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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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Ask Gerry Cooney – February 13th , 2016

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... Ask Gerry Cooney – February 13th , 2016

David versus Goliath

By David Tyler: Sometime in the year 1019 BC on a warm night in the Valley of Elah, boxing’s first major upset occurred. A young middleweight fighter named David decided he had heard enough boasting from a large heavyweight named Goliath. David also knew that in the unlikely event that he were to win this bout, it would be his signature victory that would carry him to greater rewards in sports and politics. As we all know, David scored a one punch knockout of the much feared Goliath. David had David versus Goliath

Johnny Gant and The Atlanta Art of Boxing Center

By Jason Gonzalez: Boxing gyms are typically a staple in most urban areas, regardless if there is, or isn’t a boxing culture per say relevant to its specific location. But as the old boxing axiom goes, “boxing saves lives”. Albeit, redirecting misguided teens, teaching the art of self-defense, while remaining true to the core principles of helping individuals to reach maximum physical fitness, as well as mental wellness. Without question, boxing gyms are a vital component for every ecosystem... Johnny Gant and The Atlanta Art of Boxing Center

"Money" Mayweather’s Diminishing Returns

By Matthew Hurley (Image by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing): As it became apparent that Floyd Mayweather would fill one of the final slots in his ridiculously lucrative Showtime contract with a rematch against Marcos Maidana in September, a collective eye roll spread among many in the boxing world. The fact is, despite Maidana’s spirited effort in fight one, Mayweather closed out the show after the sixth round as he usually does. Michael Pernick’s scorecard of 114-114 was a ridiculous tally... "Money" Mayweather’s Diminishing Returns
Cotto Goes for Number Four Against Martinez

Cotto Goes for Number Four Against Martinez

Bill Tibbs: Sergio Martinez will defend his lineal and World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight titles when he finally gets back on the job after being out for... Cotto Goes for Number Four Against Martinez

Head-to-Head: Martinez vs. Cotto

By Coyote Duran and Gabriel Montoya: As far as overused adages in boxing go, “crossroads fight” has to be at or near the top of the list. But I’ll be damned if it doesn’t fit the bill here – even if the fight in question involves two hardened ring veterans six years apart from one another in age. How we got to this point tonight is certainly another issue you can debate to death or until your vocal cords give out. I don’t care. Knock yourself out. This is as bitchen as fights get and as far as Head-to-Head: Martinez vs. Cotto

Martinez vs. Cotto: For Legacy and Beyond

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Ed Mulholland- Top Rank): Saturday night, Argentina’s answer to “The Natural,” middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez takes on former three-division world champion Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden live on HBO Pay-Per-View on the eve of the International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend and the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Seemingly... Martinez vs. Cotto: For Legacy and Beyond

Cotto Comes Home

By Steve Kim (Photo © Mikey Williams / Top-Rank): As the calendar was turning to 2014, Miguel Cotto became the most coveted, unattached boxer in the world. Unlike most others, he was a free agent and not under an exclusive promotional pact. With that, there were two highly lucrative offers on the table for him: face Sergio Martinez on HBO Pay-Per-View or face Saul Alvarez across the street at Showtime. Eventually, Cotto turned down the latter - and a... Cotto Comes Home

Do We Plead for a Fifth?

By Steve Kim (Photo © K9 Photos): It was a successful Forum homecoming for future Hall-of-Famer Juan Manuel Marquez as he defeated the rugged Mike Alvarado in front of 12,090 mostly Mexican partisans who cheered his every move. He’s come a long way from being third banana to the likes of countrymen Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera and being branded as just a safe, cautious counterpuncher. Alvarado was game but simply outgunned by the master from Mexico City, who was... Do We Plead for a Fifth?
Floyd’s Autumn Assignment

Floyd’s Autumn Assignment

By Bill Tibbs: After Floyd’s win over tough, aggressive Marcos Maidana last Saturday night from the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, the questions turned to who’s up... Floyd’s Autumn Assignment

The Mark Twain of Boxing

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): This time around at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was no controversy after Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley went 12 hard, competitive rounds. After the official scorecards were read, Bradley, who had infuriated the masses by insisting he had absolutely won their first match-up in 2012, went over to the... The Mark Twain of Boxing
Pac-Man Faces Questions

Pac-Man Faces Questions

Bill Tibbs: When boxing superstar Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 55-5-2 (38), and undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion Timothy... Pac-Man Faces Questions
Get ‘em While You Can

Get ‘em While You Can

Steve Kim: On Wednesday morning, tickets went on sale for the middleweight championship bout between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto taking place at the... Get ‘em While You Can
Does Martinez + Cotto = Floyd?

Does Martinez + Cotto = Floyd?

Bill Tibbs: The word coming down the pipe is that lineal World Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez will return to work against Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto, 38-4 (31) on... Does Martinez + Cotto = Floyd?
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
Boxing News Headlines for Dec 5 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for Dec 5 - 2013

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 Dec 5 - 2013
Modern-Day Manny, All Old-School

Modern-Day Manny, All Old-School

Bill Tibbs: With Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao’s recent dominant 12-round decision win over tough, Oxnard, California-based Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios at the Cotai Arena... Modern-Day Manny, All Old-School

Fortune Weighs in on Roach vs. Ariza Melee

By Gabriel Montoya: No doubt if you are a boxing fan (and maybe if you aren’t), you have seen the gym altercation between Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, trainer Robert Garcia and the former strength and conditioning coach for several of Roach’s fighters (and member of Team Rios), Alex Ariza. If you haven’t, Maxboxing.com video correspondent Radio Rahim caught the spontaneous combustion on camera. The dispute was over gym time. Team Garcia’s was to end at 11 a.m. Fortune Weighs in on Roach vs. Ariza Melee

Can Manny Move Forward?

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): Manny Pacquiao faces Brandon Rios this weekend in Macao. The lingering question is: Just what version of the “Pac-Man” will be on display? The last time we saw the Filipino icon in the ring, he looked to be in vintage form. After suffering a hard knockdown in the third round from an overhand right from his rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, he returned the favor in the next round by scoring his own knockdown and was seemingly in full control of the Can Manny Move Forward?

Pacquiao and Rios Issue Bomb Threat

By Bill Tibbs (Photos © Chris Farina / Top Rank): When Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios lock horns on Saturday at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Resort in Macao, China, it is hard to imagine this bout being anything but “Bombs Away” in an all-action slugfest. Pacquiao enters the “Clash at Cotai” coming off a serious (“Ya coulda counted to 50”), sixth round KO loss at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez last December and Rios himself has engaged in a series of punishing wars... Pacquiao and Rios Issue Bomb Threat
Boxing News Headlines for Nov 12 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for Nov 12 - 2013

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 Nov 12 - 2013

Mosley Doesn’t Want to Sing or Dance

By Steve Kim: Back in August, when you asked him about a potential clash against Anthony Mundine, Shane Mosley said with a hearty laugh, “I don’t think it’s going to happen.” Well, if you go. by this report, Mosley vs. Mundine, scheduled for this Wednesday in Sydney, Australia at the Entertainment Centre, is a no-go. Mosley explained then, “There’s some issues with the money. Y’ know what? Honestly right now, I’m going to tell you; I don’t think it’s going to Mosley Doesn’t Want to Sing or Dance
Boxing News Headlines for Oct 21 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for Oct 21 - 2013

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 Oct 21 - 2013

Mike Alvarado Takes His First Steps as Champion

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): On Friday afternoon, WBO junior welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado, on his second attempt, weighed under the 140-pound limit at 139.8, insuring his fight tonight the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. His opponent, Ruslan Provodnikov, 22-2, (15) a strong-willed boxer-puncher out of Beryozovo, Russia, weighed the same on the first try. The bout is Alvarado’s first defense of a title he won by remaining disciplined Mike Alvarado Takes His First Steps as Champion

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”

Sugar and The Man Rumble Down Under

By Bill Tibbs: On October 23rd, Pomona, California’s “Sugar” Shane Mosley will enter the ring at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in New South Wales, Australia for the 58th time in an illustrious, two-decade career. Mosley will do battle with Australian Anthony Mundine for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) International junior middleweight title. While many feel the fight will tell more about the direction of Mundine’s career than Mosley’s, the fight does pose some interesting questions. Sugar and The Man Rumble Down Under
Boxing News Headlines for Oct 9 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for Oct 9 - 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 Oct 9 - 2013
Boxing News Headlines for Sept 13 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for Sept 13 - 2013

Huge selection of news. Boxing News Headlines for Sept 13 - 2013
Boxing News Headlines for Sept 3 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for Sept 3 - 2013

Loaded w/ news links. Boxing News Headlines for Sept 3 - 2013

Get Ready for a Fast and Furious Fall

By Steve Kim: With the turn of the calendar and the summer coming to a close, boxing (which had been in a relative slumber) comes back to life starting this week. Maxboxing readers and fans often ask me, “Why do boxing and the networks shut it down between June and August?” The answer is very simple; since it’s evident that television viewing levels are down in the summer months (as people go on vacation, etc.), promoters and television execs aren’t as willing to stage major cards Get Ready for a Fast and Furious Fall

Soto Karass Meets Berto (Again)

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): On the night of June 8th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California a rather uneventful (to say the least) fight was taking place inside the ring between junior middleweights Jermell Charlo and Demetrius Hopkins. The boo-birds came out early for this one and it wasn’t difficult for the crowd’s attention to be diverted to the crossing of paths between Jesus Soto Karass and Andre Berto in the lower bowl of the tennis stadium. Around the Soto Karass Meets Berto (Again)

Reid Pushes Scott

By Steve Kim (Photo © K9 Photos): It was the last sparring session for heavyweight Malik Scott this past Friday afternoon before departing for London where he faces Dereck Chisora at the Wembley Arena this upcoming weekend. And as he went six spirited rounds with two different sparring partners (one of them being Lateef “Power” Kayode), you heard something from his trainer that you’ve never heard before. “Sell tickets! Sell tickets!” were the exhortations heard from Jesse Reid... Reid Pushes Scott

Summer Snooze

By Steve Kim: If you’re a boxing fan, right now, you’re pretty much like a football fan - you can’t wait for September. Because from that point on, boxing has a strong slate of fights lined up (headlined by marquee pay-per-view events spaced out a month apart featuring the likes of Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez, Tim Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios). But as usual, the summer months are a drag for those who follow the “Sweet Science.”... Summer Snooze
Boxing News Headlines for July 3 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for July 3 - 2013

HUGE selection of daily news. Boxing News Headlines for July 3 - 2013
Viva Mexico: The Next Generation

Viva Mexico: The Next Generation

Anson Wainwright: Over the years, Mexico has churned out more than its fair share of professional world champions, well over 100 since Battling Shaw became the first... Viva Mexico: The Next Generation

A Beautiful Site/Sight

By Steve Kim (Photo © Saul G. Sanchez - w/ Photo Gallery inside article © German Villasenor): In front a record-setting crowd of 8,629 at the StubHub Center (formerly known as the Home Depot Center), a memorable night of action was capped off by Marcos Maidana steamrolling the game-but-outgunned Josesito Lopez in six rounds. It was a back-and-forth affair that saw both men have their moments but it was the Argentine’s power that carried the day. Before that, Erislandy Lara turned back the A Beautiful Site/Sight

Azad Championship Report - Rematch for a Rematch?

By Steve Kim: This Saturday at the O2 Arena in London, England, a highly anticipated rematch takes place in the super middleweight division between Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch (HBO, 6 p.m., ET/3 p.m. PT and 10 p.m., ET). The first time they met was back on April 24th, 2010 in Hernig, Denmark, where Kessler won a hard-fought, exciting unanimous decision in one of the better fights of Showtime’s “Super Six” series. A lot is on the line this weekend. Froch comes in as the IBF beltholder Azad Championship Report - Rematch for a Rematch?

Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis Readies to Emerge from the Shadows

By Gabriel Montoya: If you spend enough time in Southern California gyms, you will see hidden talent you can only hope comes to light someday. One such gem is Inglewood, CA native Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis, 17-3-2 (6), who battles Canadian favorite Dierry Jean, 24-0 (16), at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma Friday night on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation.” A classic diamond-in-the-rough who was cut from raw talented material by instruments such as Antonio Margarito and... Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis Readies to Emerge from the Shadows
Pacquiao vs. Rios It Is

Pacquiao vs. Rios It Is

Steve Kim: After a rather lengthy process, it was announced on Monday afternoon that Manny Pacquiao, last seen getting knocked out in frightful fashion by arch-nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez... Pacquiao vs. Rios It Is

Azad Championship Report - Still on the “Money” at 36

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Robert Guerrero is a pretty good professional prizefighter. But it will take someone of much higher caliber to topple Floyd Mayweather, even at age 36, who on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in front of nearly 16,000 patrons, easily outboxed “The Ghost” over 12 rounds. The three scorecards that read 117-111 across the board didn’t fully speak to the dominance exhibited by Mayweather. It capped off a good night of action Azad Championship Report - Still on the “Money” at 36

Can Sergio Martinez Go Home?

By Gabriel Montoya: The goal in life should be to figure out what you are meant to do and then set about doing it. The lucky and hardworking persevere in this endeavor; the tests they face season rather than deter because those hopeful for greatness, like middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, understand that attaining a life’s goal is about fighting through each challenge the journey there presents. In order to attain greatness in your calling, new challenges must constantly be met Can Sergio Martinez Go Home?

Austin Trout Hits the Road (Again)

By Steve Kim: On Saturday night from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, one of the year’s most anticipated events takes place between junior middleweight beltholders Austin Trout and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Between 35,000-to-40,000 fans are expected to be in the building but it wasn’t all that long ago when Trout was headlining on a much smaller stage. Back in November of 2011, Trout made his Showtime debut against the forgettable Frank LoPorto at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas in front Austin Trout Hits the Road (Again)

Azad Championship Report - Golovkin: Overrated, Underrated, Feared and Unproven

By Steve Kim: This weekend, much of the boxing spotlight will focus in on the rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, which will be featured on HBO (10:15 p.m. ET/PT). Meanwhile, in a small independent pay-per-view show from the exotic locale of Monte Carlo, WBA middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin faces Nobuhiro Ishida in a stay-busy affair. This fight comes off the heels of his January 19th seventh round TKO win over Gabriel Rosado and could be a Azad Championship Report - Golovkin: Overrated, Underrated, Feared and Unproven

USADA, Golden Boy and Positive Drug Test Management Part One

Gabriel Montoya: On October 20, 2012, WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia of Philadelphia address and Puerto Rican heritage knocked out Mexican legend Erik “El terrible” Morales at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight was the inaugural main event for the exclusive rights relationship between the Barclay’s Center and Golden Boy Promotions. The card was an exciting line-up and in terms of developing a new market from which boxing can grow, a banner day for the sport. USADA, Golden Boy and Positive Drug Test Management Part One

The Showtime Championship Boxing TV Cheat Sheet – Jan. 26, 2013

By Marty Mulcahey (Photo © Craig Bennett / SHOWTIME): Tonight’s Showtime card is about excitement and how that word possesses redemptive qualities with fighters. Headliner Lucas Matthysse is proof that a boxer who takes a chance fighting the best but loses courageously will be asked to return and can go on to become a regular television attraction. The Argentine’s two career losses were by split decision on HBO and Showtime but he fought with skill (knocking down both opponents) and, more The Showtime Championship Boxing TV Cheat Sheet – Jan. 26, 2013

A Must-Win for Soto Karass?

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): There really is no such thing as a “must-win” in boxing. Unlike other sports, where there are real standings and playoffs, boxing is really about how popular you are and what you can get in terms of opportunities within the marketplace. If you have a fan-base, you can drop a fight or two and not really suffer a drop in marketability and lucrative opportunities still await you. As for your career being dependent on continuing your career, well, as A Must-Win for Soto Karass?
They Never Happened

They Never Happened

Anson Wainwright: For the past few years, the entire boxing world has wanted to see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao meet in what would be a pay-per-view blockbuster... They Never Happened

I Said That? A 2012 Preview Review: Part Two

By Marty Mulcahey: In Part One of the annual “Preview Review,” I lamented journalists making predictions in 2012 certain in the knowledge that few readers will remember what was penned 365 days ago. To write for Maxboxing is to be held to a higher standard. To that end, I venture back in time to review my predictions for 2012, a yearly ritual of evaluating choices that fluctuates between self-abuse and narcissism. Again, I encourage readers to take a look around the ‘Net. I don’t think you will I Said That? A 2012 Preview Review: Part Two

Golden Schedule

By Steve Kim: Last year, Golden Boy Promotions was as busy as any promoter in the world. It wasn’t unusual for them to have a card featured on HBO or Showtime and promotions televised on Telefutura and Fox Sports/Deportes. Things don’t figure to slow down all that much in 2013 and Golden Boy has recently announced plans to get a promoter’s license in the United Kingdom. Matter of fact, they inked British bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo to a deal. They have a full slate set for the Golden Schedule

Getting Pac to Basics

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): No one saw Manny Pacquiao coming when he first arrived on the HBO boxing scene in 2001 in a super bantamweight 122 lb title bout. Six rounds and a knockout of Ledwaba later, Pacquiao had a second world title in as many weight classes. Coming into the bout, Pacquiao was coming off a six fight winning streak following his second knockout loss. The bout was the very first with trainer Freddie Roach, taken on short notice when Pacquiao, now a Getting Pac to Basics
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