Wednesday, May 17, 2006
DETROIT – There’s been more than a simple change in scenery for World Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor as he prepares in Detroit’s historic Kronk Gym for his June 17th title defense against Winky Wright. It’s been a change in philosophy, a change in an already intense work rate, and a change in attitude.
“It’s a boxing atmosphere here and I love it,” said Taylor, who is now training with the legendary Emanuel Steward in the Motor City. “Kronk Gym has had a lot of champions and I’m in awe just to be here.”
With one month to go before the epic clash between two of boxing’s best at Memphis FedEx Forum which is being presented by DiBella Entertainment, Gary Shaw Productions and Prize Fight Promotions (a bout to be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:30pm ET / 8:30pm CT / 6:30pm PT), Taylor and the rest of his team – Steward and manager / co-trainer Ozell Nelson – checked in from the world famous Kronk Gym.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
NEW YORK - Roman Karmazin will defend his IBF junior middleweight title against former undisputed world welterweight champion Cory Spinks on a special edition of Showtime Championship Boxing Saturday, July 8, live on Showtime from the Savvis Center in the challenger’s hometown of St. Louis, Mo. The fight will be promoted by Don King Productions.
Karmazin (34-1-1, 1 ND, 21 KOs), of Russia, stamped himself as one of the junior middleweight division’s best in his last start when he captured the IBF 154-pound title with a convincing, upset 12-round unanimous decision over highly regarded Kassim Ouma on July 14, 2005, in Las Vegas. Karmazin has won five consecutive starts (with one no-decision) since suffering his lone loss on a decision to Javier Castillejo in a bout for the WBC Interim 154-pound crown on July 12, 2002.
Spinks (34-3, 11 KOs) hopes to accomplish what Jose Antonio Rivera did earlier this month on Showtime when he stepped up in weight on his home turf and stunned Alejando “Terra” Garcia to win the WBA 154-pound title. Spinks will make his first appearance since losing his undisputed world welterweight titles to Zab Judah via a ninth-round TKO on Feb. 5, 2005, also at the Savvis Center and on Showtime. That exciting bout was witnessed by 22,370, one of the largest crowds in history to witness an in-door arena boxing match.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
LOS ANGELES – It was a night few fight fans will forget. Two of boxing’s superstars, despite having already established themselves as the best of their era, fighting it out like hungry prospects eager for their first shot at boxing’s brass ring. When it was over on February 25th, “Sugar Shane” Mosley and ‘Ferocious’ Fernando Vargas had given fight fans an unforgettable night, with Mosley emerging as the victor after the fight was stopped in the 10th round.
But there’s another chapter to be written in this saga as Mosley and Vargas will meet again on Saturday, July 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mosley vs. Vargas II will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
ESPN Motion has the video recap. Green got into big trouble against the journeyman McCrary, but was able to pull out the win.
Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas then discuss whether or not Green should get a shot against Calzaghe. If his performance against McCrary was any indicator, he may want to get a few more tune-up fights in before he looks that high.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
The WBA has removed Jermain Taylor as it’s middlweight champion while they perform an investigation on the validity of his belt. The inquiry was requested by fellow middleweight Felix Sturm’s camp. Sturm is currently the #1 contender for the WBA Middleweight title.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Jermain Taylor has hired Emanuel Steward to become his co-trainer along with Pat Burns. Burns had been Taylor’s primary trainer since his professional debut in 2001. Steward has trained numerous champions such as Lennox Lewis and Thomas Hearns.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
In a rare showing, Winky Wright and Jermain Taylor have decided to actually stray away from negative comments about each other during pre-fight interviews and news conferences. Taylor commended Wright for his defensive skills and character while Wright stated that he has nothing bad to say about his opponent.
Both Taylor and Wright were both featured on a recent episode of Cold Pizza, promoting their upcoming fight on June 17th.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
HOLLYWOOD, FL – After a stirring seventh round TKO of Howard Eastman on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights last weekend, top middleweight contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda is eager to take the next step in his career and bring home a world championship.
“I predicted a knockout of Howard Eastman on March 24th and I delivered one,” said Miranda, now 26-0 with 23 KOs. “Now I have another prediction – I will knock out anyone at 160 pounds – at least anyone who is willing enough to step into the ring with me.”