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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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The best fighters in each weight category since 2000

Heavyweight - Wladimir Klitschko By Max Warren The best fighters in each weight category since 2000

Downunder Wrap-Up: Pacquiao wins friends on promo tour, Mundine threatens to return to rugby, Balla-Kambosos set to steal the show from Parker vs. Cajanu

Global superstar Manny Pacquiao 59-6-2 (38) completed his whirlwind promotional tour of Australia last week ahead of his July clash with Brisbane’s Jeff Horn 16-0-1 (11), impressing local media with his laid-back personality and good sense of humor. By Anthony Cocks Downunder Wrap-Up: Pacquiao wins friends on promo tour, Mundine threatens to return to rugby, Balla-Kambosos set to steal the show from Parker vs. Cajanu
JMM on Manny, Floyd, Salt Water &...

JMM on Manny, Floyd, Salt Water &...

Juan Manuel Marquez on Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Salt Water & more - Video Interview JMM on Manny, Floyd, Salt Water &...

Learning to appreciate Tim Bradley

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): "The toughest fight that I probably ever had was against Timothy Bradley...toughest fight of my life. Dude is just a monster...it was a high-paced fight and I just never forgot it." - Andre Ward on FightHype. Timothy Bradley has engaged in 35 professional prize fights. He’s lost once. Bradley, who was born in Cathedral City, California, is not super quick or outrageously flashy... Learning to appreciate Tim Bradley

Were you not Entertained?

By Allan Scotto (Photo © Esther Lin / SHOWTIME): And so, the fight everyone wanted to see is in the books. This past Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, is a date that many people will remember for a very long time. It was the day that the hyped up, “fight of the century” took place! Well, it certainly wasn’t that, but it was a must see sporting event. Fight night parties were held worldwide and if you were fortunate enough to get in the arena, it was the place to be seen. It’s been a long time since “A Were you not Entertained?

They both said yes: Mayweather to fight Pacquiao May 2 in Vegas

By John J. Raspanti: After years of trash talk and excuses, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will finally meet in the ring May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., Mayweather said last Friday. Mayweather took to the social-media app called "Shots" to announce the fight was official. With a photo of the signed contract in the background, Mayweather wrote, "What the world has been waiting for has arrived. "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal."... They both said yes: Mayweather to fight Pacquiao May 2 in Vegas
JMM on why NO Manny Pacquiao rematch

JMM on why NO Manny Pacquiao rematch

It was fourth time a charm! Who can deny that the moment Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out his boxing nemesis, Manny Pacquiao, it was a crowning moment? It most certainly was and Marquez says... JMM on why NO Manny Pacquiao rematch

Castellanos Tops Juarez in Texas Thriller

By Marc Livitz: Robinson Castellanos scored three knockdowns in the twelfth round en route to sound and clear unanimous decision win over Rocky Juarez this evening at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, TX. The WBC silver featherweight title bout gave tonight’s winner a shot at the bonafide championship sanctioned by the same organization and its current titleholder, Jhonny Gonzalez. The two fought the opening three minutes without much incident with the exception of Castellanos... Castellanos Tops Juarez in Texas Thriller

MaxBoxing's Pound For Pound Rankings Update

By Matthew Hurley: The MaxBoxing pound-for-pound list for January 2015 consists of only one significant change. Although pound-for-pound lists are mythical and certainly debatable, inactivity counts against a fighter, no matter how talented, almost as much as a loss. In December we dropped super middleweight champion Andre Ward for inactivity. Ward has not fought since November of 2013 and still has nothing scheduled. He remains off the list... MaxBoxing's Pound For Pound Rankings Update
Pacman doesn't need Mayweather

Pacman doesn't need Mayweather

By Ken Hissner: This fight was a big topic once upon a time. When Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December of 2012 the interest in this fight faded away for me... Pacman doesn't need Mayweather
JMM's message to Pacquiao & Floyd...

JMM's message to Pacquiao & Floyd...

Juan Manuel Marquez knows Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. very well as he has faced off against both of them inside the ring. What does JMM think about the fight everyone wants, not happening? He feels both sides (Pacman’s and Mayweather’s) need to... JMM's message to Pacquiao & Floyd...

Pound-For-Pound List For December

By Matthew Hurley: MaxBoxing.com / Secondsout.com’s pound-for-pound list for the month of December consists of three main moves among the ten fighters ranked. On the strength of his three recent victories over Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley and most recently Chris Algieri, Manny Pacquiao has regained the number two position behind Floyd Mayweather. Although not quite the dynamo of years past, the PacMan has shown remarkable resilience and proof positive that his speed, athleticism and... Pound-For-Pound List For December
Does Algieri slay the Dragon?

Does Algieri slay the Dragon?

By Allan Scotto: When Joe DeGuardia, the President and CEO of Star Boxing signed Chris Algieri to meet Ruslan Providnikov in the ring at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York on June 14th, 2014, many people wondered what Algieri had done to make DeGuardia so angry. Algieri was relatively unknown, and most people gave him absolutely no chance to beat Providnikov, known as “The Siberian Rocky.”... Does Algieri slay the Dragon?
Oscar on Cotto vs Canelo in May

Oscar on Cotto vs Canelo in May

"When you are a champion like Juan Manuel Marquez, you choose where to fight. That is the position he is in," says Oscar De La Hoya. Regarding targeting Miguel Cotto vs. Saul Canelo Alvarez for May of Next year, De La Hoya states: "Behind Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, that’s the fight the whole world would want to see."... Oscar on Cotto vs Canelo in May

Mauricio Herrera: "I am El Maestro"

By Derek Bonnett: Persistence can carry a fighter a long way. That, and a pretty damn good supply of underrated talent. For junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera, opportunity and just results in the boxing world have never come easy. Herrera, known as "El Maestro", or "The Teacher", inside of the ring has earned the equivalence of a teaching degree after many lessons while enrolled in the clichéd School of Hard Knocks. However, the pupils Herrera has schooled have... Mauricio Herrera: "I am El Maestro"
Pacquiao Continues Pay Per View Nonsense

Pacquiao Continues Pay Per View Nonsense

By Matthew Hurley: Now that Manny Pacquiao versus Chris Algieri is a done deal, the PacMan officially revealed himself to be Bob Arum’s puppet on a string. No, this is not as bad as Colonel Tom Parker ripping apart his only client Elvis Presley over nearly twenty-one years but it begs the question, who would Manny be fighting on November 22 had he not signed a contract extension through 2016? Certainly not Algieri... Pacquiao Continues Pay Per View Nonsense

"Money" Mayweather’s Diminishing Returns

By Matthew Hurley (Image by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing): As it became apparent that Floyd Mayweather would fill one of the final slots in his ridiculously lucrative Showtime contract with a rematch against Marcos Maidana in September, a collective eye roll spread among many in the boxing world. The fact is, despite Maidana’s spirited effort in fight one, Mayweather closed out the show after the sixth round as he usually does. Michael Pernick’s scorecard of 114-114 was a ridiculous tally... "Money" Mayweather’s Diminishing Returns
Next Man Up

Next Man Up

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): As the calendar turned to 2014 and Mikey Garcia was looking ahead to his fight versus Juan Carlos Burgos, the dominant storyline was that the talented Garcia was on the fast-track to eventually face Manny Pacquiao. Never mind Garcia was campaigning at 130 pounds and that the “Pac-Man” is a welterweight (who albeit, can probably easily move down to 140 pounds) but this would be the plan for Garcia. Keep him active as possible this year... Next Man Up
Floyd says Pacquiao will be scared

Floyd says Pacquiao will be scared

Mayweather Sr. says Manny Pacquiao will be scared if he has to face Juan Manuel Marquez again. In this new video provided to us from our friends at HustleBoss.com and conducted by Chris Robinson, it’s legendary trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr... Floyd says Pacquiao will be scared
Manny: Character/Commitment

Manny: Character/Commitment

Bill Tibbs: Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 56-5-2 (38), recently showed an admirable (and often rare to many) devotion in business in his commitment to his longtime promoter... Manny: Character/Commitment
Kellerman on Floyd vs. Manny

Kellerman on Floyd vs. Manny

In this new video offering from siter Doghouse Boxing’s site, MaxBoxing.com, it’s Max Kellerman on Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez & HBO Boxing fights in the future... Kellerman on Floyd vs. Manny
What’s Next for Juan?

What’s Next for Juan?

By Bill Tibbs: At 40 years of age, and with 64 fights under your belt, any fight could be your last. Juan Manuel Marquez, 56-7-1 (40), who pitched a great performance... What’s Next for Juan?

Golovkin Moves on Without Chavez Jr.

By Steve Kim: On Saturday afternoon in a small conference room at the LAX Marriott, WBA middleweight beltholder Gennady Golovkin held a media roundtable with a select handful of boxing scribes. If it were up to him, he’d be talking about his upcoming summer showdown against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. But alas, Chavez seemed more intent on battling his promoter, Top Rank Promotions than facing “GGG.”... Golovkin Moves on Without Chavez Jr.
Pacquiao Re-Signs with Top Rank

Pacquiao Re-Signs with Top Rank

Steve Kim: Top Rank sent out a press release on Tuesday morning announcing that they have re-signed Manny Pacquiao to a promotional pact that... Pacquiao Re-Signs with Top Rank
The Barbershop - May 20, 2014

The Barbershop - May 20, 2014

Welcome to this week’s edition of “The Barbershop,” a column designed to give you a forum to speak your mind about our question(s) of the week or any boxing-related issue... The Barbershop - May 20, 2014

Do We Plead for a Fifth?

By Steve Kim (Photo © K9 Photos): It was a successful Forum homecoming for future Hall-of-Famer Juan Manuel Marquez as he defeated the rugged Mike Alvarado in front of 12,090 mostly Mexican partisans who cheered his every move. He’s come a long way from being third banana to the likes of countrymen Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera and being branded as just a safe, cautious counterpuncher. Alvarado was game but simply outgunned by the master from Mexico City, who was... Do We Plead for a Fifth?

Marquez Conquers “Mile High” at the Fab Forum

By Bill Tibbs (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California, is as legendary a fight room in the history of California boxing as there is. Saturday night, the joint was jumping as Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez extended his legendary career to fight another day with a win over tough, game, former world champion Mike Alvarado. The final scores read 117-109, 117-109, 119-108, all in favour of Marquez... Marquez Conquers “Mile High” at the Fab Forum

Alvarado Goes Camping

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): For the past couple of months, only Mike Alvarado, Shann Vilhauer, Henry Delgado, Manuel Lopez and Gabe Alvarado were in a house in the quiet Southern California suburb of Glendora. As you walk into this home, you see an inflatable mattress laid down near the dining area. Yeah, the quarters are cramped but this was everything they needed as “Mile High” Mike prepared for this weekend’s bout versus Juan Manuel Marquez at The Forum... Alvarado Goes Camping

Marquez-Alvarado: from Chemical Warfare to Collective Amnesia

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): I’ve never been into character assassination. I have the highest respect for professional fighters, be the sport mixed martial arts or boxing. Fighters are among the best people I know, open-minded, warm, fierce and fearless. They aspire to display the very best attributes a human can in the most dire of situations. Again and again, fighters disconnect the “flight” mechanism built into all of us and go to work. The fight itself is Marquez-Alvarado: from Chemical Warfare to Collective Amnesia

Marotta’s Favorite Forum Memories

By Steve Kim (Image created by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing): This weekend, the newly refurbished and renovated Fabulous Forum in Inglewood (once the home of the Lakers and Kings) re-opens its doors as a boxing venue, welcoming back its prodigal pugilist son, Juan Manuel Marquez, who faces Mike Alvarado in a crossroads welterweight battle. When you think of Forum Boxing (which closed up shop in 1999) and its heyday, one of the first names you think of is Rich Marotta... Marotta’s Favorite Forum Memories
Marquez Looks to Scale “Mile High” Mike

Marquez Looks to Scale “Mile High” Mike

Bill Tibbs: On May 17th, at the Fabulous Forum (formerly known as the Great Western Forum) in Inglewood, California, Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez... Marquez Looks to Scale “Mile High” Mike

Fight On! Random Thoughts from the USC

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): This past Saturday night at the Galen Center on the campus of USC, Bermane Stiverne captured the vacant WBC heavyweight title with a sixth-round stoppage of Chris Arreola in an entertaining affair, nationally televised on ESPN. Here are some random thoughts from ringside this past weekend... - No, this wasn’t George Foreman-Ron Lyle but by today’s standards, Stiverne-Arreola II was a very good heavyweight scrap. Early on... Fight On! Random Thoughts from the USC
Selling a Heavyweight Battle in L.A.

Selling a Heavyweight Battle in L.A.

By Steve Kim: Earlier this week at the Galen Center at USC, where Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola battle for the vacant WBC heavyweight title tonight, promoter... Selling a Heavyweight Battle in L.A.

Main Events Files Suit vs. Haymon and Co.

By Steve Kim: As you’ve probably heard by now, Main Events, led by Kathy Duva, has filed a lawsuit against light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, his promoter Yvon Michel (the head of GYM), Al Haymon, Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime, which is largely centered on the match-up between Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev (who is promoted by Main Events) that imploded as Stevenson instead took a deal that sees him face Andrzej Fonfara on May 24th and then... Main Events Files Suit vs. Haymon and Co.
Zepeda: "My statement will be made in the ring"

Zepeda: "My statement will be made in the ring"

Anson Wainwright: Since turning pro four years ago, Jose Zepeda has largely remained in the shade. Despite building an impressive 18-0 (16) ledger, he’s... Zepeda: "My statement will be made in the ring"

Improving The Fight Game

By Gabriel Montoya: The HBO series “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley” entered its third season this past Saturday night. The show is hosted by Jim Lampley and features segments by Max Kellerman, an blow-by-blow commentator who the network’s heir apparent to Lampley as well as a beat writer of some kind. The object of the show is to showcase important events in the boxing world. It is intended to be a news show. As such, it has certain responsibilities. I’m a fan of the show ... Improving The Fight Game

Showtime Showcases

By Steve Kim: HBO hasn’t had a very good year when it comes to its boxing programming. This was highlighted on March 29th when the network broadcast a main event that featured Sergey Kovalev defending his WBO light heavyweight belt against the unknown Cedric Agnew, who was listed by bookmakers (who are the real experts most of the time) as high as a 38-1 underdog. To add insult to injury, it was announced earlier that week that Adonis Stevenson would be jumping ship to rival Showtime and Showtime Showcases

Random Thoughts on a Saturday Night

By Steve Kim (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME): There was plenty of boxing programming on this Saturday from Showtime’s tripleheader in our nation’s capital, the HBO rebroadcast of Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley II, “Solo Boxeo” on UniMas and a fight card from the U.K. on AWE to “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley,” “All Access: Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana” and “Road to Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado.” Some random thoughts on what was shown this past weekend... Random Thoughts on a Saturday Night
Porter Wants Peace

Porter Wants Peace

Steve Kim: Kenny Porter’s son, Shawn defends his IBF welterweight title tonight at the D.C. Armory versus veteran Paulie Malignaggi as part of Showtime’s championship... Porter Wants Peace

Porter, Malignaggi and the Trouble with Testing

By Gabriel Montoya: Early on, 2014 looked like it could be a banner year for the combat sports causes of anti-doping testing and fighters’ health and safety. It has certainly started off with great potential. In early January, Nevada’s athletic commission accepted the resignation of its now-former Executive Director Keith Kizer. Mr. Kizer had been a part of the proliferation of therapeutic usage exemptions for synthetic testosterone for... Porter, Malignaggi and the Trouble with Testing

Pacquiao Quietly Goes About Being a Real Fighter

By Bill Tibbs (Photo © German Villasenor): Boxing is a sport that can survive and thrive for a long time on the strength of a series of bouts - or even a single bout - if the recipe is right. The public interest can be electrified and galvanized to the point that the sport becomes “must see” sports viewing. Whether in series or one-offs, bouts like Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler-Sugar Ray Leonard and on a smaller scale... Pacquiao Quietly Goes About Being a Real Fighter

Mikey Garcia vs. Top Rank

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): It turns out that the big fight for WBO super featherweight titlist Mikey Garcia in 2014 will not be against Yuriorkis Gamboa but against his own promoter, Top Rank Promotions, who he recently filed suit against in a story broken by BadCulture.net. You could see this coming a mile (or least a month ago) away when Garcia accompanied his brother/trainer Robert Garcia to Las Vegas for the Saul Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo fight, which was promoted... Mikey Garcia vs. Top Rank

Roach Reflects on Pacquiao’s Victory

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): Noted trainer Freddie Roach is already back to his daily grind at the gym. On Tuesday afternoon at the downstairs portion of the Wild Card Boxing Club (a Laundromat in a former life), he had finished up his day’s work with Ruslan Provodnikov (who faces Chris Algieri on June 14th) and was awaiting the arrival of Miguel Cotto (who faces middleweight king Sergio Martinez on June 7th). But... Roach Reflects on Pacquiao’s Victory

The Mark Twain of Boxing

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): This time around at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was no controversy after Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley went 12 hard, competitive rounds. After the official scorecards were read, Bradley, who had infuriated the masses by insisting he had absolutely won their first match-up in 2012, went over to the... The Mark Twain of Boxing

No controversy this time as Pacquiao defeats Bradley

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Manny ’Pacman’ Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) showed Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KOS) that his fighting fire is still burning by winning a clear 12 round unanimous decision Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout was aired live on HBO Per-Per-View. The scores were 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110... No controversy this time as Pacquiao defeats Bradley

Jessie Vargas “I'm tired of hiding in the shadows”

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): At the moment, the U.S. boxing world is a dual universe commonly described as the “Cold War.” For the most part, this means Top Rank Promotions is on HBO and Golden Boy Promotions/Al Haymon’s stable of fighters is on Showtime. What this means for the boxing fan is there are only certain fights that will get made. When it comes to 140 and 147-pound divisions, what it currently means to Top Rank is that finding talent to be developed... Jessie Vargas “I'm tired of hiding in the shadows”

Make-up Call?

By Steve Kim: Despite Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley squaring off back in June of 2012, in the end, they weren’t the two most talked-about individuals involved. That distinction went to Duane Ford and CJ Ross. The two ringside judges were in the vast minority by scoring the fight for the “Desert Storm” in what was considered the 874th black eye for boxing and about the 43rd time the sport died. Alas... Make-up Call?
Amateur Standout Sandoval Is Turning Pro

Amateur Standout Sandoval Is Turning Pro

Bill Tibbs: Bakersfield, California featherweight Edwin “The Hitman” Sandoval is looking forward to his pro debut after an outstanding amateur career and it looks... Amateur Standout Sandoval Is Turning Pro

Something Wicked This Way Comes; Pacquiao, Bradley and the Endless Search for Respect

By Gabriel Montoya (Image created by Chee, MaxBoxing): “Too late, I found you can’t wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.” - Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes. || Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, two champions will meet. Both battle-tested, one perhaps battle-weary - both with everything to prove. Each owns a different approach to the game called boxing, a game you can’t play. The elder... Something Wicked This Way Comes; Pacquiao, Bradley and the Endless Search for Respect

How Much Does Pacquiao Have Left?

By Steve Kim (Image by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing): Manny Pacquiao is a fighter of many punches. However, most of the time, he’s a man of few words, which is a bit of a problem when you attempt to interview him. No, it’s not that he’s unpleasant or angry with the media - he’s just the opposite in fact - but by nature, he’s a soft-spoken individual (at least with the American press) and while much is on the line this upcoming Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena How Much Does Pacquiao Have Left?
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