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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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Boxing News Headlines for December 9 - 2012

Boxing News Headlines for December 9 - 2012

UPDATED: Huge News Day! Boxing News Headlines for December 9 - 2012
The PPV TV Cheat Sheet…and Other Predictions – Dec. 8, 2012

The PPV TV Cheat Sheet…and Other Predictions – Dec. 8, 2012

Marty Mulcahey: Yes, we have seen this main event before but who among us does not like watching a true classic over and over again? Will it be fourth time-lucky for Juan? The PPV TV Cheat Sheet…and Other Predictions – Dec. 8, 2012
Joan Guzman: “Guzman is back and with a vengeance.”

Joan Guzman: “Guzman is back and with a vengeance.”

Anson Wainwright: Today is the 10-year anniversary Joan Guzman’s first world championship win. He claimed the then-vacant WBO super bantamweight... Joan Guzman: “Guzman is back and with a vengeance.”
The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights TV Cheat Sheet-Mar. 2, 2012

The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights TV Cheat Sheet-Mar. 2, 2012

Marty Mulcahey: Who would have thought as Joan Guzman was fighting his way up the boxing ladder, appearing on HBO repeatedly, that he would slip... The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights TV Cheat Sheet-Mar. 2, 2012
The ESPN2 FNF TV Cheat Sheet- Jan. 27, 2012

The ESPN2 FNF TV Cheat Sheet- Jan. 27, 2012

Marty Mulcahey: The Russian-Korean pairing of Ruslan Provodnikov and Ji-Hoon Kim has co-headlined ESPN shows before and neither has disappointed from an action... The ESPN2 FNF TV Cheat Sheet- Jan. 27, 2012

The Top Rank/Pacquiao Stimulus Package for Las Vegas

By Steve Kim (Photo © Howard Schatz): From January 22nd (with the 2011 premiere of “Top Rank Live” from the Texas Station Casino) to May 7th at the MGM Grand when Manny Pacquiao faces Shane Mosley, a bulk of Top Rank’s first half-of-2011 schedule takes place in Las Vegas. It’s a far cry from the previous few years when they did just a handful of cards from the city in which they are The Top Rank/Pacquiao Stimulus Package for Las Vegas

The 2010 K9 Awards: Part One

By Steve Kim (Photo © Howard Schatz): Yes, folks, another year has come and gone (Where does the time go?) and it’s at this time of the year, before we move forward, that we take one last look at what took place in 2010 in the game of boxing. This was a year that will forever be defined by a fight that did not take place (and may never) in Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather and a strong final push by the sport of boxing. Our look, at this year’s honors... The 2010 K9 Awards: Part One
I Said THAT?! The 2010 Preview Review: Part Two

I Said THAT?! The 2010 Preview Review: Part Two

By Marty Mulcahey: In Part One of the annual preview review, I lamented how journalists making predictions for 2011 are certain in the knowledge that few readers will remember what they wrote in a year’s time. To write for Maxboxing is to be held to a higher standard, and to that end, I venture back in time to review my predictions for I Said THAT?! The 2010 Preview Review: Part Two
Antillon is Itchin' for a fight…and Getting One on Saturday

Antillon is Itchin' for a fight…and Getting One on Saturday

By German Villasenor: 28-year-old Urbano Antillon, 28-1 (20), has been preparing for this tomorrow night’s showdown against reigning WBC lightweight champ... Antillon is Itchin' for a fight…and Getting One on Saturday

HBO and the State of Boxing – Part One

By Thomas Hauser: There was a time when the “Sweet Science” was governed by the axiom, “As the heavyweight division goes, so goes boxing.” Now, in the United States, the rule of thumb is, “As HBO goes, so goes boxing.” No network has ever been associated with a sport to the degree that HBO is associated with boxing. And no network has ever set the agenda for a sport to the extent that... HBO and the State of Boxing – Part One
Eastern Regional Report- September 4, 2010

Eastern Regional Report- September 4, 2010

Alec Kohut: Corley Drops Tough Decision… Few gave DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley much of a chance in Argentina against Marcos Maidana. In fact, very few people had talked much at all about the fight, considering it little more than a tune-up for Maidana before making a fight with Amir Khan. Yet “Chop Chop” went 12 tough rounds with Maidana before losing the decision. Eastern Regional Report- September 4, 2010
Barrera Still Seeks Mexico's Fabled Prize

Barrera Still Seeks Mexico's Fabled Prize

German Villasenor: Marco Antonio Barrera has seen and done it all…or so it seems, despite being just five months short of being a 21-year veteran, losing just seven contests against 65 wins with 43 KOs. Barrera reigned supreme as the Barrera Still Seeks Mexico's Fabled Prize
The Saturday Night TV Cheat Sheet

The Saturday Night TV Cheat Sheet

Marty Mulcahey: Friday night presented boxing fans with quantity; tonight, the selection gets smaller while the quality of the combatants rises. HBO’s main attraction is an Amir Khan, who has legitimate star potential, and his hiring of training guru Freddie Roach has elevated him in the minds of many without setting foot in a ring. The English import will need that tactical guidance to track down cocksure Paul Malignaggi on his NYC home turf. Fox Sports delivers an all-Mexican card, with The Saturday Night TV Cheat Sheet
All Boxing News Headlines for April 16

All Boxing News Headlines for April 16

Chee: Loads of Today’s Headlines. All Boxing News Headlines for April 16

What Happened in Vegas Shouldn't Have Happened at All

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): In a fight that lived down to every expectation, Bernard Hopkins, after 17 years, exacted revenge on Roy Jones Jr., out-pointing him inside a Mandalay Bay Events Center that was more papered than a piñata. In what was a boring and awkward foul-fest, Hopkins won by the tallies of 117-110 (twice) and 118-109. Neither was able to make it to the post-fight press conference, which is just as well, because after what was put on display, Saturday night, I& What Happened in Vegas Shouldn't Have Happened at All
Hopkins vs. Jones II: A Boys’ Club Wink-and-a-Nudge in the Making

Hopkins vs. Jones II: A Boys’ Club Wink-and-a-Nudge in the Making

By Coyote Duran: Odds are, when you get a bunch of guys together, they’re going to talk about guy stuff. Odds are, when you get a bunch of guys in the boxing media together, they’re going to talk about boxing stuff. Most of the time, the dialogue presents itself like separate oral compositions or a bunch of guest spots on radio or TV sports shows. And that comes from the want for each one of us to be heard on an individual level and the need to know that other writers and media types respect Hopkins vs. Jones II: A Boys’ Club Wink-and-a-Nudge in the Making
Montoya’s Monday Mailbag

Montoya’s Monday Mailbag

Good Monday, fight fans. I’m pointing a loaded bag at you. Inside, you’ll find a lil’ “Joe Calzaghe: After Dark,” Andre Dirrell vs. Arthur Abraham and the disqualification heard round the world, Joan Guzman vs. Ali Funeka and some more. Plus, we have Montoya’s Weekend Fight Picks results. Make it an espresso and enjoy. Montoya’s Monday Mailbag
All Boxing News Headlines for March 28

All Boxing News Headlines for March 28

Tons of results, reviews and More Headlines All Boxing News Headlines for March 28
Maidana Stops Cayo in Six; Guzman Out-Hustles Funeka in Rematch

Maidana Stops Cayo in Six; Guzman Out-Hustles Funeka in Rematch

German Villasenor: A body shot from hell did the job in the six, in what turned out to be an all-out action fight, when Argentinean strongman Marcos Maidana scored a six-round stoppage over previously undefeated Victor Cayo, 24-1 (16) with one no-contest, on Saturday night’s HBO-televised “Boxing After Dark” main event at the Joint, inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. Maidana Stops Cayo in Six; Guzman Out-Hustles Funeka in Rematch
Weekend TV Cheat Sheet - Part Two

Weekend TV Cheat Sheet - Part Two

Marty Mulcahey: In Part One of the Weekend TV Cheat Sheet, I noted that no less than six alphabet titles are up for grabs today. That excludes bogus “non-super” and “interim” titles, which are basically designed to confuse fans and make money for the sanctioning bodies. Weekend TV Cheat Sheet - Part Two

So Do We Have a Fight or Not?

By Steve Kim: The news that Joan Guzman weighed over nine pounds above the lightweight limit, prior to his bout against Ali Funeka for the vacant IBF lightweight title, spread quickly throughout the boxing community. Guzman, who must be utilizing the Kirstie Alley diet, had done it again. This once-respected boxer has become the kid whose dog keeps eating his homework. None of this pleases promoter Gary Shaw, who represents Funeka. So Do We Have a Fight or Not?
Montoya’s Friday Mailbag

Montoya’s Friday Mailbag

Thank Buddha it’s Friday, fight fans. Time has seemed slow down for me these days. Not sure why. Maybe it’s my body slowly recoiling from my 37th birthday coming up next week. Maybe it’s because I never wear a watch and have started to not notice time in my older age. In any case, we have a full roster of fights this weekend and a whole lot of questions today about almost none of them. Fight fans, I have to ask again, let’s cut the questions to the quick. I love the conversation we’ve got going, Montoya’s Friday Mailbag
Maidana vs Cayo Weigh In Open to the Public

Maidana vs Cayo Weigh In Open to the Public

Maidana vs. Cayo and Guzman vs. Funeka are presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Maidana’s German Promoter Universum Box Promotions, with Maidana vs. Cayo being presented in association Warriors Boxing Promotions and Sampson Boxing and Funeka vs. Guzman being presented in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Maidana vs Cayo Weigh In Open to the Public
Daniel Jacobs Returns

Daniel Jacobs Returns

Long considered one of boxing’s top young talents, 23-year-old Daniel Jacobs took a step to the next level in 2009 with five impressive victories. On Saturday, March 27, "The Golden Child" will step into the ring for the first time this year to face Colombia’s Jose Rodriguez-Berrio in the main support bout to a championship doubleheader at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Daniel Jacobs Returns

Just a Coincidence, Right?

By Steve Kim: This Saturday night was supposed to be the start of the second stage of Showtime’s “Super Six” super middleweight scrum in which Arthur Abraham was to have faced Andre Dirrell, before Dirrell had to post-pone this appointment with a back injury. That fight has been moved to March 27th to the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Showtime has decided to move on with Vic Darchinyan as the evening’s main event from the Agua Caliente Resort in Rancho Mirage, California. Just a Coincidence, Right?
Montoya’s Super Monday Mailbag

Montoya’s Super Monday Mailbag

Valero is f*** loco. The choir boy looking De Marco wont see the third round. you forgot that he has a tattoo of Hugo Chavez on his chest- now how the f*** u not gonna get spooked by chavez in your grill when you go toe to toe?? Montoya’s Super Monday Mailbag
WBC Ratings

WBC Ratings

World Boxing Council Ratings for January 2010 WBC Ratings
I said that? My 2009 Preview Review - Part II

I said that? My 2009 Preview Review - Part II

Martin Mulcahey: In part one of my annual preview-review I lamented that readers who visit multiple boxing websites are sure to notice how easy it is for journalists to make predictions. They are certain in the knowledge that few will remember what they wrote in a year’s time. But I feel that writing for Maxboxing is to be held to a higher standard. With those thoughts in mind, every year I venture back in time and review my predictions for the previous year. I, again, encourage readers to take I said that? My 2009 Preview Review - Part II

The 2009 K9 Awards (Part II)

By Steve Kim: OK, after a short intermission, where the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight was called off, then revived, then put on life support again, and then brought back to life, and now, when it seems like it is absolutely positive that this fight will kinda, sorta not happen on March 13th, we resume the presentation of the 2009 K9 Awards... FIGHT OF THE YEAR: 1- Juan Manuel Lopez W12 Rogers Mtagwa: The talented Puerto Rican star was taken to the limit by the rugged Mtagwa. After building an early The 2009 K9 Awards (Part II)

Preview and predictions for 2010 – Part II

Martin Mulcahey: In part two of this yearly series six more weight classes are evaluated, traveling north in weight from featherweight to jr. middleweight. In part one the weight classes covered were from strawweight up to jr. featherweight, and I gave my prediction on a champion that will stay, champion that will go, and a prospect to keep an eye on. The titlists from the IBF, WBA, WBC, and WBO were considered in selecting the champions who I believe will keep or lose their title. The only Preview and predictions for 2010 – Part II

The 2009 K9 Awards (Part I)

By Steve Kim: Another year has come and gone, but before we look ahead to 2010, we look back at the best and worst (and everything else in-between) that took place in the wacky world that is boxing... FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1- Manny Pacquiao: Really, there were no other candidates. “Pac-Man” had a banner year as he followed up his December 2008 destruction of Oscar De La Hoya with stoppages of Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. No longer just a Filipino icon, Pacquiao has become a worldwide celebrity.. The 2009 K9 Awards (Part I)

A Look Ahead

By Steve Kim: As it relates to boxing, 2009 is essentially a wrap. Now, the focus shifts to the new year and all the prominent promoters and networks have begun to set their schedules for the first half of 2010. Here’s a look at what lies ahead on Showtime and HBO (this schedule is subject to change, of course).... * January 23rd (HBO)- Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Steven Luevano/Rogers Mtagwa vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa: This looks like a classic ’Boxing After Dark’ telecast from the WaMu T A Look Ahead

10 for '10

By Steve Kim: As 2009 winds down, we can start to look ahead to the upcoming year. 2010 already has various bouts like Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley-Andre Berto, Edwin Valero-Antonio DeMarco, Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez IV and “Super Six” match-ups on the schedule. It figures to be an eventful year for a sport that has created strong momentum recently. Here are ten bouts that I would like to see in the upcoming year. I excluded any fights that are already made or on their way 10 for '10

Green Hopes to Lure Hopkins 'Down Under'

By Steve Kim: Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones were scheduled to engage in long overdue rematch in the spring of 2010. All they needed to do was to get through their tune-up fights a couple of weeks ago. But before Hopkins defeated Enrique Ornelas in Philadelphia, in Sydney, Australia, Jones was shockingly halted in less than one round by Danny Green that same day. What do they say about the best laid plans of mice and men? Green Hopes to Lure Hopkins 'Down Under'
Montoya's Mailbag

Montoya's Mailbag

Hello fight fans. We have takes on Floyd Mayweather Jr, a fight wish list for 2010. Plus, Montoya’s weekend fight picks and much more. Enjoy! Montoya's Mailbag
The Travelin' Man Returns to Philadelphia Part II

The Travelin' Man Returns to Philadelphia Part II

By Lee Groves: Wednesday, December 2 (continued): What had been a cloudy and overcast day turned into a wet one by early afternoon. Of course, the precipitation arrived just as punch-counting partner Joe Carnicelli and I reached the halfway point of our two-and-a-half mile walk from the Sofitel Philadelphia hotel to Temple University’s Liacouras Center, where Bernard Hopkins and Enrique Ornelas was to fight in a few hours’ time. The Travelin' Man Returns to Philadelphia Part II

Malignaggi Seeks Justice in Chicago

By Steve Kim: Paulie Malignaggi, who engages Juan Diaz in a rematch this Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, had a great deal of empathy a couple of weeks ago when Ali Funeka got the short end of the stick against Joan Guzman for the vacant IBF lightweight title in Quebec City. The overwhelming majority of observers believed that Funeka had conclusively defeated Guzman over 12 rounds. Yet he was forced to settle for a draw. He knows what Funeka is going through. Back in A Malignaggi Seeks Justice in Chicago
Montoya’s Monday Mailbag - Dec 7, 09

Montoya’s Monday Mailbag - Dec 7, 09

Good Monday, fight fans. We have takes on Paul Williams razor thin decision over Sergio Martinez, Fight of the Year, Chavez, Jr and more. Plus, Montoya’s weekend fight pick results. Enjoy. Montoya’s Monday Mailbag - Dec 7, 09
The Shaw-riff Seeks Justice for Funeka

The Shaw-riff Seeks Justice for Funeka

Steve Kim: It’s not clear who had a worse Thanksgiving weekend, Ali Funeka, who got the shaft from the judges in his fight for the vacant IBF lightweight title against Joan Guzman, or Tiger Woods who might have gotten the shaft of a sand wedge from his irate wife. "Well, I would say Tiger because Ali didn’t get hit with anything," said Gary Shaw, who promotes the lanky South African. And he has a point, hey, it’s not like Funeka was ever laid out, needing medical attention. The Shaw-riff Seeks Justice for Funeka
The Travelin' Man Goes to Quebec City - Part II

The Travelin' Man Goes to Quebec City - Part II

By Lee Groves: Fight night in Quebec City turned out to be memorable on both ends of the scale – a jaw-dropping and scandalous decision in the co-main event between Ali Funeka and Joan Guzman and a Bute-fully executed (and totally unexpected) fourth round knockout of Librado Andrade in the main event. But before your humble scribe delves into the details of this evening of surprises, there are other tales to be told. So without further ado, here they are. The Travelin' Man Goes to Quebec City - Part II
The Travelin' Man Goes to Quebec City - Part I

The Travelin' Man Goes to Quebec City - Part I

By Lee Groves: November 26, 2009: For many of us, Thanksgiving is the one day each year when we focus our energies on the best of life. We express appreciation for the people and things we hold most dear –loved ones, friends, health, jobs and other aspects and activities that give us pleasure and meaning. People of faith also take time to thank the deity for extending benevolence that is wholly unmerited but is humbly accepted. For most of us, this day of reflection ideally takes place far The Travelin' Man Goes to Quebec City - Part I
Montoya’s Monday Mailbag - Nov 30, 09

Montoya’s Monday Mailbag - Nov 30, 09

Good Monday, fight fans. We have takes on this weekend’s Shobox and HBO B.A.D. fights, Dirrell/Abraham, and of course, Montoya’s Weekend Fight Pick Results. Montoya’s Monday Mailbag - Nov 30, 09

Williams Just Glad to be Facing Somebody

By Steve Kim: After being held hostage by the staph infection in Kelly Pavlik’s left hand, Paul Williams faces Sergio Martinez this weekend at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey as the headliner on HBO. Williams, who is perhaps the most avoided man in boxing, is just relieved to be facing anyone at this point in time. For much of the fall, he was scheduled to face Pavlik. First on October 3rd, then on December the 5Th. Finally, as Pavlik, pulled out again, the decision was Williams Just Glad to be Facing Somebody

Bute Leaves no Doubt, He is the King at 168 Pounds, or is He?

By: Luis Cortes III: Lucian Bute (25 – 0 20 KO’s) decided to use this moment, when six other top super middleweights in the world were getting national and for that matter global attention to display his best efforts as a professional fighter. He rose to the occasion not just as a fighter, but as a boxer. In essence, he guaranteed that his name would be mentioned along side of the survivor of the super six classic. After their first encounter last year, many boxing insiders discussed at Bute Leaves no Doubt, He is the King at 168 Pounds, or is He?

Bute Leaves no Doubt, He is the King at 168 Pounds, or is He?

By: Luis Cortes III: Lucian Bute (25 – 0 20 KO’s) decided to use this moment, when six other top super middleweights in the world were getting national and for that matter global attention to display his best efforts as a professional fighter. He rose to the occasion not just as a fighter, but as a boxer. In essence, he guaranteed that his name would be mentioned along side of the survivor of the super six classic. After their first encounter last year, many boxing insiders discussed at Bute Leaves no Doubt, He is the King at 168 Pounds, or is He?

Quebec, The Best Boxing Market in North America?

By Steve Kim: Even though their fighter got the short end of the stick of a very long count, when Librado Andrade faced IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute last October at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, it was an easy decision for Golden Boy Promotions to bring this fight back to the very same province. Tonight, as the headliner of HBO’s ’Boxing After Dark’ telecast, Bute-Andrade takes place from the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. "Well, if you sell-out Quebec, The Best Boxing Market in North America?
Montoya’s Friday Mailbag

Montoya’s Friday Mailbag

Happy belated Turkey Day, fight fans. We have takes on Andre Ward and the art of holding, Floyd vs. Manny and a fantasy match-up from boxing heaven. Plus, Montoya’s Weekend Fight Picks. Montoya’s Friday Mailbag
Ali Funeka vs Joan Guzman is Set

Ali Funeka vs Joan Guzman is Set

HBO Boxing After Dark’s historic first visit to Canada on Saturday, November 28, just got even more memorable as before Lucian Bute defends his world super middleweight title in a highly-anticipated rematch against Librado Andrade, the rugged Ali Funeka takes on two-division world champion Ali Funeka vs Joan Guzman is Set
The Globetrotter

The Globetrotter

By Steve Kim: Promoter Bob Arum has been busy racking up frequent flier miles the past couple of weeks. His journey started when he flew overseas to the Philippines to witness first hand just how Manny Pacquiao was doing in Baguio, as he preps for his November 14Th battle with Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Globetrotter
HBO and Boxing - At a Crossroads

HBO and Boxing - At a Crossroads

By Thomas Hauser: HBO and boxing are at a crossroads. The first draft of the network’s overall budget for 2010 was presented in July. It called for a US$15,000,000 reduction for HBO Sports; a cut in excess of twenty percent. Then, during the first week of September, Michael Lombardo (president of HBO’s programming group and West Coast operations) further signaled senior management’s displeasure with HBO and Boxing - At a Crossroads
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