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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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Berto and Alexander may have reached the end of the road

Former welterweight champion Andre Berto, improved to 32-5, (24) after earning a split decision win over ex-title holder and current PBC [Premier Boxing Champions] stablemate Devon Alexander. By Jason Gonzalez Berto and Alexander may have reached the end of the road

Berto vs. Alexander: Win or fade away

On Aug. 4 it’s Andre Berto vs. Devon Alexander, welterweights. Premier Boxing Champions at the Nassau Coliseum, New York (Fox). Berto vs. Alexander: Win or fade away

The best fights in 2018?

Wanted: No agendas. No brand-building. No marinating. No promoter/network politics. No B.S. By Blake "Racehorse" Chavez By Blake "Racehorse" Chavez The best fights in 2018?

A bloody Shawn Porter stops Andre Berto in nine

Former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) mauled and punched his way to ninth round stoppage over two-time titleholder Andre Berto (31-5, 24 KOS) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Saturday night. By John J. Raspanti A bloody Shawn Porter stops Andre Berto in nine

Porter vs. Berto-Blame it on John

April 22, it’s Shawn ‘Showtime’ Porter versus Andre Berto, live Barclays Center, NY and on TV (Showtime). Background: My Editor, John Raspanti, is a lead writer, a radio co-host and the co-author of the engrossing: Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy. By Allan Cerf Porter vs. Berto-Blame it on John

Guerrero and Angulo should exit stage left

By John J. Raspanti: Most fighters hate the "R" word. To them, retiring is akin to quitting. Boxers fight to survive and refuse to give up. They spend their best days in the ring. Out of it, many of them feel lost. It’s all they know. Passionate as a boxer’s love affair with the ring can be, his career can be over in a flash. For most of us, it is hard to imagine being told to retire before reaching the age of forty. Last Saturday night, I watched Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero Guerrero and Angulo should exit stage left

Ask Gerry Cooney – May 31, 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

Berto gets his revenge, knocks out Ortiz

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

A sequel five years too late: Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto do it again

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

Maxboxing 2015 Fighter of the year: Roman Gonzalez

By John J. Raspanti: Picking a “Fighter of the Year” can be a thankless job--especially when, at first glance, there’s no clear-cut winner. This year, four candidates deserved consideration. Gennady Golovkin dominated Martin Murray, Willie Monroe Jr., and David Lemieuz in 2015. His consecutive knockout streak has now reached 21. Canelo Alvarez blitzed James Kirkland in eight minutes and out-pointed future Hall Of Famer Miguel Cotto. Floyd Mayweather finally faced Manny Pacquiao, and beat the P Maxboxing 2015 Fighter of the year: Roman Gonzalez

Stan “The Man” Martyniouk Wants To Prove His Worth

By John J. Raspanti: Stan Martyniouk believes he’s a pretty good fighter. Martyniouk won 85 matches as an amateur, eventually winning a bronze medal at the National Golden Gloves in 2007. Martyniouk turned professional soon after, winning his first 10 fights until being upset by Khadpehi Proctor at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. in 2010. Since his loss, Martyniouk, 30, has engaged in only four bouts, winning three of them. Martyniouk knows that level of inactivity won’t cut it... Stan “The Man” Martyniouk Wants To Prove His Worth

Badou Jack: World Champion

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): There’s a belief held in the boxing world that once a fighter wins a world championship, pride takes over and performance changes. Most boxers start with the dream of winning a world championship, a dream that only they, and perhaps a trusted trainer, believe in. Their goal is always the same. To be a champion. Not many reach their goal.The going is hard and arduous. Only the special ones eventually make their way to the Badou Jack: World Champion
The Barbershop – September 17th, 2015

The Barbershop – September 17th, 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... The Barbershop – September 17th, 2015

Mayweather dominates Berto over 12 rounds

By John J. Raspanti (Photos © German Villasenor) Five-time division world champion Floyd Mayweather remained undefeated by winning a wide 12-round decision over Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday night. The scores were 117-111, 118-110 and 120-108 for Mayweather. Maxboxing.com and Doghouseboxing had Mayweather winning the fight by a 118-110 score. Mayweather, 38, who repeated after the fight that he’s now officially retired, took control... Mayweather dominates Berto over 12 rounds

The Barbershop – September 9th, 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): Well, it’s here! This Saturday Floyd Mayweather will fight what he has said will be his last fight. Squaring up against him will be Andre B The Barbershop – September 9th, 2015

Boxing’s “Triangle” Between Golovkin, Kovalev and Ward

By Ken Hissner: There are not enough “super star” boxers in the game today. Now we have one of them in WBA super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, 28-0, who stepped away from boxing for 19 months due to “promoter problems” coming back and “kinda” calling out people like Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, 33-0, WBA middleweight and WBC interim champion and probably the second best P4P boxer in the world today. He is on a 20 fight knockout streak... Boxing’s “Triangle” Between Golovkin, Kovalev and Ward

Ask Gerry Cooney – August 14th, 2015

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 “The Commish” Gordon, former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission... Ask Gerry Cooney – August 14th, 2015

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

Jesus Soto Karass: Old-School Tough Guy

By Bill Tibbs: When Jesus Soto Karass enters the ring on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, he will venture into difficult but familiar territory. The North Hollywood, California resident will face off against former world champion Devon Alexander in a fight that is his third straight tough outing in a career of tough outings. His last two bouts saw him tangling with former world champion Andre Berto in July of last year before he closed out the year against tough, Jesus Soto Karass: Old-School Tough Guy

Showtime at StubHub

By Steve Kim: This Saturday night, Showtime gets back into the business of broadcasting boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California, a noted fight venue where fistic magic seems to happen consistently. There seems to be a certain mystique to this place and fights break out on a regular basis (in and out of the ring). This structure is really a tennis stadium but the most notable volleys have come from pugilists. This upcoming weekend there is a tripleheader... Showtime at StubHub
Six Questions with Nirmal Lorick

Six Questions with Nirmal Lorick

Jason Gonzalez: Nirmal Lorick, 48, of Richmond Hill, Queens has helped engineer the careers of Travis Simms and Luis Collazo. That said, what’s the common... Six Questions with Nirmal Lorick
Collazo: “All of the pressure is on Khan”

Collazo: “All of the pressure is on Khan”

Jason Gonzalez: The God Emcee, Rakim, was once quoted as saying, “It ain’t where you’re from; it’s where you’re at.” And as it relates to Luis Collazo, of Williamsburg... Collazo: “All of the pressure is on Khan”
Collazo Could Earn a Shot at the Real “Money”

Collazo Could Earn a Shot at the Real “Money”

Bill Tibbs: On Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Brooklyn, New York’s Luis Collazo will get a shot at England’s star welterweight, Amir “King” Khan... Collazo Could Earn a Shot at the Real “Money”

The Best Laid Plans of Khan

By Gabriel Montoya: At age 27, life could not be more in transition for Amir “King” Khan, 28-3 (19). At the end of May, his new wife, Faryal will give birth to their first child, a daughter. Gone now are the days when he roamed around the world with his Khan-tourage through London, L.A. And Vegas and party like youth would last forever. No game reminds you that ever impending old age renders everyone’s game over at some point. Khan is in a delicate place, still feeling mere moments The Best Laid Plans of Khan

What Will Become The Moment?

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © German Villasenor): On Saturday, Floyd Mayweather Jr., the top star in boxing, will once again return to the ring and screens across the world. In movie theaters, bars and on closed-circuit televisions, “Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana: The Moment” is upon us. But what is it? What exactly is “The Moment?” Is it “The Moment” Mayweather, who doubles as the world’s best matchmaker, picks the wrong prepackaged foe? Marcos Maidana, 35-3 (31)... What Will Become The Moment?

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
The Last 15-Round Jazz Fighter

The Last 15-Round Jazz Fighter

Luis A. Cortes III: After the final bell rang on Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins made his way over to the ropes on the side of the ring where press row is seated while... The Last 15-Round Jazz Fighter

Kathy Duva on the (Dying?) Art of Promoting

By Gabriel Montoya: “We need to sign all the talent and get all the TV dates.” - Oscar De la Hoya, September 2010 / Since Floyd Mayweather, Al Haymon and Golden Boy Promotions all walked from HBO to Showtime, Oscar De la Hoya’s then-controversial statement to broadcastingcable.com seems to be coming true more than ever. While how it is being done is an issue for De la Hoya, that it is being done at all is likely a problem for the sport as a whole. We’ve had the “Cold War” going for Kathy Duva on the (Dying?) Art of Promoting

The Soapbox – March 28, 2014

By Steve Kim: Good Friday to everyone and we return with another installment of “The Soapbox,” in which some of the most intelligent and knowledgeable fans in the sport get to sound off. And once again, we have another submission from G. Link, who talks about the problems at HBO - which the network has created itself and will have to rectify moving into the future... The Soapbox – March 28, 2014

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
The Defense Is in the Details

The Defense Is in the Details

Gabriel Montoya: Boxing is a “What have you done for me lately?” sport. It’s also one that is all about brand names. The sport recycles the names... The Defense Is in the Details

The American Stream

By Steve Kim (Photo © Sumio Yamada): As a law-abiding citizen and someone who certainly doesn’t want to catch the ire of my good friend and press row colleague, Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, I was in a bit of a bind on Saturday afternoon. Like the rest of America - which was not one of 100 countries able to view Gennady Golovkin’s contest versus Osumanu Adama from Monte Carlo, Monaco, much to the disdain of HBO subscribers - I was relegated to…um…a “radio broadcast.” (And I have to The American Stream
Collazo Scores Big Win at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

Collazo Scores Big Win at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

Bill Tibbs: “Big Apple” brawler Luis Collazo, 35-5 (18), scored a career-defining win Thursday night via second round knockout over Oxnard, California’s “Vicious” Victor Ortiz... Collazo Scores Big Win at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

Can Victor Find the “Vicious”?

By Bill Tibbs: “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will return to his day job on January 30th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York after a long break - no pun intended. Ortiz is returning after a broken jaw that saw him leave the ring for what is now nearly two years. His jaw was broken in two places in his last bout against Josesito Lopez in which he was stopped in nine rounds, contesting for the World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight title in June of 2012. His return to the squared circle Can Victor Find the “Vicious”?
Ortiz vs. Collazo Transcript

Ortiz vs. Collazo Transcript

Monica Sears: Thank you very much. Thanks, everyone, for joining us today on this call. We have an exciting card to discuss today, he Ortiz vs. Collazo Transcript
Maldonado Jr. returns to Action - Golden Boy Live

Maldonado Jr. returns to Action - Golden Boy Live

Winner of four straight bouts, including an impressive seventh-round technical knockout of Luis Ramos Jr. last November, junior welter Maldonado Jr. returns to Action - Golden Boy Live
Ivan Redkach vs. Tony Luis

Ivan Redkach vs. Tony Luis

There is a notion in boxing that the valuable skill of pure power is something you are either born with or you’ll never have. Watch Ivan Redkach for just one round and that pure power is evident. When he lands a punch his opponent’s demeanor immediately changes. If he lands flush his opponents are disconnected from their senses. Redkach’s power and ferocity in the ring are downright scary, leading many boxing insiders to believe that it won’t be lon Ivan Redkach vs. Tony Luis

The 2013 “K9 Awards”: Part Two

By Steve Kim: OK, after a short intermission, we resume our highly unofficial - and quite frankly, not all that important – year-end awards and look back at 2013. For those who missed it (first of all, how could you?!), here’s Part One of the “K9 Awards” (*See article for Link). We now return to our regularly scheduled festivities… FIGHT OF THE YEAR / 5 - Carl Froch UD12 Mikkel Kessler: You get the sense that if these guys fought a hundred times, they’d produce a hundred good fights. The 2013 “K9 Awards”: Part Two

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”

14 for ‘14

By Steve Kim: A new year is upon us and as the calendar turns, we look forward to a fresh slate of fights on the horizon. Already the schedule is being set for the spring and winter months of 2014. But what are the best fights that can be made realistically? Let’s face it; with the current divide existing in the marketplace, who you are aligned with from either a promotional or network perspective bearing on your options. Well, here’s one scribe’s opinion of 14 fights he’d like to 14 for ‘14
Redkach Headlines ShoBox

Redkach Headlines ShoBox

On January 17, DiBella Entertainment will present the premiere show of the 2014 ShoBox: The New Generation season with an exciting quadrupleheader live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Redkach Headlines ShoBox
K9’s Holiday Mailbag

K9’s Holiday Mailbag

By Steve Kim: Well, there isn’t much going on in the world of boxing till we turn the calendar to 2014 and because of that, well, there isn’t all that much to write about. Maybe I could do a pound-for-pound list...eh…forget that. So it’s time to get my Doug Fischer on and break out a mailbag (Hey, Maxboxing needs the content and page views)... Wouldn’t it be unreal if Broner is never the same (or at least greatly humbled for real). And THAT is why you’ll never see Mayweather K9’s Holiday Mailbag
Thurman Ready for Welter Wars

Thurman Ready for Welter Wars

Bill Tibbs: World Boxing Association (WBA) interim welterweight titleholder Keith “One Time” Thurman predicted prior to last Saturday’s bout with... Thurman Ready for Welter Wars
Thurman Stops Soto-Karass

Thurman Stops Soto-Karass

Jason Pribila: Keith “One Time” Thurman (22-0-1, 20KO) put his hands in harm’s way by banging them off the head and body of the always game Jesus Soto-Karass... Thurman Stops Soto-Karass
Thurman and Karass Both Look to Capitalize

Thurman and Karass Both Look to Capitalize

Bill Tibbs: When Keith Thurman and Jesus Soto Karass scored huge wins at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas last July, both hoped they would lead... Thurman and Karass Both Look to Capitalize

A Testy Issue and Other Boxing Thoughts

By Gabriel Montoya: A Testy Issue...The random anti-doping testing issue makes some boxing people touchy but it seems like some fighters, following the example set by Floyd Mayweather Jr. over three years ago, definitely want it. Danny Garcia wanted it for Lucas Matthysse. Timothy Bradley has gotten it twice now in a row. He’ll keep doing it; I’ll bet. Freddie Roach wanted it for Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios. Ruslan Provodnikov has been doing it voluntarily two fights in a row A Testy Issue and Other Boxing Thoughts

Stevenson Looks to Cement Fighter of the Year Status vs. Bellew

By Gabriel Montoya: Coming into 2013, current WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, 22-1 (19), was thought of a prospect and possible suspect. Heading into his fourth fight of the year and second defense of his light heavyweight crown Saturday against Tony Bellew, 20-1-1 (12), at the Colisee de Quebec live on HBO, Stevenson is arguably on track to be 2013’s “Fighter of the Year.” To start the year, the Port-au-Prince, Haiti native with a criminal past, now making his Stevenson Looks to Cement Fighter of the Year Status vs. Bellew

Why Is Andre Ward So Testy About Testing?

By Gabriel Montoya: Heading into the HBO-televised title fight between super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, a battle of another kind has emerged. The former will be fought with gloved fists. The latter has been fought with empty words and bold actions. The fight, now only a championship affair for Ward after Rodriguez missed the 168-pound weight limit by two pounds Friday, will be held Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. B Why Is Andre Ward So Testy About Testing?
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