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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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Thurman Ready for Welter Wars

Thurman Ready for Welter Wars

Bill Tibbs: World Boxing Association (WBA) interim welterweight titleholder Keith “One Time” Thurman predicted prior to last Saturday’s bout with... Thurman Ready for Welter Wars
Thurman and Karass Both Look to Capitalize

Thurman and Karass Both Look to Capitalize

Bill Tibbs: When Keith Thurman and Jesus Soto Karass scored huge wins at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas last July, both hoped they would lead... Thurman and Karass Both Look to Capitalize
Karass ends Year with a Bang!

Karass ends Year with a Bang!

German Villasenor: October, 2013 - In what has ’’fight of the year’’ written all over it, Jesus ’’Renuente’’ Soto-Karass will finish 2013 riding his good fortune momentum Karass ends Year with a Bang!

Azad Championship Report - Fight Card of the Year

By Steve Kim (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME): The Showtime tripleheader from San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night was largely overlooked coming into this past weekend. More than taking place in the midst of a summer slumber from the boxing business (when promoters and networks would rather save their good stuff for the fall months), it had a relative dearth of marquee names or pound-for-pound entrants, which oftentimes are required for the masses to get excited about these cards... Azad Championship Report - Fight Card of the Year
Rebirth Battles Relevant

Rebirth Battles Relevant

Bill Tibbs: When former welterweight champion Andre Berto steps into the ring on July 27th on Showtime, it will be his first bout back since being beaten by Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero... Rebirth Battles Relevant

Azad Championship Report - Satchel Paige Would Be Proud

By Steve Kim: Legendary hurler Satchel Paige, who Bernard Hopkins has referenced more than once as a role model, would be proud of “The Executioner.” Once again, Hopkins riddled a (much) younger foe in the prime of his athletic life on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, taming Tavoris Cloud over 12 rounds to capture the IBF light heavyweight crown. Yeah, Hopkins isn’t looking back because something could be gaining on him. But it hasn’t caught him yet... Azad Championship Report - Satchel Paige Would Be Proud
Boxing News Headlines for March 10 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for March 10 - 2013

All the B-Hop u can handle & more. Boxing News Headlines for March 10 - 2013
Boxing News Headlines for March 9 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for March 9 - 2013

Today’s News Links. Boxing News Headlines for March 9 - 2013
Keith “One Time” Thurman Looks to Make It an Early Night on Saturday

Keith “One Time” Thurman Looks to Make It an Early Night on Saturday

Juan C. Ayllon: CLEARWATER, FL – It was November 24, 2012. The savagery began with a single, thudding left hook to the ribs that nearly ended it in the... Keith “One Time” Thurman Looks to Make It an Early Night on Saturday

The Show Goes On

By Steve Kim: Despite the touch of bronchitis that knocked Chris Arreola out of his pivotal bout against Bermane Stiverne, the card at the Hangar in Costa Mesa, California will proceed on Saturday night. This was supposed to be part of an HBO tripleheader (with IBF light heavyweight titlist Tavoris Cloud’s bout against Bernard Hopkins and Keith Thurman facing Jan Zaveck at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn). But even without HBO - and its license fee - the show must go on. Why?... The Show Goes On
Coyne & Oliveira added to card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

Coyne & Oliveira added to card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

A World Boxing Association light heavyweight elimination bout featuring two undefeated fighters, Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (21-0, 9 KOs), from St. Louis, and Marcus Oliveira (24-0-1, 19 KOs), from Lawren Coyne & Oliveira added to card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

Farewell to a Modern-Day Gladiator

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): Michael Katsidis was scheduled to make his next outing later this month. The fan-friendly fighter was to have faced Weng Haya at the Melbourne Pavilion in his home of Australia on February 21st but on early Tuesday morning, a press release was sent out to various members of the boxing media. The following is an excerpt: Two time WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis is out of boxing indefinitely and expects to make a decision about his Farewell to a Modern-Day Gladiator

Forbes Fights On

By Steve Kim: On Saturday night from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, a nationally televised card on Fox Sports Net/Deportes takes place featuring veteran Steve Forbes facing Johan Perez. Yeah, it’s the year 2013 and Forbes, who long ago was a finals contestant on “The Contender” is still at it. If you find that hard to believe, well, you’re not alone. Because neither can he. “Honestly, no, probably not,” said Forbes, when asked if he thought he still be in this racket for this Forbes Fights On

Boxing’s PED Problem: Where do we go from here?

By Gabriel Montoya: Three years ago, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said in action what nowadays everyone knows and is for the most part still afraid to say: Our favorite sport, boxing, has a drug problem. For years, we’ve ignored it. Like that person who unbeknownst to them marries an alcoholic and ignores that fact over time, making all kinds of excuses for doing so, we’ve grown expert at denial. It’s been easy. Boxing is a personal sport. Each fan, writer, fighter, manager, promoter, and network exec Boxing’s PED Problem: Where do we go from here?

Andre Berto: Lessons Learned the Hard Way

By Gabriel Montoya: For the past year-and-a-half, former two-time welterweight champion Andre Berto’s life has been the exact opposite of his laidback demeanor. The trouble started in April of 2011 against Victor Ortiz, a junior welterweight with a shaky chin Berto thought he’d blast out of there. It didn’t happen. In fact, both men hit the canvas in an absolutely unexpected war that left Berto with his first loss when the scorecards were read... Andre Berto: Lessons Learned the Hard Way

The Soapbox

By Steve Kim: I’ve always asserted that I converse and have dialogue with some of the most intelligent boxing fans on the planet (excluding those who “Blame Bob,” compile pound-for-pound lists and actually believe the eradication of the sanctioning bodies would be some sort of wholesale panacea for what ails the boxing business). And I’ve always maintained that those who truly support the business by actually going to... The Soapbox
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!
HBO’s First Half Posts Similar Ratings from Greenburg Era

HBO’s First Half Posts Similar Ratings from Greenburg Era

Matthew Paras: A year ago, former President of HBO Sports Ross Greenburg stepped down from his position after being forced out from the network’s higher-ups... HBO’s First Half Posts Similar Ratings from Greenburg Era
Azad Championship Report - Boxing Industry Poll: Manny Pacquiao is #1 at 147 Pounds

Azad Championship Report - Boxing Industry Poll: Manny Pacquiao is #1 at 147 Pounds

Thomas Hauser: This is the fourth in a series of polls conducted with the help of an elite group of matchmakers and others with in-depth knowledge... Azad Championship Report - Boxing Industry Poll: Manny Pacquiao is #1 at 147 Pounds

The Nandrolone Mystery and other tales from boxing’s drug war front

By Gabriel Montoya: On Monday, informed sources revealed to me analysis of Andre Berto’s positive test results for norandrosterone, a metabolic byproduct of nandrolone, a highly potent and outdated banned substance. Berto had a concentration of 20 ng/ml (nanograms to milliliters) or parts per trillion in his system. The allowable limit is 2 ng. The amount in his system is “consistent with contamination not intent” according to my sources... The Nandrolone Mystery and other tales from boxing’s drug war front

Do We Have a Thaw?

By Steve Kim: It’s not clear yet who Juan Manuel Marquez will face on July 14th at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas but all indications are the powers-that-be are focusing on Erik Morales. The story within the story is that Marquez is ostensibly promoted by Top Rank (officially, he is under the auspices of Zanfer Promotions) and Morales, who for years worked with Bob Arum’s company, is now associated with Golden Boy. Yeah, Marquez-Morales is... Do We Have a Thaw?

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
Zaveck Out-Points Ushona

Zaveck Out-Points Ushona

Former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck scored a 12 round unanimous points decision over Bethuel Tyson Ushona at the Tabor Arena in Maribor, Slovenia on Saturday night. Zaveck Out-Points Ushona
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
Andre Berto on a Victor Ortiz Rematch and VADA Testing

Andre Berto on a Victor Ortiz Rematch and VADA Testing

Gabriel Montoya: Former IBF and WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto has had a down-and-up (in that order) 2011. He started the year off in April facing... Andre Berto on a Victor Ortiz Rematch and VADA Testing

A New World for Golden Boy?

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): Tonight, a split-site doubleheader on HBO takes place from Mexico City (where Saul Alvarez faces Kermit Cintron) and Cincinnati (where Adrien Broner takes on Vicente Martin Rodriguez). This will be another installment of “Boxing After Dark” but it will... A New World for Golden Boy?

The Promoting of Tim Bradley

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): On what was a brisk autumn afternoon last Saturday at the Santa Anita Park, a place best known for thoroughbred horses, a pair of prizefighters were featured as a prelude to this weekend’s pay-per-view event in Las Vegas. While the horses ran trackside... The Promoting of Tim Bradley
Is Polish Power Ready for Overload?

Is Polish Power Ready for Overload?

By Marty Mulcahey: Historically, it is fair to call Poland the whipping boy of European nations, suffering everything from historic military defeats to... Is Polish Power Ready for Overload?
Thomas Oosthuizen: “I will take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day.”

Thomas Oosthuizen: “I will take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day.”

By Anson Wainwright: A few weeks back, South African Thomas Oosthuizen,16-0-1 (11), travelled over from his home in South Africa to make his American... Thomas Oosthuizen: “I will take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day.”
More Rituals (and Reflections) of Battle

More Rituals (and Reflections) of Battle

Special to Maxboxing by Vinnie Paz: So, we meet again, fight fans. It’s been a few months since I last spoke to you guys, so I’ve missed my Maxboxing fam. What I didn’t miss is the good, the bad, and the ugly that’s been going on in our beloved sport. More Rituals (and Reflections) of Battle

Just a Ceasefire or a True Thaw?

By Steve Kim: This upcoming Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, a featherweight contest takes place between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Daniel Ponce de Leon. The talented Cuban is promoted by Top Rank and Ponce de Leon is represented by Golden Boy Promotions. Much has been made of the fact that these two firms- who are the most powerful promotional entities in the United States- had not... Just a Ceasefire or a True Thaw?

Andre Berto Takes Jan Zaveck’s Belt in a Barnburner

By Gabriel Montoya: While we didn’t get to see if newly crowned IBF welterweight Andre Berto’s stamina had improved deep in a fight, we did get an entertaining five rounds of action Saturday night on HBO. Fighting for the first time both on HBO and in the US, Jan Zaveck, 31-2, 18 KOs of Ptuj, Slovania brought the heat to Berto but unfortunately for him and us, his face could not sustain the punishment Berto, 28-1, 22 KOs, doled out... Andre Berto Takes Jan Zaveck’s Belt in a Barnburner

The HBO TV Cheat Sheet- Sept. 3, 2011

By Marty Mulcahey: Judging by the lack of buzz, there is a good chance that tonight’s “HBO Boxing After Dark” show will be the cable network’s lowest rated boxing broadcast of the year despite headliner Andre Berto coming off an HBO appearance that was the network’s third most watched boxing event of 2011. The card lacks the marquee feel of an HBO broadcast, with the headliner returning from a loss and... The HBO TV Cheat Sheet- Sept. 3, 2011

Conte’s Here to Stay

By Steve Kim: There was more than a tinge of irony when Andre Berto, of all people- the same guy who caused a bit of a mini-storm on Twitter a few months back by insinuating that Victor Ortiz had been on something illegal and illicit during their April fight- consulted Victor Conte. For many, Conte will always be synonymous with the rampant use of steroids in professional sports at the turn of the century. As a result... Conte’s Here to Stay

Andre Berto Looks to Get Back in the Title Picture

By Gabriel Montoya: It was April 16, 2011 and Andre Berto was in the fight of his young life with Victor Ortiz. Berto was hurt and dropped early as well as late and tested throughout. When it was all over, Berto was no longer the WBC welterweight titleholder. If you had to pick a first loss, well, this might be the one you want, a “Fight of the Year” candidate with all... Andre Berto Looks to Get Back in the Title Picture

Saturday Night at the Berto Rivage

By Steve Kim: This upcoming weekend marks the start of the college football season with a few marquee match-ups (LSU-Oregon and Boise State-UGA) but boxing also kicks off the first weekend of September as IBF welterweight titlist Jan Zaveck defends his belt against Andre Berto from the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS on HBO. This past week on a national conference call with reporters, Lou "Mount St." DiBella... Saturday Night at the Berto Rivage
Eastern Regional Report- Aug. 12, 2011

Eastern Regional Report- Aug. 12, 2011

By Alec Kohut: This weekend features cards in four of our best Eastern and Midwestern fight towns. Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown are... Eastern Regional Report- Aug. 12, 2011

Partners in Crime

By Steve Kim: Now I’m not the one to go all Dan Rafael or “Harry Hardcore” every time a sanctioning organization makes what amounts to a business deal for its own self-interest. For all the faults of these alphabet groups (and there are many), there are bigger, more pressing issues that plague this business. The reason why some keep battering them is because they are easy targets and it’s become cliché. Want to look like a real muckraker? Rip Jose Sulaiman. Yeah, that’ll make Partners in Crime

Tarver Wants to Be Heavy

By Steve Kim: While Antonio Tarver easily shrugged off Danny Green in Sydney, Australia back on July 20th at the Entertainment Centre in nine, mostly dominant rounds, he still hasn’t shaken off the effects of jet lag since returning to the States last week. After his fight “Down Under” on Wednesday, he was in Las Vegas this past weekend before finally heading back home to Tampa, Florida. While still talkative... Tarver Wants to Be Heavy

Where Have You Gone, Lou DiBella?

By Steve Kim: A couple of weeks ago, HBO announced that the president of their sports department, Ross Greenburg, was ’resigning’ from his post after 33 years with the network. It’s a move that has a direct impact on the sport of boxing and its fans. Now, it’s time for Richard Plepler, the co-president, and Michael Lombardo, their programming president, to... Where Have You Gone, Lou DiBella?
Montoya’s Monday Mailbag- July 11, 2011

Montoya’s Monday Mailbag- July 11, 2011

By Gabriel Montoya: “Why do we bother?” Bad referees, judges, promoters, boxers that dont understand fundamentals while supposed to be elite athlete, fights that don’t happens, bad coaches, bad locations, bad decisions, Montoya’s Monday Mailbag- July 11, 2011
All Boxing Headlines for July 8 - 2011

All Boxing Headlines for July 8 - 2011

Over 150 Fresh News Links All Boxing Headlines for July 8 - 2011

Orozco Puts in Road Work

By Steve Kim: There’s a lot of great things about the city of San Diego AKA “America’s Finest City” where the weather always seems to be 75 degrees and sunny. Some say it has all the great things about Los Angeles without any of the negatives. But there is one thing that L.A. doesn’t have that the 619 doesn’t: a deep pool of boxers for a young prizefighter to spar with on a daily basis. This is why promising junior welterweight Antonio Orozco... Orozco Puts in Road Work

Alexander Looks to Bounce Back

By Steve Kim: On the night of January 29th in Pontiac, Michigan, Devon Alexander engaged in what was the biggest bout of his career, putting his WBC junior welterweight title on the line against WBO champion Tim Bradley. It was a contest that was supposed to not only represent what could be so right about the sport but an opportunity for boxing to introduce a new star... Alexander Looks to Bounce Back

Dawson Calls the Troubleshooter

By Steve Kim (Photo © Howard Schatz): As Chad Dawson lost to Jean Pascal last August via 11th round technical decision in Montreal, a familiar call was made to noted trainer Emanuel Steward. In the past, when he wasn’t working with his homegrown fighters at the Kronk Gym in Detroit, Steward was regularly contacted by marquee fighters as they hit rough patches in their careers. From Evander Holyfield, Julio Cesar Chavez, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko... Dawson Calls the Troubleshooter

The View from the Corners

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): There was a time when Freddie Roach and Naazim Richardson were in the same corner. Back a few years ago, they worked together in training Bernard Hopkins. This Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, they will be on opposite sides of the ring when WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao takes on Shane Mosley (Showtime PPV, 9 PM ET/6 PM PT)... The View from the Corners

Andre Berto and the Quest for Respect

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Howard Schatz): Forget rankings, titles, money or TV dates. Respect is the hardest thing to earn in boxing. From the first bell a fighter hears to the last, respect of an opponent and most importantly, the crowd, is the thing he is fighting for. All the rest comes with it. WBC welterweight titleholder Andre Berto has HBO dates, huge paychecks, the aforementioned belt and a... Andre Berto and the Quest for Respect

With Focus and Clarity, Katsidis Faces Guerrero

By Steve Kim: In what was one of his more famous malaprops, the sage Yogi Berra stated that 90 percent of baseball was half-mental (or something to that effect). It was pure Yogi: baffling, yet brilliant at the same time. And the same could be said about the sport of boxing. For all its brutality, boxing is every bit mental as it is physical. You can hone your body to its peak condition but if your psychological make-up is... With Focus and Clarity, Katsidis Faces Guerrero
Malignaggi Looks Ahead to the Present and Future

Malignaggi Looks Ahead to the Present and Future

By Steve Kim: There is a train of thought that once a fighter contemplates retirement, he is essentially retired. However, Paulie Malignaggi, who faces Jose Cotto this Saturday... Malignaggi Looks Ahead to the Present and Future

Mikey Makes the Move

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): On Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Mikey Garcia leads off the “Boxing After Dark” telecast on HBO by facing fellow undefeated foe Matt Remillard. For Garcia, this represents not only a step up in class but also a symbolic step to the next level of the boxing food chain. No longer is he just a young, promising fighter stuck on... Mikey Makes the Move
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