Friday, December 07, 2007
Last weekend Showtime aired three fights that ended with three spectacular TKO finishes: Former undisputed light heavyweight Antonio Tarver pummeled Danny Santiago before eventually finishing him in the 4th round; Vernon Forrest put on a clinic until he stopped Michele Piccirillo in the 11th; and Nonito Donaire put Luis Maldonado down for the count with a left hook in the 8th round of their bout.
Above is a highlight of the end of all three fights…
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Legendary Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (left) kept his IBO crown with a fourth-round stoppage over Danny Santiago. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
MASHANTUCKET, CT – Three of boxing’s biggest and most important players notched impressive victories on the final Showtime Championship Boxing telecast of 2007. Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, Vernon “The Viper” Forrest and “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire each scored TKO victories before an enthusiastic crowd Saturday at the Fox Arena at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Vernon Forrest, Antonio Tarver, Danny Santiago and Nonito Donaire strike a pose for the media at Gallagher’s Steak House in New York at the final press conference before Saturday’s world championship fights. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
Showtime Championship Boxing will present an extraordinary tripleheader as its season finale when IBO light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver defends against Danny Santiago, Vernon Forrest risks his WBA 154-pound crown against former IBF welterweight kingpin Michele Piccirillo and Nonito Donaire, fresh off his knockout victory over previously undefeated Vic Darchinyan in the Upset of the year, makes the initial defense of his IBF flyweight belt against mandatory challenger Luis Maldonado.
Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, the three scheduled 12-round fights will be televised live from Foxwoods Resort Casino, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.)
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.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
TACOMA, Wash. – Former World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir weighed-in at an even 154 pounds Friday, the day before he meets Vernon Forrest in a 12-round WBC super welterweight championship bout.
Forrest also weighed-in at 154 pounds.
“I didn’t have any issues with my weight since I spent more than three months in San Diego training for this fight,” said Baldomir, who has been followed by five members of the Argentine media along with a fully staffed documentary television crew since he touched down in Tacoma, Wash. four days ago. “That was the last step that I needed to pass before I could step in the ring against Forrest. I had no doubts I would make the weight.”
Thursday, July 19, 2007
TACOMA, WA - Former welterweight champions Vernon Forrest and Carlos Baldomir will fight July 28 at Tacoma’s Emerald Queen Casino, in the state’s biggest professional boxing match in nearly two decades.
With Floyd Mayweather, Jr. electing to keep his World Boxing Council welterweight title instead of the WBC super welterweight title he won from Oscar De La Hoya in May, Forrest (38-2, 28 KOs) and Baldomir (43-10-6, 13 KOs) will now be fighting for the newly-vacated WBC super welterweight title in a 12-round bout.
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.”
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The search for a opponent is finally over for Ricky Hatton and Winky Wright…
Both fighters have had a tumultuous last few months: Hatton was robbed while visiting China, was forced to relinquish his WBA Welterweight Title in order to pursue other chances to find an opponent, and had to deal with Luis Collazo asking for a rematch every five minutes.
Wright on the other hand has had opponents dodge him left and right. He sent out open challenges to both Jermain Taylor and Antonio Margarito. What happened? Taylor opted to defend his belts against Kassim Ouma; Margarito and his camp completely ignored Wright, deciding to instead take on Joshua Clottey.
The two have finally found matches however:
Wright will take on the recently victorious Ike Quartey who defeated Vernon Forrest in an extremely controversial decision on August 5th.
Wright hasn’t fought in Florida in four years, so the bout against Quartey will be a homecoming of sorts. “Finally,” Winky told the St. Pete Times, “I get to come home.”
Hatton will be fighting Juan Urango in January of 2007. It was speculated for months that this fight might happen, especially with Hatton dropping his belt so he could move down in weight to try and grab Urango.
“I’ll be fighting Juan Urango on January 13,” Hatton told Sky Sports, “which is a little bit of a disappointment because I was hoping to fight in October or November, but that’s the only date HBO had available.”
The system is keeping Hatton down!
Junior Witter called out Hatton after his victory over DeMarcus Corley this past weekend but Hatton says that there are a few things that need to happen before that becomes a reality…
“I’m contracted to HBO for my next two fights,” said Hatton in response to Junior’s challenge, “and they’re practically done deals now. I don’t see why a little bit further down the line that if Junior makes a couple of defenses I can fight him.
“On the undercard will be Castillo. Should I get past Urango they’re lining up Castillo for me. If Junior can hold onto his belt and make a few defenses the fight against me will be even bigger.”
The consenus is right - It’s good that Hatton is being honest about his contract with HBO and the fact that he can’t take on whoever calls him out because of that. It’s better than lying about it to try and make yourself look better…
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Vernon Forrest earned a unanimous, albeit controversial decision Saturday night over Ike Quartey. After the fight, Quartey complained about being robbed while Forrest talked about a much-deserved title shot.
ESPN: Forrest Stands Tall
FOX Sports: Forrest wins in unpopular fashion
MaxBoxing: Forrest Gets Controversial Nod over Ike
NY Times: Forrest Announces Return With Win
Sporting News: Forrest takes unanimous decision over Quartey
Update 8/6 5:41 PM - Just some more links - a couple of them describing Lou DiBella’s blow-up at the post-fight press conference…
San Jose Mercury: Forrest, Ouma win by unanimous decisions
The Sweet Science: Vernon Forrest Wins, But A lot of People Thought He Lost
Seattle-Post Intelligencer - Forrest unanimous victor over Quartey
Eastside Boxing: Forrest tops Quartey by Disputed Decision
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Dan Rafael’s latest piece says it all about tonight’s main event…
Quartey (37-2-1, 31 KOs) and Forrest (37-2, 28 KOs) will meet Saturday night (10 ET, HBO) in a 10-rounder at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York in a crossroads fight, if ever there was one. Instead of “Now or Never,” the match could easily be called “Loser Go Home.”
The brightest spotlight will be on the veterans, Quartey and Forrest, who figure to land a marquee, money fight with a victory while the loser probably will be relegated to the scrap heap.