Tuesday, October 16, 2007
WBC #9 rated contender Jameel McCline plans to file an official protest with the WBC later this week.
“After watching the fight on tape, not only do I think I won, but I think that I would have stopped Peter if the referee (Mike Ortega) did not give him so much time to recover from the knockdowns in round three. Also, Judge Bill Costello had the fight 10-2 in rounds, which is absolutely ridiculous.”
As a result, McCline is going to petition the WBC to order an immediate rematch.
According to manager Scott Hirsch, “this is no different to the first Peter/Toney match except that Jameel knocked Peter down three times and two judges had Toney behind by wider margins. It’s not our goal to overturn the decision; it’s simply to get a rematch where Jameel and Sam can settle this issue in the ring. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Jose Sulaiman and the WBC and will abide by any decision they make regarding this matter, but I have full confidence that the WBC will do the right thing.”
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
A public workout was held at Madison Square Garden featuring hard-hitting, recently crowned WBC Interim Heavyweight Champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare’’ Peter (28-1, 22 KOs) who will be defending his title against Jameel “Big Time’’ McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs) Saturday, Oct. 6, on Showtime live at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Here are some of the notable quotes stemming from the session.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
NEW YORK—Heavyweight contender Jameel “Big Time” McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs) will face newly crowned World Boxing Council interim heavyweight champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (28-1, 22 KOs) at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Oct. 6.
McCline was supposed to meet Vitali Klitschko on Sept. 22 in Munich, Germany, but Klitschko pulled out less than two weeks before the fight. McCline subsequently agreed to fight DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson for the North American Boxing Organization heavyweight title on Oct. 6.
The originally scheduled main event on the Garden card was supposed to have been WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev defending against then-WBC No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Peter; however, Maskaev’s promoter pulled the boxer out of the match on Friday (Sept. 21) due to a reported back injury.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Well we weren’t around on Sunday but we are back today with a recap of this weekend’s action…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- As of this past weekend Oscar De La Hoya has still not found a trainer. As always, Floyd Mayweather Sr. was very vocal about the situation:
“It’s obvious the man is super tight,” Mayweather Sr. said of De La Hoya. “What comes first in this particular situation, greed or the fight? But he can do what he wants. I make money. Money don’t make me. I’m going on with my life.
“Oscar’s fired every trainer he’s had. He’s had all the so-called greats and he’s fired every one of them, but has he fired me? No. And that should tell you something.”
Just like Jack Mosley, Shane Mosley, and Freddie Roach, yet another canidate has thrown his hat into the ring now - Wayne McCullough.
- Some Mikkel Kessler news for you courtesy of Dan Rafael...
American boxing fans anxious to finally see Mikkel Kessler (38-0, 29 KOs) in action will get their wish. The Danish star and unified super middleweight champion was seen on HBO in brief highlights knocking out Markus Beyer in their October unification bout. Now, Kessler will star in his own edition of “Boxing After Dark” (same-day tape) by making his fourth defense against dangerous mandatory challenger Librado Andrade (24-0, 18 KOs) on March 24 in Copenhagen.
- HBO will air a four-part mini-series covering De La Hoya and Mayweather Jr.‘s training up until the night of the fight during the weeks leading up until the fight.
- Jameel McCline underwent successful left knee surgery last Tuesday we just found out to repair the damaged tendon he suffered when his knee gave out during his fight with Nikolai Valuev. McCline is expected to be out of action for about six weeks.
- Zsolt Erdei remained undefeated and retained his WBO Light-Heavyweight crown after stopping Danny Santiago in the second round.
Santiago actually won the first round on the judges’ scorecard but he fell into trouble at the beginning of the second round, being knocked down by a right hand a couple minutes in and then stunned by another right as soon as he got back to his feet, forcing the referee to stop the bout.
- Jorge Arce defeated Julio Ler by unanimous decision on Saturday evening. The most interesting thing about the bout? Well it was probably Arce’s entrance as the flyweight round to the ring on a horse.
- Kelly Pavlik dropped Jose Luis Zertuche in the eighth round of their bout on Saturday night, continuing Pavlik’s quick rise to the top ranks of the middleweight division. The fight was a slugfest, especially the first three rounds where the fighters exchange numerous punches, not stopping for anything.
Pavlik took control in the later rounds however - stunning Zertuche in the sixth and then knocking him out with one final right in the eighth round.
Some Good Reads:
Sunday, January 21, 2007
WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev retained his belt on Saturday night when Jameel McCline’s left knee collapsed on him during the third round.
McCline missed with a right hook and fell to the mat with torn ligaments in his kneecap. McCline was unable to even stand up and the referee immediately stopped the bout.
“He was in terrible pain, literally screaming,” said Scott Hirsch, McCline’s manager. “He thought he was fighting well—what a crazy end to a fight.”
Even though the match was stopped early, Valuev was confident that we would have still won regardless…
“He is a big man and it’s very important for a 120-kilo [260-pound] man to keep his balance, but he couldn’t,” Valuev said. It’s terrible the way this ended, but it could have been worse,” Valuev said. “I got used to his style. If this injury hadn’t happened, I would have knocked him out by the sixth or seventh round.”
McCline was obviously distraught about the whole situation:
“I’m disappointed. I will remember this my whole life,” McCline said.
Valuev’s next opponent will be Ruslan Chagaev who will receive his mandatory title shot. After that, reports are saying that Valuev is interested in unifying teh titles with IBF title holder Wladimir Klitschko.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Another birthday wish goes to Ali. There won’t be any recap news or anything like that in this edition, I think we covered everything in our giant post yesterday…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Want to see Mayweather-De La Hoya on May 5th? I’m not kidding, there are still tickets left, about 4,000, well that’s all that’s left after every sponsor, celebrity, fighter, politician, promoter, employee, and official related to the fight took what they needed. (They needed 12,832 tickets by the way…)
The tickets go on sale January 27th at 10 AM. The prices? Tickets are priced at $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, $750, $350 and $150 and the tickets that are priced from $350 down are limited to only two per person. Everything else can be purchased to a maximum of six tix per human being.
- How about an update on this drama involving Floyd Mayweather Sr. and whether or not he is going to train De La Hoya for his fight against Mayweather Jr. No deal has been made between the two sides yet but there is an interesting twist that has been revealed.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Jack and Shane Mosley would be interested in helping De La Hoya train for the bout:
Jack Mosley stated. “I’ve got the plan to do the job. I can tell him what he needs to do. I can show him. If I can’t show him, then Shane can definitely show him. He’ll have two people who can advise him.”
- Anyone need a car? Frank Bruno is selling his...
For the price of $42,318, you can be the lucky owner, assuming we don’t beat you to the punch, of former heavyweight champion of world Frank Bruno’s BMW X5. The 2002 model SUV is powered by a 4.4-litre V8, producing 320bhp and 324 lb/ft of pulling power. It accelerates from 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds, useful if one is being chased by rapid fans or belligerent creditors, and has a top speed of 137 mph for quick getaways.
The set of wheels is fully-loaded with sat-nav, front and rear TV screens, DVD player, a PlayStation, you name it. Other features include full leather interior, climate and cruise control and huge 22-inch AC Schnitzer alloy wheels.
- WBC President Jose Sulaiman stated earlier today that Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao will most likely fight after everything in court is settled after the summer…
- Undefeated WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev is determined to break Rocky Marciano’s ancient record of 49 straight wins. He gave his thoughts when asked about the possibility of going after the record at a news conference today promoting his fight with Jameel McCline this weekend…
“I definitely want to break his record,” the undefeated WBA champion vowed at today´s press conference in Basle. “If there´s the chance to get your name in the history books with such a great record, it is of course my aim to accomplish it. But that does not mean I will fight weak opponents.”
Some Good Reads:
Monday, January 15, 2007
As you probably noticed by the lack of posts yesterday, it was a pretty slow day in the boxing world. Even so, I still think I found some interesting tidbits to share with everyone…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Floyd Mayweather Sr. told the Grand Rapids Press this past weekend that there still isn’t a deal in place for him to train Oscar De La Hoya for the May 5th mega-fight against his son, Floyd Jr.
What’s the most amazing thing about all of this? Mayweather Sr. hasn’t signed a deal to train Oscar yet not because his is unsure whether or not he wants to train De La Hoya against his own son, but rather because he wants $2 Million because the figh purse is so high. Remarkable…
- This weekend is highlighted by three big fights, one of which isn’t being televised. It’s a heavyweight title bout of all things. I realize that Nikolai Valuev and Jameel McCline might not put on that great of a fight, but the ramifications are still huge for the division and boxing itself.
- Joel Casamayor’s next opponent is said to be down to two canidates: Juan Diaz and Acelino Freitas
- Jermain Taylor’s next title defense may happen on the weekend of April 21 in Atlantic City to coincide with the annual Boxing Writers Association of America dinner which always has a big boxing match take place the day after. So far no possible opponents have been thrown out there…
- Rising Star Delvin Rodriguez has signed with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing according to ESPN. Rodriguez’s manager says the contract is a three-year deal with has multiple extension options based on Rodriguez’s performance in the ring. Rodriguez became a free agent last week after voiding his contract with Northeast Promotions. Don King and Golden Boy Promotions also made offers but were turned down surprisingly.
Some Good Reads:
Some pimpage is in order for The Sweet Science and their daily This Day in History post which has become a daily routine for me.
So what did happen today in history?
On this day in 1983, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) declared that boxing should be banned in all civilized countries.
The notion of banning boxing was discussed even during the sport’s golden age. However, this was the first occasion that the American Medical Association (AMA) had made such a statement. George D. Lundberg, the editor of JAMA, cited the high prevalence of brain damage in professional boxers who have had a substantial number of fights as part of the basis of the AMA’s position.
Since then, other medical organizations have supported this position and the AMA and Lundberg have revisited this issue several times since 1983. An argument could be made that the initial report helped lead to some boxing reforms, such as shorter fights and quicker referee stoppages.
However, it is highly unlikely that boxing will ever be banned in the United States.
Some other nice articles for you…
Doghouse Boxing: A View from the Galaxy: The Road Back for Antonio Tarver
Maxboxing: No More in 2007
Boxing Scene: Jose Luis Castillo: Such Is Life
Thursday, December 14, 2006
We all know that the WBA title bout between Nikolai Valuev and Jameel McCline on January 20th is going to be huge already. However things are really bigger than we think…
The bout between the two will be the “largest bout in history” according to boxing experts as almost 600 lbs will be in the ring at the same time.
The average weights for the two are 330 lbs for Valeuv and 265 for McCline - That adds up to 595 lbs.
But wait just one second… I bet you all of the money in my pocket they forgot about the referee. Yes people, if there is an over/under on the amount of total weight in the ring during his fight, I suggest you take the over…