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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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John “The Warrior” Molina returns to face Humberto Soto

John “The Warrior” Molina returns to face Humberto Soto

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor): John Molina makes no bones about it. He likes to fight. Molina will be back in the ring on September 13 facing former two-division champion Humberto Soto. Four months ago, Molina, 31, engaged in what many called "the fight of the year," a knock-down, drag-out brawl with Lucas Matthysse. The battle was intense from the opening bell. Molina won the first round with aggression... John “The Warrior” Molina returns to face Humberto Soto
WBC Year End Stats

WBC Year End Stats

Mexico City. From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán WBC Year End Stats
5 Best active fighters yet to have won a world title

5 Best active fighters yet to have won a world title

Anson Wainwright: Through out the annals of time many very good fighters have failed to win a world title. Notably Sam Langford, Charley Burley etc. While it’s easier to win a world title today than in bygone years, there are still some very talented fighters who have yet to win a professional title. 5 Best active fighters yet to have won a world title

Danny Garcia: Easy Out or Groupthink Victim?

Gabriel Montoya: “I subscribe to the law of contrary public opinion... If everyone thinks one thing, then I say, bet the other way... “ Ricky Roma from David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross One aspect of modern boxing that is not taken into account when making fight predictions is effect of social media on the collective (un)conscious. In particular twitter. In today’s world, the lines between those professionally dedicated to sharing information by reporting news and those that share Danny Garcia: Easy Out or Groupthink Victim?
Garcia vs. Matthysse Looks to Steal the Show

Garcia vs. Matthysse Looks to Steal the Show

Bill Tibbs: Fight fans are optimistic that the Saul Alvarez vs. Floyd Mayweather bout (September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Showtime Pay-Per-View) does have potential for some real fireworks. However, these same fans were really excited at the undercard shootout announced shortly thereafter. Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight title and his World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight title against power-punching A Garcia vs. Matthysse Looks to Steal the Show
Boxing News Headlines for May 21 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for May 21 - 2013

Real News, not stepped on. Boxing News Headlines for May 21 - 2013
Showtime: Peterson-Matthysse, Alexander-Brook

Showtime: Peterson-Matthysse, Alexander-Brook

ATLANTIC CITY. - World championship boxing returns to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, May 18 with a SHOWTIME® CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader featuring IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson facing hard-hitting WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse in a 12-round welterweight bout and the rescheduled IBF Welterweight Title showdown between Two-Division World Champion Devon Alexander "The Great" and undefeated British star and number one rated I Showtime: Peterson-Matthysse, Alexander-Brook
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"
Boxing News Headlines for February 20 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for February 20 - 2013

Tons of news updates. Boxing News Headlines for February 20 - 2013
Boxing News Headlines for February 11 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for February 11 - 2013

Tons of News updates. Boxing News Headlines for February 11 - 2013
Boxing News Headlines for January 17 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for January 17 - 2013

Huge News Selections. Boxing News Headlines for January 17 - 2013

The 2013 K9 Awards: Part Two

By Steve Kim: OK, before we move on, I was told by more than a few people that Josesito Lopez’s thrilling victory over Victor Ortiz and Rey Migreno’s shocking win over Pongsaklek Wonjongkam merited status in the “Upset of the Year” category. No arguments here. It was a clear oversight on my part and it’s duly noted. Now, let’s resume the festivities... FIGHT OF THE YEAR... The 2013 K9 Awards: Part Two
The HBO World Championship Boxing TV Cheat Sheet- Nov. 17, 2012

The HBO World Championship Boxing TV Cheat Sheet- Nov. 17, 2012

Martin Mulcahey: Tonight’s HBO show is a welcome distraction for storm-ravaged Atlantic City citizens, a small reprieve bringing with it a sense of return to normalcy after... The HBO World Championship Boxing TV Cheat Sheet- Nov. 17, 2012
Boxing News Headlines for September 26 - 2012

Boxing News Headlines for September 26 - 2012

Lots of New headlines. Boxing News Headlines for September 26 - 2012
Showtime Takes a Pass

Showtime Takes a Pass

Steve Kim: Showtime, which had televised Orlando Salido’s two bouts against Juan Manuel Lopez and had a position on Salido’s upcoming contest against Miguel Garcia on November 10th, has decided... Showtime Takes a Pass

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: It’s Still Showtime for Matthysse

By Steve Kim (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME): Even though the bout between IBF welterweight titleholder Randall Bailey (who suffered a back injury) and Devon Alexander has been pushed back, Showtime (9 p.m., ET/PT) decided to move forward with its card on Saturday night. The new main event from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is a tussle for the interim WBC junior welterweight title between Lucas Matthysse and Ajose Olusegun. It says here that... Azad Championship Report: It’s Still Showtime for Matthysse
Q&A w/ Olusegun Ajose

Q&A w/ Olusegun Ajose

World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Lightweight No. 1 contender Olusegun Ajose is finished waiting quietly for his shot at a world title. Q&A w/ Olusegun Ajose
A September to Remember

A September to Remember

Marty Mulcahey: Let’s not kid ourselves; it has been a horrible August for boxing fans with little in the way of star power or top 10 boxers facing off against each other... A September to Remember
Joan Guzman: “Guzman is back and with a vengeance.”

Joan Guzman: “Guzman is back and with a vengeance.”

Anson Wainwright: Today is the 10-year anniversary Joan Guzman’s first world championship win. He claimed the then-vacant WBO super bantamweight... Joan Guzman: “Guzman is back and with a vengeance.”
At First You Don’t Succeed in Your American TV Debut: The 10 We Want to See…Again!

At First You Don’t Succeed in Your American TV Debut: The 10 We Want to See…Again!

Marty Mulcahey: Depending on circumstances, a boxer’s first impression with television viewers is not always the best... At First You Don’t Succeed in Your American TV Debut: The 10 We Want to See…Again!
Golden Boy, SHOWTIME & CBS Team up for Olympic Boxers

Golden Boy, SHOWTIME & CBS Team up for Olympic Boxers

Making Their Pro Debuts On Network Television Golden Boy, SHOWTIME & CBS Team up for Olympic Boxers
Johan Perez: “I’m looking for fights with Morales, Soto, Maidana and Khan”

Johan Perez: “I’m looking for fights with Morales, Soto, Maidana and Khan”

Anson Wainwright: The original plan called for Venezuelan puncher Johan Perez to make his American debut on the undercard... Johan Perez: “I’m looking for fights with Morales, Soto, Maidana and Khan”

Star Wars on September 15th

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): On Tuesday afternoon, while Top Rank was concluding its media tour in Mexico City to promote its September 15th showdown between WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez, Golden Boy was officially kicking off its promotion featuring Josesito... Star Wars on September 15th

“Canelo,” Chavez Jr. and a Little Jose from Riverside

By Shaun McComas: Saul Alvarez has not really had a lot of luck over the past month finding a dance partner for his September 15th bout in Las Vegas. His first opponent, Paul Williams, had a terrible motorcycle accident, rendering him paralyzed. His next potential opponent, James Kirkland, demonstrated... “Canelo,” Chavez Jr. and a Little Jose from Riverside

Orozco to Make ShoBox Debut?

Steve Kim: Junior welterweight prospect Antonio Orozco isn’t sure yet if he’s part of the special edition of “ShoBox” taking place this weekend from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. But the young prospect who originally hails from Garden City, Kansas (where Victor Ortiz and Brandon Rios were actually on friendly... Orozco to Make ShoBox Debut?

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

Azad Championship Report - Upset of the year: Josesito “Rocky” Lopez TKO’s Victor Ortiz in nine rounds

By John J. Raspanti at ringside (Photo © German Villasenor): Josesito Lopez’s plan was to shock the boxing world June 23. Lopez (28-4, 18 KOs) executed his plan perfectly, stopping the heavily favored Victor Ortiz (29-4, 22 KOs) after nine rounds of give and take action at The Staples Center in Los Angeles... Azad Championship Report - Upset of the year: Josesito “Rocky” Lopez TKO’s Victor Ortiz in nine rounds
Boxing Headlines for June 23 - 2012

Boxing Headlines for June 23 - 2012

Tons of fresh news links. Boxing Headlines for June 23 - 2012
The Showtime TV Cheat Sheet- June 23, 2012

The Showtime TV Cheat Sheet- June 23, 2012

Marty Mulcahey: Showtime did a good job rescuing tonight’s event following Andre Berto’s removal from the telecast after testing positive for a performance-enhancing... The Showtime TV Cheat Sheet- June 23, 2012
Ortiz vs. Lopez Weigh-in Almost Gets Physical

Ortiz vs. Lopez Weigh-in Almost Gets Physical

John J. Raspanti, reporting from Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood, California: Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez nearly began their bout a day early today. Their weigh-in became... Ortiz vs. Lopez Weigh-in Almost Gets Physical
Humberto Soto: “The Lucas Matthysse fight will be the fight for the fans”

Humberto Soto: “The Lucas Matthysse fight will be the fight for the fans”

Anson Wainwright: The coastal town of Los Mochis in northern Mexico is known as “Champions Town” due to the inordinate amount of boxing world... Humberto Soto: “The Lucas Matthysse fight will be the fight for the fans”

The Fight of the Night?

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): Lost in all the hoopla of a potential pay-per-view clash on September 15th (dependent on Victor Ortiz not slipping on any banana peels or having Marcos Maidana flashbacks tonight at the Staples Center when he faces Josesito Lopez) is an enticing junior welterweight battle... The Fight of the Night?
Ortiz vs. Lopez - Final Quotes & Photos

Ortiz vs. Lopez - Final Quotes & Photos

The final press conference for one of the most oft-discussed fight cards of t Ortiz vs. Lopez - Final Quotes & Photos
Boxing Headlines for June 14 - 2012

Boxing Headlines for June 14 - 2012

Lots of Fresh News Links. Boxing Headlines for June 14 - 2012

Showtime Adds Appetizer and Dessert

By Steve Kim: One of the (many) pet peeves of boxing fans is that in recent years, broadcasts on HBO or Showtime have featured just one live bout. There are many reasons for this - mostly having to do with their budgets. But think about it; even a full 12-round fight that goes the distance lasts less than a full hour. It’s almost like going to a fancy... Showtime Adds Appetizer and Dessert

Afolabi, Still Fit to Be Tied

By Steve Kim: It’s been a few weeks since Ola Afolabi came within a single point on two scorecards of taking the WBO cruiserweight title from Marco Huck on his home canvas in Germany May 5th. After taking a quick lead in the early rounds and then fading a bit in the middle stanzas, both cruisers waged battle till the very end. When the scorecards were announced, the fight was ruled a draw (with two judges seeing the fight at 114-114). It was a hotly contested... Afolabi, Still Fit to Be Tied

Andre Berto tests positive for “The Molecule of the Month” Nandrolone

By Gabriel Montoya: Professor of Physical Chemistry Paul May BSc, PhD(Bristol), CChem, MRSC at the University of Bristol said in 2000 of Nandrolone: “The drug known as nandrolone (also known commercially as Deca-Durabolin) has the IUPAC name 17b-hydroxy-19-nor-4-andro-sten-3-one, and is an anabolic steroid (a muscle-building chemical) which occurs naturally in the human body, but only in tiny quantities. It is very similar in... Andre Berto tests positive for “The Molecule of the Month” Nandrolone
Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr.: “I want to win four world titles in different divisions”

Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr.: “I want to win four world titles in different divisions”

Anson Wainwright: The northern coastal town of Los Mochis, Mexico has become somewhat of boxing hotbed over the... Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr.: “I want to win four world titles in different divisions”
Golden Boy Promotions & Fox Sports

Golden Boy Promotions & Fox Sports

Enter Boxing with new Deal... Golden Boy Promotions & Fox Sports

Showtime, Golden Boy Go Local

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): On June 2nd, Showtime brings a quadruple-header from the Home Depot Center featuring Antonio Tarver taking on Lateef Kayode, Peter Quillin facing Winky Wright, Austin Trout versus Delvin Rodriguez and Leo Santa Cruz battling Vusi Malinga. As Tarver-Kayode and Quillin-Wright were formulated, the... Showtime, Golden Boy Go Local
All Boxing Headlines - April 18, 2012

All Boxing Headlines - April 18, 2012

Tons of Today’s Fresh News Links. All Boxing Headlines - April 18, 2012
All Boxing Headlines - April 17, 2012

All Boxing Headlines - April 17, 2012

Tons of fresh news links. All Boxing Headlines - April 17, 2012

Oscar De La Hoya Talks Berto-Ortiz II and the Fights

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © German Villasenor): In the sport of boxing, success is obviously hard to come by. Managers, promoters and trainers spend lifetimes panning for the gold that is a once-in-a-lifetime talent. But even when found, a fighter’s talent is not enough. It’s not enough to possess extraordinary speed, power, a marketable personality or look. The smart boxer is not... Oscar De La Hoya Talks Berto-Ortiz II and the Fights

The Show Stealer

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): This weekend at the Mandalay Bay was supposed to serve as a prelude to a highly anticipated promotion with future Hall-of-Famer Juan Manuel Marquez at Cowboys Stadium on July 14th. As Saturday night unfolded, we found the guy to face him- only it wasn’t who Top Rank... The Show Stealer

A Necessary Evil

By Steve Kim: On April 14th, one of the more anticipated bouts of 2012 was supposed to take place between former lightweight beltholder Brandon Rios and talented Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. About two months ago, Top Rank President Todd duBoef made a trip to Miami with the stated goal of securing Gamboa... A Necessary Evil
The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights TV Cheat Sheet-Mar. 2, 2012

The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights TV Cheat Sheet-Mar. 2, 2012

Marty Mulcahey: Who would have thought as Joan Guzman was fighting his way up the boxing ladder, appearing on HBO repeatedly, that he would slip... The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights TV Cheat Sheet-Mar. 2, 2012

Ortiz-Berto II on the Move?

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): Originally the plan from Golden Boy Promotions called for the anticipated rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto- who engaged in one of the best bouts of 2011- to be rescheduled from its original date of February 11th to June 30th after Berto suffered... Ortiz-Berto II on the Move?
Antonio DeMarco: “Anyone who is willing to fight me, I will accept.”

Antonio DeMarco: “Anyone who is willing to fight me, I will accept.”

Anson Wainwright: With time running out and miles behind on points, Antonio DeMarco kept plugging away until, in the penultimate round, he managed... Antonio DeMarco: “Anyone who is willing to fight me, I will accept.”

Peterson to Rematch Khan in Las Vegas

By Steve Kim: In the past week or so, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer had been rather tough to corral on the phone. He was, however, in a rather talkative mood on Thursday afternoon with the announcement of the rematch between IBF/WBA junior welterweight... Peterson to Rematch Khan in Las Vegas
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