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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
On October 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, WBA world super feather champion Donaire will face the dangerous Nicholas Walters who’s knocked out 20 of his 24 opponents. Put your money on your pick using the best sports betting app. best sports betting app
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
Fri 3-Oct-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Last year, Ray Beltran traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to face WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns. At that point in his career, Beltran, 33, was best known as Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partner. Most experts predicted that Burns would box circles around the slower Beltran. But Beltran went to Scotland on a mission to win, and after 12 rounds of boxing, most who witnessed the bout believed he deserved the decision. Even Burns’ hometown crowd seemed resigned that the... Road warrior Beltran to challenge Crawford for title
Sun 28-Sep-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Aging WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham was awarded a dubious 12-round unanimous decision over heavy underdog Paul Smith at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany Saturday night. The scores were 117-111 (twice) and a ridiculous 119-109. The judges scoring doesn’t reflect how close and competitive the match was. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing had Abraham winning the fight 115-113. The bout started fast... Judges help Abraham escape with wide decision win
Thu 25-Sep-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Former WBO and WBIF flyweight champion “Mighty” Melissa McMorrow hasn’t fought in the United States in over three years. Circumstances have forced McMorrow, and former champions Ava Knight and Ana Julaton, to become road warriors—which is almost always a disadvantage. Four weeks ago, McMorrow, 33, traveled to Ecatepec, Mexico to face popular Jessica Chavez. She had a pretty good idea what to expect, after tangling with Mariana Juarez in Pueblo last February... Fair or not, Melissa McMorrow won’t quit
Mon 22-Sep-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Rebounding from consecutive loses to IBF and WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, George “The Saint” Groves dominated Christopher Rebrasse over 12 rounds to win the European super middleweight championship by unanimous decision at the Wembley Arena in London, England Saturday night. The scores were 118-110, 117-111,118-110. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing had Groves the winner 118-110... Groves returns with victory over Rebrasse
Thu 18-Sep-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Image by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing): In many of his films, famed movie director Alfred Hitchcock used a term called a MacGuffin. Usually, a MacGuffin is a plot device that appears to be the central focus of a film, but eventually it loses importance. It may re-appear at the climax of the story, but is normally forgotten. This past Saturday night, the MacGuffin heading into the rematch between pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, was that Mayweather’s legs Weekend combinations: Mayweather remains perfect, but doesn’t impress the masses
Thu 18-Sep-2014
Looking to bounce back from two consecutive losses to WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch, the last one by a devastating one-punch knockout, George “The Saint” Groves will return to the ring this Saturday to face Christopher Rebrasse at Wembley Arena in London, England. For the best odds, check out Betfair. George Groves is a man on a mission
Sun 14-Sep-2014
By John J. Raspanti: There are some who say the second time around is always sweeter. Floyd Mayweather would certainly agree with that sentiment. Marcos Maidana would not. Mayweather ran his perfect record to 47-0 by getting the better of Maidana for the second time in four months—this time by a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. The scores were 115-112, 116-111 and 116-111. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing had Mayweather winning 117-110... Mayweather easily defeats Maidana in rematch
Fri 12-Sep-2014
By John J. Raspanti: WBA interim featherweight titleholder Jesus Cuellar wasted little time in brutalizing former two-division champion Juan Manuel Lopez in two rounds Thursday night at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lopez said after the fight that his career was likely over. We can only hope so. Cuellar (25-1, 19 KOs) had little trouble tagging Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs) with multiple shots in the opening stanza. Lopez tried to box, but that’s not his game... Cuellar knocks out Lopez in two rounds
Tue 9-Sep-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor): John Molina makes no bones about it. He likes to fight. Molina will be back in the ring on September 13 facing former two-division champion Humberto Soto. Four months ago, Molina, 31, engaged in what many called "the fight of the year," a knock-down, drag-out brawl with Lucas Matthysse. The battle was intense from the opening bell. Molina won the first round with aggression... John “The Warrior” Molina returns to face Humberto Soto
Sun 7-Sep-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Carl Frampton captured the IBF super bantamweight title by defeating defending champion Kiko Martinez by 12-round unanimous decision at a rocking... Frampton wins IBF super bantamweight championship
Sun 7-Sep-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME): Former three-division champion Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) won a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over upset-minded Emmanuel Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Saturday night. The scores were 116-111 (twice) and 115-112. Maxboxing scored the fight 115-112 for Broner. Taylor came out aggressively in the opening rounds. It was obvious that he had spent some time... Broner has to work hard to defeat Taylor
Thu 4-Sep-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Image by icheehuahua): A year ago Adrien “The Problem” Broner was undefeated. By the age of 24, Broner had captured world titles in three different weight divisions. Some compared him to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather. Broner didn’t disagree. He relished discussing his fighting flair. On December 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX, the heavily-favored Broner met Argentine tough guy, Marcos Maidana... Broner continues comeback against Taylor
Mon 1-Sep-2014
By John J. Raspanti: German WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck equaled Johnny Nelson’s record of 13 successful title defenses by winning a unanimous decision over Mirko Larghetti of Italy at the Gerry Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany last Saturday night. The scores were 116-112 (twice) and a puzzling 118-110 all in favor of the defending champion. Maxboxing scored the bout 116-112 for Huck. With Nelson at ringside, Huck (38-2... Huck ties record with cruiserweight victory
Thu 28-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck doesn’t fear unlucky numbers. This Saturday night at the Gerry Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany, Huck will attempt to defend his title for the 13th time when he faces undefeated Italian challenger Mirko Larghetti. A victory by Huck will equal the number of defenses set by Johnny Nelson. The bout was originally scheduled for last March until Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs), broke his thumb in training. Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs)... Huck: “I will make spaghetti out of Larghetti”
Mon 25-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Don “Da Bomb” George achieved something that even he would admit was something of a long shot. George, fighting in front of fans and family, won a hard-fought, 12-round, unanimous decision over Dyah Davis Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Park in Chicago, Illinois. The scores were 115-113 (twice) and 116-112. The victory earned George, 29, the IBO super middleweight title... Weekend combinations: George wins title, Avila continues to rise
Wed 20-Aug-2014
John J. Raspanti: In December of last year, WBC super-middleweight champion Sakio Bika and challenger Anthony Dirrell fought to a disputed draw. A sequel was inevitable... Dirrell defeats Bika, wins WBC super-middleweight crown
Wed 20-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti: On August 23 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Ill, Don “The Bomb” George will meet Dyah Davis for the IBO super middleweight championship. George, who was born in Chicago, wants to win the title for his city, but most of all, the expectant father is motivated to provide for his growing family. “This is huge,” George told Dennis Taylor of The Ringside Boxing Show a few weeks ago. “I’m very poor. I’m not able to keep a job when I’m training for a fight of this magnitude... Don “The Bomb” George: Fighting for his city and family
Tue 19-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Six months ago, former WBO and WBIF flyweight champion “Mighty” Melissa McMorrow traveled to Puebla, Mexico to face Mariana Juarez. Before the bout, many questioned whether McMorrow (9-4-3, 1 KO) could win a decision in her opponents’ backyard. The fight was close from the opening bell. McMorrow, the shorter boxer by five inches, applied the pressure. She bobbed and... McMorrow hopes for a fair shake on August 23
Mon 18-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Back in an arena he knows well, undefeated super bantamweight Manuel “Tino” Avila will face Sergio Frias August 22 in the main event at the Allan Witt Sports Center in Fairfield, California. Avila, 22, is thrilled to be fighting in front of his hometown fans. “I’m super excited,” Avila (15-0, 6 KOs) told this writer via email. “I’m getting a bigger name and higher in the rankings. It feels even better than before being the main event. It’s amazing.”... Back home, Tino Avila looks to impress
Sun 17-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Kell Brook traveled over 5,000 miles to get his title shot. On Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA., Brook made the most of his oppurtunity by defeating defending IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter by majority decision over 12 hard fought rounds. The scores were 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112 for Brook. Maxboxing had Brook winning the fight 115-113. The fight was televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing... Brook defeats Porter by majority decision, captures IBF welterweight crown
Fri 15-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions): Both Shawn Porter and Kell Brook, who meet August 16 at The StubHub Center in Carson, CA. are brimming with confidence. The two fighters are undefeated in a combined 56 bouts. Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) will be making the second defense of his IBF welterweight title. He won the belt last year by outpointing Devon Alexander over 12 rounds. His victory was something of a surprise... Porter versus Brook: Who wins August 16?
Wed 13-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Rich Kane / Hogan Photos): There was nothing beautiful about what happened to Rod Salka last Saturday night when he faced undefeated junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. At the weigh-in a few days before the bout, Salka, shorter by a few inches, eyed Garcia like you would a big brother. Big brothers often beat the crud out of their little brothers... Lowlights and highlights at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn
Sun 10-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Rich Kane, Hogan Photos / Golden Boy): IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) successfully defended his title for the third time by stopping overmatched Edgar Santana (29-6, 20 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Peterson found Santana with his jab throughout the opening stanza. Santana clipped Peterson with a right, but... Peterson retains IBF title, Garcia knocks out Salka
Sat 9-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti; In the biggest fight of his two-year career, Sammy Vasquez Jr. (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped James Stevenson (21-1, 14 KOs) in round nine Friday night at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The bout started slowly. Vasquez, a southpaw, looked to establish his jab—while Stevenson kept his distance. Both fighters picked up the pace in round two. Stevenson applied more pressure, but Vasquez began to let his hands go... Vasquez Jr. stops Stevenson in nine rounds
Wed 6-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Rich Graessle / Main Events): After her undefeated fighter, Sergey Kovalev, hit the canvas Saturday night in Atlantic City, NJ, veteran promoter Kathy Duva said she saw her life flash before her eyes. The Main Events’ CEO expected WBO light heavyweight champion Kovalev to demolish his opponent, Blake Caperello, with relative ease at the Revel Casino. Instead, Duva’s "million dollar baby" was floored by his underdog opponent... Did knockdown wake Kovalev up?
Mon 4-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti:Though victorious in 13 of his 14 professional fights, Stan “The Man” Martyniouk’s boxing career can be summarized in one word--frustration. Martyniouk was last seen in the squared circle handling tough David Rodelo over eight competitive rounds. The victory was important to Martyniouk and his trainer, Virgil Hunter. They both figured the Sacramento native, who was in born in Talinn, Estonia, twenty-nine years ago, would be back in the ring within months... Martyniouk back in the ring for the first time in 2014
Sun 3-Aug-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Rich Graessle / Main Events): WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev, who yesterday signed a contract to face ageless Bernard Hopkins in the fall, retained his title Saturday night by annihilating Blake Caparello in round two at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Kovalev, defending his belt for the third time, stalked the crafty Caparello in the opening stanza. Caparello, a southpaw, tried to keep his distance by sticking out Kovalev crushes Caparello, Rios wins by disqualification
Sat 2-Aug-2014
By John Raspanti: Back in the ring for only the third time since 2010, former super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) stopped overmatched Vladine Biosse (15-5-2, 7 KOs) in round five at The Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. The bout was the co-feature on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.” Dirrell, working out of the southpaw stance, took it to Biosse immediately in the opening rounds. He snapped off a triple jab and landed a sharp combination... Dirrell looks sharp in comeback win
Wed 30-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Prior to Gennady Golovkin’s three-round destruction of Daniel Geale, HBO commentator Max Kellerman remarked that he’s constantly asked if there’s any other fighter in boxing history who reminds him of the Kazakhstani bomber. His answer was surprising. In the past, Golovkin’s style has been compared to Hall of Fame inductee Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. But Kellerman went back in history to the boxer who dominated his division and held the most prized... Golovkin drops the hammer
Sun 27-Jul-2014
John J. Raspanti: Unbeaten heavyweight Bryant Jennings stayed that way with a 12-round split decision over previously undefeated Mike Perez at the legendary Madison Square Garden... Jennings now in line for a title shot
Sun 27-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Golovkin needed only three rounds to stop former titleholder Daniel Geale at a raucous Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York Saturday night. The bout was televised live on HBO Championship Boxing. Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) started well in the opening stanza. He used angles and boxed. His jab landed. Golovkin looked for openings. One of his strengths is patience... Golovkin destroys  Geale in three rounds
Sat 26-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Fan friendly welterweight Roberto Garcia hasn’t lost a bout in four years. On Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill., Garcia rolled to his eighth straight victory by outlasting former Amir Khan conqueror Breidis Prescott in the co-main event on ESPN’S Friday Night Fights. Prescott floored Garcia in round nine, but it wasn’t enough as Garcia prevailed by scores of 96-93, 95-94 and 96-92... Garcia manhandles Prescott over 10 rounds
Mon 21-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Gennady Golovkin is pretty familiar with Daniel Geale, the man he’s fighting on July 26. They first met in an amateur contest 13 years ago, with Golovkin prevailing by a wide decision. A lot has happened to both boxers since. Geale turned professional in 2004 with Golovkin doing the same two years later. Geale, 33, captured the IBO middleweight title in his eighteenth bout. Golovkin, 32, picked up a championship strap in 2010. Geale lost his belt three years later to A Friendly rivals Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale meet July 26
Thu 17-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Frank Buglioni rebounded from his first professional loss by scoring a fourth round TKO over Sam Couzens at the legendary York Hall in London, England Wednesday night. Buglioni was victorious in his first 12 starts until running into a determined Sergey Khomitsky last April. Khomitsky broke Buglioni down and stopped the Enfield native in six rounds. Shaking off the defeat, Bugiloni, 25, returned to the drawing board with trainer Mark Tibbs... Buglioni returns with victory over Couzens
Wed 16-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor): Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara had something to prove last Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. They had been arguing for months over who was the better fighter. So who won? Nobody. Alvarez proved that he comes to fight, but after 45 bouts, still doesn’t know how to cut off the ring. Lara can box beautifully at times, but also has a tendency to be more roadrunner than Tasmanian devil. Not that you could blame him for some of his Alvarez chases Lara for 12 rounds before escaping with debatable win
Tue 15-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti: It’s the nature of the game nowadays. One loss and a career is in jeopardy. Karim Mayfield was riding high when he faced Thomas Dulorme last March in a match-up televised on cable channel HBO. He entered the bout ranked number four by the WBA and number two by the WBO. A win would position him for a shot at a world championship. He exited the squared circle 45 minutes later a first-time loser. A few months ago, Top Rank Boxing, who had signed Mayfield... Mayfield looks to rebound after first loss
Sun 13-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): In a bout filled with multiple ebbs and flows, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1, 31 KOs) did enough in the eyes of the judges to win a split decision over Erislandy Lara (19-2, 12 KOs) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Levi Martinez scored the fight 117-111 for Alvarez, while Judge Jerry Roth scored it 115-113 for Lara and Dave Moretti had it 115-113 for Alvarez. Maxboxing.com scored the bout... Alvarez defeats Lara by split decision
Sun 13-Jul-2014
John J. Raspanti: Inactive for almost a year, former three-division champion Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14 KOs) boxed his way to a 10-round unanimous decision over Jonathon Oquendo... Mares wins by decision over Oquendo
Sun 13-Jul-2014
John Raspanti: Putting a heartbreaking loss to junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia behind him, Mauricio Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs) scored a hard-fought majority decision... Herrera earns competitive decision over Perez
Thu 10-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Back in the ring for the first time since his controversial loss to WBC and WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, Mauricio Herrera faces Johan Perez in a junior welterweight eliminator on the undercard of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara main event this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Herrera’s chances looked slim when he faced off against Garcia last March in Puerto Rico. Garcia was coming off a sensational victory... Herrera still hoping for rematch against Garcia
Mon 7-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Could Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who fights Erislandy Lara this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, actually be conducting his training camp like a full-fledged diva? According to a story that appeared in Livefight.com, the answer is a resounding yes. An unnamed camp insider was quoted as saying, “It’s like Alvarez isn’t even in full training right now. He’s picking and choosing when to train, he’s sending sparring partners home… Will Alvarez prove he’s the better fighter July 12?
Thu 3-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor): “September 13, back to business, Marcos Maidana vs. Floyd Mayweather part II.” - Floyd Mayweather Jr. / Here comes the rematch. Though it’s not official, odds are good that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana will meet again September 13 at a venue to be named. With Mayweather’s promotional company reportedly in the final stages of obtaining a license from the New York State Athletic Commission, the bout could land at The Barclays... Mayweather says he's fighting Maidana again
Wed 2-Jul-2014
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): In boxing, one punch can change everything. For four rounds on Saturday night at the Century Link Arena in Omaha, Neb., 2004 Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa boxed beautifully. Defending WBO lightweight champion, and hometown hero, Terrence Crawford, was having difficulties competing with Gamboa. Taller by close to four inches, and with a reach advantage of five, Crawford was being beat to the punch on a consistent basis... Crawford comes back to stop Gamboa in round nine
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