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Mon 24-Apr-2017
A shot at a world title drives heavyweight contender Amir Mansour. When he stepped into the ring last month to face Travis Kauffmann, Mansour was a decided underdog. Some of it was perception, but most of it was the venue. By John J. Raspanti After defeating his latest opponent, Amir Mansour waits for his shot at the heavyweight championship of the world
Mon 17-Apr-2017
Last year at the Billar El Perro Salado in Tijano, Bajo, California, Mexico, young cruiserweight Javonta Charles faced gigantic heavyweight Juan Luis Lopez Alcarez. By John J. Raspanti Heavy-handed prospect Javonta Charles ready to make his move
Fri 14-Apr-2017
Former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev entered the small conference room ready to meet the assemble of boxing scribes posed to pepper him with questions about his rematch with Andre Ward, which goes down June 17 at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. By John J. Raspanti The roundup: Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward meet the press
Mon 3-Apr-2017
Michael Ruiz Jr. defines a fighter. He trains for hours in his chosen profession for little in return, except some bruises and disappointments. Still, he fights on, with the support of family, the love of his girlfriend, and the belief that his time will come. By John J. Raspanti Michael Ruiz Jr, the ultimate underdog, faces his toughest test
Wed 22-Mar-2017
It seems almost inconceivable that a fighter with the credentials of former interim world junior welterweight champion, Mauricio Herrera, would be racked by doubt. By John J. Raspanti After some doubt, Mauricio Herrera returns to the ring
Mon 13-Mar-2017
Amir “Hardcore” Mansour will be fighting for more than an opponent on March 17--he’ll be battling for respect. Nothing has been given to the 44-year-old heavyweight contender. He’s earned everything through hard work and dedication. By John J. Raspanti Amir Mansour: Fighting for respect and a crack at a world title
Mon 6-Mar-2017
There’s no quit in Kermit Cintron. Never was, never will be. For the past number of years, the former IBF champion has battled injuries and other issues. He broke his hand in 2007, ignored the pain, and fought on. But his best asset--his power--was damaged. By John J. Raspanti Kermit Cintron fights for one more chance at a world title
Fri 3-Mar-2017
Undefeated welterweight kingpins Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia will settle their differences in the ring this Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Thurman has won all 27 of his fights, with 22 knockouts. Garcia has 19 stoppages in his 33 victories. By John J. Raspanti Who ya got? Keith Thurman battles Danny Garcia
Wed 1-Mar-2017
For most of us, doing a good job is a pride thing. We strive to be the best we can. If we make a mistake, we apologize, get chewed on by the boss a little, and make a point of not screwing up again. It’s not that simple if you’re a professional boxer. One loss can set your career back—or possibly end it. By John J. Raspanti It's do or die time for Dawson and Fonfara
Sun 26-Feb-2017
Deontay Wilder successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title Saturday night for the fifth time by stopping Gerald Washington in round five at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. By John J. Raspanti Wilder thrills his hometown fans by stopping Washington
Thu 16-Feb-2017
A record can be misleading. By John J. Raspanti The pride and determination of Darnell Boone
Sat 11-Feb-2017
He wasn’t supposed to win. A year ago, Mike Mollo traveled to Legionowo, Poland, to fight undefeated local hero, Karzysztof Zimnoch. By John J. Raspanti "Merciless" Mike Mollo: Fighting for country and family
Sun 5-Feb-2017
Christen Hammer (21-4, 12 KOs) retained his WBO European heavyweight title Saturday night by climbing off the canvas in round five to stop an exhausted David Price (21-4, 18 KOs) at the Olympia Arena in London, England. By John J. Raspanti Hammer sends Price into oblivion
Wed 1-Feb-2017
David Price, once considered by some a "shoo-in" for world heavyweight championship honors, will fight former "Tyson Fury" victim Christen Hammer February 4 at the London Olympia on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr.’s fight with Renold Quinaln. By John J. Raspanti Heavyweight David Price continues his comeback Feb. 4 on ITV
Sun 29-Jan-2017
In the weeks leading up to his rematch with Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz repeated one word over and over. Patience. by John J. Raspanti Ringside photos by German Villasenor Patient Santa Cruz edges Frampton in rematch
Tue 24-Jan-2017
Rematches, like movie sequels, are usually letdowns. Usually, but not always. By John J. Raspanti Repeat or revenge: Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz do it again
Sun 15-Jan-2017
The two best fighters in the super middleweight division put on a show last night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. By John J. Raspanti Champions DeGale and Jack battle to majority draw
Sat 7-Jan-2017
Words. They can play a big part in what happens during a boxing match. Words can be spoken softly or intensely. But they must resonate in the ring to be effective. By John J. Raspanti 2016 Maxboxing trainer of the year: Virgil Hunter
Wed 4-Jan-2017
Three minutes into his fight with heavy underdog Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. last year, world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton found himself on the canvas for the second time. Most everyone at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas was stunned. Frampton most of all. By John J. Raspanti 2016 Maxboxing Fighter of the year: Carl Frampton
Sat 31-Dec-2016
As Bernard Hopkins toppled backward through the ring ropes, landing on the cement floor, a collective gasp rose throughout the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, CA. By John J. Raspanti This is the end: When legends die hard
Mon 26-Dec-2016
A few weeks ago, at the Manchester Arena in London, England, Frank Buglioni could likely feel his dream of capturing the British light heavyweight title slipping away. And, in a sense, his boxing career. By John J. Raspanti Back from the abyss: The epic comeback of Frank Buglioni
Sat 24-Dec-2016
When Joe Smith Jr. knocked future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins out of the ring, and into retirement last weekend, a chorus of critics sang, “Hopkins is 51, So what?" and “Ten years ago, Hopkins would have toyed with Smith.” By John Raspanti Why Joe Smith might not be "Just Another Smith"
Thu 15-Dec-2016
“They don’t know what to expect when they see me," Martyniouk told this writer on a recent installment of The Ringside Boxing Show. “Some have said I don’t look like a fighter. That I, don’t dress like one. “What boxing fans will see is a lot of speed, quickness, and sharp punching.” By John J. Raspanti Flashy Stan Martyniouk ready to make a splash in 2017
Sun 11-Dec-2016
If challenger Molina had a game plan entering the match, it wasn’t apparent. He backed into the ropes in the opening stanza and languished like a prisoner awaiting the executioner to pull the switch. By John J. Raspanti Joshua retains heavyweight title, Parker edges Ruiz to win WBO version
Thu 8-Dec-2016
How good is New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker? By John J. Raspanti Someone's 0 has gotta go: Joseph Parker meets Andy Ruiz
Mon 5-Dec-2016
Was he rusty? Or perhaps he missed his trainer Jimmy Tibbs. By John J. Raspanti Saunders wins lackluster 12-round unanimous decision over Akavov
Thu 1-Dec-2016
A couple of years ago, many opined that Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters would defeat Vasyl Lomachenko. By John J. Raspanti What's next for Vasyl Lomachenko?
Wed 23-Nov-2016
This Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his championship belt against former featherweight titleholder Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters. By John J. Raspanti Talent, speed and power: Vasyl Lomachenko takes on Nicholas Walters
Wed 16-Nov-2016
On November 19, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., two undefeated fighting machines will face off in the ultimate "Show me what you got" fight. By John J. Raspanti Beast versus brawn: Sergey Kovalev meets Andre Ward
Fri 11-Nov-2016
Danny Garcia’s nickname of “Swift” has always baffled me. By John J. Raspanti This Saturday night at the fights...
Thu 3-Nov-2016
As he prepares to meet former eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao this Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas isn’t feeling much love. By John J. Raspanti Vargas fighting with a chip on his shoulder
Tue 25-Oct-2016
Things are somewhat slow in the world of boxing right now. Not dead, but slow, since boxing will never die. The sport is akin to Frankenstein’s monster. By John J. Raspanti Looking ahead, boxing returns with a bang in November
Mon 17-Oct-2016
A determined Melissa McMorrow returns to the ring Oct.22: by John J. Raspanti A determined Melissa McMorrrow returns to the ring Oct.22
Tue 11-Oct-2016
By John J. Raspanti: The timing was perfect. My wife and I were in Las Vegas on vacation. She liked to gamble. I could take it or leave it. Mostly leave it. There were two fighters training in Sin City that weekend. I liked one quite a bit. The other, in my opinion, was a showoff. We did the “tourist” thing for a day and returned to our room at the Flamingo Hotel. The Flamingo was fun. It was old and gaudy and loaded with reminders of its notorious history. Old-time gangster Ben “D Remembering Aaron Pryor
Mon 3-Oct-2016
"Hollywood" back in the ring Oct.8th in Hammond, IN. The inner drive of Mike Jimenez
Fri 23-Sep-2016
Parker faces Dimitrenko in risky fight By John J. Raspanti Parker faces Dimitrenko in risky fight
Mon 19-Sep-2016
By John J. Raspanti: “Boxing looks like fun,” said five-year-old Avery Johnson after reading the recently published illustrated children’s book, B is for Boxing written by former professional fighter Dimitry Salita, legendary Hall of Fame publicist Bill Caplan, and Dmitry’s brother Michael. Entertaining boxing book for the very young
Sun 18-Sep-2016
Alvarez stops Smith to win WBO title: By John J. Raspanti Canelo Alvarez captured the WBO super middleweight championship by stopping game former titleholder Liam Smith (23-1-1, 13 KOs) in round  nine at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Saturday night.  Unlike some recent opponents, like Erislandy Lara and Floyd Mayweather, Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) didn’t have to chase Smith. The Liverpool native came right at him in the first few rounds.  Alvarez stops Smith to capture WBO title
Thu 15-Sep-2016
By John J. Raspanti: After knocking out Amir Khan with a thunderous right hand four months ago, Canelo Alvarez spoke of fighting WBA and IBF titleholder Gennady Golovkin "later this year." Apparently talk is cheap. The bout never materialized. Both sides blamed each other. Instead of Golovkin, Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs), who’s now fighting as a junior middleweight, will face undefeated Liverpool native Liam Smith this Saturday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on HBO pay-per-view. Alvarez meets little-known but undefeated Liverpool fighter Smith
Sat 10-Sep-2016
By John J. Raspanti Rattled at times by combinations, WBC and IBF middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) stopped IBF welterweight kingpin Kell Brook (35-1, 26 KOs) in Round five at a rocking O2 Arena in London, England Saturday night. Golovkin marked up, but stops Brook in five
Thu 8-Sep-2016
Golovkin expected to extend his knockout streak Golovkin invades UK, but can Brook upset him?
Thu 1-Sep-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Most fighters hate the "R" word. To them, retiring is akin to quitting. Boxers fight to survive and refuse to give up. They spend their best days in the ring. Out of it, many of them feel lost. It’s all they know. Passionate as a boxer’s love affair with the ring can be, his career can be over in a flash. For most of us, it is hard to imagine being told to retire before reaching the age of forty. Last Saturday night, I watched Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero Guerrero and Angulo should exit stage left
Wed 24-Aug-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Featherweight contender Guy Robb is keenly aware of the importance of his August 27 showdown with hard-hitting Miguel Marriaga. “It’s the biggest fight of my career,” Robb told this writer via email a few weeks ago. ”I feel confident and excited about the things to come.” The winner of the Robb-Marriaga match will likely get a shot at newly-crowned WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez. Trainer Roy Woods, who has worked with Robb (18-1, 8 KOs) since the S Guy Robb faces the biggest challenge of his career
Sun 21-Aug-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Muhammad Ali was gifted with a long and stinging left. It snapped out like a cobra’s tongue. When Ali was in his prime in the 1960’s, the blow was extremely quick. He would use it to set-up his rapid fire combinations. The punch rendered heavyweight champion Sonny Liston impotent in 1964. After six rounds of action, Liston’s eyes were swollen from numerous jabs and hooks. The fight was over. Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, was the new champion. Within a three- The forgotten contender: Zora Folley meets Muhammad Ali
Tue 16-Aug-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Raymond Merrill II will not allow the fact that he was born deaf to stop his dream of pursuing a boxing career. Merrill made a promise to himself. No pity, no excuses. Growing up, he participated in sports, while inside, he raged. His father was sent to prison when he was two years old. He finally met him when he was seven. He watched his dad self-destruct on crack and PCP. He hated his father and began to rebel by taking to street fighting. Merrill enrolled at Cal S Raymond Merrill II lives his dream
Wed 10-Aug-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Former lightweight contender Ivan “Mighty” Robinson has dedicated his life to the sweet science. Robinson, now 45, started throwing punches forty years ago in Nicetown, a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. The future contender, nicknamed “Mighty Mouse,” engaged in his first amateur bout as an 8-year-old kid. In 1990, Robinson won a silver medal at the Goodwill Games. He turned professional a few years later. He went on to score two victories over International Boxing H Ivan Robinson “Pays it Forward”
Tue 9-Aug-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Andre Ward did what Andre Ward does Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. He won every round against overmatched Alexander Brand, but a knockout seemed to be what the former Olympic gold medalist really wanted. The workmanlike 12-round unanimous decision set up his November 19 super-fight against undisputed light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who looked on from ringside. Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) controlled the fight from the get go, flashing speed and Ward dominates Brand, faces Kovalev in November
Thu 4-Aug-2016
Article and photo by John J. Raspanti: When Andre Ward returned to the ring in 2015 after a layoff of nearly two years, some boxing insiders said his performance was mediocre. Seven months later, Ward was back, tangling with undefeated Sullivan Barrera. Ward knocked down Barrera and won the fight easily. Still, there were whispers that he had lost a step. Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) fights Alexander Brand, winner of 25 of 26 bouts, with 19 knockouts, this Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA Ward one victory away from meeting Kovalev
Mon 1-Aug-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) used quickness and intelligence to win a hard-fought 12-round split decision over Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) at the at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The scores were 114-114, 116-112 and 117-111. Maxboxing scored the fight 115-113 for Frampton. As expected, Santa Cruz attacked from the opening bell. Frampton worked off his back foot. Santa Cruz landed a right--while Frampton connected with a solid left - right combination. Santa C Frampton defeats Santa Cruz to win WBA featherweight title
Fri 29-Jul-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Another weekend, another battle of undefeated champions. WBC super featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 18 KOs) meets former 122-pound titleholder Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Santa Cruz, 27, throws punches in bunches. He fights like a man with his car double-parked. He can leave his opponent feeling overwhelmed, and looking for a place to hide. Two-time champion Frampton at 122 pounds is moving up in weight (four pounds) Undefeated champions Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton lace em up
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