Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Everyone remember to check for crusties in your eye before you start reading…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Freddie Roach has said that Manny Pacquiao should postpone his fight against Jorge Solis on April 14th because he feels that Pacquiao is distracted with his foray into politics and also because he hasn’t had enough time to train. Pacquiao responded in The Manila Standard Today, letting everyone know that he is ready…
In the face of criticism about his plan to run for the congressional seat of South Cotabato while at the same time preparing for his fight with Solis, Pacquiao said he is perfectly capable of handling both tasks.
- Max Kellerman is slowly making his way back into the spotlight…
Yesterday on his ESPN 1050 radio show, Kellerman stated that he believes the majority of the top boxers in the heavyweight division are on steroids and that no one should be shocked when they learn that a well-known boxer is linked to the giant Balco scandal.
Is he talking about Holyfield or someone else?
“Seven out of the 10 top heavyweights are on the juice,” Kellerman said. “Most of the top guys are (juicing).”
Some Good Reads:
ESPN: Pernell Whitaker: The undefined champion
Eastside Boxing: Bowe vs. Lewis: The Best Fights – Which ‘Never’ Took Place Part 1, Many of The Brightest Stars in boxing Today are One Dimensional
Boxing Scene: Barrera-Marquez: A super-featherweight’s burden
Monday, February 19, 2007
The Miami Herald is reporting that Sultan Ibragimov is still planning to fight at Madison Square Garden on March 10 since the fee to rent out the arena was already paid for by his promoter.
Since Shannon Briggs will be unable to fight, Warriors Boxing is petitioning for Ibragimov to fight for the Interim WBO Heavyweight Title. The WBO has stated that they will rule on the matter on Tuesday.
Warriors Boxing is also saying that Calvin Brock is the only fighter willing to take the bout. This would work out just great except Brock has already signed to fight an opponent to be named on March 17 as part of the Holyfield-Maddalone undercard.
Are we going to see another Cotto-Margarito situation involving Brock this week? We just might…
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Four-Time World Heavyweight Champion, Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield’s quest for a fifth heavyweight title continues on Saturday, March 17th when he takes on Vinny Maddalone (27-3, Flushing, NY) at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Holyfield vs Maddalone non-title featured bout will be one of seven fights, beginning at 7:30 pm. The event is being promoted by Main Events, in association with Star Boxing.
Slated to headline an exciting undercard is 2000 U.S. Olympian and #6 World ranked heavyweight, Calvin Brock (29-1, Charlotte, NC) and undefeated bantamweight prospect, Raul Martinez (17-0, San Antonio). Brock’s last fight was a loss to Wladimir Klitschko for the World Heavyweight Championship on HBO. Opponents for Brock and Martinez are to be announced, as is the remainder of the card.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Interesting weekend in terms of fights starts today…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Cedric Boswell and his camp have made an offer to Evander Holyfield in order to set up a fight in the near future involving the two.
Boswell is confident that the fight can be set up rather easily and that he will come away with a victory…
“I’ve been a big fan of Evander Holyfield for a long time,” Boswell said. “He’s a great fighter, a legend who’s been good for boxing. But if I get him in the ring, I’ll be fighting to win. I think it’ll be a great fight. We both live in Atlanta, too. I’m a counter puncher who can still move around a lot. Evander has said that he wants a fight against a good opponent to take him back to the top. I’m trying to find a nice way to say it, but I don’t
think he can beat me.”
Boswell’s manager, Jim Rider also shed some light on the situation:
“We contacted Holyfield’s promoter (Main Events) and offered Cedric Boswell, anywhere they want the fight,” Rider explained. “I think it’ll be a good fight for fans and good for boxing. They said they’d put Cedric’s name in the hat and speak to Evander about him. Cedric has come back with a vengeance. He’s training harder now than he’s ever done in his life. We also offered them Sherman Williams to fight Calvin Brock on the same card. And we offered Gerald Nobles to Hasim Rahman for his March 17th fight.”
- David Tua will try to continue to climb back up the heavyweight ladder when he takes on Robert Hawkins on February 22nd at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
- Apparently Don King and Anna Nicole Smith were good friends and he is very saddened by her death. I’m surprised at the amount of boxing articles involving Anna Nicole that have come out over the past few hours…
Eddie Chambers vs Derric Rossy - Selden, New York - Heavyweight (ESPN 2)
Chris Arreola vs Zakeem Graham - Selden, New York - Junior Lightweight (ESPN 2)
Shane Mosley vs Luis Collazo - Las Vegas, Nevada - WBC Interim Welterweight Title (HBO)
Vivan Harris vs Juan Lazcano - Las Vegas, Nevada - WBC Junior Welterweight Title Eliminator (HBO)
Some Good Reads
Boxing Scene: Dawson Passes Class, Peter is Left Back
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Puerto Rican heavyweight standout Fres “The Big O” Oquendo has signed a promotional agreement with DRL Promotions. The up-and-coming boxing promotional company, perhaps best known for its connection to legend and former world champion Roberto Duran, announced the newest addition to its fight roster today with great enthusiasm.
Oquendo, who recently lost a controversial and hard-fought twelve-round decision to Evander Holyfield, boasts a successful 26-4 (16 KO) record at the age of 33, including earning the WBO Latino Heavyweight title, WBA Federation Heavyweight title, and NABF Heavyweight title. DRL’s Director of Boxing Luis DeCubas says Oquendo got robbed in the Holyfield decision and has proven himself to be the real McCoy: “We couldn’t be happier to add Fres to our team. He always comes to fight, and I predict he will again be a player to contend with in the wide open heavyweight division.”
Friday, January 26, 2007
It might be the weekend but it’s certainly a slow one in terms of boxing…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Muhammad Ali and his wife have bought a $1.8 million dollar home in Louisvlle, Kentucky…
While the reason for the move has not yet been established one of the main reasons was given by the president of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Mike Fox, who stated that the Ali family tries to come visit the center every other month but the length of the travel is becoming more and more difficult each time for Muhammad.
Ali also owns residences in Berrien Springs, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona.
- Ulises Solis successfully defended his IBF Junior Flyweight Title last night when his opponent, Will Grigby, failed to answer the bell and get up from his stool when summoned just before the 9th round was to begin.
- Evander Holyfield has dropped M&M Sports as his promoter and signed on with Main Events, the promotion he originally started his career with.
The main reason for Holyfield leaving?
Because the pay-per-view lost so much money due to the poor buyrate and live gate figures, most of the undercard fighters, and Fres Oquendo, were initially stiffed or received checks that bounced. Lou DiBella, who promoted Oquendo at the time of the fight, was close to filing suit against Muhammad.There was a rumor that even Holyfield received a check that bounced, but it was never confirmed. Ironically, while fighters were being stiffed, Muhammad was offering IBF champ Wladimir Klitschko $20 million dollars to face Holyfield.
The New Jersey Herald-News is reporting that Holyfield’s first fight with the promotion will come this spring.
- Joe Calzaghe believes he is the best fighter from the UK, not Ricky Hatton…
“I saw the Hatton fight and it makes me think I could do better,” said Calzaghe. “Hatton looked good for the first four or five rounds, but, for whatever reason, he tired a bit. He won the fight comfortably, but it wasn’t a great fight to watch. I believe I’m the No 1 fighter in the country - and I want to prove myself over there (in America).”
Richard Gutierrez vs Teddy Reid - Uncasville, Connecticut - Junior Middleweight
Kelly Pavlik vs Jose Luis Zertuche - Anaheim, California - Middleweight (HBO)
Jorge Arce vs Julio Roque Ler - Anaheim, California, Junior Bantamweight (HBO)
Victor Oganov vs Richard Grant - Anaheim, California - Super Middleweight (HBO)
Zsolt Erdei vs Danny Santiago - Dusseldorf, Germany - WBO Light-Heavyweight Title
Some Good Reads:
Friday, November 17, 2006
Here we go again. Sergei Liakhovich’s loss to Shannon Briggs set the division back about five years. Wladimir Klitschko’s win over Calvin Brock may have solidified his claim as today’s best heavyweight. Wlad has a great jab and is fairly mobile for a man his size. If he can keep you at the end of that jab, he has a very effective overhand right. Just ask Mr. Brock. My question is…Was Wlad that good or was Brock that bad? Three things I don’t like about Wlad. If a fighter does get inside on him, he becomes very ordinary. In his prime Riddick Bowe who was a big man could beat you on the outside or the inside. Bowe was a very good in fighter. Klitschko lacks this trait. Wladimir rarely goes to the body. This is something that Liakhovich does very well. Last but not least, his chin. Corrie Sanders and Brewster parked him and Williamson and Peter had him down. To be a great one, you’ve got to have the whiskers. I’ve always said that if Wlad had Vitali’s chin and heart, he would be something.
Briggs? I have statues at my church that move better then him. Sergei has got a lot of work ahead of him but I think he beats Briggs if there is a rematch. Sergei can improve. I think we saw the best Briggs had to offer. I admire Maskaev’s heart and he can hit but…I’ve seen too many of his fights where he got clocked. It just seems like he has Rahman’s number. Valuev? Granted he’s huge but for a man his size he doesn’t seem to generate a lot of steam on his punches. He’s very predictable too. Jab, jab, chopping right…He doesn’t deviate too much. I think Wladimir would box him silly.
The best of the rest:
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Evander Holyfield won a hard fought unanimous decision over Fres Oquendo on Friday night. It was a fight that left many boxing experts wondering if Holyfield can really keep going at his age.
As always, Holyfield is confident that he can prove the doubters wrong…
“I don’t have to say nothing to them people,” Holyfield said after unanimously outpointing Fres Oquendo in a bout that likely raised as many questions about the former champion’s return to the ring as it answered.
“It’s not the public that comes out with it, it’s the media. The media will tell you this is it for you,” Holyfield said.
“I have a goal,’’ Holyfield said. “And the point of reaching every goal, a lot of people have setbacks. The strong people who stay No. 1 the longest time, they have more setbacks than anybody. But they overcame the setbacks. They just didn’t quit. This whole world would be successful if everybody stopped quitting.”
Oquendo actually believed that he won the bout and stormed out of the ring when the judges announced that their decision was going to Holyfield:
“It was robbery,” Oquendo said. “I thought it should have been unanimous. Unanimous in my favor. I beat him fair and square. I boxed his ears off but I didn’t get it.”
Holyfield almost ended the fight in the opening seconds, landing two hard rights that sent Oquendo to the canvas for a short moment.
It’s unknown at this time who Holyfield’s next opponent will be but I will be sure to keep you readers updated…
Monday, October 16, 2006
At least that’s what promoter Murad Muhammad thinks. Of course he thinks that, he’s promoting Holyfield’s next fight, duh people…
“Evander Holyfield is not the white hope, he is not the black hope, he is the hope of America in bringing the heavyweight titles back to the shores of North America.”
Eh, I wouldn’t go that far just yet Mr. Muhammad.
Holyfield is continuing his quest for a record fifth heavyweight title reign on November 10th when he takes on WBO Lation Heavyweight Champion Fres Oquendo.
Interesting thing to note: The bout will be carried on FOX Sports Net for free as well as on PPV.
Another interesting thing to note: Anyone who orders this bout on PPV even though they can watch it for free on regular cable is an idiot.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Evander Holyfield will continue his comeback on November 10th when he takes on Fres Oquendo at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Just like his last fight with Jeremy Bates, the bout will be televised on Fox Sports Net.