Friday, December 14, 2007
It’s a holiday treat for HBO Boxing fans. For five consecutive nights during the holidays, HBO Sports will replay five of the most memorable, most significant, most compelling bouts of 2007 that were broadcast on the HBO service.
The lineup includes:
Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 11:00 p.m. - Jermain Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik
Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 11:00 p.m. - Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler
Thursday, Dec. 27 at 11:00 p.m. - Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather
Friday, Dec. 28 at 11:00 p.m. - Miguel Cotto vs. Shane Mosley
Saturday, Dec. 29 at 12 midnight - Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton
All times are ET/PT.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown between welterweight champ Miguel Cotto and world class challenger Shane Mosley. Their eagerly anticipated title bout is set for Saturday, Nov. 10 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The special “Countdown To Cotto-Mosley, ” which will feature fighter profiles, expert analysis and forecasts for the 147-pound showdown, will premiere on Saturday, Nov. 3 immediately after the HBO World Championship Boxing (Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler) telecast from Cardiff, Wales, which airs live at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.
Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs), a native of Puerto Rico, is a powerhouse in the welterweight division who is seeking to move into the superstar category as he faces his most formidable challenge. The Garden has become one of his favorite sites and he looks for strong home court support on fight night. Mosley (44-4, 37 KOs) is one of boxing’s most accomplished performers over the past decade winning titles in three weight divisions and has reinvigorated his career with a string of impressive triumphs in the past two years. His remarkable career includes two wins over both Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas.
The countdown special will also be available to HBO On Demand subscribers 24 hours a day from Monday, November 5 thru Monday, November 19.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Oscar De La Hoya has stated that he plans on returning to the ring next May, at welterweight:
But De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs), who has won 10 world title belts in six divisions, has no immediate plans to stop fighting and is thinking about his ring return, targeted for May 3, 2008.
And when he does return, De La Hoya said that he will be back in the welterweight division he once dominated before moving up to junior middleweight and taking a two-fight stab at middleweight.
“Nothing is set in stone about who I’m going to fight,” De La Hoya told ESPN.com in a recent interview. “Right now, I’m plotting these fights [that Golden Boy is promoting], keeping myself busy and spending time with my family. I won’t decide who I am going to fight until I see how things unfold [in the fall], but I will be back at welterweight, that’s for sure.”
Oscar back at 147 lbs? Just imagine the possible matchups: Mayweather, Mosley, Hatton, Williams, Cintron and Margarito are all potential opponents at this point.
Friday, August 17, 2007
During a recent Q&A session with Yahoo! Sports fans, Floyd Mayweather Jr was asked who he thought would win November’s clash between Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley:
Question: Keep doing what you’re doing PBF and keep it flamboyant and flashy. My question for you is, after your fight with Hatton, should you win, would you consider the winner of Mosley/Cotto as your next viable opponent?
I think whoever wins out of those two, if done in impressive fashion, would make a great superfight with you.
Mayweather: When I beat Hatton, I would consider fighting Mosley, along with a few other options to include Oscar De La Hoya. I think Mosley knocks Cotto out cold in a very exciting fight. Everyone knows that Shane has had a couple of opportunities already to fight me but chose not to. My fight with Hatton will be a very exciting fight for the fans.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
NEW YORK – “Fast & Furious” is the only way to describe this epic rumble between two of boxing’s top pound for pound superstars—undefeated WBA world welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and four-time world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, “Fast & Furious” will take place Saturday, November 10, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. The 12-round world welterweight title fight will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, has headlined at the ‘Mecca of Boxing’ on the eve of New York’s annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade the last three years. On June 9, in front of a capacity crowd of over 20,500, Cotto, 26, knocked out two-division world champion Zab Judah to retain his title and improve his Garden record to 3-0.
“I am very excited to be returning to Madison Square Garden and I will be completely prepared for the biggest fight of my career,” said Cotto. “Shane is a great fighter but he will not be the better fighter on November 10. I will be leaving the ring the same way I will be entering it – undefeated and still world champion.”
Monday, August 13, 2007
There is a line in an old Phil Collins song. It goes: “Just when I thought I had made it, you walked back into my life.” Shane Mosley is one of my favorite fighters. How could you not like him? He was a very under rated lightweight champion. Maybe an all time great at 135. He’s defeated “Golden Boy” De La Hoya twice and he also has two wins over Fernando Vargas at higher weights. BUT two men seem to have his number. Winky Wright was just too big for Shane. Then there was Vernon “The Viper” Forrest who defeated Mosley on two occasions. Well guess what Shane… The Viper’s back and he’s lookin’ good.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Former world champions and current top-rated contenders Vernon Forrest and Carlos Baldomir collide for the World Boxing Council interim super welterweight title, Saturday, July 28. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Brian Halquist Productions, the Forrest-Baldomir title tilt will be broadcast live from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:15 P.M. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.)
“With 81 victories between them, these two warriors know a little something about winning,” said Gary Shaw. “Not only have they been world champions, they became world champions by beating the best in their divisions to win those titles. They are two of the most competitive fighters I have had the privilege to work with. The fans at the Emerald Queen Casino and the viewers watching on HBO are in for a terrific night. It’s now or never for Vernon and Carlos and that’s exactly how they are going to fight each other on July 28.”
Thursday, April 19, 2007
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd made his return to the ring last night and defeated Paul Marinaccio by TKO in the 7th round…
- According to various reports coming from the UK, newly crowned WBA Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev may possibly make his first title defense this summer against the winner of the May 26th bout between Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott in London.
Chagaev actually took on Sprott in June of 2006 and knocked him out in the 8th round…
- Mark Vester of Boxing Scene is reporting that WBA Cruiserweight Champion Virgil Hill is demanding a third bout against Henry Maske…
- Joe Frazier has filed a lawsuit against his daughter that seeks the return of various contracts, product endorsements, business papers, and various other documents that his daughter has reportedly has in her possession. Frazier’s daughter served as his lawyer and business advisor from 1989-2004.
- Who is Shane Mosley picking to win on May 5th? Oscar De La Hoya by KO…
- Paul Williams has told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he plans on brawling with Antonio Margarito when their scheduled bout goes down this summer:
“If you have the attitude that you won’t accept losing and you’re going to refuse to lose, it makes a difference,” said Williams. “The easy thing would have been to take the money and fight the other guy. But he stepped up like a man. I’m going to be in there and I’ll bang with him. I don’t think he’s going to be used to that. I’m a harder puncher than he’s seen.”
Friday, February 16, 2007
Luis Collazo will require surgery after suffering a fractured left thumb and ligament damage in his left hand during the second round of his recent loss to Shane Mosley last Saturday.
Collazo was taken to the hospital after the bout and received an x-ray that revealed the injuries. Collazo’s trainer, Nirmal Lorick said that his cilent will undergo surgery on February 22nd and will be out of action for 4-6 months…
“He didn’t complain to me in the corner after it happened,” Lorick said. “He just tapped his hand. I knew something was wrong. But Luis never complained. He just kept fighting. He’s got a lot of heart.”
Monday, February 12, 2007
Not a lot on the whole news front today but there’s still some interesting notes…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- One of Shane Mosley’s next opponents may very well be Miguel Cotto. Cotto’s scheduled June bout against Antonio Margarito is now all but officially cancelled since Margarito signed a contract to face WBO mandatory challenger Paul Williams.
- It seems that Bernard Hopkins is picking his fellow Golden Boy Promotions associate, Oscar De La Hoya to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May…
“Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather will be the first time in history that a fighter’s name gets changed after the fight, from Pretty Boy to Ugly Boy. I’m just telling you how I feel. The opposite of pretty is ugly. There ain’t no in-between. I’m just telling what’s going to happen,” Hopkins said.
- Hasim Rahman has pledged to donate a percentage of the rest of his career earnings to the family of an injured Baltimore detective who was struck by a vehicle driven by Rahman’s brother Karim during a chase from police in which Karim also robbed a convenience store.
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