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.
Showtime Championship Boxing will set the stage for another fantastic year of world-class boxing when flashy, charismatic Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title against mandatory challenger and IBF No. 1 contender, Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, live on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
The 12-round world title fight is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and will take place at Bally’s Main Ballroom at Atlantic City, N.J.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
All action former WBC light heavyweight champion and current IBO Cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (32-1, 22 KOs) will return on December 29 on the big Sauerland Event card at the Seidensticker Hall in Bielefeld, Germany. Adamek, now campaigning as a cruiserweight, will face Tiwon Taylor (26-14-1).
“I feel good in this division,” said Adamek. “This is my natural body weight. Now I’m not so starved like before. I can eat and drink and as a result, I feel even stronger….I have lost none of my speed. The only difference is that the punches of the opponents are harder than before so my style has changed a bit. I now box a little more from a distance.”
The 31-year-old, who is known for his “blood and guts” wars when 175lb world champion, is now rated at #6 by the IBF at cruiserweight. He is eyeing a shot at the winner of the IBF title fight between Steve Cunningham and Marco “Käpt’n” Huck, which is headlining the attractive December 29 card.
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.
After a week of pre-fight publicity that saw them hold a press conference in Los Angeles and attend a sold out championship soccer match South of the Border, WBC featherweight champion Jorge “Nino de Oro” Linares and WBA super featherweight champion Edwin “El Aniquilador” Valero are now ready to meet their respective opponents this Saturday, December 15, 2007 at Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico.
Co-headlining this massive card, fellow Venezuelans Linares and Valero are making the trip from Japan, where they now reside, fighting for Teiken Promotions, co-promoter of the Plaza de Toros event, billed as “Night of Champions - Fists of Iron”, along with Promociones Jose “Pepe” Gomez, DiBella Entertainment and All Star Boxing.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler suffered a detached retina during training and had to withdraw from his fight at River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, British Colombia, on December 28.
He has been replaced by Robert “Big Philly” Hawkins, 22-10 with 7 knockouts, of Philadephia, Pennsylvania, who will now fight Dominick Guinn , 28-5-1 with 19 knockouts, of Houston, Texas, in the 10 round heavyweight main event.
Hawkins is a veteran who has fought many of the best heavyweights in the world, including current WBC heavyweight world champion Oleg Maskaev and WBC interim champion Samuel Peter. Although he hasn’t beaten the top fighters in the division, Robert does have several impressive wins to his credit against a number of heavyweight up-and-comers.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Floyd Mayweather Jr: 147 lbs
Ricky Hatton: 145 lbs
Screenshots taken from ESPN Motion.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
NEW YORK – Hard-hitting World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 11 154-pound contender James Kirkland (20-0, 17 KOs) hopes to continue his ascension to the top of the junior middleweight division when he takes on the dangerous Allen Conyers (11-2, nine KOs) Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, on ShoBox: The New Generation (live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).
In the co-feature, undefeated prospect Alfredo Angulo (10-0, seven KOs) will battle Archak Ter Meliksetian (16-5, 13 KOs). Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will present the doubleheader from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Kirkland, of Austin, Texas, has knocked out 17 of his 20 opponents and is a legitimate contender at 154 pounds. Another convincing win could put him in consideration for a world title shot.
“This is another huge opportunity for me and a tough fight,” said Kirkland, who will make his fourth consecutive ShoBox appearance in 2007. “Conyers is a really dangerous opponent, so it should be an entertaining fight. I am ready to show the country that I am the real deal.”
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Guzman landed any kind of punch he wanted against Humberto Soto. Photo: Sumio Yamada/Sycuan Ringside Promotions
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman out-boxed, out-slicked and out-worked challenger Humberto Soto en route to winning a 12-round unanimous decision, Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Borgata Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. on the acclaimed HBO series “Boxing After Dark.”
The one-sided scores were 117-111, 118-110 and 117-111. It was Guzman’s second title defense.
The 12-round championship bout was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in associate with Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Top Rank Inc.
Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs), dug deep into his bag of tricks unveiling his entire arsenal as the defensive wizard stymied the veteran Soto (43-6-2, 27 KOs) with blistering combinations and sported a defense that was close to indestructible.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Joey Abell (right) connects with a punishing right hand to the head of Teke Oruh (left) en route to a 10-round majority decision. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
ST. LUCIA – Two previously undefeated fighters were handed their first loss on Friday night in paradise.
In the main event, hard-hitting heavyweight Joey Abell (18-1, 1 NC, 17 KOs) of Minneapolis, won a 10-round majority decision over previously undefeated Teke Oruh (14-1-1, six KOs) of Nigeria.
The judges at ringside scored the bout 98-92, 96-94 and 95-95 in favor of Abell, who was a last- minute replacement for Mexican heavyweight contender Chris Arreola. Two weeks ago, Arreola withdrew from the fight after his close friend was shot and killed.