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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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Darnell “The Deezol” Boone: The man who refuses to stay down

By John J. Raspanti: In his 15 years as a professional fighter, Darnell Boone has been labeled a journeyman by some, and a gatekeeper by others. He’s also a spoiler, having ended the unbeaten winning streaks of boxers Chris Archer, James Countryman, James Johnson, and a guy named Adonis Stevenson, who just happens to be reigning WBC light heavyweight champion. Boone, 35, is also the only man to knock undefeated super middleweight champion, Andre Ward, to the canvas. Ward got up to win, but he Darnell “The Deezol” Boone: The man who refuses to stay down
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

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

Are We all Overlooking Andrzej Fonfara?

By Gabriel Montoya: Heading into this Saturday’s “Showtime Championship Boxing” card featuring Adonis Stevenson versus Andrzej Fonfara, the prevailing wisdom is this is a prelude to nothing. Originally, this fight was going to be on HBO as a precursor to a unification bout with fellow light heavyweight titleholder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev but Stevenson, the WBC light heavyweight champion, signed with uber-manager Al Haymon and the fight fell apart. The news that... Are We all Overlooking Andrzej Fonfara?

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
Glen Johnson earns KO; Kahn-Clary dominates

Glen Johnson earns KO; Kahn-Clary dominates

LINCOLN, R.I. – Boxing’s ageless “Road Warrior” added another highlight-reel knockout to his resume Friday night at Twin River Casino. Glen Johnson earns KO; Kahn-Clary dominates
Boxing News Headlines for Feb 12 - 2014

Boxing News Headlines for Feb 12 - 2014

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 Feb 12 - 2014

Is the Bute Bubble About to Burst?

By Steve Kim: Tonight at the Bell Centre, a Montreal showdown takes place between Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. And for Bute, much more than the NABF light heavyweight title or city bragging rights are on the line. Simply put, for the 33-year-old native of Romania, this is a referendum on his whole career. It wasn’t all that long ago when Bute was one of the premier attractions in all of boxing and the franchise fighter of Montreal. The only entity putting more asses in the seats at the B Is the Bute Bubble About to Burst?
Wlodarczyk caps off Fragomeni trilogy with seventh round stoppage

Wlodarczyk caps off Fragomeni trilogy with seventh round stoppage

By Matthew Paras: CHICAGO - By the end of their third fight, WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Giacobbe Fragomeni embraced each other with a hug in the center of the ring. Wlodarczyk caps off Fragomeni trilogy with seventh round stoppage

The Best Fight of the Weekend?

By Steve Kim: While there is an overflow of coverage in the States revolving around the fight in Macao between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios, to those in Jolly Ol’ England, that event is a mere curiosity. For the Brits, their main focus centers on the super middleweight grudge match between WBA and IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch and upstart George Groves. In these parts, this is the fight of the weekend. Groves is a talented young contender who has the scalps of amateur nemesis J The Best Fight of the Weekend?

Azad Championship Report - How Does Mares Stack Up?

By Steve Kim (Photo © Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos /Golden Boy Promotions): When you start talking about the elite of boxing, usually Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward, Juan Manuel Marquez and Sergio Martinez are the names thrown around first and foremost. But there is someone who is often forgotten about according to one Richard Schaefer (who, not so coincidentally, happens to promote this guy): Abner Mares... Azad Championship Report - How Does Mares Stack Up?

The Human Highlight Reel

By Anson Wainwright (Photo © Golden Boy Promotions): Over the past decade or so, we’ve become accustomed to witnessing the likes of Carl Froch, Erik Morales, Brandon Rios and Company thrilling us regularly. The aforementioned trio are rarely if ever in anything other than barnburners. They’re can’t-miss-TV. It would be unfair not to mention several others who are also in thrill-a-minute bouts including Marco Huck, who for several years has shed blood to the behest of his German countrymen... The Human Highlight Reel
Fonfara Eyes Larger Fights as He Prepares for Campillo

Fonfara Eyes Larger Fights as He Prepares for Campillo

Matthew Paras: In the midst of a 13-fight win streak, light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara has spent the last three years being built as a major attraction in Chicago... Fonfara Eyes Larger Fights as He Prepares for Campillo
Boxing News Headlines for July 6 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for July 6 - 2013

The Most news in 1 spot. Boxing News Headlines for July 6 - 2013

Azad Championship Report - Stevenson Kronks out Dawson

By Gabriel Montoya: The origin of raw knockout power is the best mystery in boxing. We can use science to measure punching power as HBO has apparently been using a device under the fighter’s wraps to measure this very thing for some time now from what I am told. Pure knockout power can be harnessed with solid fighting technique to be sure. The straighter the shot, the better the torque, snap and speed with which it the punch lands. But raw knockout power - and why some have it and... Azad Championship Report - Stevenson Kronks out Dawson
'The Big Fight 2'

'The Big Fight 2'

Tickets for "THE BIG FIGHT 2," at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, presented by "The Promoters" and "The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority," 'The Big Fight 2'

Azad Championship Report - In Defense of Dawson

By Steve Kim: If you read my work consistently or follow me on Twitter (@stevemaxboxing), you know I’m not a huge fan of Chad Dawson, who defends his light heavyweight title against Adonis Stevenson at the Bell Centre in Montreal on HBO (10 p.m., ET/PT). To me, Dawson is a very good professional prizefighter but seems so casual in the ring and, quite frankly, doesn’t make for the most entertaining fare. He’s a guy who’s very lucky that TV executives were Azad Championship Report - In Defense of Dawson
Chad Dawson: “I’ll be a lot stronger at light heavyweight”

Chad Dawson: “I’ll be a lot stronger at light heavyweight”

Anson Wainwright: This weekend, Chad Dawson returns to the more familiar confines of light heavyweight after an ill-advised attempt to drop down to super middleweight to meet his The Ring magazine... Chad Dawson: “I’ll be a lot stronger at light heavyweight”

Has Carl Froch learned from the past?

By Gabriel Montoya: The rematch between Carl “the Cobra” Froch and Mikkel “the Viking Warrior” Kessler is upon us. In the lead up to the fight at the O2 Arena, Froch was unable to get a few answers for my preview piece to me until after it came out. His conference call was cut short when his phone cut off. Thankfully, through Bernie Bahrmasel a connection with Froch was made. This being the first rematch for both men, I was curious if he saw anything different in this preparation that he missed Has Carl Froch learned from the past?

Mikkel Kessler vs. Carl Froch II: Game of Adjustments

By Gabriel Montoya: In any rematch of a close fight, the central question is “Who can adjust and improve from the first fight?” For the past three months of training camp, Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Mikkel Kessler, each preparing for his first career rematch this Saturday at the O2 Arena in London, have attempted to find those answers. Ultimately, however, the outcome may simply come down to desire and a meshing of styles. At Wednesday’s final press conference, the men’s opposing styles could Mikkel Kessler vs. Carl Froch II: Game of Adjustments
Boxing News Headlines for May 22 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for May 22 - 2013

More new than you can use! Boxing News Headlines for May 22 - 2013
Bute-Pascal postponed due to injury, testing in question

Bute-Pascal postponed due to injury, testing in question

Gabriel Montoya: Lucian Bute vs. Jean Pascal was likely going to be the biggest fight in Canada’s storied history of boxing. On Tuesday, the fight was indefinitely postponed... Bute-Pascal postponed due to injury, testing in question
Nicholas Walters: "Winning the WBA title has changed my life"

Nicholas Walters: "Winning the WBA title has changed my life"

By Anson Wainwright: When you think of sports on the Caribbean island of Jamaica, you’re far more likely to think of track and field (in which they enjoyed considerable... Nicholas Walters: "Winning the WBA title has changed my life"
The Soapbox: Networks Enter the Cold War

The Soapbox: Networks Enter the Cold War

By Steve Kim (Pic by Chee, MaxBoxing): OK, if you’re a rabid boxing fan (and if you’re visiting this website, I’d say this qualifies you as such), unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, then you’re well aware HBO made it quite clear at the beginning of this week that they would not be dealing with Golden Boy for the foreseeable future. This also means a vast stable of boxers who fight under the Golden Boy banner will not be appearing on the “Network of Champions” The Soapbox: Networks Enter the Cold War

Azad Championship Report - Don King in the Twilight

By Thomas Hauser: Don King arrived at Barclays Center for the March 9th IBF 175-pound title fight between Bernard Hopkins and Tavoris Cloud shortly after 8:00 p.m. King will be 82 years old on August 20th, but he has the physical presence and vitality of a man half his age. His large bulky frame, Cheshire Cat grin, booming voice, and high-pitched laugh suggest a force of nature. Wherever King goes, he’s encapsulated in a bubble of public attention. Everyone, from high-ranking corporate... Azad Championship Report - Don King in the Twilight

Garcia Gets Long-Awaited Title Shot

Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): It’s taken 30 professional fights but Mikey Garcia is finally on the doorstep of a major world title as he faces WBO beltholder Orlando Salido on Saturday night from the Theater at Madison Square Garden (9:45 p.m., ET/PT, HBO). By today’s standards, especially in the era of four major sanctioning bodies, this is actually a long and winding road. Nowadays, most talented prospects are microwaved and are fighting for a belt within 20 to 25 Garcia Gets Long-Awaited Title Shot
Boxing News Headlines for January 15 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for January 15 - 2013

Fresh News Updates Boxing News Headlines for January 15 - 2013
I Said That? A 2012 Preview Review: Part Three

I Said That? A 2012 Preview Review: Part Three

Marty Mulcahey: Today, I wrap up the annual “Preview Review,” featuring boxing’s traditional glory divisions from middleweight to heavyweight. In the 2012... I Said That? A 2012 Preview Review: Part Three

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

The 2013 K9 Awards: Part One

By Steve Kim: Another year has come and passed and it was another 12-month period where we didn’t see Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather square off. And guess what? It was actually still a very eventful and entertaining year for the sport of boxing, regardless. Better yet, it wasn’t completely overtaken by the MMA! (OK, I’m being facetious there.) But seriously, 2012 was a good one for the sport of boxing and its followers. Here’s a look back at what took place this The 2013 K9 Awards: Part One
Boxing News Headlines for December 17 - 2012

Boxing News Headlines for December 17 - 2012

Huge news updates. Boxing News Headlines for December 17 - 2012
Boxing News Headlines for December 14 - 2012

Boxing News Headlines for December 14 - 2012

Massive news updates. Boxing News Headlines for December 14 - 2012
George Groves: “Next time, I’ll beat James DeGale even better.”

George Groves: “Next time, I’ll beat James DeGale even better.”

Anson Wainwright: Since George Groves turned pro after a successful amateur career, he’s wasted little time, winning the Commonwealth super... George Groves: “Next time, I’ll beat James DeGale even better.”

Santa Cruz on CBS

By Steve Kim (Photo © Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions): The last time CBS televised live professional boxing was in July of 1997 as Bernard Hopkins stopped Glen Johnson in 11 grind-‘em-out rounds. Now, to put into perspective just how long ago this was, Hopkins was still a relative unknown in the boxing world and in the early stages of his historic middleweight title run. And it was Johnson’s first professional loss (yeah, it’s been that long). Then there’s Santa Cruz on CBS
Boxing News Headlines for December 11 - 2012

Boxing News Headlines for December 11 - 2012

Full of new updates Boxing News Headlines for December 11 - 2012
Fonfara, Karpency Ready for Chicago Showdown

Fonfara, Karpency Ready for Chicago Showdown

Matthew Paras: Coming off the biggest win of his career over former world champion Glen Johnson, light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara looks to advance his career... Fonfara, Karpency Ready for Chicago Showdown
Boxing News Headlines for November 5 - 2012

Boxing News Headlines for November 5 - 2012

Big selection of today’s news. Boxing News Headlines for November 5 - 2012
Boxing News Headlines for October 24 - 2012

Boxing News Headlines for October 24 - 2012

Lots of updates for Today. Boxing News Headlines for October 24 - 2012

Azad Championship Report: Quillin Comes Full Circle

By Steve Kim (Photo © Marty Rosengarten - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions): By now you’ve probably heard the Horatio Alger-like story of Peter Quillin and his departure from Grand Rapids, Michigan to New York with nothing but a sense of desperation and his dreams. As his boxing career stalled in Gotham City, the middleweight hopeful migrated to Los Angeles to regain his bearings as a boxer... Azad Championship Report: Quillin Comes Full Circle
Boxing News Headlines for October 18 - 2012

Boxing News Headlines for October 18 - 2012

Loads with new Updates. Boxing News Headlines for October 18 - 2012
Boxing News Headlines for October 17 - 2012

Boxing News Headlines for October 17 - 2012

Tons of new updates. Boxing News Headlines for October 17 - 2012

Is Gatti “Broadway Joe”?

By Steve Kim: There has been a lot of debate and conjecture this week about whether Arturo “Thunder” Gatti deserves induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Since I’m not a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, I don’t have a vote, so I really don’t have a say or stake in this whole argument. And I don’t want to be known as a waffler or a fence-sitter but I really think it’s a 50-50 proposition either way. There is a strong case for and Is Gatti “Broadway Joe”?

Azad Championship Report: The HBO Championship Boxing TV Cheat Sheet – Sept. 8, 2012

By Marty Mulcahey (Photo © Alexis Cuarezma): A match-up between two boxers rated in most pound-for-pound lists is a reason to celebrate and it looks fantastic on paper as well. Now, the two combatants must live up to the hype their past suggests they are capable of delivering. There is the possibility of the pair disappointing on the canvas given the duo prefers to counterpunch instead of lead, which is the viewpoint of many fans based on the lack of buzz... Azad Championship Report: The HBO Championship Boxing TV Cheat Sheet – Sept. 8, 2012

Azad Championship Report: Chad Dawson: “It’s going to be fireworks.”

By Gabriel Montoya: Saturday night on HBO, live from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, no one can accurately predict what will happen between two warriors, one a 168-pound champion named Andre “S.O.G” Ward, the other, a 175-pound champion named “Bad” Chad Dawson. Ward and Dawson will square off at super middleweight to see who is the best fighter in those particular waters. Beyond multiple belts in each weight class, a lot is on the line... Azad Championship Report: Chad Dawson: “It’s going to be fireworks.”
Ward / Dawson Conference Q&A

Ward / Dawson Conference Q&A

Kelly Swanson: Thank you, everybody, for joining us today and I am thrilled to be hosting this call for such an awesome fight. This is Andre Ward and Chad Dawson’s International Media conference call. We will start Ward / Dawson Conference Q&A
Countdown to the Fall

Countdown to the Fall

Steve Kim: The thing about boxing is that even when nothing is really going on, something is still going on. That’s the case this week as plans are being shored up for what... Countdown to the Fall

Virgil Hunter: “We are preparing for the best Chad Dawson at 168.”

By Jason Gonzalez: Pound-for-pound fighter extraordinaire Andre “S.O.G.” Ward returns to the squared circle for the first time since being named 2011’s “Fighter of the Year.” On September 8 on HBO, Ward will face WBC light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson at super middleweight for supremacy at 168 pounds. Ward’s rise to the top of the food chain was rather long and arduous - and that’s putting it lightly. Within a span of two years... Virgil Hunter: “We are preparing for the best Chad Dawson at 168.”
Chad Dawson: “I am the best at 175 and I will be the best at 168.”

Chad Dawson: “I am the best at 175 and I will be the best at 168.”

Jason Gonzalez: It’s always a win-win situation whenever you have two fighters on the mythical pound-for-pound list, both still their primes... Chad Dawson: “I am the best at 175 and I will be the best at 168.”

Guess What? I Liked It!

By Steve Kim: It’s going to be a slow month for boxing - just look at the calendar - but there was an MMA card this weekend. It was the UFC’s fourth show on FOX and between the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies, I watched a good portion of this telecast. And guess what? Like Lil’ Mikey in that Life cereal... Guess What? I Liked It!

Salido Recovers and Returns

By Steve Kim: On the night of March 10th, Orlando Salido participated in probably the best prizefight of 2012. Once again, having to go to the island of Puerto Rico, he faced Juan Manuel Lopez in a rematch of their entertaining scrap from the previous year. This time around, “JuanMa” was in much better condition... Salido Recovers and Returns
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