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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
Sun 24-Jul-2016
By John J. Raspanti: WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) added the WBC belt to his list of accomplishments by winning a wide 12-round unanimous decision over former champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night. Crawford used speed and agility to frustrate Postol over the course of the bout. After clipping Postol with a lead right hand in the opening round, Crawford switched to southpaw. He stuck with that Crawford floors Postol twice, wins easy decision
Sat 23-Jul-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Is there anything better than a meeting between two reigning undefeated world champions? Not for a boxing fan. Tonight at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV., WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford meets WBC titleholder Viktor Postol in a unification bout to determine superiority in the 140-pound division. In 2014, Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) captured the lightweight championship by beating on Ricky Burns for 12 rounds. A few months later(,) he stopped previously Battle of champions: Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol
Tue 19-Jul-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Middleweight Paul Mendez will bring some extra motivation into the ring on July 21st when he meets 2012 Olympian Ievgen Khytrov at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. “In boxing you see a guy like me twenty and two, and they believe I’m a stepping stone,” Mendez told this writer via email. “I’m going to show the world on the twenty-first who Paul Mendez is and I ain’t no stepping stone.”... Middleweight Paul Mendez searches for respect
Wed 13-Jul-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Looking out of sorts at times, undisputed light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) retained his titles Monday night with a wide 12 round unanimous decision over game Issac Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) at the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The scores were 117-110, 116-111 and 118-109. Kovalev, 33, pursued Chilemba in the opening rounds. He popped his powerful jab to the body. Chilemba occasionally countered with left hooks. Kovalev let Kovalev defeats Chilemba, Ward fight on the horizon
Fri 8-Jul-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Nine world champions, a ground-breaking promoter, a talented writer, and a father-son team make up the 2016 class of The West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions. Bobby Chacon, Mike Weaver, Lucia Riker, Israel Vazquez, Tony “The Tiger” Lopez, Henry Armstrong, Armando Ramos, Jerry Quarry, Fidel LaBarba, Genaro Hernandez, Aileen Eaton, Jose Sulaiman, his son Maurcio, and William O’Neill will be inducted September 25 at the Garland Hotel Event Center in North H Chacon, Weaver, Armstrong, and Quarry highlight second annual West Coast Boxing Hall Of Fame
Sun 3-Jul-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Undefeated junior featherweight contender Manuel “Tino” Avila faces former world title challenger Prosper Ankrah July 9 at the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, CA. Avila (20-0, 8 KOs) was last seen in the ring three months ago giving the more experienced Rene Alvarado a boxing lesson. Many considered the bout a real test for the 23-year-old Avila. But after absorbing a few punches in the opening rounds, Avila dominated with lateral movement and nifty Avila inching closer to world title shot
Fri 1-Jul-2016
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Mary Ann Owens): Bermane Stiverne has lost one fight in nine years. That bout, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV last year was for the heavyweight championship of the world. Stiverne captured the crown in 2014 by knocking out Chris Areola. After the match was stopped, and Stiverne declared the winner, he dropped to the canvas and stayed there, overcome by emotion. Stiverne turned professional at 26. He won his first 12 fights by knockout, until The forgotten champion: Bermane Stiverne
Wed 29-Jun-2016
By John J. Raspanti: George Groves (24-3, 18 KOs) kept his dream of winning a world championship alive last Saturday night by winning a clear cut 12 unanimous decision over Martin Murray (33-4-1, 16 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England. The taller Groves was sharper in the opening rounds. He probed with his educated jab and followed it up with sneaky right hands. Murray, normally aggressive, lagged behind. Groves, 28, won the first three rounds easily. It was apparent that Murray was Groves wins do-or-die battle over Murray
Sun 26-Jun-2016
By John J. Raspasnti: Good friends Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter met in a boxing ring Saturday night. Thurman, the defending WBA champion, said yesterday he would knock Porter out. In the end he needed all his skills to win a close 12-round unanimous decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. All three judges scored the bout 115-113 for Thurman. Maxboxing also had Thurman winning the bout by a couple of points. Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) started the bout fast. He clipped the Keith Thurman wins exciting battle over Shawn Porter
Mon 20-Jun-2016
By John J. Raspanti: They’re young, talented and champions. On June 25th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman and former champion Shawn Porter are set to let their fists prove who is the better fighter. Thurman, 27, is undefeated in 26 fights, scoring 22 knockouts. He was last seen in the ring 11 months ago notching a difficult win over Luis Collazo. Many remember not the fight itself but the vicious body blow that Thurman survived. Porter, 28, Thurman and Porter battle for bragging rights
Wed 15-Jun-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) knocked out overmatched WBO junior lightweight titleholder Rocky Martinez (29-3-3, 18 KOs) in Round five at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. last Saturday night. With the victory, Lomachenko, in only his seventh professional bout, becomes the fastest fighter to capture world titles in two divisions. The 28-year-old southpaw opened the fight by popping Martinez with stinging jabs. Super talented Lomachenko demolishes Martinez
Sun 12-Jun-2016
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor): Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks? Slugger John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) boxed and punched his way to a hard-fought 12 round unanimous decision over former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (25-5, 18 KOs) Saturday night at the Turning Point Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Molina Jr. had mentioned boxing more in the weeks leading up to the bout. Not many experts believed him. He entered the fight a substantial Molina Jr. shows new wrinkle, defeats Provodnikov by 12 round decision
Thu 9-Jun-2016
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoing): When they met in the center of the ring fifty-seven-years ago, Gene Fullmer and Carmen Basillo attacked each other like there was no tomorrow. For them, there wasn’t. Every fight was about life and death. Losing wasn’t an option. Ruslan Provodnikov, and John Molina Jr., who collide June 11 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y, are cut from the same hardscrabble cloth. They only know one way to fight. Hard. P Retro throwback: Ruslan Provodikov vs. John Molina Jr.
Tue 7-Jun-2016
By John J. Raspanti (Image Left to Right: Ali - Frazier): When the news broke, that arguably the most extraordinary person of the 20th Century was in the hospital, I felt a sense of dread. I muttered to myself, "He can’t die,"- yet knowing that we all do-even ,"The Greatest,“ Muhammad Ali. Ali first basked in the international spotlight when he won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. His name wasn’t Muhammad Ali then. It was Cassius Clay. He was brash, handsome, and charismatic. Even death can’t keep Muhammad Ali down
Fri 3-Jun-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Tony Bellew, whose dream was to capture a world championship, lived it this past Sunday night by knocking out hard-punching IIunga Makabu in the third round to capture the WBC cruiserweight title at a raucous Goodison Park Sadium in Liverpool, England. Bellow, a native of Liverpool, did well for most of the first round. He used his advantages in height and reach to outwork his shorter opponent. Makabu, a southpaw, absorbed the blows without incident. With roughly 10 Bellow ices Makabu to win crown; Price scores knockout
Fri 27-May-2016
By John J. Raspanti: When last seen in the ring, six-foot-eight-inch giant David Price stood in his corner with a dazed expression on his face, tears rolling down his cheeks. For the third time in his career, Price, 32, had been knocked out in a professional boxing match. His fall from grace had been swift and dramatic. Only three and a half years ago, Price, of Liverpool, England, appeared to be on his way to a shot at the heavyweight championship of the world. ESPN named him "Prospect of the Y Is heavyweight David Price delusional?
Sat 21-May-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Rising New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) likely earned a shot at current IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua by winning a hard-fought 12 round unanimous over tough Carlos Takam (33-3-1, 25 KOs) at a rocking Vodafone Events Centre in, Manukau City, New Zealand Saturday night. All three judges had Parker the winner by scores of 116-112 (twice) and 115-113. Parker said earlier this week that he would start the match boxing, and in the opening stanza... Parker outworks Takam to win fight by unanimous decision
Wed 18-May-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Moving up from the minor to the major leagues, undefeated heavyweight Joseph Parker is hopeful he won’t strike out on May 21st) when he faces ranking contender Carlos Takam at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand. “My goal is to box smartly and use my distance and reach and move around,” Parker said in an article written by Duncan Johnstone of www.stuff.co.nz. Takam is by far the most established fighter that Parker has faced. The native of Cameroon... Is heavyweight Joseph Parker biting off more than he can chew?
Thu 12-May-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Losing a fight can change everything in a boxer’s career. His or her confidence can be shattered. Promoters might reconsider their investment. Fans can get ugly. But a loss can also motivate a fighter to work harder. Super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez was undefeated when he rolled into Las Vegas, NV. to face Jessie Hart last year. He left “Sin City” with his first loss. Though disappointed, Jimenez, 28, got right back to work. He traveled to Australia to train, and Determined Jimenez ready to make his mark
Sun 8-May-2016
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Canelo Alvarez was stalking--while Amir Khan was boxing. Khan was doing fine until a big right hand knocked him out in round six at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night. In the opening stanza, both fighters established their jabs. Khan used the ring and glided to his left. He landed a stinging right hand. Alvarez connected with a couple of left hooks. Khan took the punches well. In round two, Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) Alvarez knocks Khan cold in round six
Fri 6-May-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Amir Khan has always been something of an enigma. Nobody doubts his skills. Khan is a former Olympic silver medalist as well as a two-time world champion. =He can punch (23 knockouts in 31 professional fights) and box. Khan is athletic. He can use the ring when needed. His jab can sting. But there are flaws in his game. Khan has lost three fights, two by knockout. He’s kissed the canvas many times... His chin has been suspect for years. He takes too many chances, Khan might be quicker, but Alvarez has the equalizer
Wed 4-May-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Three months ago in Legionowo, Poland, heavyweight Mike Mollo knocked out favored Karzysztof Zimnoch in barely two minutes. The Polish faithful were stunned. They expected to see, Zimnoch, who entered the bout undefeated, to defeat the American. Instead, Chicago-native Mollo (21-5, 13 KOs) hurt Zimnoch with a chilling inside hook. The punch left the Polish prospect rubbery-legged and languishing on the ropes--like a man in quicksand... After conquering Poland, Mike "The Road Warrior" Mollo heads for the Ukraine
Mon 2-May-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Revenge is best served cold. Former welterweight champion Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) was icy in knocking out Victor Ortiz (31-6-2, 24 KOs) in round four Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Berto, 32, came out jabbing in the opening stanza. Ortiz surprised many, including Berto, by boxing from the outside. By the end of the round, Ortiz, 29, was bleeding from his hairline courtesy of an accidental head butt. Ortiz circled to his right in round two... Berto gets his revenge, knocks out Ortiz
Thu 28-Apr-2016
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing.com): Trying to predict what will happen in the ring this Saturday night, when former world champions Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) and Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) meet for the second time, is equivalent to predicting the outcome of this year’s election. One thing is certain--it’s likely to be a train wreck, but an extremely entertaining one... A sequel five years too late: Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto do it again
Sun 24-Apr-2016
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) made easy work of previously undefeated Dominic Wade, stopping the overmatched fighter in Round two at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA. Saturday night. The knockout was the 22nd in a row for Golovkin. Wade talked the talk before the bout. His plan to was to outbox Golovkin. But as the legendary former heavyweight champion Joe Louis once said... Golovkin barely breaks a sweat, stops Wade in two
Fri 22-Apr-2016
By John J. Raspanti: WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will be gunning for knockout victory number 22 in a row when he faces little-known Dominic Wade April 23rd) at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, CA. Wade, the IBF’s mandatory challenger, gained his dubious shot against Golovkin by beating veteran Sam Solliman last June. Golovkin admitted a few months ago that he’d never heard of the 25-year-old Wade, who was born in Largo, Maryland. He’s not the only one... Wade’s chances against Golovkin viewed as slim-to-none
Wed 20-Apr-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Rising star welterweight Errol Spence (20-0, 17 KOs) passed the toughest test of his young career by stopping former WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (21-3, 8 KOs) in Round five at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Saturday night. Southpaw Spence came out firing in the opening stanza--pumping jabs in Algieri’s face. Algieri, 32, used the ring and looked for ways to counter. Spence cracked Algieri with a hard right to the rib cage. A few seconds later.. Spence sends Algieri packing in round five
Sun 17-Apr-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Cruiserweight titleholder Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0, 15 KOs) knocked down former champion Steve Cunningham (28-8,-1, 13 KOs) four times en route to winning a unanimous decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Saturday night. The scores were 116-108, and 115-109 (twice). The first round was all about feeling each other out. The second was completely different. Southpaw Glowacki, 30, unleashed a powerful left hook that sent Cunningham down.... Glowacki powers his way past Cunningham
Thu 14-Apr-2016
By John J. Raspanti: When defending WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham arrived in Las Vegas last week, he expected to be a big favorite to win on April 9. Makes sense. During his 16-year career, Abraham has swapped punches with most of the best fighters in his division, including former champions Carl Froch and Andre Ward. Instead Abraham learned his opponent, unheralded youngster Gilberto Ramirez, was favored by most to defeat him... Ramirez has his way with Abraham
Sun 10-Apr-2016
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) left little doubt who the superior fighter was Saturday night by winning a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. All three judges scored the fight 116-110 for Pacquiao. Maxboxing also had Pacquiao winning by a 116-110 tally. Pacquiao now owns two victories in three fights against Bradley. He also captured the WBO Pacquiao floors Bradley twice, wins fight by unanimous decision
Thu 7-Apr-2016
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Many were surprised when promotional company Top Rank announced a few months ago that former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao would fight WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley for the third time at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV this Saturday. Even Bradley, who impressively dispatched Brandon Rios in his last bout, didn’t expect the phone to ring. “Honestly, I didn’t think he’d call,” Bradley said at a press Manny Pacquiao meets Timothy Bradley for the third time: Do you care?
Mon 4-Apr-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem Child” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs), who lost his junior welterweight title on the scale for the second time in four years, scored a ninth round TKO over Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane (39-7-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the D.C. Armory in Washington, DC. Saturday night. In round one, Theophane pressed Broner, but the weight-challenged former champion fought back effectively--using his jab and combinations. Rounds two and Adrien Broner stops Ashley Theophane in nine
Wed 30-Mar-2016
By John J. Raspanti at ringside: Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) moved one step closer to a fall showdown with light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev by winning a wide 12-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Saturday night. All three judges had Ward winning the bout by scores of 117-109, 119-109, and 117-108. Ward, making his debut in the light heavyweight division, had some trouble with Barrera’s length in the... Ward knocks Barrera down, wins by unanimous decision
Thu 24-Mar-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Joseph Diaz Jr., (19-0, 11 KOs), who faces Jayson Velez Saturday, March 26 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, is keenly aware of the import of the bout. His match with Velez will serve as a prelude to the main event featuring Andre Ward and Sullivan Barerra. "I really want to make a statement this fight,” said Diaz yesterday at a media day gathering in Oakland. “I want to show the world that Joseph Diaz could be the next big thing in boxing, so I trained very hard to Rising Joseph Diaz Jr. ready to send a message to other featherweights
Fri 18-Mar-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) makes his debut in the light heavyweight division March 26th when he faces hard-hitting light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Ward, 32, was last seen in the ring nine months ago dispatching over-matched Englishman Paul Smith in nine one-sided rounds. Some criticized his performance—saying he appeared a step slower. How did the former undisputed super middleweight champion think he looked that A still-hungry Andre Ward meets Sullivan Barrera March 26th in Oakland
Thu 10-Mar-2016
By John J. Raspanti: WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) knocked down aging heavyweight Tony Thompson (40-7, 27 KOs) three times en route to a sixth round knockout at the D.C Armory in Washington, D.C Saturday night. Ortiz, with 362 amateur bouts under his belt, was last seen in the ring putting away heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings in seven rounds last year. He can box if he must, but prefers showing off the power he carries in his left hand. Thompson, 44, who Ortiz batters Thompson for six rounds
Sat 5-Mar-2016
By John J. Raspanti: At 36, Darnell Boone knows his days as a professional fighter are numbered. He’s toiled away for 12 years--in faraway places, and with the odds against him. Boone has battled injuries, mediocre management, and lack of support in his corner. But still he goes on, recently winning four of his last five matches. In 2014, he stopped favored Dionisio Miranda. A few months ago he took on undefeated Phillip Jackson Benson in Pennsylvania. Boone was nothing more than an Darnell Boone: giving back to the sport he loves
Sun 28-Feb-2016
By John J. Raspanti: IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton captured the WBA title by winning 12 split decision over previously undefeated Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England Saturday night. Scores were 115-113 Quigg, and 116-112 (twice) for Frampton. Maxboxing had Frampton winning the fight by a 116-112 tally. The match didn’t come close to living up to pre-fight expectations. The opening round was respectful. Frampton fired jabs--while Quigg watched and Frampton does just enough to win by split decision over Quigg
Thu 25-Feb-2016
By John J. Raspanti: At 29, Sylvester Stallone was a struggling actor with barely a hundred bucks in the bank and a pregnant wife. It was 1975 and he had just seen the Muhammad Ali/Chuck Wepner fight. Something had clicked. Living off caffeine and ambition, Stallone took just three days to write a screenplay that he would eventually title “Rocky.” MGM Studios liked his writing but not him. They offered the unemployed Stallone two hundred thousand dollars, to not play the lead. The studio Why Sylvester Stallone deserves an academy award for "Creed"
Mon 22-Feb-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Sometimes boxing gets it right. On February 27 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, London, England, two champions in their boxing primes will meet to settle their differences. The bout between undefeated super bantamweight title-holders Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg promises to be both competitive and entertaining. Frampton has scored 14 knockouts in his 21 wins. Quigg has a slightly higher knockout percentage, having dispatched 23 opponents in 31 fights. Quigg is taller... Frampton and Quigg meet in a battle of champions
Sat 13-Feb-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Mike Mollo defines a fighter. He’s taken on all comers despite encountering multiple injuries, biased judges, and an unhinged referee during the course of his 16-year-career. Mollo, a Chicago native, has been victorious in 20 of his 25 professional fights, with 12 wins by knockout. Things looked promising in 2006 after he knocked out Kevin McBribe in two rounds. A year later he stopped prospect Art Binkowski. Mollo lost close decisions to contenders Andrew Golota... Heavyweight Mike Mollo: determination, guts and heart
Mon 8-Feb-2016
By John J. Raspanti: Former undisputed super middleweight titleholder Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will face hard-hitting light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) March 26th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.Ward, 31, was last seen in the ring eight months ago dispatching over-matched Englishman Paul Smith in nine one-sided rounds. The bout was Ward’s first since early 2014, following an extended legal battle with his promoter, the late Dan Goossen. Ward was scheduled... Ward to meet Barrera March 26th in Oakland
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