Wednesday, September 05, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Famed pugilists Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Ray Leonard have made a “friendly” bet on two bouts between fighters from their respective camps, making the September 15 “Fireworks” boxing event, featuring Juan Manuel Marquez against Rocky Juarez in the main event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on pay-per-view, that much more explosive.
In the first bout, and opening the pay-per-view telecast that evening, Francisco “Panchito” Bojado will represent De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. His opponent Steve Forbes, will represent the Leonard-hosted ‘The Contender’ Series, as runner-up from Contender Season Two. In the other bout, Golden Boy pugilist and former junior middleweight champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma will battle Contender first season winner Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora. The winners of the bouts will decide the winner of the bet between De La Hoya and Leonard with both decorated fighters agreeing that the loser will provide ring card girl duties between the first and second round of the main event. If it’s a draw with one bout a piece for each side, De La Hoya and Leonard will share ring card duties.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
I’ll bet Kelly Pavlik the unbeaten middleweight contender from Youngstown, Ohio is fit to be tied. Kelly who is eager and very much deserving of a title shot is still on the waiting list. Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor will defend his crown against one time Contender show winner Sergio Mora. What is Mora ‘s claim to fame? He has two wins over Peter Manfredo Jr. Sergio has never fought let alone beaten a legitimate top ten or even top twenty worthy boxer. He deserves a shot at Taylor about as much as Manfredo deserves a crack at Joe Calzaghe’s super middleweight title.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Many new things to report this morning…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Raul Frank has appealed to the New York State Athletic Commission to reinstate his victory over Terrance Cauthen. There will be a public hearing held at the officies of the NYSA tomorrow…
- IBF and IBO Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan has stated that he wants the winner of Rafael-Marquez-Israel Vazquez as a setup bout that would eventually get him in line for a shot at Manny Pacquiao.
“I will challenge both Marquez and Vazquez,” Darchinyan said. “I am looking forward. I just don’t want to stay in my weight division. I want to unify the flyweight division, but if the other champions won’t fight me, I want to move up and fight for more world titles. I want to become more popular. I want to become pound for pound No.1.”
- The Plain Dealer Reporter is reporting ironically that HBO would like Kelly Pavik to fight on the same card as Jermain Taylor-Sergio Mora on April 14th.
Pavlik told the paper that Top Rank is trying to set up a fight between himself and Edison Miranda in June instead with the winner getting a shot at Taylor in September…
- A biography on Roberto Duran written by Christian Giudice and titled “Hands of Stone, The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran” will start going on sale on Friday, March 2…
Some Good Reads:
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Despite being bloody and battered, Jermain Taylor retained his two middleweight titles and won an unanimous decision over Kassim Ouma on Saturday night.
The fight took place in Taylor’s hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas and was contested under the WBC’s new scoring policy in which the judges’ scores are announced at the end of the 4th and 8th rounds as well as the end of the fight. All of the judges had Taylor winning by an overwhelming margin each time and Ouma used it as fire to go for a knockout but he was unsuccessful.
Speaking of knockouts, didn’t Taylor promise the Little Rock fans a knockout win in this fight? Even though he didn’t deliver, I’m sure his fans are happy anyway.
Despite taking a good amount of punishment, Ouma never backed down from his opponent. Taylor was actually on the defensive for much of the fight, I’m surprised that the judges didn’t score the fight a lot closer…
“He came out and fought hard for all 12 rounds,” Taylor said. “He’s a little guy, but he’s very tough.”
“I’m never going to give up. You know me,” said Ouma, who added that he planned to stay at 160 pounds. “I’m a small guy, but I am here to stay.”
Taylor suffered a deep cut during the 5th round over his left eye and the blood continue to stream down throughout the remainder of the fight.
After the fight there was much speculation that Taylor would now face Sergio Mora next and provided that he win, would take on Joe Calzaghe in a showdown this summer. Both fighters have called Taylor out recently and I’m sure they are going to be happy once they hear the rumors…
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Sergio Mora remained undefeated and won a unanimous decision over Eric Regan Friday night on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
“I just knew I was going to go 10 rounds with this guy. He’s strong guy,” Mora said of Regan. “He’s a smart dude with power. I give Eric Regan a lot of credit.”
After the fight, Regan was more than willing to talk abou Mora’ dirty tactics…
“He hit me in the back of the head numerous times. But that’s part of the game and we knew that,” Regan said. “The ref warned him before and he warned me that he does that quite often.”
Thursday, July 20, 2006
As of right now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. still doesn’t have an opponent for his scheduled November 4th fight date. Will he by this weekend? It’s possible, but his opponent might make him look like a complete fraud.
Floyd was gracious enough to lay out his plans for us…
“Shane don’t understand, but he’s just the bait,” Mayweather said. “First, I’ll beat Shane and then I’ll beat his boss. Oscar is not going to retire. How are you going to retire when you haven’t fought the best? I am the face of boxing and without me it’s a dud.”
First off, Mosley has already said that he will not fight Mayweather until at least 2007. This does absolutely nothing to solve the problem of Floyd not having an opponent for November. Also, will De La Hoya wait that long to fight Mayweather if he even accepts?
Secondly, when did Mayweather become this brash? It makes all of the reporters who threw praise at him earlier this year for staying in his corner during the Judah incident look like they didn’t even know who they were talking about. It’s surprising to see Mayweather speak those kind of words.
So why did I say Mayweather is going to look like a fraud?
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported today that officials from both the Spinks and Mayweather camps are in heavy talks about setting up a possible fight between the two later this year. Why in the world would you fight Cory Spinks next? How is that going to raise your stock? Millions of questions come to mind that one could currently ask Floyd Mayweather.
FYI: Mayweather had a $8 Million offer to fight Antonio Margarito on the table. Noticed I put the word had in italics. Why do you ask?
Winky Wright put out a challenge to Antonio Margarito late last week about setting up a possible super-fight. When discussing Margarito, all things go through Bob Arum who told Winky’s camp that he was busy at the moment and to call back later on. Arum originally made a $4 million offer that was turned down by Winky. Now Winky is offering $1.5 Million. Confused? Chris Lighty explains:
“I tried calling him (Arum) yesterday with the offer and he said he was busy and for me to call him back tomorrow. We have been trying to reach him all day to put this (fight) together,” Lighty said. “From what I hear Margarito has one more fight with Arum, so I know he wants to put him in the ring with a big opponent. I don’t know what’s going through his head. I think maybe there are just looking at what options are out there for Margarito.
Originally we wanted more money, but we wanted to see what was going to happen with Jermain Taylor,” Lighty said. “Now that Taylor is taking another fight, we want to take another fight and then meet Taylor. Margarito would be happy to fight Winky Wright for $1.5 million. He would be happy to fight him for $1 million.”
Jermain Taylor!? Ah, this must mean that his possible bout with Sergio Mora is a go.
All things aside, it’s going to be a pretty interesting next few weeks as to what fighters end up fighting whom and so forth. Mayweather still has the option of either Spinks, Margarito, and even Wright who also stated he was interested. Hopefully Floyd ends up picking one of the latter two, for his sake.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Jermain Taylor’s promoter has stated that negotiations are underway between the camps of Taylor and former Contender star Sergio Mora about a possible bout in the near future. Mora is scheduled to fight Eric Regan on August 25th - A Mora victory could be a shot at Taylor, but a loss could mean that a victorious Fernando Vargas could entice Taylor even more.