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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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Gamaliel Diaz: "I'm the king of the 130-pound division"

Gamaliel Diaz: "I'm the king of the 130-pound division"

Anson Wainwright: When Gamaliel Diaz headed to Japan last October to make his third and likely last attempt to become a world champion, not many fans gave him a chance... Gamaliel Diaz: "I'm the king of the 130-pound division"

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

Game-Changing Power

By Anson Wainwright: Power trumps everything in this game, from natural talent to scorecards. Game-changing power renders everything irrelevant. That was again brought to the fore on the Tim Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao undercard when Randall Bailey, light years behind on the scorecards, came... Game-Changing Power
The Fight Before the Fight for Ponce de Leon

The Fight Before the Fight for Ponce de Leon

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): Tonight, featherweight contender Daniel Ponce de Leon takes on Eduardo Lazcano at the Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. But perhaps the biggest battle this week for Ponce de Leon, a former 122-pound beltholder, is not looking too far ahead to bigger... The Fight Before the Fight for Ponce de Leon
Gonzalez Decisions Rojas/Salgado Victorious

Gonzalez Decisions Rojas/Salgado Victorious

Jhonny Gonzalez retained his WBC featherweight title by virtue of a unanimous 12 round points win over Elio Rojas at the Grand Oasis Cancun Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on Saturday. Gonzalez Decisions Rojas/Salgado Victorious

“El Chocolatito” Comes to America

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): When Roman Gonzalez defends his WBA light flyweight title this Saturday night at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA. against Roman Garcia Hirales, it will mark the second fight he’s had in the States. Back in October, he stopped Omar Soto in two rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas after basing his career in... “El Chocolatito” Comes to America
Julio Ceja: “Anselmo, Kameda, Arce and Ruiz are tough but not invincible”

Julio Ceja: “Anselmo, Kameda, Arce and Ruiz are tough but not invincible”

Anson Wainwright: In bygone years, the bantamweight division has been a successful breeding ground for some of Mexico’s top fighters... Julio Ceja: “Anselmo, Kameda, Arce and Ruiz are tough but not invincible”
Juan Carlos Burgos: “I am young, hungry and I want to eat up 126 and 130!”

Juan Carlos Burgos: “I am young, hungry and I want to eat up 126 and 130!”

Anson Wainwright: When Juan Carlos Burgos entered the ring on the night of the 12 November last year (as part of the televised undercard... Juan Carlos Burgos: “I am young, hungry and I want to eat up 126 and 130!”
2012 Predictions: Champs Who Will Stay and Go and Prospects to Watch: Part Two

2012 Predictions: Champs Who Will Stay and Go and Prospects to Watch: Part Two

Marty Mulcahey: Welcome back to my annual look into the future (the second of three installments), a hopefully edifying preview of every weight class from strawweight to... 2012 Predictions: Champs Who Will Stay and Go and Prospects to Watch: Part Two
The 2011 Preview Review: Part Two

The 2011 Preview Review: Part Two

Marty Mulcahey: In Part One of the annual Preview Review, I lamented how journalists making predictions for 2012 are certain in the knowledge that few readers remember what... The 2011 Preview Review: Part Two

From Brooklyn to L.A. and Everywhere in Between: Introducing Peter Quillin

By Ryan Maquiñana: Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin’s life mirrors the name of the famous motel that neighbors the Hollywood gym where he currently plies his trade. “I see the Vagabond Inn every day on my way to training,” he said. “They actually wanted me to stay there at first before I got an apartment somewhere else.”... From Brooklyn to L.A. and Everywhere in Between: Introducing Peter Quillin

Stuck on ESPN2?

By Marty Mulcahey: A multiplicity of influences and chance combine to shape the careers of boxers currently serving their tours of duty on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” On FNF’s 2011 debut, Ruslan Provodnikov was upset by Mauricio Herrera, losing a unanimous decision to the defiant Californian in a back-and-forth affair. It’s a result that asks questions of... Stuck on ESPN2?
2011: Boxing Heaven or near-Dead End like 2010?...Part Two

2011: Boxing Heaven or near-Dead End like 2010?...Part Two

By Marty Mulcahey: The early boxing schedule for 2011 is shaping up nicely, building on a strong end to an otherwise forgettable 2010... 2011: Boxing Heaven or near-Dead End like 2010?...Part Two
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
The Lone Caballero

The Lone Caballero

By Marty Mulcahey: Every decade has them, the boxer no champion or high-profile moneymaker wants to face unless forced to. In the 1980s, it was Mike McCallum and Aaron Pryor, followed by boxers like Julian Jackson, Yuri Arbachakov, and Sven Ottke The Lone Caballero

Segura: A Fighter’s Fighter

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): On August 28th, Giovani Segura traveled to Puerto Rico to face the long-reigning junior flyweight champion Ivan Calderon on his island. Many tried to topple the slick-boxing southpaw- all of them had failed. On this night, however, the young man from Bell, California, who speaks softly and carries a big stick that he swings wildly with both hands, just simply beat down Calderon over eight rounds to win... Segura: A Fighter’s Fighter
(South)West Coast Watch: JuanMa’s Next Opponent, Ines Sainz & Donaire’s New Hobby

(South)West Coast Watch: JuanMa’s Next Opponent, Ines Sainz & Donaire’s New Hobby

By Ryan Maquiñana: This week, the Watch had a southwestern feel to it, as I ventured to Arlington, Texas, for Pacquiao-Margarito, and ended my trip back in San Francisco, burning countless phone lines and Whataburger calories on the way there. (South)West Coast Watch: JuanMa’s Next Opponent, Ines Sainz & Donaire’s New Hobby
Promethean Logic- Sept. 14, 2010

Promethean Logic- Sept. 14, 2010

By Coyote Duran: And in this corner, Ricky “The Hitman” Hilton!... Boxing’s best (or former best) are slowly becoming Our Sport’s equivalent to failed child stars. Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently released a video full of attempted cutting-edge gibberish, followed by an apologetic, “Who loves ya, babe?” sequel Promethean Logic- Sept. 14, 2010

Fighting Back is What Salido Does

By Marty Mulcahey: Orlando Salido has been written off more times than a three-martini lunch, returning from the boxing graveyard as consistently and violently as Michael Myers of “Halloween” fame. The hardened warrior battled his way through Mexico’s back alleys and bloodstained rings, emerging on the other end bruised but triumphant. Nothing ever comes easy to Salido. So it seems fitting he is brought in to fight HBO’s new... Fighting Back is What Salido Does
DiBella Doesn’t Back Down

DiBella Doesn’t Back Down

Ryan Maquiñana: Soon after Alfredo Angulo reportedly turned down a $750,000 payday and a third HBO date this year to challenge Sergio Martinez for the Argentine’s undisputed middleweight championship of the world, one man inv DiBella Doesn’t Back Down
West Coast Watch: Haye in Hollywood, Benavidez Fight Off, Ward-Dirrell in Reno?

West Coast Watch: Haye in Hollywood, Benavidez Fight Off, Ward-Dirrell in Reno?

Ryan Maquiñana: Six cities, six stories, interconnected but individually important in their own right. To take a page out of my colleague Alec Kohut’s Eastern Regional Report, pop some classic West Coast beats in the iPod (B-Legit’s “City 2 City” comes to mind) and take a brief excursion with me for my latest version of the West Coast Watch. West Coast Watch: Haye in Hollywood, Benavidez Fight Off, Ward-Dirrell in Reno?
Staking Their Claim on Sept. 18th

Staking Their Claim on Sept. 18th

Steve Kim: There are two major cards on the date of September the 18th. At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, a Golden Boy Promotions pay-per-view show featuring Sergio Mora-Shane Mosley is being staged. Meanwhile, in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, a fight between Juan Manuel Lopez and Rafael Marquez for the WBO featherweight title Staking Their Claim on Sept. 18th
The Collector: Part Two

The Collector: Part Two

Steve Kim: Believe it or not, while Tim is admittedly obsessed with the sport of boxing, this guy actually has a life. He holds down a steady job and is happily married with kids. His wife is usually by his side as he watches the fights. In fact, his three kids have begun to show an interest in their fathe The Collector: Part Two
Lennox Allen Keeps His Dream Alive

Lennox Allen Keeps His Dream Alive

Gabriel Montoya: It was nearly three years ago that I first saw super middleweight prospect Lennox Allen, 11-0 (6). I was in St. Lucia covering the Andre Ward vs. Roger Cantrell fight for Doghouseboxing.com. It was to be the inaugural fight card for many years to come and was a cause célèbre on the island. On the undercard was a lanky 6’1” junior middleweight from Georgetown, Guyana. We had been introduced a few days earlier by a mutual friend, Carwyn Holland, and, as it happened, he was Lennox Allen Keeps His Dream Alive
Caballero Ponders: “Why should I have problems?”

Caballero Ponders: “Why should I have problems?”

Celestino Caballero made his debut at the featherweight division in April with an emphatic and unforgettable 12-round pummeling of the previously unbeaten Daud Yordan. The performance was so unforgettable, in fact, that it hasn’t escaped the memory of any of the champions from super Caballero Ponders: “Why should I have problems?”
Elegele and Cherry: TKO's Tampa Two

Elegele and Cherry: TKO's Tampa Two

Steve Kim: This Friday night, the duo of Joseph Elegele and Edner Cherry return to co-headline at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, just as they did back on February 19th, when they both scored first-round knockouts. For Elegele, it’s all part of what has basically been a monthly schedule of fights, since turning professional back in November. Elegele and Cherry: TKO's Tampa Two

Is Caballero the New “Most Avoided”?

By Steve Kim: In the wake of his domination of Daud Yordan on April 10th, the plan was for Celestino Caballero to face Yuriorkis Gamboa as the main event on an HBO “Boxing After Dark” telecast on July 24th. It would be a match-up of two of the most dangerous fighters in the featherweight division, an intriguing battle between the tall and lanky Panamanian and the explosive Cuban. Unfortunately, as you’ve probably heard by now, that fight will not be taking place. Is Caballero the New “Most Avoided”?
Ponce De Leon's Back and Itching for a Brawl

Ponce De Leon's Back and Itching for a Brawl

German Villasenor: Considered at the time one of the most vicious punchers in the division and having ran his record to 34 wins, one loss and 30 KOs while defending his WBO super bantamweight title six times, Daniel Ponce De Leon ran into fellow southpaw Juan Manuel Lopez in June of 2008, losing via stoppage in the first round. Ponce De Leon's Back and Itching for a Brawl
Rojas calls out Gamboa

Rojas calls out Gamboa

World Boxing Council featherweight champion Elio “The Kid” Rojas (22-1, 13 KOs) has called out his World Boxing Association counterpart, undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs), demanding a world champion Rojas calls out Gamboa
Caballero: New Weight Class, New Trainer, New Promoter

Caballero: New Weight Class, New Trainer, New Promoter

Ryan Maquiñana: It’s been quite the year so far for Celestino Caballero. THE RING magazine’s number ten pound-for-pound fighter in the world abdicated his two belts at 122 pounds, took on a new trainer and new weight class, and now finds himself under the stewardship of a Caballero: New Weight Class, New Trainer, New Promoter

Friday TV Cheat Sheet: Part One

By Marty Mulcahey: I am looking forward to a second straight week of four televised boxing programs, with three good cards complimenting a PPV event few can find complimentary words for. In today’s portion of the TV Cheat Sheet (the second time in a row I have had to split the feature to accommodate the schedule) Friday’s ESPN2 and Showtime fight cards are covered. For good measure, I preview the untelevised heavyweight title fight between WBA titlist David Haye and John Ruiz. This weekend does Friday TV Cheat Sheet: Part One
Montoya’s Monday Mailbag

Montoya’s Monday Mailbag

If there’s one thing I hate more than bad scorecards and mismatches, its fans who cry "this is why Boxing fans are turning over to MMA" Brotha please, that’s a freaking copout line.I have a couple cousins who are hardcore MMA fans, much like I am a boxing junkie and I’ve seen some of their shows. I’ve seen bad decisions in the UFC/WEC/MMA I’ve also seen questionable stoppages,and very very boring fights in that sport.When this happens I never here the MMA fans Montoya’s Monday Mailbag
Montoya’s Friday Mailbag

Montoya’s Friday Mailbag

Gabriel Montoya: It’s that time again, fight fans. Before we get started, I want to make one thing perfectly clear. While my portion of this column is edited and proofed by someone besides myself, a typo or two may get through from time to time. It happens. However, if you’re a regular reader of this mailbag, you’ve probably figured out I don’t edit the emails. So if they have misspelled words, typos or whatever, we don’t touch ‘em. These are your unadulterated (within reason. Curse words might Montoya’s Friday Mailbag
Deserving of a Wider Audience

Deserving of a Wider Audience

Marty Mulcahey: There was a time when signing a contract with Don King ensured prestige, marquee fights, and an overload of media attention for a boxer’s immediate future. If this were thirty years ago, talented titleholder Elio Rojas would be a star in the making, instead of making a frivolous title defense in Mexico on Saturday. Don King cards Deserving of a Wider Audience
Montoya’s Monday Mailbag

Montoya’s Monday Mailbag

Good Monday, fight fans. I want to start off by apologizing for not telling you I was skipping the Friday Mailbag.. To be honest, I had a whole lot of “Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather: BloodGate” submissions and I think, for now, everything than can be said has. My fight picks were in the John Molina Jr. piece I put out this weekend. I’ll give you a heads up next time though. If you want constant updates or to be in communication with me in a way other than email, follow me on twitter (address Montoya’s Monday Mailbag

How Fast is Fast Enough for Andrade?

By Steve Kim: Demetrius Andrade, who will be featured on this week’s edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Laredo Entertainment Center in Laredo, Texas, is considered the prototypical 21st century junior middleweight. With his blend of size, speed, technique and quickness (all wrapped up in a southpaw stance), he looks to be the complete package. There was a reason why he was so highly sought after by all the brand-name managers during his days as an amateur. This native of P How Fast is Fast Enough for Andrade?
WBC Ratings

WBC Ratings

World Boxing Council Ratings for January 2010 WBC Ratings
Remillard ready to breakout in 2010

Remillard ready to breakout in 2010

NABF featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard has taken aim at the top featherweights in the world as he prepares for a breakout 2010. Remillard ready to breakout in 2010

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
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