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Fri 27-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Mighty Melissa McMorrow will return to the scene of the crime February 28 to face WBO titleholder Kenia Enriqeez (13-0, 6 KOs) at the Centro De Convenciones, Rosarito, in Baja California, Mexico. McMorrow, 33, who held the title for two years before being forced to vacate it due to promotional issues, will be fighting in Mexico for the third consecutive time. Last year, McMorrow (9-5-3, 1 KO) was on the short end of two dubious decisions. The fights were close... Can McMorrow get a fair decision in Mexico?
Tue 24-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: After years of trash talk and excuses, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will finally meet in the ring May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., Mayweather said last Friday. Mayweather took to the social-media app called "Shots" to announce the fight was official. With a photo of the signed contract in the background, Mayweather wrote, "What the world has been waiting for has arrived. "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal."... They both said yes: Mayweather to fight Pacquiao May 2 in Vegas
Mon 23-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: WBO super middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) defeated Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) for the second time in five months Saturday night, but this time more clearly at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. All three judges had Abraham winning the rematch comfortably by scores of 116-112, 117-111, 117-111. ... Abraham leaves no doubt in return match with Smith
Sun 22-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Christian Kuechl): WBA middleweight boxing champion Gennady Golovkin retained his title Saturday night by stopping courageous challenger Martin Murray in round 11 at the Salle des Etoile Arena in Monte Carlo. The knockout victory was the 19th consecutive for Golovkin, who also defended his middleweight crown for the 13th time. Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) started slowly in the opening stanza. He laid-back and let Murray (29-2, 12 KOs) throw a number of punches. Golovkin Golovkin knockout streak hits 19 with stoppage of Murray
Thu 19-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Heavyweight David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) will be in search of his fourth consecutive win this Saturday when he faces virtual unknown Irineu Beato Costa Jr. (16-2, 14 KOs) at the O2 Arena in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany. Price, 31, has been sidelined for nine months due to injuries to his hand and his bicep. His fight with Costa Jr. is on the undercard of the Arthur Abraham vs. Paul Smith rematch. An impressive performance is paramount for Price’s future... Giant heavyweight Price returns to the ring Feb. 21
Sun 15-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Paul Smith has managed to get under the skin of WBO super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham. The pair met last September when Abraham won by unanimous decision. Nearly everyone, excepting Smith’s corner-and his family, had Abraham the victor. The problem was the margin of victory. Two judges scored the fight 117-111 for Abraham, while the third must have been watching another bout. His 119-109 tally was ridiculous. This writer had Abraham ahead by two points. R Abraham plans to knock out Smith on Feb. 21
Wed 11-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Quickly becoming the most popular fighter in the game, WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will be in search of consecutive knockout number nineteen on February 21 when he faces Martin Murray at the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Nineteen knockouts in a row. Are you kidding me? That’s no typo. On the surface, Golovkin’s record is quite impressive. He has entered the squared circle thirty one times and never come close to losing... Can Golovkin make Murray his latest knockout victim?
Sun 8-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Super middleweight contender James DeGale has been calling out IBF champion Carl Froch for months. Froch, 37, also the “regular” WBA champion, scoffed at DeGale’s challenges, using words “lack of motivation” and “no interest.” Last Tuesday, Froch vacated his title, opening up the possibility that DeGale, 29, will face Andre Dirrell on April 25 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Dirrell, 31, answered in the affirmative when asked about fighting DeGale... DeGale likely to face Dirrell for super middleweight title
Tue 3-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: In the sport of boxing, every fighter worth his salt ends up in the ring facing an opponent whose skills have dimished. It may be a rite of passage, but it can also be hard to watch. Last Friday night, at the Foxwoods Resorts in Mashantucket, CN., undefeated light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera went in search of an impressive victory. His opponent was former super-middleweight champion Jeff Lacy, 37, a loser in four of his last seven fights. None of this mattered. Lacy is a Barrera takes advantage of aging  Lacy
Sat 31-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti: In his 15 years as a professional fighter, Darnell Boone has been labeled a journeyman by some, and a gatekeeper by others. He’s also a spoiler, having ended the unbeaten winning streaks of boxers Chris Archer, James Countryman, James Johnson, and a guy named Adonis Stevenson, who just happens to be reigning WBC light heavyweight champion. Boone, 35, is also the only man to knock undefeated super middleweight champion, Andre Ward, to the canvas. Ward got up to win, but he Darnell “The Deezol” Boone: The man who refuses to stay down
Sun 25-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): here was no need to hype the third fight between warriors Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Their first two bouts were brutal delights, with each man claming a victory. The main question heading into tonight’s third go-around was who had more left in the tank. Two minutes into the rubber match, it was obvious that Rios was the more energetic fighter. The 28-year-old from Oxnard, Ca. pounded Alvarado from pillar to post--leading to a stoppage.. Rios systematically destroys Alvarado
Fri 23-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Most boxing fans remember Mark Breland. He captured gold at the 1984 Olympic Games by boxing circles around his opponents. Breland parlayed his Olympic success into a solid professional career winning 35 of 38 fights. He won the WBA world welterweight title on two occasions in the 1980s. Still, there were some who said he was overratedand never reached his potential. Critics... Wilder won the fight, but trainer Breland deserves some credit
Sun 18-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor): The expected knockout didn’t happen, but Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) became the first American heavyweight fighter since Shannon Briggs to win a piece of the heavyweight crown by jabbing his way to a 12-round unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1, 16 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night. The scores were 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing had Wilder winning the match 118-110... Slugger Wilder boxes his way to victory
Sat 17-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti: The questions here are many and varied. Can challenger Deontay Wilder take a punch? Will WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne be able to counter the wide shots of Wilder? Does Wilder have a stamina issue? Is Stiverne too slow to catch Wilder? Does previous competition mean that much when two huge men with power duke it out? Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) will be defending the crown he captured when he eliminated Chris Arreola last year. Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) pummeled... Fight day in Sin City
Thu 15-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti: It’s apparent that Amir Iman can punch. The 24-year-old fighter, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by way of Albany, NY., has laid waste to 13 of his 15 opponents. Iman, who’s glided under the radar for most of his short career, will get his chance to shine this Saturday night when he faces fellow hard-hitter Fidel Maldonado Jr. (19-2, 16 KOs) on the undercard of the world heavyweight championship fight between Bermane Stiverne, and Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand Garden in Las V Amir Iman ready to make an impression on Jan.17
Sat 10-Jan-2015
John J. Raspanti: WBC heavyweight champion of the world Bermane Stiverne has stopped 21 of his 24 opponents. That’s a knockout percentage of 87 percent. Deontay Wilder, who will meet Stiverne on January 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV., has KO’d all 32 of his adversaries. Neither boxer has agreed on much during the pre-fight buildup, except that their scheduled 12-round fight won’t go the distance. “A short, painful night,” said Stiverne a few weeks ago at a media press conference. Stiverne and Wilder agree: Expect a short night on January 17
Fri 9-Jan-2015
John J. Raspanti: Jerry Fitch has spent most of his life writing about boxing. He’s the author of two engaging books on pugilism, James Louis Bivens: The Man Who Would... 50 Years of Fights, Fighters and Friendships
Mon 5-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti: There were a number of outstanding fights in 2014. Last August, strawweights Francisco Rodriguez Jr. and Katsunari Takayama battled for 12 rounds at the famed Arena Monterey in Monterrey, MX. Takayama had the edge in the first half of the fight. Rodriguez dug deep and battled on, eventually overtaking Takayama in the last few rounds. The give and take nature of the bout left the crowd salivating for more. MaxBoxing's 2014 Fight of the Year: Matthysse vs. Molina Jr.
Sun 4-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Image by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing): After his fighter, former heavyweight champion of the world, Max Schmeling "lost" by decision to Jack Sharkey in 1932, Schmeling’s manager, Joe Jacobs, grabbed the microphone at Madison Square Garden and bellowed, "We wuz robbed." In the shady world of boxing, there were a number of similar decisions in 2014 that left many fans and commentators shaking their heads in disbelief. Just two weeks ago, on a special Thursday night card on ES MaxBoxing's 2014 Robbery of the Year: Garcia W 12 Herrera
Wed 31-Dec-2014
By John J. Raspanti: There were a lot of great candidates for MaxBoxing’s Fighter of the Year. Such as... Terence Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) had a phenomenal 2014. In March, Crawford, of Omaha, Neb., traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to defeat hometown hero Ricky Burns. He returned to Omaha three months later and stopped talented Yuriorkis Gamboa in the ninth round of a thrilling bout. Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) rolled through 2014 by… MaxBoxing's Fighter of the Year for 2014 is…
Mon 29-Dec-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Oh, the knockout, the most dramatic outcome in boxing. It can happen without warning. It’s akin to being broadsided by a bus. One battered fighter is left prone on the floor while the winner, rejoices near his fallen foe. While picking the knockout of the year can be challenging, three fights come to mind. Heavyweight contender Amir Mansour has the kind of power that can knock a house down. Most know his story. Mansour lost eight years of his career in prison. In 2010, MaxBoxing's 2014 knockout of the year is…
Sat 20-Dec-2014
By John J. Raspant: A disappointing 2014 ended on a high note Friday night for Adonis Stevenson. The defending WBC light heavyweight champion, who many thought would fight WBO champion Sergey Kovalev this year, knocked out overmatched Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky with a perfect left at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. The time was 2:42 seconds of round five. The bout got off to a slow start... Stevenson flattens Sukhotsky in Five
Thu 18-Dec-2014
By John J. Raspanti: As he heard his opponent announced the winner, Mauricio Herrera didn’t blink. For even though he threw, and landed, more punches, and was consistently busier during the course of his 12-round bout with Jose Benavidez, Herrera had a sense of déjà vu as he waited for the decision. Last July, Herrera faced WBC, WBA, and The Ring junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia in the defending titleholders’ homeland of Puerto Rico. Herrera used movement, and his best weapon--his jab-- More heartbreak for warrior Herrera
Sun 14-Dec-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Did Amir Khan hit the Floyd Mayweather jackpot Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada? Only time will tell, but Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) could be the frontrunner after winning a dazzling 12-round unanimous decision over the capable Devon Alexander. The scores were 119-109, 118-110 and 120-108. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing had Khan winning 119-109. Khan, who hasn’t held a world title in over two years, jabbed well in the opening stanza. He stung Alexander... Khan uses his quickness to dominate Alexander
Sat 13-Dec-2014
John J. Raspanti: Erislandry Lara proved pretty quickly Friday night why he is one of the best fighters in the world. The Cuban star used angles and reach to easily outpoint former IBF... Lara outclasses Smith over 12
Mon 8-Dec-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Image by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing / Doghouse): At 17, he became the youngest British winner of an Olympic medal when he captured silver at the 2004 Games in Athens. Five years later, Amir Khan defeated Andreas Kotelnik to win the WBA light welterweight crown. He was 22-years-old. Khan defended his newly won title five times, beating such notables as Paulie Malagnaggi, Marcos Maidana, and Zab Judah, before losing it via a controversial decision to Lamont Peterson in 2011... It’s do-or-die time for Khan
Mon 1-Dec-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): Terence Crawford now has bigger fish to fry. The defending WBO champion showcased his variety of skills with a dominant victory over tough Ray Beltran at a sold-out CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska Saturday night. Crawford, a native of Omaha, gave his fans plenty to cheer about as he cruised to unanimous decision by scores of 119-109 (twice) and 120-108. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing scored the match 118-110 for Crawford... Crawford retains WBO title with victory over Beltran
Sun 30-Nov-2014
John J. Raspanti: In a full-fledged grudge match, Billy Joe Saunders (21-0, 12 KOs) used his superior boxing skills to win a 12-round split decision over Chris Eubank Jr... Saunders wins bragging rights, defeats Eubank Jr.
Sun 30-Nov-2014
By John J. Raspanti: After two postponements and numerous months of trash talk, the rematch between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora turned out to be a one-sided affair. Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) stopped Chicora (20-5, 13 KOs) in round 10 at the ExCel Arena in London, England Saturday night. In 2011, Fury defeated Chisora by a wide-decision. Many thought the sequel would be more competitive... Fury dominates Chisora, wins fight by TKO
Sun 30-Nov-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Frank Buglioni (15-1, 11 KOs) won a workmanlike 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Andrew Robinson (13-1-4 KOs)... Buglioni floors Robinson, wins by decision
Thu 27-Nov-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Undefeated British heavyweight contender, and big-time braggart Tyson Fury has engaged in only two fights in two years. Some are wondering if he’ll be rusty this Saturday night when he faces Dereck Chisora at the ExCel Arena in London, England. Fury, 26, had two fights with David Haye, and one with Chisora, cancelled due to injuries suffered by his opponents during training. In the ring, or outside the ropes, one aspect of Fury’s personality remains a constant, his All-British grudge match: Tyson Fury versus Dereck Chisora
Mon 24-Nov-2014
By John J. Raspanti: In boxing, as in life, all fighters may one day compete with someone of equal or even more ability. On November 29 at the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Ind., undefeated super middleweight prospect Mike Jimenez will meet such an opponent when he squares off against once-beaten Sena Agbecko. Jimenez, 27, has been boxing professionally for only four years. He’s risen steadily, mixing a fan-friendly style with an entertaining personality... "Hollywood" Jimenez faces his biggest test
Sun 23-Nov-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): With rumors swirling that a fight with Floyd Mayweather was in the works, reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5,-2, 38 KOs) knocked gutsy Chris Algieri down six times en route to dominant 12-round decision at The Venetian casino in Macau, China. The scores were 119-103, 119-103 and 120-102 for Pacquiao. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing scored the fight 120-102... Pacquiao floors Algieri six times, wins bout by unanimous decision
Thu 20-Nov-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): Put your future in good hands — your own. ~ Author Unknown. Chris Algieri’s brimming confidence appears to be getting under the skin of Manny Pacquaio’s trainer, Freddie Roach. "Chris is so cocky, I’m tired of him," Roach told the Inquirer.net several days ago. Pacquiao, who meets Algieri this Saturday in Macao, China, seems more amused than bothered by the upstart New Yorker... Algieri is convinced he can defeat Pacquiao, but will he?
Sun 16-Nov-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Undisputed heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) stopped Bulgarian strongman Kubrat Pulev (20-1, 11 KOs) in round five Saturday night at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The defense was the 17th in succession for Klitschko, who trails only Larry Holmes, who had 20, and Joe Louis, with 25. The fight got off to a fast start. Pulev came out aggressively. He used an open stance to fire wide punches. He wanted to rough up Klitschko. Years ago this Klitschko impressively knocks out Pulev in five rounds
Wed 12-Nov-2014
By John J. Raspanti: It would be easy to write that Sergey Kovalev’s dominating victory over Bernard Hopkins was perpetuated by Hopkins suddenly getting old during the fight. Easy, but not exactly accurate. First off, Hopkins IS old. He’s two months shy of his fiftieth birthday, but what Kovalev did last Saturday night in Atlantic City, NJ, was something no other fighter in recent memory had been able to accomplish. He made Hopkins fight like an old man... Weekend combinations: Kovalev overwhelms Hopkins, Ali upends Abregu
Mon 10-Nov-2014
By John J. Raspanti: A loss can sometimes do wonders for a fighter. When Mauricio Herrera faced WBC, WBA, and The Ring light welterweight champion Danny Garcia last July, not many believed he had a chance of upsetting the defending titleholder. Garcia was coming off the most impressive victory of his career, a hard-fought, 12-round decision over the favored Lucas Mathysse. The little-known Herrera (20-4, 7 KOs) had split his last four fights. The contest turned out to be the most difficult... Like fine wine, Herrera gets better with age
Sun 9-Nov-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Hogan Photos / Golden Boy): All great stories have to have an ending, but sadly they’re not always happy. The run of ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins ended Saturday night at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ as heavy-handed Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) pounded him for 12 rounds to win their unification light heavyweight fight by a wide unanimous decision. The scores were 120-107 (twice) and 120-106. Maxboxing.com and Doghouseboxing scored the bout 120-107 for Kovalev dominates Hopkins to capture WBA and IBF titles
Fri 7-Nov-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Hogan Photos / Golden Boy) :“Sounds like a damn monster movie” - Apollo Creed. Their nicknames might suggest a world wrestling event, but on November 8 in Atlantic City, NJ, future Hall of Famer- Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins faces powerful Russian, Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev, in light heavyweight unification fight. Hopkins, two months shy of his fiftieth birthday, and the reigning IBF and WBA champion, is a freak of nature. His success in a sport dominated... “The Alien” meets “The Krusher”
Fri 31-Oct-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Esther Lin / SHOWTIME): When Andrzej Fonfara arrived in Montreal, Quebec last May to face WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, he figured he had nothing to lose. His underdog status was well established. Nobody in the boxing community gave him much of a chance against the powerful champion. Stevenson, the hometown hero, entered the match having scored 14 consecutive knockouts... Fonfara returns to the ring Saturday, wants rematch with Stevenson
Mon 27-Oct-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Forty years ago, many said the fight between undisputed heavyweight champion of the world George Foreman and former titleholder Muhammad Ali was a mismatch. A few weeks before the bout took place on October 30, 1974, in Kinshasa, Zaire, ABC sports broadcaster Howard Cosell spoke of the match in hushed tones, suggesting Ali was engaging in his "Last Supper". “The time may have come to say goodbye to Muhammad Ali, because very honestly, I don’t think he can beat George F A Second Look: Foreman vs. Ali
Sat 25-Oct-2014
By John J. Raspanti (with video link inside): Cruiserweight prospect Craig Kennedy remained undefeated when referee Martin Williams disqualified Wadi Camacho for biting Friday night at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre, in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. Camacho, a southpaw, had said a few days before the bout took place that he didn’t know that much about his opponent. His lack of preparation was obvious as Kennedy (10-0, 5 KOs) strafed him with lead right hands in round one... Kennedy wins by DQ over Camacho
Thu 23-Oct-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor): The appeal of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is obvious. He’s soft-spoken and kind. He never dismisses an opponent. When he wins a fight, he’s almost apologetic. But it seems what fight fans love most about Golovkin is that the man can flat-out punch. On Saturday night, at a sold-out StubHub Arena in Carson, CA, Golovkin made Marco Antonio Rubio his eighteenth consecutive knockout victim. The end came in the second round... The GGG ko trains rolls into Southern California
Sun 19-Oct-2014
John J. Raspanti: Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) registered consecutive knockout number 18 by stopping weight challenged veteran Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs)... Golovkin knocks out Rubio in two rounds
Sun 19-Oct-2014
By John J. Raspanti at ringside (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Nicholas Walters proved his time is now by stopping defending WBA super world featherweight champion Nonito Donaire in round six at a sold-out StubHub Arena in Carson, California Saturday night. The bout started slow. Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) tried to establish his jab. Donaire (33-3. 21 KOs) fired his dangerous left hook. Near the middle of the round the punch landed. Walters connected with a right at the bell... Walters proves too powerful for Donaire
Fri 17-Oct-2014
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Sat 11-Oct-2014
By John J. Raspanti: He’s not well known, even in his chosen profession. His professional boxing record (9-4-2, 3 KOs) appears, at least on the surface, to be mediocre. But looks can be deceiving. Michael Ruiz Jr. began his career with a bang. He won his first eight bouts in succeRuiz Jr. fights his opponent and the judgesssion. In 2010, super middleweight champion Andre Ward’s promoter, the late Dan Goossen, signed the then 21-year-old Ruiz Jr. to an exclusive promotional contract.. Ruiz Jr. fights his opponent and the judges
Thu 9-Oct-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Andre Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs), fighting for the second time in eight weeks, continued his comeback by stopping Nick Brinson (16-3-2, 6 KOs) in round four... Dirrell overwhelms Brinson in four
Thu 9-Oct-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Jermain Taylor, who hasn’t held a world title in five years, knocked defending champion Sam Soliman down four times Wednesday night to win the IBF middleweight title by unanimous decision at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The scores were 116-111, 115-109, and 116-109. The fight started slowly in the opening rounds. The 40-year-old Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) tried to find his range--while Taylor (33-4-1. 20 KOs) fired... Taylor floors Soliman four times, captures IBF middleweight title
Sat 4-Oct-2014
Review by John J. Raspanti: Around the turn of the century, pugilist Joe Choynski was almost as famous as reigning heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries. Choynski had earned his respect the old-fashioned way--by never shying away from a challenge. Over the past sixty years, Choynski’s fistic exploits have faded. But a new book written by Christopher J. LaForce restores some of the luster to Choynski’s name... The Choynski Chronicles: A Biography of Hall of Fame Boxer Jewish Joe Choynski
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