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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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The best fighters in each weight category since 2000

Heavyweight - Wladimir Klitschko By Max Warren The best fighters in each weight category since 2000

Groves wins do-or-die battle over Murray

By John J. Raspanti: George Groves (24-3, 18 KOs) kept his dream of winning a world championship alive last Saturday night by winning a clear cut 12 unanimous decision over Martin Murray (33-4-1, 16 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England. The taller Groves was sharper in the opening rounds. He probed with his educated jab and followed it up with sneaky right hands. Murray, normally aggressive, lagged behind. Groves, 28, won the first three rounds easily. It was apparent that Murray was Groves wins do-or-die battle over Murray

Ramirez has his way with Abraham

By John J. Raspanti: When defending WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham arrived in Las Vegas last week, he expected to be a big favorite to win on April 9. Makes sense. During his 16-year career, Abraham has swapped punches with most of the best fighters in his division, including former champions Carl Froch and Andre Ward. Instead Abraham learned his opponent, unheralded youngster Gilberto Ramirez, was favored by most to defeat him... Ramirez has his way with Abraham

A still-hungry Andre Ward meets Sullivan Barrera March 26th in Oakland

By John J. Raspanti: Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) makes his debut in the light heavyweight division March 26th when he faces hard-hitting light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Ward, 32, was last seen in the ring nine months ago dispatching over-matched Englishman Paul Smith in nine one-sided rounds. Some criticized his performance—saying he appeared a step slower. How did the former undisputed super middleweight champion think he looked that A still-hungry Andre Ward meets Sullivan Barrera March 26th in Oakland

Ward to meet Barrera March 26th in Oakland

By John J. Raspanti: Former undisputed super middleweight titleholder Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will face hard-hitting light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) March 26th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.Ward, 31, was last seen in the ring eight months ago dispatching over-matched Englishman Paul Smith in nine one-sided rounds. The bout was Ward’s first since early 2014, following an extended legal battle with his promoter, the late Dan Goossen. Ward was scheduled... Ward to meet Barrera March 26th in Oakland

The nine lives of Arthur Abraham

By John J. Raspanti: In a span of 14 months, Arthur Abraham lost three out of four fights. What made the losses so troubling was the fact that Abraham was barely competitive in the matches. Five years ago at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Michigan, Andre Dirrell was leading comfortably against Abraham when he slipped to the canvas in round 11. In a desperate move, Abraham felled Dirrell with an illegal blow--drawing an immediate disqualification. Eleven months after his defeat, Carl Froch... The nine lives of Arthur Abraham

A tale of two chins: Jack vs. Groves

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions): When they meet on September 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, newly-crowned WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack and challenger George Groves could be playing a game of "Who’s Got The Stronger Chin?" Jack was shockingly knocked out in the first round by journeyman Dereck Edwards last year—while Groves was laid out by Carl Froch before 80,000 rabid boxing fans at... A tale of two chins: Jack vs. Groves

Bute returns after long layoff to stop Di Luisa

By John J. Raspanti: After disposing of little-known Italian Andrea Di Luisa in the fourth round last Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, CN., former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute shouted, “I’m back.” But is he? Bute, 35, hasn’t been the same fighter since being steamrolled by Carl Froch in May 2012. Froch not only beat the tar out of the transplanted Romanian, he took away his mojo. Immediately after the match, Bute talked rematch, but his words rung hollow, especially Bute returns after long layoff to stop Di Luisa

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

Ready to make a point: Andre Ward returns to the ring

By John J. Raspanti: “But GGG is like all punchers. That’s why with a guy like GGG, -- you have to show them, and by the time they figure it out, guess what? Fight’s over." - Andre Ward. In 2004, Andre Ward surprised many by capturing the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Ward debuted as a professional a year later when he beat Chris Molina. In 2008, he defeated Jerson Ravelo to win NABO super middleweight title. There were whispers about the strength of Ward’s chin and. Ready to make a point: Andre Ward returns to the ring

The Russian keeps on Krush'in

By Jason Gonzalez at ringside (Photo © David Spagnolo, Main Events): Montréal, QC - Returning to the squared circle, just 4 months removed from the biggest victory of his career, the unified (WBO, WBA, and IBF) light heavyweight champion, Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev, of Chelyabinsk, Russia was back to his winning ways. The 31-year-old improved to 27-0-1, (24) further tightening his grip on the 175 pound division. Kovalev scored a sensational eighth round technical knockout over former... The Russian keeps on Krush'in

Vasquez dominates Lartey

PITTSBURGH, PA. (Feb. 21, 2015) – Sammy Vasquez put on a show for his hometown fans in Pittsburgh, winning a near-shutout 10-round unanimous decision (99-91 twice, 100-90) over Emmanuel Lartey in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday from CONSUL Energy Center. Vasquez (18-0, 13 KOs) entered the bout seeking his 10th consecutive knockout against an opponent who hadn’t been knocked down before and had been in the ring with two U.S. Olympians. The military veteran... Vasquez dominates Lartey

DeGale likely to face Dirrell for super middleweight title

By John J. Raspanti: Super middleweight contender James DeGale has been calling out IBF champion Carl Froch for months. Froch, 37, also the “regular” WBA champion, scoffed at DeGale’s challenges, using words “lack of motivation” and “no interest.” Last Tuesday, Froch vacated his title, opening up the possibility that DeGale, 29, will face Andre Dirrell on April 25 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Dirrell, 31, answered in the affirmative when asked about fighting DeGale... DeGale likely to face Dirrell for super middleweight title

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
Froch speaks on Chavez Jr. fight

Froch speaks on Chavez Jr. fight

Is there going to be an annoucement made soon that Carl Froch vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will happen? "The Cobra" Froch is feeling highly optomistic that the fight will indeed be announced shortly... Froch speaks on Chavez Jr. fight

MaxBoxing's Pound For Pound Rankings Update

By Matthew Hurley: The MaxBoxing pound-for-pound list for January 2015 consists of only one significant change. Although pound-for-pound lists are mythical and certainly debatable, inactivity counts against a fighter, no matter how talented, almost as much as a loss. In December we dropped super middleweight champion Andre Ward for inactivity. Ward has not fought since November of 2013 and still has nothing scheduled. He remains off the list... MaxBoxing's Pound For Pound Rankings Update
Top 10 P4P British Boxing Ranks

Top 10 P4P British Boxing Ranks

In Jeff Powell’s (Daily Mail) latest updated Top 10 UK pound for pound best in boxing list, Carl Froch sits in the top spot. Amir Khan takes the 2nd spot, while his rival, Kell Brook takes in 3rd... Top 10 P4P British Boxing Ranks

MaxBoxing's 2014 knockout of the year is…

By John J. Raspanti: Oh, the knockout, the most dramatic outcome in boxing. It can happen without warning. It’s akin to being broadsided by a bus. One battered fighter is left prone on the floor while the winner, rejoices near his fallen foe. While picking the knockout of the year can be challenging, three fights come to mind. Heavyweight contender Amir Mansour has the kind of power that can knock a house down. Most know his story. Mansour lost eight years of his career in prison. In 2010, MaxBoxing's 2014 knockout of the year is…
Hearn on Khan v Brook, Froch v Chavez

Hearn on Khan v Brook, Froch v Chavez

What’s Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn got to say these days? As usual, the hard working promoter has tons to talk about. In this new video, we (Dog House Boxing / SecondsOut.com) have the camera rolling as Hearn speaks out on an assortment of hot topics. Such as Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook, Carl Froch vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and a heavyweight making a big name for himself in Anthony Joshua... Hearn on Khan v Brook, Froch v Chavez

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

Groves returns with victory over Rebrasse

By John J. Raspanti: Rebounding from consecutive loses to IBF and WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, George “The Saint” Groves dominated Christopher Rebrasse over 12 rounds to win the European super middleweight championship by unanimous decision at the Wembley Arena in London, England Saturday night. The scores were 118-110, 117-111,118-110. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing had Groves the winner 118-110... Groves returns with victory over Rebrasse

George Groves is a man on a mission

Looking to bounce back from two consecutive losses to WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch, the last one by a devastating one-punch knockout, George “The Saint” Groves will return to the ring this Saturday to face Christopher Rebrasse at Wembley Arena in London, England. For the best odds, check out Betfair. George Groves is a man on a mission

Golovkin vs. Burley

By David Tyler: The Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale fight drew slightly over 1 million HBO viewers. That’s according to the Nielsen ratings provided by HBO. Not quite the record of 4.6 million. The Nielsen Media Research team explained that fights during the summer months do not draw as well as those fought in the Spring or Winter months. At least 1 million witnessed a great slugfest with Golovkin providing another electrifying performance in scoring his 17th consecutive knockout... Golovkin vs. Burley

Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 10

By Derek Bonnett: It’s been awhile. In fact, it’s been since July of 2012 that I felt compelled to write a volume of Title Shots Here! Getcha’ Free Title Shot! That’s not to say there haven’t been an undeserving "contender" or three over the last two years that hasn’t conveniently popped into the rankings of an organizing body just prior to a title fight being announced. There certainly has, but a contender or three isn’t a problem in a two-year period of time. Well, guess what boxing Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 10

Dirrell looks sharp in comeback win

By John Raspanti: Back in the ring for only the third time since 2010, former super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) stopped overmatched Vladine Biosse (15-5-2, 7 KOs) in round five at The Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. The bout was the co-feature on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.” Dirrell, working out of the southpaw stance, took it to Biosse immediately in the opening rounds. He snapped off a triple jab and landed a sharp combination... Dirrell looks sharp in comeback win

Golovkin’s Dilemma

By Matthew Hurley: With all the lunacy that goes on in boxing it’s always refreshing when a brilliant talent comes along. It’s even better when that fighter is a complete professional and a good guy to boot. Middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin, or GGG as his fans call him, is turning into something special. A fighter who loves to perform, who pines for the big fight against anyone willing to step in the ring with him and who smiles like a young kid who can’t believe how great everything is Golovkin’s Dilemma
Hopefully Froch vs. Chavez Is Next

Hopefully Froch vs. Chavez Is Next

Bill Tibbs: With his big TKO win on May 31 against nemesis and fellow Brit George Groves, 19-2 (15), Carl Froch, 33-2 (21), proved once again who is truly Britain’s... Hopefully Froch vs. Chavez Is Next

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

Froch knocks scores one-punch knockout

By John J. Raspanti: This time there was no controversy. Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) battled back from an early deficit to knockout George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) in round eight and retain his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles before 80,000 raucous boxing fans at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Groves did well in the opening rounds by beating Froch to the punch... Froch knocks scores one-punch knockout

Head-to-Head: Froch vs. Groves II

By Gabriel Montoya and Coyote Duran: This week’s biggest debates have centered on the “domestic” rematch between Carl “The Cobra” Froch and George “Saint George” Groves. Their November 2013 fight for Froch’s WBA and IBF super middleweight titles ended in controversy when referee (and I use that term loosely) Howard Foster stopped the action in Froch’s favor in the ninth frame despite Groves having not hit the deck even once. With 80,000 boxing fans tentatively... Head-to-Head: Froch vs. Groves II
The Barbershop - May 29, 2014

The Barbershop - May 29, 2014

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 - May 29, 2014
Malignaggi On Froch vs. Groves II

Malignaggi On Froch vs. Groves II

"Everyone who saw the first fight wants to see the second one," says Paulie Malignaggi on the hotly anticipated rematch, Carl Froch vs. George Groves II... Malignaggi On Froch vs. Groves II

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
Groves Exclusive: "I'll Beat Froch In 3"

Groves Exclusive: "I'll Beat Froch In 3"

George Groves chats to MaxBoxing about his upcoming bout with Carl Froch on May 31st at Wembley Stadium and more... Groves Exclusive: "I'll Beat Froch In 3"

Froch-Groves II: Lesson Learned?

By Gabriel Montoya: When a boxer reaches the highest echelon of the sport against an experienced, battle-tested champion with a large following and even bigger chip on his shoulder before ten of millions across the globe for the first time, we find out who he really is. Which way does he get going when the going gets in his kitchen and starts making a sandwich? Was his record padded? Had he faced enough diversity and adversity to... Froch-Groves II: Lesson Learned?

The Biggest (Domestic) Fight of the Year

By Steve Kim (Photo & Art © Pat Killian): Yeah, promotions featuring the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao might generate more revenue but it says here that the biggest and best, pure boxing event of 2014 is taking place this Saturday from the historic Wembley Stadium in London, England, where up to 80,000 (yes, you read that correctly) will be in attendance when Carl Froch and George Groves resume their feud. It’s good to know that nights like this still exist on Bash Boulevard... The Biggest (Domestic) Fight of the Year

Golovkin Moves on Without Chavez Jr.

By Steve Kim: On Saturday afternoon in a small conference room at the LAX Marriott, WBA middleweight beltholder Gennady Golovkin held a media roundtable with a select handful of boxing scribes. If it were up to him, he’d be talking about his upcoming summer showdown against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. But alas, Chavez seemed more intent on battling his promoter, Top Rank Promotions than facing “GGG.”... Golovkin Moves on Without Chavez Jr.

Froch-Groves War at Wembley on May 31

By Bill Tibbs: On May 31, a raucous Wembley Stadium in England will be rocking when the rematch between Carl Froch, 32-2 (23), and George Groves, 19-1 (15), lights up London. The iconic soccer stadium should be as heated and lively as the fight between the two United Kingdom brawlers. The first fight ended in a somewhat controversial fashion and Groves is out to prove the stoppage, deemed too quick by some, was just that. Froch will look to erase any “controversy” tag from their first... Froch-Groves War at Wembley on May 31
Orozco Faces Honorio

Orozco Faces Honorio

Steve Kim: Tonight from the Del Mar Fairgrounds near San Diego, CA, junior welterweight Antonio Orozco takes on veteran Martin Honorio for the vacant NABF title as the main... Orozco Faces Honorio
Eddie Hearn Exclusive: Pt. 1

Eddie Hearn Exclusive: Pt. 1

By Jonathan Shrager: Recently MaxBoxing / SecondsOut UK Northern Boxing Correspondent Jonathan Shrager seized an opportunity to sit down with the UK’s leading promoter, Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn, to delve into the specifics surrounding the highly-anticipated rematch between reigning IBF/WBA Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch and challenger George Groves.... Eddie Hearn Exclusive: Pt. 1

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

Make-up Call?

By Steve Kim: Despite Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley squaring off back in June of 2012, in the end, they weren’t the two most talked-about individuals involved. That distinction went to Duane Ford and CJ Ross. The two ringside judges were in the vast minority by scoring the fight for the “Desert Storm” in what was considered the 874th black eye for boxing and about the 43rd time the sport died. Alas... Make-up Call?
Buffer speaks on Froch-Groves II

Buffer speaks on Froch-Groves II

Boxing Hall of Famer MC, Michael Buffer will call Carl Froch and George Groves to the ring when the pair clash in their rematch for the WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, live on Sky Sports Box Office in association with Betway... Buffer speaks on Froch-Groves II

A Prelude to Nothing?

By Steve Kim: HBO has one live card scheduled between March 8th and May 17th and it takes place this upcoming weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey when WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev faces challenger Cedric Agnew with a co-feature that has junior welterweights Thomas Dulorme vs. Karim Mayfield from the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall. Yeah, I can hear your groans. Right now, your HBO subscription is much more about “True Detective” and “Vice” than boxing... A Prelude to Nothing?
 Rocky Fielding Interview

Rocky Fielding Interview

Anson Wainwright: The super middleweight division has long been a happy hunting ground for British fighters with the likes of Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Steve...  Rocky Fielding Interview
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

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
Haye Q&A: Fury, Chisora, Froch, Groves

Haye Q&A: Fury, Chisora, Froch, Groves

David Haye talks w/ SecondsOut... hear what Haye had to say in this in-depth interview... Haye Q&A: Fury, Chisora, Froch, Groves
Groves Q&A - On Froch push - VIDEO

Groves Q&A - On Froch push - VIDEO

George Groves talks w/ SecondsOut... View this exclusive interview... Groves Q&A - On Froch push - VIDEO

Pay-Per-Canelo

By Steve Kim: The bill being offered up at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this weekend has IBF junior middleweight titlist Carlos Molina facing Jermall Charlo, WBC junior featherweight beltholder Leo Santa Cruz taking on the accomplished Cristian Mijares and the talented-yet-fragile Jorge Linares versus the insanely tough Nihito Arakawa (replacing Omar Figueroa-Jorge Alvarez, which was scratched over the weekend with Figueroa coming up lame). The headliner of this card features... Pay-Per-Canelo
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