tyson Fury in November 2015 but for Joshua, it is about taking the next step towards unifying the heavyweight division.
One of the best fights of the year is only three weeks away and judging by fan pre-fight anticipation it’s going to be huge night for boxing. Enter Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman two welterweight champions on a collision course showcased in this unification bout. When the bout was first signed last year, I covered it here and as fans curiosity begins to peak it became apparent I must return to the scene of the crime. We are about to witness a rare commodity in the sport, a perfect storm of all aspects of promotion lining up perfectly just to capture our imaginations for 36 minutes or less of orchestrated mayhem.
Besides both our heroes putting their recognized championship belts on the line, they also are fighting for the prestigious honor of remaining undefeated. The fact we get both men in their primes with contrasting styles and it’s a match that everyone will be talking about with passion until a better one on the horizon usurps it. There is a distinct possibility that the following week’s headliner of Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin verses Daniel Jacobs may make the aura of this match short lived but that makes it a win/win for fans. Both matches will be looked in rear view mirror at years’ end for possible fight of the year candidates.
Undefeated super lightweight powerhouse Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and once-beaten Abel Ramos weighed-in on Thursday for their 10-round main event tomorrow/Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (10:05 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Buffalo Run Casino & Resort in Miami, Okla.
The hard-hitting Baranchyk (13-0, 10 KOs), who trains in Los Angeles and fights out of Miami, has scored 10 KOs inside of three full rounds, while the aggressive-minded Ramos (17-1-2, 12 KOs), of Casa Grande, Ariz., has knocked out three straight and promises to be the toughest test of Baranchyk’s career.
Controversy, should it ever gain popularity as a middle name, must be given to any offspring of Chris Eubank, JR., 24-1,19 KO’s. The family court it and after the weekend they are on a major collision course with anyone in their way over what will be their next step in their mesmeric journey to … well where are they going?
You may well ask …
Actually, we are all asking …
Adrien Broner INSIDE TRACK, Willie Pep Vs Salvador Sanchez, Danny Garcia Vs Keith Thurman, Jarrett “The Legacy” Rouse & Kenzie Morrison – RSR Video Email Bag Show
Roy Jones, JR Continues to Embarrass Himself & When Does the Boxing Commissions Say Enough? – Breaking News
Bare Knuckle Boxing Legend Bobby Gunn is ready for his opportunity of a lifetime, when he takes on all-time great Roy Jones, Jr in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds for the WBF Cruiserweight title that will take place on Friday night, February 17th at The Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. The bout can be seen LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW.
Gunn of Hackensack, New Jersey has been preparing for this fight, and is ready for the biggest fight of his career. “
Two -Time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields Makes TV Debut on March 10th on SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields will make her professional television debut on ShoBox: The New Generation, a series that has sparked the careers of 67 future world champions, on Friday, March 10, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from MGM Grand Detroit Event Center in Detroit, Michigan.
Shields (1-0) is facing Hungary’s Szilvia “Sunset” Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs), a former world title challenger, in the first women’s boxing match to headline on premium television. The fight will take place down the road from Shield’s hometown of Flint, Mich.
Jarrett “The Legacy” Rouse & Kenzie Morrison Opponents Named for 4SF Card This Friday! – Breaking Boxing News
Photo Jarrett “The Legacy” Rouse (Copyrighted by RSR)
The Shobox card that takes place this Friday, live from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma has finalized its undercard that features two of the 4SF fighters. In a welterweight bout, Bartlesville Oklahoma native Jarrett “The Legacy” Rouse, 10-0-1, 4 KO’s takes on Augstin Cicero, 7-11-3, 4 KO’s from Fishersville, Indiana in a scheduled 6 rounder.
Heavyweight Kenzie Morrison, 9-0-2, 8 KO’s from Arkansas takes on Dieuly Aristilde, 9-8, 2 KO’s from Boyton Beach,Florida in a scheduled six rounder.
Hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados hosted Chicago media at the Garfield Park District Fieldhouse Tuesday as he prepares for his main event showdown with former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati and live on SHOWTIME.
Televised coverage on SHOWTIME begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne meeting hard-hitting former title challenger Thomas Williams Jr. in a 10-round showdown and also features WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan battling former two-time world champion Lamont Peterson.
Boxing can be just as much defined by the cities that glorify it as it can be by the fighters that call it their profession. There are many areas out there that get labeled ‘fight towns’ not just because of the talent, but also because of the fans and illustrious boxing history within those areas.
The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., is where I reside and based on my own experiences, I couldn’t imagine a livelier boxing city. Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t other cities where the sweet science is thriving as that would be delusional on my part. The premise is to highlight a city that is most definitely getting noticed as one of boxings great gems.
By Jeffrey “Italian Medallion” Cellini
Two Hall-of-Fame fighters. Two great featherweight champions. Both held a share of throne at the same time. Unfortunately, they never faced each other in the ring to determine who was better. Which of these two legends had the more accomplished career?
Salvador Sanchez, 44-1-1, 32 KO’s was a complete fighter who possessed speed, power and excellent counter-punching skills. Sanchez won the WBC Featherweight Championship by stopping Danny Lopez in thirteen rounds on February 2, 1980.
Besides defeating Lopez again in a rematch, Sanchez defended his title against Ruben Castillo (47-1), Patrick Ford (16-0), and Juan LaPorte. In his biggest challenge, against unbeaten Hall of Famer Wilfredo Gomez, Sanchez scored a stoppage win in the 8th round. Two more defenses would follow, before Sanchez stopped future great Azumah Nelson in the 15th round in his final fight. Tragically killed in an automobile accident in the prime of his career, the Mexican great was never able to add his legacy. Sanchez was 10-0 in world title fights.
Nicaraguan lightweight Oliver “Trombita” Flores’ strong performance this past Friday evening against undefeated, No. 1 ranked Felix “El Diamente” Verdejo, fought in front of more than 7,000 fans in Verdejo’s hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico, truly embodied the spirit of Flores’ promoter, Havoc Boxing.
Known throughout boxing for its flashy, totally unique looking boxing “uniforms” – trunks and jackets – that are famously worn by present and past world champions such as Danny “Swift” Garcia, Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi and others, Havoc Boxing is also a boxing promotional company on the rise.
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect, Mykal “The Professor” Fox will take on hard-punching Tre’Sean Wiggins in the eight-round main event of a big night of boxing on This Saturday night, February 11th at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland.
The show is promoted by King’s Promotions.
The news at the moment is filled with doom and gloom. Between the building of walls to keep people out and the dangerous freedom with which ideas seep in, where do we get off on feeling a little under siege? I mean, like the generation before us, we have a bleak view of life as it faces us because, I think, it suits our mood and makes us yearn for times that have gone past. For some people, they even elect leaders who have a passion for taking us right back into dark and dangerous times.
As a student, not just of the sweet science, but also of history, I am often wondering about times long past and victories that are in the memories of my forefathers rather than my own. I wonder about the needs of our generation who have really, never had it so good. What it must have been like for those who came up out of War to find that the bright lights shone again, but not always for them?
One of the smaller weight division in boxing that has consistently produced exciting fights over the years is featherweight, 126 pounds. A name that will be floating atop the division by year’s end is none other than rising Mexican star Oscar Valdez, 21-0, 19 KO’s. Valdez is currently the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight, 126 pounds, champion. Valdez picked up the belt when he dispatched of then undefeated Argentine, Matias Rueda in dominating fashion. Not only is Valdez on a roll but he’s winning in very exciting fashion. He seems to possess all of the tools needed to take him to the top of the featherweight division. He’s a legit champion with a combination of speed and power that would give anyone at 126 pounds problems. He destroyed Hiroshinge Osawa in his first WBO title defense and proved that he’s ready for the rest of the pack.
On the 1st January 2017, the world over, we waved goodbye to a year that was a celebrity travesty. People sat up and hoped that the year in which so many icons had gone would be replaced and be heralded with a new dawn. We wanted a new year of excitement and cultural prosperity.
In the boxing world of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2016 brought down that same curtain on a year when we continued to dominate world boxing but were unable to dethrone the biggest names – Canelo and “GGG”. It was, however, the end of a year in which we still had 13 World Champions.
The proposed fight between, Floyd Mayweather, JR. and Conor McGregor is once again building momentum and hype at the prospect of two dominant athletes, in two contrasting disciplines meeting in the ring for what would be McGregor’s first foray into the pugilistic world and the magical fight number 50 for Floyd.
Many people are practically drooling over this clash, I can see why from a certain view. Two flash, ego driven and top draw competitors facing off, one brutal discipline versus another and the answer to the question MMA Vs Boxing, which is superior? The truth is neither one is above the other, I am not personally a fan of MMA beyond casual interest. However, I am far from against the sport I simply prefer boxing and this fight should it happen is in my humble opinion is a simple exhibition that holds no real benefit to either sport other than food to ego’s and money to those who only see dollar and pound signs.
Hey Sport’s fans as we roll out the carpet of match ups for 2017 you’ll notice a lot of stains from last year come along with it. While there are some exciting fights signed and sealed that guarantee a brush fire of excitement, the first half of calendar year is already littered with cheap talk, phony promises, steroids, cherry picking, threats of contract breach, excuses, court cases, and one bitter pill. Look let the cable giants, fighters, managers and promoters bullshit you, but I’m here to tell you, “Glory Days” doesn’t play that game.
Certainly the ride is going to be worth taking, but there is already enough debris on the horizon to confuse and muddle the landscape after the first third of year slides into spring where the second wave of fisticuffs usually ignites enthusiasm again. So instead of handicapping this week or highlighting the next big fight here’s a glimpse behind the scenes of our beloved sport, good and bad, shooting from the hip with no holds barred.
When the name Frances Albert Sinatra is mentioned, no doubt many things come to a person’s mind. But did you know that “The Chairman of the Board” was a diehard boxing fan and supported many boxers who fell down hard on their luck? Boxers such as Sugar Ray Robinson, who Sinatra had it written into his contract that a certain percentage went to Ray to take care of him at the end of his life. Former Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis was another Sinatra took care of at the end of his life. Frank not only respected these true giants, but loved them dearly.
Carl Froch STUNS the Boxing & MMA World with Comments about Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR – Breaking News
Carl Froch never one to hold back, had the following to say about Floyd Mayweather, JR. facing Conor McGregror. Read HERE.
On March 31, 1973, Rocky Fratto, a 14-year old kid out of Geneva (NY), closed out his amateur career with a 27-1 record after defeating 23- year old Jose Navedo. Despite hearing comments around the Geneva High School gym after the exhibition, such as “The kid’s got style, he is liable to go places someday”, Rocky hung up his boxing gloves for a while. However, the young man would return to the ring several years later, and have the boxing fans in Upstate New York excited about the prospects of a future world champion for the first time in decades.
Rocky Fratto, 28-4, 9 KO’s had the most successful professional career in boxing of anyone to come from the Geneva area. He started boxing at an early age and earned a state-wide reputation while still attending Geneva High School. He established a fantastic record as an amateur boxer before enlisting in the United States Army. While in the service he won the All-Army welterweight and the Inter-Service welterweight championships.
Roc Nation Sports today received notification from James Kirkland’s team that Kirkland has suffered an injury which will force him to withdraw from his match against Five-Time World Champion Miguel Cotto on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The reported injury is a fractured nose. Unfortunately, the entire HBO Pay-Per-View show at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas is cancelled.