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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
Tue 12-Jul-2016
Compiled by Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every week. Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius XM radio show “Friday Night at The Fights,” which Gerry co-hosts with Randy Commission. Ask Gerry Cooney – July 12th, 2016
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
Tue 5-Jul-2016
Compiled by Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every week. Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius XM radio show “Friday Night at The Fights,” which Gerry co-hosts with Randy Commission... Ask Gerry Cooney – July 5, 2016
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
Tue 28-Jun-2016
Compiled by Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every week. Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius XM radio show “Friday Night at The Fights,” which Gerry co-hosts with Randy Commission. The show airs every Friday on Sirius / XM Rush, Channel 93 from 6 Ask Gerry Cooney – June 28th, 2016
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
Thu 23-Jun-2016
By Allan Scotto: Welcome to this week’s edition of “The Barbershop,” a column designed to give you a forum to speak your mind about our question(s) of the week or any boxing-related issue you would like to comment on. We welcome and appreciate your participation, so take a minute; scroll down and leave your comment below. Now on to today’s question(s): Saturday has shaped up to be an exciting day for boxing. In addition to the... The Barbershop – June 23rd, 2016
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
Thu 16-Jun-2016
Unbeaten Londoners Ohara Davies and Craig Richards will box at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Tuesday June 21 as part of the free-entry public work-out ahead of Anthony Joshua’s IBF World Heavyweight title defence against Dominic Breazeale at The O2 on Saturday June 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Davies landed the English Lightweight title in Greenwich in April when he stopped Andy Keates in four rounds on the undercard of Joshua’s World title win over Charles Martin at The O2. Davies MATCHROOM BOXING ANNOUNCE FREE PUBLIC EVENT AS PART OF JOSHUA-BREAZEALE OPEN WORK-OUT
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
Sun 5-Jun-2016
By Ken Hissner: Friday night the King of Boxing, the most recognizable person to have walked the earth Muhammad Ali has passed at the age of 74 in a Phoenix, AZ, hospital. He set as good an example out of the ring as he did in the ring. Known as the “Greatest” and the Louisville Lip Ali was a 1960 Olympic Gold winner as a light heavyweight from Louisville. This writer first met Ali in 1973 right after the first Ken Norton fight when Ali not only lost but suffered a broken jaw. It would take Muhammad Ali – Gone But Not Forgotten
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
Tue 31-May-2016
Compiled by Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every week. Each week, Gerry will answer two of your questions during Sirius XM radio show “At The Fights,” which Gerry co-hosts with Randy Gordon, the former Commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission. Ask Gerry Cooney – May 31, 2016
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
Tue 3-May-2016
Wladimir Klitschko will be determined to seek revenge for his defeat at the hands of Tyson Fury in their WBA, WBO, IBO heavyweight title match. Can Fury bow out with second victory over Klitschko?
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
Tue 26-Apr-2016
Compiled by Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every week. Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius XM radio show “Friday Night at The Fights,” which Gerry co-hosts with Randy Commission. The show airs every Friday on Sirius / XM Rush Zone Channel 93 from 6 Ask Gerry Cooney – April 26th, 2016
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
Sat 16-Apr-2016
Compiled by Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every week. Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius XM radio show “Friday Night at The Fights,” which Gerry co-hosts with Randy Commission.... Ask Gerry Cooney – April 16th, 2016
Fri 15-Apr-2016
By Allan Scotto: Welcome to this week’s edition of “The Barbershop,” a column designed to give you a forum to speak your mind about our question(s) of the week or any boxing-related issue you would like to comment on. We welcome and appreciate your participation, so take a minute; scroll down and leave your comment below. Now on to today’s question(s)..... The Barbershop – April 15th, 2016
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
Sat 9-Apr-2016
Compiled by Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every week... Ask Gerry Cooney – April 9th, 2016
Sat 9-Apr-2016
By Allan Cerf: Particulars: Anthony Joshua, YET ANOTHER late starter to boxing meets not unskilled Charles Martin, an even later-comer on April 9, 2016 On Showtime (USA) and Sky Sports Box Office (UK). At stake is Martin’s IBF Championship Belt. Background: Joshua, 25 part of super-clever promoter Eddie Hearn’s stable is the friendly, intelligent, British Olympic hero - winner of the Gold Medal at the London Olympics of 2012. Charles Martin, is well a guy who, besides ... Joshua Vs. Martin - Rise and Fall
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?
Sat 2-Apr-2016
Compiled by Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every week. Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius XM radio show “Friday Night at The Fights,” which Gerry co-hosts with Randy Commission.... Ask Gerry Cooney – April 2nd, 2016
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
Tue 22-Mar-2016
Compiled by Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every week. Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius XM radio show “Friday Night at The Fights,” which Gerry co-hosts with Randy Commission... Ask Gerry Cooney – March 22, 2016
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
Tue 8-Mar-2016
By Ken Hissner: At the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, Saturday night on Showtimes Special Edition with Sands Corona, King Promotions and GH-3 doing the promotion it was a good night for boxing. Super welterweight Julian “J-Rock” Williams, 23-0-1 (14) of Philadelphia, scored a seventh round stoppage at 2:24 of the round over Italy’s Marcello Matano, 16-2 (5), of Veneto, IT, IBF Inter Continental champion. This fight will move Williams into the number one spot which was vacant and a shot at J “J-Rock” Williams, Khursidze and Harrison score wins Saturday
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
Thu 3-Mar-2016
By Allan Scotto: Welcome to this week’s edition of “The Barbershop,” a column designed to give you a forum to speak your mind about our question(s) of the week or any boxing-related issue you would like to comment on. We welcome and appreciate your participation, so take a minute; scroll down and leave your comment below. Now on to today’s question(s): Last Saturday night, Terence Crawford dropped the hammer on “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy in the fifth round to claim... The Barbershop – March 3rd, 2016
Sun 28-Feb-2016
By Allan Scotto: Welcome to this week’s edition of “The Barbershop,” a column designed to give you a forum to speak your mind about our question(s) of the week or any boxing-related... The Barbershop – February 28th, 2016
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
Fri 26-Feb-2016
Compiled by Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every week. Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius XM radio show “Friday Night at The Fights,” which Gerry co-hosts with Randy Commission. The show airs every Friday on Sirius / XM Rush Zone Channel 93 from 6 Ask Gerry Cooney – February 26th, 2016
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
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