Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Are Jermain Taylor and his famous trainer Emanuel Steward breaking up? It’s looking pretty likely according to Tim Smith of the New York Daily News…
When it was made, the marriage of Jermain Taylor, the young middleweight champion, and trainer Emanuel Steward looked to be a long and successful one.
It seemed to have quickly unraveled when Taylor won an uninspired 12-round split decision over Cory Spinks Saturday night in Memphis. It was the third straight match in which Taylor had faced a rising lefthanded junior middleweight and also the third straight time he looked like he didn’t know what he was doing in the ring.
And now it looks like Steward is going to take the fall. His contract with Taylor is now up, and there are some who believe the trainer had stunted Taylor’s growth in the three fights they worked together. It will be up to Taylor to determine whether to retain Steward as his trainer, but he will be getting a lot of advice against it.
There’s no doubt that Taylor has bored us to death in his last three fights. However Taylor hasn’t really been an exciting fighter ever since he stepped up the level of competition and started fighting elite guys. Despite his lackluster style, he continues to remain undefeated. No reason to dump a trainer that has kept you winning just because of a few critics…
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I’ll be live blogging the two fights tonight on HBO: Kelly Pavlik vs Edison Miranda and Cory Spinks vs Jermain Taylor.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
MEMPHIS — The final press conference prior to Saturday’s showdown between World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor and International Boxing Federation super welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks, who is moving up to 160 pounds for this fight, took place today in the Grand Lobby of the FedExForum in Memphis.
The main event and Edison Miranda vs. Kelly Pavlik will be broadcast on HBO beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Nat Gottlieb has a good writeup about Cory Spinks on hbo.com. From All In the Family:
The Spinks men have always fought bigger than their size. That is why it would be a sizable mistake to dismiss Cory Spinks’ chances of beating middleweight champion Jermain Taylor on May 19. Where some men look up and see a mountain, the Spinks clan just sees something to climb.
Mt. Taylor is obviously bigger and stronger than Spinks, but the junior middleweight champion has some family history on his side.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks cleared a World Boxing Council “30-day weigh in” at 168 ¾ pounds today at the Don King Productions headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Spinks is moving up to middleweight to challenge WBC and World Boxing Organization champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., on May 19 in a match televised on HBO’s World Championship Boxing at 10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT.
WBC rules require all fighters to be within 10 percent of the contracted weight 30 days prior to championship matches, in this case up to 16 pounds over the 160-pound middleweight limit.
“I feel good,” Spinks said. “I’m right where I need to be and I’m really looking forward to this fight.”
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- According to a recent interview with BBC Sport, Jermain Taylor has turned down promoter Frank Warren’s latest offer of $4 million in order to fight Joe Calzaghe in London later this summer.
Warren has apparently been trying extremely hard to land Taylor as Calzaghe’s 21st title defense in July. However Taylor is now saying that he wants more than double the amount in order to lace up the gloves with Calzaghe.
“If Joe and Frank want me that much, make me an offer for $10 million and I will show up and bring him a gift to his front door,” Taylor told BBC Sport.
Taylor will take on Cory Spinks first on May 19th. He also says that he has no problem at all traveling overseas to Calzaghe’s home turf to fight him…
“No atmosphere is intimidating because, once you start fighting, your focus is on the man in front of you,” Taylor added.
If Taylor and Warren are unable to come to terms on a deal than Calzaghe may have to settle for a mandatory title defense against Dennis Irkin.
- Joan Guzman has fired Don House as his head trainer and replaced him with Floyd Mayweather Sr…
- Lovemore Ndou is certain that he can “whip Ricky Hatton’s ass”...
“Why do you think he chose to hand over the title rather than let me fight him for it? He knows he would get his ass whipped, simple as that. Instead he chose to fight Castillo who, just like him, is on the slide, Ndou said. “Fatton’s people know that I’m capable of doing more damage to that beer-belly than Castillo would at this time of his career. And truth is, if the Castillo that fought Corrales shows up that night, he is capable of punching Fatton through the ropes.”
Some Good Reads:
Eastside Boxing: Rating The Heavyweights - After Saturday’s Shake-Up, Today’s Top-Ten
Thursday, March 29, 2007
MEMPHIS - Undefeated World Middleweight Champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor will put his titles on the line for the fourth time when 154-lb world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks moves up to middleweight to challenge him on Saturday night, May 19th, at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. DiBella Entertainment and Don King Productions will present the boxing extravaganza, which will be Taylor’s second championship defense in Memphis.
The victor in this compelling title encounter pitting Taylor (26-0-1, 17 KO’s), the youthful megastar and favorite son of Arkansas against Spinks (36-3,11 KO’s), fighting out of St. Louis, Missouri, will emerge as a leader in boxing’s best pound for pound rankings. HBO Sports World Championship Boxing will televise.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Boxing has always been a tough business. It’s even tougher when those who claim to be ‘champions’ continue to run from real challenges in search of easy paydays that keep deserving contenders from getting their opportunity to shine. People’s middleweight champion Edison Miranda is not shy about discussing this topic.
“The middleweight division always had proud champions willing to fight everyone, like Marvin Hagler, Carlos Monzon, and Sugar Ray Robinson,” said Miranda. “Now we’re stuck with paper champions like Jermain Taylor and Arthur Abraham, who are disgracing this division.”
‘Pantera’, who is taking a well-deserved rest after his most recent win, a dominating victory over highly touted Allan Green in an HBO-televised bout on March 3rd, was just getting started.
“Arthur Abraham talks a lot about fighting me again, but if he is so serious, why is he asking the IBF for an exception so he can avoid me again,” asks Miranda, who broke Abraham’s jaw in two places in their highly controversial first bout last September. “I know why. Every time he looks in the mirror, he sees what I gave him in our first fight and it hurts him just to think about going through that pain again. He should just retire if he doesn’t have the guts to face me.”
Friday, February 02, 2007
Happy Groundhog Day everybody! We have a busy weekend ahead of us…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- The WBC announced yesterday that it has stripped the WBC Flyweight Title from Omar Nino because Nino has tested positive for methamphetamine according to post-fight testing results done after his November 18th bout against Brian Viloria.
Ironically Viloria and Edgar Sosa will fight for the title in the coming months. The winner of that bout will then have to face Nino who has been giving number one contender status since he was unaware that the drug had been put into his system.
“In light of the fact that the WBC believes that Nino did not voluntarily commit this infraction and considering that his clean record has won him the trust of this organization ... we are declaring that Nino will be the challenger for whoever is the new champion,” a WBC statement said.
- The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Felix Trinidad will be at ringside to watch Cory Spinks fight Rodney Jones this weekend. He’s just going to see a decent bout, right? Not exactly…
Spink’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham, has confirmed that Trinidad will be at ringside with Don King to scout Spinks as a possible opponent in the near future…
“Don’s bringing Felix Trinidad in for this fight,” Cunningham said. “He might come out of retirement. Fernando Vargas is another possibility. But my thing is this: We want to keep chugging away, keep grinding. And eventually that big marquee fight will be there for us. And hopefully we can bring another big fight back to St. Louis.’‘
- Paulie Malignaggi will be the in-studio guest for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights this evening…
Zuri Lawrence vs Dominick Guinn - Rochester, New York - Heavyweight (ESPN 2)
James Kirkland vs Billy Lyell - Santa Ynez, California - Junior Middleweight (Showtime)
Timothy Bradley vs Manuel Garnica - Santa Ynez, California - Junior Welterweight (Showtime)
Tomasz Adamek vs Chad Dawson - Kissimmee, Florida - WBC Light Heavyweight Title (Showtime)
Jesus Chavez vs Julio Diaz - Kissimmee, Florida - IBF Lightweight Title (Showtime)
Cory Spinks vs Rodney Jones - Kissimmee, Florida - IBF Junior Middleweight Title (Showtime)
Laila Ali vs Gwendolyn O’Neil - Kempton Park, South Africa - Women’s Super Middleweight Title
Naoufel Ben Rabah vs Lovemore Ndou - Sydney, Australia - IBF Junior Welterweight Title Eliminator
Paul Briggs vs Andre Thysse - Sydney, Australia - Light Heavyweight
Sakio Bika vs Rupert Van Aswegen - Sydney, Australia - Super Middleweight
Some Good Reads
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Don King Productions’ “Super Saturday” boxing card featuring three world championships will stay in Florida and take place on Feb. 3 at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
The event, originally slated for Miami, will now make history as the biggest fight card ever in the greater Orlando area featuring three world championship matches: undefeated World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek will defend his crown against fellow unbeaten and WBC No. 2-ranked contender “Bad” Chad Dawson; International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Jesus “The Matador” Chavez will face IBF interim 135-pound champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz; and Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks will make a mandatory defense of his IBF junior middleweight title against IBF No. 1-ranked “Smooth” Rodney Jones.