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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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Club 1957 Management announces signing Teon Kennedy

Club 1957 Management announces signing Teon Kennedy

Mark Cipparone’s Club 1957 Management is proud to announce the signing of former world title challenger Teon "The Technician" Kennedy to a management contract. Club 1957 Management announces signing Teon Kennedy

Fortune Weighs in on Roach vs. Ariza Melee

By Gabriel Montoya: No doubt if you are a boxing fan (and maybe if you aren’t), you have seen the gym altercation between Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, trainer Robert Garcia and the former strength and conditioning coach for several of Roach’s fighters (and member of Team Rios), Alex Ariza. If you haven’t, Maxboxing.com video correspondent Radio Rahim caught the spontaneous combustion on camera. The dispute was over gym time. Team Garcia’s was to end at 11 a.m. Fortune Weighs in on Roach vs. Ariza Melee

Getting Pac to Basics

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): No one saw Manny Pacquiao coming when he first arrived on the HBO boxing scene in 2001 in a super bantamweight 122 lb title bout. Six rounds and a knockout of Ledwaba later, Pacquiao had a second world title in as many weight classes. Coming into the bout, Pacquiao was coming off a six fight winning streak following his second knockout loss. The bout was the very first with trainer Freddie Roach, taken on short notice when Pacquiao, now a Getting Pac to Basics

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
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
Takashi Uchiyama: “To this day, I strive to make myself a better boxer”

Takashi Uchiyama: “To this day, I strive to make myself a better boxer”

Anson Wainwright: To many, the super featherweight division is one of the weaker divisions in boxing. A year or so ago... Takashi Uchiyama: “To this day, I strive to make myself a better boxer”

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 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
Ponce's Ready; Gamboa Better Watch Out

Ponce's Ready; Gamboa Better Watch Out

By German Villasenor: It’s been a long time coming for former WBO super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon... Ponce's Ready; Gamboa Better Watch Out
Teon Kennedy: “I'm ready to fight any of the champions at 122 pounds”

Teon Kennedy: “I'm ready to fight any of the champions at 122 pounds”

By Anson Wainwright: Philadelphia’s Teon "The Technician" Kennedy, 17-0-1 (7), returns to action tonight, when he meets Alejandro Lopez... Teon Kennedy: “I'm ready to fight any of the champions at 122 pounds”

Gamboa-Lopez? Show Arum the Money

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina/Top Rank): In the immediate aftermath of Yuriorkis Gamboa’s impressive dispatching of Jorge Solis last weekend in Atlantic City, fellow featherweight standout Juan Manuel Lopez (who faces Orlando Salido on April 16th in Puerto Rico) was brought into the ring for a photo-op. The mere sight of these two fighters had boxing fans... Gamboa-Lopez? Show Arum the Money
Ritual (and Reflections) of Battle

Ritual (and Reflections) of Battle

Special to Maxboxing by Vinnie Paz: Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Vinnie Paz. Not the five-time champ from Rhode Island but a measly rapper/boxing aficionado from Philadelphia. Pazienza was my favorite fighter growing up in the early 80s and my father and I watched all of his fights, which back then were usually televised on Saturdays on Ritual (and Reflections) of Battle

One Last, Last Time for Segura at 108

By Steve Kim: Prior to his first hook-up with Ivan Calderon last year in Puerto Rico, Giovani Segura privately pledged that this would be his last foray in the junior flyweight division. He would make this one final fight at 108-pounds in an attempt to unify his WBA title with Calderon’s WBO belt. This chance at history (and its accompanying payday) was worth... One Last, Last Time for Segura at 108

Gamboa and Garcia score big wins

By Gabriel Montoya: Two Top Rank fighters put their considerable skills on display and impressed in different fashions Saturday night in Atlantic City as part of an HBO doubleheader. Cuban featherweight sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0 with 16 KOS) absolutely destroyed Mexican journeyman and ex-champ Jorge Solis (40-3-2 with 29 KOs) in just four rounds, dropping him four times and knocking around the ring seemingly at will... Gamboa and Garcia score big wins
HBO Boxing After Dark Cheat Sheet- Mar. 26, 2011

HBO Boxing After Dark Cheat Sheet- Mar. 26, 2011

By Marty Mulcahey: Last night, ESPN2 featured two talented Cuban upstarts; a HBO show like tonight’s is where those men aspire to ply their trade. Currently, fellow Cuban expatriate Yuriorkis Gamboa is paving a fast path for... HBO Boxing After Dark Cheat Sheet- Mar. 26, 2011

The Cuban Conundrum

By Steve Kim: On Saturday night, WBA/IBF featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa faces Jorge Solis at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This fight, which headlines the most recent installment of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” isn’t taking place in the big room but at the Phillips Arena, which seats 3,000 patrons. The reason is simple- Top Rank The Cuban Conundrum
Matt Remillard’s quotes from camp

Matt Remillard’s quotes from camp

The fight to determine America’s leading featherweight, pitting unbeaten NABF and NABO champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard against undefeated IBF # 1 contender Mikey Garcia, is the 10-round co-feature on Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury,” March 26 on HBO After Dark live from B Matt Remillard’s quotes from camp
Eastern Regional Report- Feb. 9, 2011

Eastern Regional Report- Feb. 9, 2011

By Alec Kohut: On my way to Detroit, I stopped by Jack Loew’s Southside Gym in Youngstown, Ohio. While there’s no new news regarding Kelly Pavlik, Loew is excited to be training lightweight Dannie Williams of St. Louis, MO full-time now... Eastern Regional Report- Feb. 9, 2011
Boxing News Headlines - Feb 1

Boxing News Headlines - Feb 1

Tons of New Headlines Boxing News Headlines - Feb 1
Holt Looks to Make One Last Run

Holt Looks to Make One Last Run

By Steve Kim: Before Tim Bradley and Devon Alexander do battle on Saturday night (HBO,10 PM, ET/7 PM, PT) at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, Kendall Holt faces journeyman... Holt Looks to Make One Last Run
Candid Cameron: Bradley’s Contract, Donaire Moving to 122, Pavlik on Pacquiao Undercard?

Candid Cameron: Bradley’s Contract, Donaire Moving to 122, Pavlik on Pacquiao Undercard?

By Ryan Maquiñana: Last Sunday, I received an email from BWAA Manager of the Year 2008 Cameron Dunkin. The message was short and sweet. Candid Cameron: Bradley’s Contract, Donaire Moving to 122, Pavlik on Pacquiao Undercard?
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

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
Promethean Logic- November 19, 2010

Promethean Logic- November 19, 2010

By Coyote Duran: Today’s “Logic” is all over the map with emphasis on boxing tomes YOU need to read! Also, takes on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito fight and thoughts on the aftermath as well as a little bit o’ “Karate Kid”-hating. Yeah, I said it and it ain’t going away. Promethean Logic- November 19, 2010
“Super Six” Scenarios

“Super Six” Scenarios

By Steve Kim: There are two formulas in sports that I’ll never quite figure out. First are the quarterback ratings used by the NFL, which is a hodgepodge of statistical information that is tabulated to... “Super Six” Scenarios

The Thursday/Friday TV Cheat Sheet

By Marty Mulcahey: The weekend boxing action gets off to an early start tonight; with FOX Sports airing the club-level fights emanating from L.A’s Nokia Theater-turned-nightclub. The shows have evolved from bad mismatches to C-level “ShoBox” events, where a young prospect is matched with a beatable trial horse with one hazardous asset that has to be navigated. On Friday night, I have conflicting feelings about Telefutura card... The Thursday/Friday TV Cheat Sheet

All Hail “El Terrible” as he Fights On

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): This Saturday night at the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City, Erik Morales faces Willie Limond on a small pay-per-view show that is being distributed by Integrated Sports. “El Terrible” made his return to the ring after a two-and-a-half year hiatus this past March as he decisioned Jose Alfaro over 12 rounds in a welterweight contest... All Hail “El Terrible” as he Fights On

No Roman Holiday for Martinez

By Marty Mulcahey: When the subject of Roman Martinez is raised, my standard response is that the junior lightweight champion’s action style is deserving of a much wider audience. Instead, the hard-punching Puerto Rican must travel far and wide, even outside of his hemisphere, in search of broader recognition. The aggressive power-puncher does not have an audience commensurate to his skills but Martinez is on a path to building a résumé worthy of air-time on Showtime or HBO... No Roman Holiday for Martinez

Reno Recap: Solis, Melligen Pound out Decisions

Ryan Maquiñana at Ringside: A night of nationally televised boxing in Reno capped an Independence Day weekend-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Jack Johnson vs. James Jeffries, as headliners Ulises Solis and Mark Melligen emerged victorious in their respective fights. Reno Recap: Solis, Melligen Pound out Decisions
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?”

The Show Must Go On in St. Louis

By Steve Kim: This Saturday night at the Chaifetz Arena on the campus of St. Louis University, Cory Spinks was scheduled to defend his IBF junior middleweight title versus Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. But just last week, a press release came out from Don King Productions explaining that due to a myriad of reasons- chief among them a summer concert that would preclude a local radio station from participating in their promotion... The Show Must Go On in St. Louis
Vazquez Jr., Martinez remain undefeated with KO victories

Vazquez Jr., Martinez remain undefeated with KO victories

Jose Santana Jr.: Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez Jr. had to earn his money Saturday night before finally overwhelming Zsolt Bedak en route to a tenth round stoppage at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and Vazquez Jr., Martinez remain undefeated with KO victories
Montoya’s Monday Mailbag

Montoya’s Monday Mailbag

Gabriel Montoya: Good Monday, fight fans. How was your weekend? Mine? Don’t ask. What a weird set of fights we had Saturday night. It might go down as one of the most controversial Saturday nights in the history of boxing. We had the unlicensed to fight in the United States Antonio Margarito come back after a year to box his way to victory against Robert Garcia. But if you were DVRing that fight or just plain boycotting it then you saw one of the most bizarre endings to a fight ever in the K Montoya’s Monday Mailbag

Some Random Thoughts on Mother’s Day

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): Hope everyone out there had a good Mother’s Day in what was a busy and eventful weekend for the sport of boxing. As usual, a lot was happening inside the ring- for Kermit Cintron, outside of it- and I had a few things go through my head... Some Random Thoughts on Mother’s Day
Montoya’s Friday Mailbag

Montoya’s Friday Mailbag

Happy Friday, fight fans! We got takes on Kermit Cintron vs. Paul Williams, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito, and Manny Pacquiao vs. Blood Tests. Plus, Montoya’s Weekend Fight Picks. Montoya’s Friday Mailbag
The Weekend TV Cheat Sheet

The Weekend TV Cheat Sheet

Marty Mulcahey: Welcome to the usual post-big-fight week comedown for boxing fans, and I don’t expect the replay of the one sided Mayweather-Mosley bout on HBO to lift a lot of spirits. I do wonder if HBO’s live fight this weekend, featuring potential Mayweather opponent Paul Williams, is more than a happy coincidence. More good news comes in the form of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” returning after an absence of two weeks. The Weekend TV Cheat Sheet
Margarito a hit in Aguascalientes

Margarito a hit in Aguascalientes

In what turnout a very huge event, three-time world champion Antonio “Tony Margarito” was welcome by hundreds of fans for his public workout today in Aguascalientes. The “Tijuana Tornado” work for 40 minutes Margarito a hit in Aguascalientes
Hammer Time for Garcia

Hammer Time for Garcia

Texas toughman ROBERTO "La Amenaza" GARCIA equaled the strength record of the San Marcos Fair today Hammer Time for Garcia
Margarito vs Garcia Fight Week - Update / Photos

Margarito vs Garcia Fight Week - Update / Photos

Aguascalientes, Mexico. (May 4, 2010) – Texas toughman ROBERTO "La Amenaza" GARCIA has declared Saturday, May 8 a new Mexican holiday -- Sinko de Margarito! Garcia, who has been working with Freddie Roach and Eric Margarito vs Garcia Fight Week - Update / Photos

The Show Must Go On

By Steve Kim (Photo © TKO Boxing): At the Club Nokia at L.A. Live, Golden Boy Promotions is staging its latest installment of the “Fight Night Club” featuring bantamweight contender Abner Mares. At the Commerce Casino, TKO Boxing Promotions is putting on “Fight Night at the Commerce 2” featuring Demetrius Hopkins and a host of their young prospects. According to Mapquest.com, the two venues are less than 10 miles apart. But that doesn’t concern the brass at TKO Boxing. "Isn’t Los A The Show Must Go On
Margarito makes his Boxing Return

Margarito makes his Boxing Return

Three-time world welterweight champion ANTONIO MARGARITO will make his 2010 debut during Cinco de Mayo weekend, in a 10-round super welterweight rumble, against Texas toughman ROBERTO “La Amenaza” GARCIA, headlining Latin Fury 14. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, the four-bout Latin Fury 14 will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View, on Saturday, May 8, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / Margarito makes his Boxing Return

Weekend TV Cheat Sheet

By Marty Mulcahey: A weekend of international flare is in store for boxing fans, with boxers from Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, America, England, and Colombia squaring off on U.S. television. The most intriguing bout- and hard to pick fight- features hot Filipino prospect Marvin Sonsona traveling to Puerto Rico to fight hometown favorite Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. It’s not often that two young prospects and their handlers are willing to take a fight like this, and both sides should be Weekend TV Cheat Sheet
Montoya’s Super Monday Mailbag

Montoya’s Super Monday Mailbag

Valero is f*** loco. The choir boy looking De Marco wont see the third round. you forgot that he has a tattoo of Hugo Chavez on his chest- now how the f*** u not gonna get spooked by chavez in your grill when you go toe to toe?? Montoya’s Super Monday Mailbag
Montoya’s Friday Mailbag

Montoya’s Friday Mailbag

Whatsup, fight fans? I hope your week was as strange and fun as mine. We have takes on Edwin Valero vs. Antonio DeMarco, Shane Mosley vs. Floyd Mayweather and a take on the flyweights. Plus, tons of Montoya’s Weekend Fight Picks. Enjoy the weekend’s giant schedule of fights. Montoya’s Friday Mailbag

Beware the Ides of March (13th)…

By Steve Kim (Photo © Howard Schatz): Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer, whose company represents Floyd Mayweather, told this reporter and many others this past weekend, that in lieu of the failure to consummate the fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, they will be staying on that proposed March 13th date at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas; which was where the two superpowers were supposed to meet. But there’s one little problem. Top Rank, which promotes Pacquiao, over the Beware the Ides of March (13th)…

The Road to Perdition (Or At Least Dallas)

By Steve Kim: Well, I did want to see Jerry Jones’ $1.2 billion football palace that houses his beloved Dallas Cowboys in March, but I assumed I would be watching Manny Pacquiao against Floyd Mayweather. Instead, “The Pac-Man” will be facing perennial welterweight contender Joshua Clottey. So, instead of boxing’s version of the Super Bowl, we get the sport’s version of the Wild Card round (think the Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles). It’s not worst fight that can be The Road to Perdition (Or At Least Dallas)

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
Cruz vs Castillo on Dec. 19

Cruz vs Castillo on Dec. 19

Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves will present a sensational world championship fight card on Saturday, December 19, 2009, at El Palenque in Tuxtla Gutierrez , Chiapas , Mexico . Featured fights will be televised on Televisa and worldwide. Cruz vs Castillo on Dec. 19

Metamorphosis Fuels Pacquiao’s “One on One” Pursuit of Mayweather

By Lee Groves (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): In the beginning Manny Pacquiao was just another in a long line of Asian flyweights destined to be known only by the hard cores. In the middle, Pacquiao improbably hurdled over two weight classes to win a second divisional title at 122, prevailed in a historic round-robin with Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez, and capped it off by winning a “major” belt at 130 against the last member of this trio. While the end has yet Metamorphosis Fuels Pacquiao’s “One on One” Pursuit of Mayweather

The Frustrating Year of Mike Jones

By Steve Kim: According to promoter Russell Peltz, there’s only one pandemic that is worse than the ’Swine Flu’ in 2009. " The Mike Jones flu," he cracks." Guys sign to fight him and they get sick." Jones, is Peltz’s welterweight hopeful and in his opinion perhaps the best prospect he’s ever had. What was expected to be a big year, has instead been a year when he remained largely, under wraps. Unseen and underexposed. Tonight, he takes on Raul Pinzon at the Bally’s A The Frustrating Year of Mike Jones
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