December 22nd, 2013 By Kevin Perry
SHOCKER: ESPN REPORTS “MAGO” WILL NOT FIGHT AGAIN!
Las Vegas, NV- Earlier in the week ESPN.com writer Michael Woods penned a story with the headline “Magomed’s Career Over.” To refresh the memory of those in the dark of this boxing tragedy, Magomed Abdusolamov (18-1, 18 KOs) suffered obvious career and life threatening injuries in a 10 round decision loss to fellow heavyweight prospect Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KOs) of Cuba on November 2nd of this year.
In the story, quotes appeared from Neurosurgeon Dr. Rupendra Swarup stated that, “He’s going to get better, I’m confident, but he will not be the same. He is going to have neurological deficits.” The story in my mind is really a non-story! “Mago” as we will refer to him here, was placed in medically induced comas several weeks ago as a result of the fight, had part of his skull removed to relieve swelling of his brain, and while in the coma also wound up reportedly suffering two strokes. Anyone who knows anything about the history of this sport knows that several other fighters have suffered similar types of injuries and those that survived have yet to come anywhere near living a normal life afterward.
GERALD MC CLELLAN STILL NEEDING 24 HOUR CARE
Much like Gerald Mc Clellan, a former super middleweight (168 lbs.) champion in the 90′s who suffered a career ending injury in a brutal fight with British star and WBC super-middleweight champion at the time Nigel Benn, Mago will most require 24 hour care for life! While it is nice to know that Mago’s condition is improving (he has been removed from the coma and reportedly is breathing on his own), the fact is that the story’s headline (which normally is the focus of the story) lacks from a journalistic point of view. Stating the obvious in my view shows a weakness in guys like Woods who pens articles for what is perceived as the leader in sports journalism, ESPN.com. As per the usual, there is very little investigative journalism that goes on there, and for the salaries that writers receive ( I am not claiming I know how much they get paid) I at least expect something of a higher quality. While I understand that most writers do not actually write their own headlines, this is just one case. The quality of boxing journalism from the worlds sports media giant is lacking.
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May 9th, 2011 By Jacqueline Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Boxing is fixed! Not saying Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight was, just the sport in general. I’m sure everyone saw how effortless Mosley acted between the ropes. Hey, people have been getting paid to lose fights since Don King had normal hair. Deservedly so, Manny was the favored fighter, some oddsmakers had it 8-1, which is an astronomical number for upper echelon boxing.
SHANE MOSLEY IS NOW AS OLD AS DIRT
Mosley, now 39 and a professional since losing to the late Vernon Forrest in the 1992 Olympic Trials, this long before dropping two lopsided 12-rounders and the welterweight (147 lbs) title to Vernon in 2002. He has a son taking up the sport now and he should no longer be in the ring, Shane its time to take a seat. Besides, with his slurring his words, experts I know say he is headed towards “Pugilistic Dementia,” or to us common folks, he’s getting “Punch Drunk
GOT MY ISSUES WITH THE PHILIPPINE ICON AS WELL! READ MORE…
April 16th, 2011 By Kevin Perry
Los Angeles, CA- Is Andre Berto the future of the sport of boxing or does his undefeated run come to an end tonight when he faces formerly celebrated prospect “Vicious Victor” Ortiz? Titleholder Berto, 27-0, 21 KOs, will be making his fifth defense of the WBC welterweight (147 lbs)(paper title on HBO Championship Boxing. Andre has been rightfully criticized for a padded resume which includes a KO 1 over the unheralded Freddy Hernandez (29-2, 20 KOs) in his last outing.
ANDRE HAS NO FANS BASE EXCEPT THE HBO SUITS
The Floridian of Hatian heritage draws less flys than fresh horse manure, and yet he has earned six to seven figures in recent bouts. In his defense, Andre can only beat the fighters put in front of him, and as of late has been a tad impressive. Attributes such as lighting fast hands, athletic talent and crushing power are what the HBO suits have been raving about. Question in my mind is, is it there? Now he must prove his mental fortitude against the somewhat inconsistent 28-2-2, 22 KOs Ortiz, whose heart has been called into question.
his is a crossroads matchup between two 27 year-olds, near or at their prime. Both pack wallops in their fists, but Ortiz has fought as a jr. welter (140) while Berto struggles to make the welterweight limit of 147. Style wise, the fight doesn’t look like it’s going the distance, and the southpaw stance of Ortiz should be of little consequence to Berto’s as three of his last five opponnents have been of that ilk. In his last two bouts, both stoppages against the aforementioned Hernandez and former (see faded) WBO welterweight titleholder Carlos Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs) via TKO 8.
VICTOR’S STOCK VALUE NEAR THE BOTTOM?
Ortiz on the other hand has been uninspiring of late. Fighting out of Oxnard CA, by way of Kansas, Ortiz settled for a draw his last time out against 140 lb. contender Lamont Peterson (28-1-1, 14 KOs), this preceded a TKO 3 over the ghost of former 140 lb. belt bearer Vivian Harris (29-6-1, 19 KOs). On paper, these are not the type of foes that will prepare you for the speed and explosiveness of Berto.
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March 26th, 2011 By RingTalk
Fairfield, CA- Northern California fight fans were thrilled by another night of action-packed bouts as Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin Productions presented an explosive six-fight card at the Sports Center in Fairfield. The fights were televised on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate, and if you missed the broadcast or the live action, below is a summary of the results: Alejandro Perez Upset KO 1 Antonio Escalante, Clint Coronel SD 6 Carlos Musquez, Manuel Avila KO 2 Frank Gutierrez
Trevor McCumby KO 1 Nathan Ortiz, Guy Robb UD 4 Manuel Morales, Roman Morales UD 4 Danny Pantoja.
March 18th, 2011 By Kevin Perry
Los Angeles, CA- Saturday night in the German city of Cologne, decorated Cuban Amateur star and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KOs) gets his shot at the WBC heavyweight crown held by 6’8′ Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs). The 6’2′ Cuban who has been criticized for his lack of conditioning and soft body, weighed 246 pounds for this fight, his lightest weight in years. The question here is even at that weight, is he maximizing his chances for victory?
CAN “FATHER TIME” BRING VITALI DOWN?
It may be a fact of catching the 39 year old Klitschko at the right time. Solis, READ MORE…
March 13th, 2011 By Edwin Ayala
Saturday, March 12, 2011
HBO CARD WITH FOUR SOUTHPAWS
Mashantucket, CT- Sergio Gabriel Martinez, (158.8 lbs), Oxnard, CA TKO 8 Serhiy Dzinziruk, (158.8), Hamburg, Germany. A cocky Martinez (46-2-2, 26 KOs) began showboating early but in doing so by controlling Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) with a steady diet of jabs. It was all Martinez as he started landing “punches in bunches” in round five, decking Dzinziruk with a three punch combination late in the round. More of the same in rounds six and seven as Dzinzirik had no answer for Martinez. The end came at 1:43 of the eighth after three telling knockdowns, five in total.
LEE COMES BACK FROM BRINK OF LOSS!
Andy Lee, (162.6), Detroit, MI TKO 10 Craig McEwen, (161.4), Hollywood, CA. After a feeling out first minute of round one, McEwen (18-1, 10 KOs) slowly began to take control with good punches to the body and head, stunning Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) in both rounds five and six. Lee came alive in rounds seven and eight taking them both as McEwen tired. Smelling blood in the water, Ireland’s Lee countered with shots knocking McEwen down with one late in round nine. Lee came out ready to end things in round ten and he did with a left hook at the 0:56 second mark.
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February 25th, 2011 By John Signorella
New York, NY – Coverage of the sport surfaces this weekend with quite a storm of intriguing action being offered by boxing enthused networks ESPN and Showtime.
ESPN CONTINUES TO BRING THE PAIN
Removed from losing his first professional bout, former featherweight title challenger (126) Juan Carlos Burros (25-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring to validate his once established demeanor as “a force to be wrecking with” when he meets battle tested but often bested thug Frankie Archuleta (27-7-1, 14 KOs) over 10 rounds or less at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the opener; unbeaten super middleweight (168) banger Maxim Vlasov (19-0, 10 KOs) squares off against skillful pug Isaac Chilemba (16-1-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 10 rounder. Action begins Friday at 9 PM ET on ESPN 2.
SHOBOX DELIVERS THE GOODS
In a seemingly highly completive affair, WBA lightweight (135) strap holder Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) will attempt to defend his title against colorful challenger Brando Rios (26-0-1, 19 KOs) READ MORE…
February 10th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
Friday, February 11, 2011
World Memorial Hall, Osaka, Japan
Oleydong Sithsamerchai (35-0-1, 13 KOs) vs. Kazuto Ioka (6-0), 4 KOs) WBC 105 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Oley 4-1. Based on nine title fights, a ton more experoence, it’s tough to go against Thailand here in Japan. This could end up being Japanese home cooking at its worst! Don’t bet it!
Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
(ESPN 2) Antonin Decarie (24-1, 7 KOs) vs. Shamone Alvarez (21-3, 12 KOs) Odds/Prediction:Decarie 3 1/2 rto 1. Alvarez lost three of his last five, he ain’t winning here unless he pulls lightning out a bag!
Ionut Don Ion (27-1, 15 KOs) vs. Steve Forbes (35-8, 11 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Don Ion 2 1/2 to 1. Forbes is the “opponent” here. Stevie must win convincingly or expect to lose.
Bally’s Atlantic City, Atlantic City, NJ
(Showtime) Rico Ramos (18-0, 10 KOs) vs. Alejandro Valdez (23-4-3, 18 KOs) Odds/Prediction: READ MORE…
February 7th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
Bethlehem, PA- In the fight game, whether it’s boxing or mixed martial arts, no matter how dominant a champion is, there is always a challenger out there that poses a threat. The one guy that has some fans starting to believe, the champion may finally have met his match. Such was the case with UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort, or so we thought.
#1 SILVA WENT TO WORK
It took middleweight (185 lbs.) champion, Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva, now (28-4, 16 KO’s 5 subs), a little over three minutes to quell any thoughts that he is not the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. Facing off against the one guy who finally had hands who were even more lethal than his in Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort (19-9, 13 KO’s 2 subs), Silva (pictured above) didn’t need his hands at all. Instead, he used a front kick to the chin that was the proof is in the pudding.
BOTH WERE HEAVY HANDED PUNCHERS
With a very cautious start from two heavy-handed punchers, the first three minutes of the fight saw no action other than the fighters circling each other measuring striking distance. Then after a quick exchange that saw Silva fall, but able to get up right away, ‘The Spider’ threw a front kick from the back leg that caught Belfort flush on the chin, which all but had him out before he hit the mat. Silva, realizing his opponent was pretty much helpless, showed mercy in hesitating to pounce on him and hit him flush with a left and right hand before the referee jumped in to end it at 3:25 of the first round. Belfort must have thought Silva had eight legs like a spider because he never saw the kick coming.
THIS WAS A FIGHT WHERE MUTUAL RESPECT RULED! READ MORE…
January 28th, 2011 By Kevin Perry
IS DEVON TOO GREEN FOR BRADLEY?
Alexander is only 23, and while some believe this fight is happening a bit two soon, I beg to ask the question. If not now, then when? Stars are built in the ring in challenging fights where the winner isn’t already known before the bell rings. That is where the intrigue is. If both guys go in and produce a better than expected performance that is how they can establish themselves as stars and be able to pull future fans to the gate at their fights. It’s hard to build fans, especially for African American fighters if they don’t have a fan friendly style or if they aren’t engaging in the types of fights that get the attention of the general sports media.
LOOKING AT TWO GUYS WITH ALL THE TOOLS! READ MORE…
January 19th, 2011 By John Signorella
AGED EX CHAMP SAYS HE STILL BELIEVES!
Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield started his career at light heavyweight and successfully moved up to dominate and unify all belts in the cruiserweight division when the bar was set at 190 lbs. Evander then catapulted to the heavyweight ranks and became the only fighter in fistic combat history to win a crown four times. At the highest weight on the scale, Holyfield fought virtually every great fighter of his era and has wins against and shared memorial wars with some of the best of the best. Usually pitted against his adversity as the smaller man, Evander was able to accomplish his success by portraying a high work rate of sustained activity which displayed an arsenal of blistering combinations while maintaining excellent hand and foot speed. Evander was also known for his tremendous boxing IQ, chin of granite, “sleeper” power, and a determined filled heart.
“V” IS 48 GOING ON 68 OR 38?
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December 29th, 2010 By RingTalk
Philadelphia, PA- Bennie Briscoe, one of the best never to win a world title (when world titles meant something) and the man who presided over the last Golden Age of Boxing in Philadelphia (the 1970s) passed away Tuesday at 5.52pm EST. He had been in Temple University hospital for about a week before being moved to hospice. His wife Karen Briscoe, who I have been in contact with over the last two weeks, called me with the bad news. (Note: RT.com will do a feature on Briscoe in the coming days)
J Russell Peltz
December 17th, 2010 By John Signorella
For the better part of the past 22 years, Bernard Hopkins (while defiantly kicking ass in the process) has been calling out the biggest names in the sport. The boxing world took notice of the bombastic talents of Hopkins when he displayed a masterpiece performance against Felix Trinidad (W KO 12). After his artistic beat down over Trinidad, Bernard’s take no prisoners “back alley” brawling style had allowed him to go toe-to-toe with (and beat) world elite combatants such as Oscar De La Hoya (W KO 9), Antonio Tarver (W UD 12), Winky Wright (W UD 12) and Kelly Pavlik (W UD 12) with relative ease. Bernard has many people critical of him fighting in spurts for years now, which enabled Joe Calzaghe (L UD 12) to out hustle him, Jermain Taylor (L SD 12, L UD 12), and Roy Jones (L UD 12, in their first fight). Coming into Saturday’s contest, Hopkins has seven wins against four losses in his last eleven bouts (1 KO). In his last fight, Hopkins earned a unanimous decision over Roy Jones Jr.
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December 10th, 2010 By Pedro Fernandez
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, WA
(Showtime) Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) vs. Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 20 KOs) (IBF 118 lb. belt) Odds/Prediction: Perez 11-5. Rematch here as Perez dropped Ghanian fighter in UD 12 title grab. Go with Perez here, but not with anything more than beer and pizza money, $110 to win $50 on the Mexican to retain. Agbeko did beat Vic Darchinyan UD in July 2009.
Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (20-0-1, 14 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Vic 9-5. As mentioned Vic licked in 2009, and of course KTFO on 7-7-07 by Nonito Donaire. Idea is to build Vic back up, unbeaten Mares will make him work. I like Abner’s style.
AMIR KHAN OR A MERE CON?
Mandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas, NV
(HBO) Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) vs. Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) (WBA 140 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: READ MORE…
November 13th, 2010 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Every fight is a two way street. The difference between the victor and loser is the amount of traffic going in one direction. Everybody knows that Manny Pacquiao deserves to be a decided favorite over Antonio “POS” Margarito tonight when Top Rank comes with a PPV card emanating from Dallas, TX.
THREE THINGS UP FRONT
First up, promoter Bob Arum is the winner, this even before the bell rings seeing he has both guys. Secondly, it is Manny Pacquaio’s fight to lose. And lastly, it is Antonio Margarito’s fight to win.
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