Sugar Ray Leonard
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.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Sugar Ray Leonard and Alfonso Gomez visit ESPN’s Friday Night Fights as special guest analysts tonight at 10 PM EST. Shamone Alvarez will take on Germaine Sanders in the night’s main event.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Sugar Ray Leonard announced earlier today that he would be training Peter Manfredo Jr. for his upcoming fight against Joe Calzaghe on April 7th.
Leonard is taking the place of Freddie Roach, Manfredo’s usual trainer who has opted to instead train Oscar De La Hoya for his showdown against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th.
Even though he has never been a trainer before for such a big-name fighter, Leonard was confident that he would do well…
“I’m not a trainer, but my skill is in tactics and strategy,” said Leonard, whose only previous cornering experience was for his brother.
Calzaghe was quick to make it known that having Leonard is his corner isn’t going to help Manfredo any when it comes time to lace up the gloves:
“I don’t care who he has in his corner, he isn’t going to beat me, it’s as simple as that,” said the undefeated 34-year-old.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens here. This might be the beginning of a new career for Leonard. Who knows - What happens if De La Hoya beats Mayweather and Oscar decides to continue fighting? Would he dump Floyd Mayweather Sr. completely and ask Roach to stay on. That could lead to Manfredo sticking with Leonard.
So many interesting storylines going on right now involving a circle of fights…
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Be sure to check back later today for the debut of the KO Corner Divisional Rankings for the month of February…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will embark on an 11-city media tour to hype up their May 5th showdown which is expected to be the biggest fight in boxing history.
Feb 20 - New York City
Feb 21 - Philadelphia, Washington D.C.
Feb 22 - Chicago, Detroit
Feb 23 - Miami
Feb 26 - Houston, Dallas
Feb 27 - San Francisco, Las Vegas
Feb 28 - Los Angeles
- BBC Sport is reporting that Sugar Ray Leonard believes Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya can both beat Floyd Mayweather Jr…
“The Ricky Hatton that beat Kostya Tszyu in 2005 can beat Floyd Mayweather. He was so focused and in such good physical shape that he would have given anybody at that level a tough time,” Leonard said.
And in regards to De La Hoya…
“Originally, I thought, hands down, Floyd Mayweather would be victorious,” said Leonard. But I’ve changed my mind since then. I’ve been analytical, observed things from a fighter’s stand-point and I think Oscar de la Hoya’s stronger and he’s bigger.
“I don’t think he’s faster because, without question, Floyd Mayweather is super-fast. But I think Oscar de la Hoya has enough of the proper physical attributes to take Mayweather to the limit.”
Some Good Reads:
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