Wednesday, January 02, 2008
NEW YORK - As Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr. inch closer to their mid-January showdown, the legendary fighters travel to Florida military bases and Puerto Rico, while Don King visits Iraq in the second of a three-part documentary debuting Saturday, Jan. 5, at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT on Cox Sports Television.
The program, which will be featured on 70 Cox Sports Television affiliates in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Florida and Virginia, will be re-aired on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.
During a visit to separate military bases in Jones Jr.’s backyard of Pensacola, Fla., Trinidad and Jones Jr. meet with soldiers who discuss and heatedly debate which fighter they think will be victorious. Also featured in the second episode is a trip to Puerto Rico, where the loyal Trinidad fan base defends their hometown hero. Meanwhile, the documentary showcases legendary promoter Don King’s recent trip to military bases in Iraq as part of a USO tour to show support for the armed forces stationed there.
Two of the greatest boxers in history who are both destined for the Hall of Fame, Trinidad and Jones, will square off at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. The match will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Carl Froch has been given a final eliminator for the WBC super-middleweight title against Denis Inkin after being confirmed by the world governing body he is number one in their ratings.
The unbeaten British champion, who won his 22nd fight by forcing former world champion Robin Reid into retirement on Friday, will face Inkin (31-0, Russia) for the right to fight Joe Calzaghe (Wales), the WBC champion.
From Monday the boxers’ promoters have 30 days to reach a deal before a purse bid. The winner of Froch-Inkin will then fight Calzaghe.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Nikolai Valuev completed a successful return to the ring on Saturday night when he clinched a unanimous points victory over Jean-Francois Bergeron.
In his first fight since losing the WBA belt to Ruslan Chagaev, the Russian Giant cruised to an uncontested 118-111, 117-111, 118-111 verdict against the previously unbeaten Canadian.
Valuev strongly went for the kill in the last two rounds but Bergeron proved his heart and refused to give in.
“I am pleased with my performance tonight,” Valuev (47-1, 34 KOs) said. “I would have loved to win by knock-out but it wasn´t possible. It doesn´t matter, though. Going twelve rounds against a southpaw was a good test. This was a new start for me.”
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Beaches and boxing. Although the two are rarely mentioned in the same breath, the sweet science will meet the sandy shores of the Caribbean Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, on Showtime.
In the main event, two undefeated super middleweights and former amateur stars will invade the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia as Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward and Roger “Never Can Tell” Cantrell square off live on ShoBox: The New Generation (Showtime, 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The historic night of boxing will take place at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, and represent the first televised professional boxing event staged on the beautiful eastern Caribbean Island of St. Lucia. “Showtime In Paradise” will be presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with the St. Lucia Tourist Board.
Both fighters and their respective promoters gathered today in Los Angeles for a press conference. Below is what they had to say. This may be the first ShoBox fight to host press conferences to announce and promote a given card.
Friday, September 21, 2007
LONDON – Promoter Frank Warren announced today that the biggest non-heavyweight world title unification fight since the Sugar Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns welterweight rumble of 1981, pitting undefeated super middleweight champions Joe Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KOs), from Newbridge, Wales, and Mikkel Kessler (39-0, 29 KOs), from Copenhagen, Denmark, would be moved to later in the evening to accommodate U.S. boxing fans. Promoted by Frank Warren, in association with International Entertainment, the Calzaghe-Kessler world title unification fight will now be broadcast live in primetime in the U.S. at 9:00 p.m. ET and 6:00 p.m. PT on HBO World Championship Boxing. The fight will take place Saturday, November 3, at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales (1 a.m. local time), which will be scaled for an indoor-record of 60,000-plus spectators. Over 30,000 seats have already been sold.
“We have seen the tremendous response this fight is generating with the fans and the sports press and we put our heads together with our UK broadcaster, Setenta, and came up with a plan to maximize the exposure,” said Warren. “We discovered that the weekend of the fight is the one time when there is only a four hour time difference between ET and GMT in the UK making it possible to start the show at a reasonable time for the UK and prime time in the States. When we approached HBO about the possibility of going live, they were ecstatic when we found a way to do this and immediately cleared their schedule to make it possible. This was a case of all the stars lining up just right.”
Monday, September 17, 2007
Vitali Tsypko is convinced he will defeat David Gogiya on September 29 when the two super-middleweights clash in Oldenburg on the Valuev card. The Ukrainian southpaw (20-2, 11 KOs), who lost a controversial majority decision to Jeff Lacy back in December 2006, has set the bar high. “I want to become world champion,” the former European titlist said. “I´ve started my preparation six weeks ago in my home Dniepropetrowsk and then continued on Crimea. Since September 16 I am doing the fine-tuning in training camp in Kiev.”
Tsypko won his last fight in Moscow where he defeated Maxim Goloviznin. Only a win against Gogiya will put him in the frame for a world title fight. “I know it won´t be easy to beat him,” said Tsypko. “He is very strong and has defeated good fighters such as Jackson Chanet and Mger Mkrtchian.”
Gogiya (18-2, 4 KOs) lost his European super-middleweight title to Cristian Sanavia earlier this year. “It will be a tough test for me,” added Tsypko. In the main fight, former WBA champion Nikolai Valuev will make his highly-anticipated return after suffering the first loss of his career against Ruslan Chagaev. Unbeaten Canadian Jean-Francois Bergeron will try to spoil the Russian Giant´s comeback.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
MONTREAL – InterBox anticipated a strong demand for tickets to the IBF World Super Middleweight championship Gala featuring Lucian Bute, and the fans did not disappoint! After a record breaking day of sales over 7,000 tickets have been sold, leaving InterBox on track towards the biggest crowd for its most important Gala.
On Friday, October 19th, the Romanian Sensation will battle for IBF honors against champion Alejandro Berrio at the Bell Centre. The buzz in Montreal is unprecedented with regards to the most important fight in Lucian Bute’s career, and the undefeated Quebecker by adoption is thrilled with the news
“I am extremely proud and humbled by the show of support that Quebec boxing fans have demonstrated towards me. It is incredible to see that so many people are interested in helping me to achieve my dream. Berrio better be ready, because I have no intention of disappointing my fans at the Bell Centre on October 19th”.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Lucian Bute will challenge IBF Super Middleweight Champion Alejandro Berrio for the title on October 11th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Bute became the mandatory challenger for the title with a unanimous decision win over Sakio Bika on June 15th. Berrio won the vacant IBF Super Middleweight belt with a TKO victory over Robert Stieglitz back in March.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Boxing promoter Frank Warren announced that WBO Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe will take on WBA and WBC Super Middleweight Champ Mikkel Kessler on November 3rd at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales earlier today.
The winner of the fight will become the undisputed middleweight title holder as all of the belts will be unified.
The most interesting thing to come out of today’s press conference was the fact that there currently isn’t a deal with an American TV outlet that will have the fight broadcast on PPV or premium cable over here. Warren did say that a deal was close however. He refused to name any possible networks.
“We are still working on that. We are still working to conclude our deal. It’s the best fight out there. It’s such a good fight that nobody can ignore it. I’m confident that something will be done,” Warren said.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
He’s bold and he’s brash. He’s cocky and confident. There is an air of the young Cassius Clay in the personality of super middleweight prospect Ron Johnson. The 9-1, 168-pounder even has the nerve, the temerity, the gall and the chutzpah to grandly label himself “The American Dream.”
Doesn’t that bring back memories of the verbose, poetry-spouting kid from Louisville who became an icon named Muhammad Ali? But, if the 21-year-old boxer from Cleveland does not qualify as a rhyme maker himself, he does have two strong poetic connections.