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Boxing and poker – maybe a start on something new?

Even though both sports are known for intense action and rough characters, boxing and poker aren’t usually combined. This didn’t stop Gus Hansen (known as one of the biggest full tilt poker names)and Danish poker pro Theo Jorgensen from duking it out. Both know as skilled poker players in both the online poker and live tournament circuit, did quite well as shown in the video.


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Take two: Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares meet again

Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares are ready to “throw hands” once again. By John J. Raspanti Take two: Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares meet again

Undefeated champions Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton lace em up

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

Santa Cruz wins LA bragging rights by defeating Mares

By John J. Raspanti: WBC junior featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) proved that he belongs in the upper echelon of the featherweight division by winning an exciting 12-round majority decision over former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2, 15 KOs) at a raucous Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Saturday night. Two judges scored the fight 117-111 for Santa Cruz, while the third saw a 114-114 draw. MaxBoxing and Doghouseboxing.com tabbed Santa Cruz the winner 115 Santa Cruz wins LA bragging rights by defeating Mares

Mares and Santa Cruz battle for LA bragging rights

By John J. Raspanti: They met seven years ago in where else, a boxing gym in Southern California. Both were local products. The two Mexican Americans spared roughly 30 rounds for the next few days. Abner Mares was 22 at the time, Leo Santa Cruz two years younger. Neither will say who had the advantage. When the sparing was over, Mares figured he’d likely fight Santa Cruz again someday in a real fight. “I’ve always thought that when you’re in the gym training with someone around... Mares and Santa Cruz battle for LA bragging rights

The Barbershop – August 25th, 2015

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): This weekend we get to see Abner Mares, 29-1 square off against 30-0 Leo Santa Cruz. On paper it looks like a great match-up. How do you see The Barbershop – August 25th, 2015

''El Chamaco'' Headlines at Belasco Tonight

By German Villasenor: La Puente, California’s own, Undefeated Featherweight prospect, Abraham ’’Chamaco’’ Lopez looks to extend 18-0-1 with 13KOs record. Now at 27 years of age, the speedster fighting with the backing of Golden Boy Promotions looks to showcase his skills in the main event this Thursday night at the very popular Belasco Theater down town L.A. Lopez, fighting out of La Puente, California spent most of his career fighting in the Ontario California ''El Chamaco'' Headlines at Belasco Tonight

Opposites attract: Gonzalez meets Russell Jr.

By John J. Raspanti: The boxer versus the slugger. It’s a cliché, but in this case it’s accurate. Jhonny Gonzalez (the slugger) defends his WBC world featherweight title against Gary Russell Jr. (the boxer) this Saturday night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The styles of the two fighters is potentially the most interesting aspect of their bout. Russell Jr., 26, is all about speed. He’s loaded with it, but as he found out against Vasyl Lomachenko, speed can take you only so far. Opposites attract: Gonzalez meets Russell Jr.

On the Move: MaxBoxing World Rankings 3-9-15

By Derek Bonnett: For once, I am very glad to be wrong. Going into Amnat Ruenroeng’s defense of the IBF flyweight title against Zou Shiming, I did not see much hope for the champion retaining his title in Macao, China. For some time now, I have been proclaiming the Chinese boxing celebrity as "Too Big To Fail" spoofing the economic theory that some financial institutions need government bailouts to avoid crumbling and thus causing even greater repercussions to the entire system at large... On the Move: MaxBoxing World Rankings 3-9-15

5 Champs Who Will Remain and 5 Who Will Go in 2015

By Derek Bonnett: As we encounter another new year, the landscape of the boxing scene continues to evolve. With old champions acting out the final stages of their careers and new ones emerging to fill the void, boxing maintains a state of homeostasis and keeps fight fans intrigued even amid the dubious officiating and cries of scandal. Boxing, as always, will endure; however, not every participant with an alphabet title will be so lucky. Inevitably, the mighty will eventually fall and, 5 Champs Who Will Remain and 5 Who Will Go in 2015

On the Move: December SecondsOut World Rankings

By Derek Bonnett: Typically, I reserve this space in my weekly On the Move column for a single thought. Usually, by the week’s end there is something burning on my mind that I just have to get out in the open regardless of the popularity of my comments. This week, as the end of 2014 draws near, I happen to have a lot I would like to get off my chest and felt the best method of delivery would be to just let it all hang out there for better or for worse, structure be damned. So, here are just a On the Move: December SecondsOut World Rankings

Martyniouk back in the ring for the first time in 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

Alvarez chases Lara for 12 rounds before escaping with debatable win

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
Mares wins by decision over Oquendo

Mares wins by decision over Oquendo

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
Viva Ponce de Leon!

Viva Ponce de Leon!

Bill Tibbs: After losing on Saturday June 7th via ninth round TKO against Miguel Roman, former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon has retired... Viva Ponce de Leon!

Darchinyan Moves Forward, Looks Back

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): Vic Darchinyan faces WBA featherweight titlist Nicholas Walters this weekend at the Venetian Resort in Macao, China - but his previous fight is still on his mind. Back on November 9th in Corpus Christi, Texas, Darchinyan was literally just minutes away from pulling off the upset and gaining revenge on Nonito Donaire. Darchinyan was a heavy underdog going into this fight and was up on points when he was stopped in the ninth round... Darchinyan Moves Forward, Looks Back

Golden Civil War?

By Steve Kim (Image by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing): There really wasn’t much going on during the bout between WBC lightweight titlist Omar Figueroa and amateur nemesis Jerry Belmontes. Truth be told, there was much more attention paid to the lingering tension between Oscar De la Hoya and the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Richard Schaefer, who once again acted like neither were in each other’s presence despite sitting just a few feet apart. The only thing chillier than the weather out in C Golden Civil War?

Showtime Showcases

By Steve Kim: HBO hasn’t had a very good year when it comes to its boxing programming. This was highlighted on March 29th when the network broadcast a main event that featured Sergey Kovalev defending his WBO light heavyweight belt against the unknown Cedric Agnew, who was listed by bookmakers (who are the real experts most of the time) as high as a 38-1 underdog. To add insult to injury, it was announced earlier that week that Adonis Stevenson would be jumping ship to rival Showtime and Showtime Showcases

Uncle Joe is Back

By Steve Kim (Photo © K9 Photos, MaxBoxing): In support of this weekend’s pay-per-view main event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena is a bout for the WBA interim super featherweight title between Bryan Vasquez and Jose Felix, in what looks to be a competitive fight (at least on paper). Not much is known about Vasquez, who hails from Costa Rica, but Joe Hernandez, one of the best... Uncle Joe is Back

Bayamon Bomb?

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME) WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia got away with one on Saturday night. Billed as a “homecoming fight” at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, it all became anything but as Mauricio Herrera, a perennial also-ran who is no easy out, beat Garcia in all facets of the fight except with the judges. Over 12 rounds, Herrera hounded Garcia with elusive pressure, a steady double jab to the head and body and (sneaky)... Bayamon Bomb?

Ponce de Leon Looks to Even the Score

By Steve Kim (Photo © K9 Photos): “I lost. That’s all,” is what Daniel Ponce de Leon says when you ask him about his initial match-up versus Juan Manuel Lopez in June of 2008 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On that night, Ponce de Leon lost his WBO junior featherweight title as he was sent to the canvas twice and halted in the first round by the Puerto Rican. Perhaps he doesn’t want to recall too much of what happened that night or perhaps simply can’t. But as Ponce de Leon Looks to Even the Score

Weeks’ Stoppage Was the Right Call

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor / CANELO RED DEVIL by Chee, MaxBoxing): The boos cascaded from the rafters of the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena - as did the beer (or at least we all hope that was just Corona) - as referee Tony Weeks suddenly waved off the bout between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo after a uppercut sent Angulo’s head snapping back at the beginning of the 10th round. Mexican blood was boiling as the natives felt this fight was halted prematurely... Weeks’ Stoppage Was the Right Call

The Soapbox: Thawing the Cold War

By Steve Kim: A few days ago I was tweeting (which I do quite a bit) on the recent situation regarding Erislandy Lara’s calling out of Gennady Golovkin. It’s certainly a solid match-up. Lara is one of the sports premiere 154-pounders and Golovkin has developed a reputation as one of the most feared fighters in the game as the WBA middleweight titlist. In a perfect world, this fight would occur but we all know we currently live in the “Cold War” era of boxing. Because of Lara’s The Soapbox: Thawing the Cold War

Magdaleno Makes Changes

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): This Saturday night from the C. Robert Lee Center in Hawaiian Gardens, California, Diego Magdaleno faces Jorge Pazos to kick off his 2014 campaign. Last year at this time, Magdaleno was preparing for his first world title opportunity against WBO junior lightweight beltholder Rocky Martinez, whom he faced on April 6th in Macao, China. In a tightly contested fight, Magdaleno came up short by the scores of 115-112 and 114-113.... Magdaleno Makes Changes

Right Now, It’s No-Time

By Steve Kim (Pic created by © Chee, MaxBoxing): This upcoming weekend was supposed to be the date for the rematch between WBC featherweight titlist Jhonny Gonzalez and Abner Mares from the Staples Center. But when Mares pulled out of the fight citing a rib injury (an alibi Gonzalez and his camp still aren’t buying), it meant - other than a couple of “ShoBox” telecasts - Showtime would not be televising any major boxing cards this month. In fact, the network that had a banner 2013 doesn& Right Now, It’s No-Time

Ramirez Hits the Road to Laredo

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): This winter chill has affected many people in a multitude of ways this past week. Whether stranded on frozen highways or staying overnight in high school gyms or the nearest convenience store, the lives of millions in one way or the other have been disrupted by Mother Nature. Jose Ramirez, who fights tonight in Laredo, Texas, should count his blessings that he wasn’t in Atlanta over the past few days. On Tuesday evening, Ramirez and his team Ramirez Hits the Road to Laredo

Orozco Back in Action (Finally)

By Steve Kim: After stopping Ivan Hernandez in three rounds on the night of August 24th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Antonio Orozco was ready to conclude 2013 with a flourish. The young man who hails from Garden City, Kansas (following in the fistic footsteps of Brandon Rios and Victor Ortiz) is a highly regarded prospect with a fan-friendly style. But instead of putting the finishing touches on the year, Orozco languished on the sidelines. He makes his return to the ring this F Orozco Back in Action (Finally)
Boxing News Headlines for Jan 22 - 2014

Boxing News Headlines for Jan 22 - 2014

Compiled by Chee, MaxBoxing Webmaster: Fresh updated news links to all top writers & major newspapers covering all the latest breaking news... Boxing News Headlines for Jan 22 - 2014
Boxing News Headlines for Jan 8 - 2014

Boxing News Headlines for Jan 8 - 2014

Compiled by Chee, MaxBoxing Webmaster: Fresh updated news links to all top writers & major newspapers covering all the latest breaking news... Boxing News Headlines for Jan 8 - 2014

GGG on HBO2?

By Steve Kim: On February 1st in Monte Carlo, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will be defending his title versus Osumanu Adama. What’s not clear yet is if this fight will be televised in the States. While it won’t be on regular HBO (which aired three of Golovkin’s bouts last year), there is the possibility it could be broadcast on HBO2. Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions, said on Tuesday afternoon at a press gathering for Golovkin and heavyweight Mike Perez.. GGG on HBO2?
5 Champs Who Will Remain & 5 Who Will Go In 2014

5 Champs Who Will Remain & 5 Who Will Go In 2014

Derek Bonnett: As we encounter another new year, the landscape of the boxing scene continues to evolve. With old champions acting out the final stages of their careers and new ones emerging to fill the void, boxin 5 Champs Who Will Remain & 5 Who Will Go In 2014
Boxing News Headlines for Jan 7 - 2014

Boxing News Headlines for Jan 7 - 2014

Compiled by Chee, MaxBoxing Webmaster: Fresh updated news links to all top writers & major newspapers covering all the latest breaking news... Boxing News Headlines for Jan 7 - 2014
Official statement on Postponement of Gonzalez vs. Mares

Official statement on Postponement of Gonzalez vs. Mares

Following a rib injury suffered in training, former three-divi Official statement on Postponement of Gonzalez vs. Mares
Boxing News Headlines for Jan 6 - 2014

Boxing News Headlines for Jan 6 - 2014

Compiled by Chee, MaxBoxing Webmaster: Fresh updated news links to all top writers & major newspapers covering all the latest breaking news... Boxing News Headlines for Jan 6 - 2014
Comeback Of The Year - Jhonny Gonzalez

Comeback Of The Year - Jhonny Gonzalez

SecondsOut.com: Jhonny Gonzalez has always been an entertaining fighter, giving fans th Comeback Of The Year - Jhonny Gonzalez
Gonzalez vs. Mares II Postponed

Gonzalez vs. Mares II Postponed

Steve Kim: What was supposed to be one of the first anticipated nights in boxing in 2014, the return bout between WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez... Gonzalez vs. Mares II Postponed

The 2013 “K9 Awards”: Part 1

By Steve Kim: 2013 is now in the books and it was a banner year for the sport of boxing. While we had the lingering “Cold War” between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Promotions and the separating leagues of boxing fostered on Showtime and HBO, it was still a year filled with big events, great fights and memorable moments. So without any further ado, let’s get to the always anticipated “K9 Awards”... FIGHTER OF THE YEAR... The 2013 “K9 Awards”: Part 1

Something of the Year

By Gabriel Montoya: This is that list time of the year. What did I think was best out of all the things that happened in boxing? Which fighter’s journey affected me most? Life is comprised of moments. “Remember that time...?” Boxing is that to an extreme. Round one of Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns. An entire series of battles in three minutes. The famous line in Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello I, “Give me the bottle. No, the one I mixed.” Diego Corrales coming from behind Something of the Year

A Little Hardware: “The 2013 Billys”

By Billy Tibbs: OK, I’d like to apologize for that ridiculous title but, hey, it’s the holidays. Let’s have some fun! Here we go! The “Jack Torrance ‘I’m Baaaack!’: Nice Return to the Spotlight” Award: Felix Sturm - After losing to Sam Soliman to open the year (subsequently changed to a no-contest after Soliman tested positive for an illegal stimulant), Sturm drills unbeaten Predrag Radosevic in four and then takes IBF champ Darren Barker’s middleweight belt, hammering him in two rounds. Manny P A Little Hardware: “The 2013 Billys”

Valdez Wraps up His Rookie Year

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): As the year winds down, there are still a few cards taking place during its final weekends. One of them takes place tonight in Tijuana featuring one of the bright young prospects in boxing, featherweight Oscar Valdez, who faces Cristian Barajas. It’s been a productive rookie campaign in the professional ranks for the former two-time Mexican Olympian, who began getting paid to fight last November. “It’s been a great year for me, a Valdez Wraps up His Rookie Year
Wilder vs. Fury? Eh…Maybe Not

Wilder vs. Fury? Eh…Maybe Not

Steve Kim: At the beginning of the week there was a lot of talk, centering around a heavyweight bout between Tyson Fury (who, when it was all said and done, will not... Wilder vs. Fury? Eh…Maybe Not

2014’s Shaping Up

By Steve Kim: The remainder of the 2013 boxing schedule is set. Looking ahead, the two promotional titans that are Top Rank Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions are setting up their itineraries for the upcoming year on HBO and Showtime respectively. HBO is scheduled to kick off the New Year on January 18th from Montreal with the local grudge match between Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. Then the following week, Top Rank has a card that will take place from the Theater of Madison Square Garden in N 2014’s Shaping Up
“The Flash” Meets the “Raging Bull”

“The Flash” Meets the “Raging Bull”

Bill Tibbs: Tonight, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will tangle with Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan as part of a tripleheader, live on HBO, from Corpus Christi... “The Flash” Meets the “Raging Bull”

Darchinyan Set to Destroy His Creation

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): Despite getting knocked out by Nonito Donaire in their initial encounter back in the summer of 2007, Vic Darchinyan doesn’t seem to be all that impressed with the “Filipino Flash” heading into their rematch this weekend in Corpus Christi, Texas (HBO, 9:30 p.m., ET/PT) at the American Bank Center. Forget all of Donaire’s lofty accomplishments; Darchinyan still doesn’t see what the fuss is all about. “I’ve been in the ring Darchinyan Set to Destroy His Creation

Does “The Fight Game” Stand a Fighting Chance?

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): Tonight at 8:30 p.m., (ET/PT) the latest installment of “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley” premieres on HBO. This edition will feature an in-depth review of the recent bout between Ruslan Provodnikov and Mike Alvarado, an interview with Dr. Margaret Goodman (who we can assume will talk about VADA and the issue of P.E.D.s in boxing), a segment with Max Kellerman and a tribute to the late Emanuel Steward. It’s the only magazine-style program... Does “The Fight Game” Stand a Fighting Chance?

Lampley Talks “Legendary Nights”

By Steve Kim (Photo © HBO): Longtime HBO blow-by-blow voice Jim Lampley readily admits he is an emotional sort. If something touches a nerve, Lampley has no problems shedding tears (Dick Vermeil has nothing on him). And he knew that as he prepared to participate in the reboot of “Legendary Nights: The Tale of Gatti-Ward” (which debuts on HBO this Saturday night after the Mike Alvarado-Ruslan Provodnikov fight)…well, crying was a strong possibility if not a certainty... Lampley Talks “Legendary Nights”
Boxing News Headlines for Sept 30 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for Sept 30 - 2013

Compiled by Chee (MaxBoxing Webmaster): Today’s Fresh updated news links to all top writers & major newspapers covering all the latest breaking news... Boxing News Headlines for Sept 30 - 2013
Boxing News Headlines for Sept 28 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for Sept 28 - 2013

Compiled by Chee (MaxBoxing Webmaster): Today’s Fresh updated news links to all top writers & major newspapers covering all the latest breaking news... Boxing News Headlines for Sept 28 - 2013

Valdez Makes the Rounds

By Steve Kim (Photo © K9 Photos): In the last month or so leading up to his fight this weekend at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, young featherweight prospect Oscar Valdez has been making the rounds in seemingly all the gyms around Southern California, looking for a few good rounds. From the glamorous Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood to the blue-collar setting of the Maywood Boxing Club, Valdez has gotten quality work in before this Saturday night’s bout against Joe Morales... Valdez Makes the Rounds

Chris Pearson: ''I'm going to be a champion. It's just a matter of time.”

By Gabriel Montoya: In mid-August, Trotwood, Ohio’s Chris Pearson’s middleweight campaign took a turn toward greater exposure when he was informed that among the many Al Haymon-advised hopefuls, he’d been picked to appear on “The One: Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez” undercard against Josh Williams, a 24-year-old boxer from Sheridan, Arkansas. I wrote about in on Maxboxing.com and it later appeared on our sister site, Doghouseboxing.com... Chris Pearson: ''I'm going to be a champion. It's just a matter of time.”
Esquivias “I'm just here to ruin all their plans”

Esquivias “I'm just here to ruin all their plans”

By Gabriel Montoya: No one ever becomes a boxer to lose. Whether you fight for love, family, country, fortune or glory, the reason to walk up the steps and into the ring... Esquivias “I'm just here to ruin all their plans”
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