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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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Nonito Donaire defeats Ryan Burnett by injury, Josh Taylor dominates Ryan Martin

It might not have been the way he wanted to win, but Nonito Donaire (39-5, 24 KOs) is a world champion again. By John J. Raspanti Nonito Donaire defeats Ryan Burnett by injury, Josh Taylor dominates Ryan Martin

Can the old man find the fountain of youth?

In the real world, Nonito Donaire, at almost 36, is young. In the squared circle however, where the truth can rear its head in a brutal way, he’s old. By John J. Raspanti Can the old man find the fountain of youth?

Frampton-Warrington and Conlon to fight Dec.22

IBF featherweight world champion Josh Warrington and former two-division world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton have promised to let their fists do the talking when they clash in front of an expected sold-out Manchester Arena crowd on Saturday, Dec. 22. Frampton-Warrington and Conlon to fight Dec.22
Taylor feels like he can't be beat

Taylor feels like he can't be beat

Josh Taylor believes victory is assured as the Scottish number two seed prepares to host undefeated American Ryan Martin in his World Boxing Super Series Super Lightweight Quarter-Final at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on November 3. Taylor feels like he can't be beat

The Oz Report: Jackson overcomes late replacement, "Plugger" Nichols claims Aussie crown, Dib gunning for Farmer, Singh wins Kiwi knockout tournament, George to defnd Commonwealth title, Kambosos Jr. set for USA debut, Leapai returns, Dunn victorious

The Oz Report: Luke Jackson overcomes late replacement, “Plugger” Nichols claims Aussie crown, Billy Dib gunning for Tevin Farmer in Sydney, TJ Singh wins Kiwi knockout tournament, Kris George to defend Commonwealth title against British hotshot Josh Kelly, George Kambosos Jr set for USA debut this weekend, Alex Leapai returns in Melbourne, Zac Dunn victorious in Mexico The Oz Report: Jackson overcomes late replacement, "Plugger" Nichols claims Aussie crown, Dib gunning for Farmer, Singh wins Kiwi knockout tournament, George to defnd Commonwealth title, Kambosos Jr. set for USA debut, Leapai returns, Dunn victorious

Clever Frampton outboxes Donaire to win another belt

In the end, the key was speed. By John J. Raspanti Clever Frampton outboxes Donaire to win another belt

Dare to win: Frampton vs. Donaire

On 21 April live in Belfast, Ireland, it’s Ireland’s Carl “The Jackal” Frampton vs. Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. By Allan Cerf Dare to win: Frampton vs. Donaire

Carl Frampton, 31, vs. Nonito Donaire, 35: Is age just a number?

Back when I was a young buck, when a boxer hit 30 he was on the back nine of his career. The greatest example of this is when two of the greatest fighters in history, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier met for the second time in 1974. By John J. Raspanti Carl Frampton, 31, vs. Nonito Donaire, 35: Is age just a number?

The boxing scene in Oz: Jason Moloney looking to join twin brother Andrew as Commonwealth champion, Rohan Murdoch trounces Frankie Filippone in Texas, trainer Peter Stokes passes away

When WBA #9 and IBF #12 bantamweight Jason The “Smooth One” Moloney 15-0 (12) steps into the ring against Immanuel Naidjala 23-4-1 (13) for Punches at the Park 7 at the St Kilda Town Hall on 24 February there will be more than just the Commonwealth title on the line. By Anthony Cocks The boxing scene in Oz: Jason Moloney looking to join twin brother Andrew as Commonwealth champion, Rohan Murdoch trounces Frankie Filippone in Texas, trainer Peter Stokes passes away

Aussie boxers to keep an eye on in 2018 Part 2: Junior welterweight to flyweight

Aussies on the rise in 2018 Part 2: Junior welterweight to flyweight By Anthony Cocks Aussie boxers to keep an eye on in 2018 Part 2: Junior welterweight to flyweight

Nathaniel May looking to steal the show on Horn-Corcoran undercard

Nathaniel “Cheeky” May looking to steal the show on Horn-Corcoran undercard Nathaniel May looking to steal the show on Horn-Corcoran undercard

Ibrahim Balla continues comeback against unbeaten Salim Mitango

IBRAHIM BALLA CONTINUES COMEBACK AGAINST UNBEATEN SALIM MTANGO Ibrahim Balla continues comeback against unbeaten Salim Mitango

Vasquez dominates Lartey

PITTSBURGH, PA. (Feb. 21, 2015) – Sammy Vasquez put on a show for his hometown fans in Pittsburgh, winning a near-shutout 10-round unanimous decision (99-91 twice, 100-90) over Emmanuel Lartey in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday from CONSUL Energy Center. Vasquez (18-0, 13 KOs) entered the bout seeking his 10th consecutive knockout against an opponent who hadn’t been knocked down before and had been in the ring with two U.S. Olympians. The military veteran... Vasquez dominates Lartey

5 Champs Who Will Remain and 5 Who Will Go in 2015

By Derek Bonnett: As we encounter another new year, the landscape of the boxing scene continues to evolve. With old champions acting out the final stages of their careers and new ones emerging to fill the void, boxing maintains a state of homeostasis and keeps fight fans intrigued even amid the dubious officiating and cries of scandal. Boxing, as always, will endure; however, not every participant with an alphabet title will be so lucky. Inevitably, the mighty will eventually fall and, 5 Champs Who Will Remain and 5 Who Will Go in 2015
The Barbershop – October 22nd, 2014

The Barbershop – October 22nd, 2014

Allan Scotto: 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 – October 22nd, 2014

On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings

By Derek Bonnett (Photo © German Villasenor, Max Boxing): The world of professional fisticuffs yields plenty of surprises, typically the direct result of unprofessional behavior, poor officiating, or dubious scoring. However, one of the biggest surprises this weekend was produced from a very positive interaction. After decimating Nonito Donaire -- former Pound for Pound number three --, Jamaica’s Nicholas Walters engaged his vanquished foe yet again after the bout concluded. Only this time, it On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings

Walters proves too powerful for Donaire

By John J. Raspanti at ringside (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Nicholas Walters proved his time is now by stopping defending WBA super world featherweight champion Nonito Donaire in round six at a sold-out StubHub Arena in Carson, California Saturday night. The bout started slow. Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) tried to establish his jab. Donaire (33-3. 21 KOs) fired his dangerous left hook. Near the middle of the round the punch landed. Walters connected with a right at the bell... Walters proves too powerful for Donaire

Can Nonito Donaire stand up to the power of Nicholas Walters?

On October 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, WBA world super feather champion Donaire will face the dangerous Nicholas Walters who’s knocked out 20 of his 24 opponents. Put your money on your pick using the best sports betting app. Can Nonito Donaire stand up to the power of Nicholas Walters?

On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings

By Derek Bonnett: Jermain Taylor and Cornelius Bundrage are once again world champions. There, I said it. I wish I would have said it last week, but at that time the very notion of Jermain Taylor and Cornelius Bundrage regaining their former world titles seemed highly unthinkable. In Taylor’s case, the notion seemed laughable to me. Group that with boxing’s persistence to prove itself the “Theater of the Unexpected” and the fact that I haven’t been able to pick a boxing match to save my life... On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings

New Dad Viloria focused on sleep, another world title

By Mark Butcher in Macao (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): New parenthood is a miraculous experience in any man’s life, but also a poignant time of patient love and sacrifice. Recent father Brian Viloria has had to forgo elements of his personal life for his professional one as he pursues his goal of becoming a four-time world champion. That ‘The Hawaiian Punch’ cut such a rested and relaxed figure at the final ‘Champions of Gold’ press conference at the Venetian Casino is a tribute... New Dad Viloria focused on sleep, another world title
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

Cotto Comes Home

By Steve Kim (Photo © Mikey Williams / Top-Rank): As the calendar was turning to 2014, Miguel Cotto became the most coveted, unattached boxer in the world. Unlike most others, he was a free agent and not under an exclusive promotional pact. With that, there were two highly lucrative offers on the table for him: face Sergio Martinez on HBO Pay-Per-View or face Saul Alvarez across the street at Showtime. Eventually, Cotto turned down the latter - and a... Cotto Comes Home
Ask Gerry Cooney - May 30, 2014

Ask Gerry Cooney - May 30, 2014

Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related... Ask Gerry Cooney - May 30, 2014

Vetyeka: the Beginning of the End for Donaire?

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): On Saturday in Macao, China, Nonito Donaire squares off with WBA featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka, 26-2 (16). The fight is for more than a belt. Donaire’s career as an elite, TV fighter may be on the line. It wasn’t always like this. Three years ago, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, 32-2 (21), was at the peak of his career. He’d stopped Fernando Montiel in spectacular fashion and quickly rose on media... Vetyeka: the Beginning of the End for Donaire?

Darchinyan Moves Forward, Looks Back

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): Vic Darchinyan faces WBA featherweight titlist Nicholas Walters this weekend at the Venetian Resort in Macao, China - but his previous fight is still on his mind. Back on November 9th in Corpus Christi, Texas, Darchinyan was literally just minutes away from pulling off the upset and gaining revenge on Nonito Donaire. Darchinyan was a heavy underdog going into this fight and was up on points when he was stopped in the ninth round... Darchinyan Moves Forward, Looks Back

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

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

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
Rigondeaux: Greatness Comes in Many Forms

Rigondeaux: Greatness Comes in Many Forms

Bill Tibbs: The state of undefeated world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux, 13-0 (8), is an interesting one to say the least. “Rigo”... Rigondeaux: Greatness Comes in Many Forms
Get ‘em While You Can

Get ‘em While You Can

Steve Kim: On Wednesday morning, tickets went on sale for the middleweight championship bout between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto taking place at the... Get ‘em While You Can

Pay-Per-Canelo

By Steve Kim: The bill being offered up at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this weekend has IBF junior middleweight titlist Carlos Molina facing Jermall Charlo, WBC junior featherweight beltholder Leo Santa Cruz taking on the accomplished Cristian Mijares and the talented-yet-fragile Jorge Linares versus the insanely tough Nihito Arakawa (replacing Omar Figueroa-Jorge Alvarez, which was scratched over the weekend with Figueroa coming up lame). The headliner of this card features... Pay-Per-Canelo
The Defense Is in the Details

The Defense Is in the Details

Gabriel Montoya: Boxing is a “What have you done for me lately?” sport. It’s also one that is all about brand names. The sport recycles the names... The Defense Is in the Details

Shiming on the Fast Track?

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): While Zou Shiming - who is preparing for his fourth professional outing this weekend in Macao, China - is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, he isn’t exactly Vasyl Lomachenko or Guillermo Rigondeaux when it comes to natural talent (and yes, this is the early frontrunner for “Understatement of the Year” for 2014). Yes, he had a huge amateur pedigree but his skill set isn’t in the same stratosphere as those other two, who also captured Shiming on the Fast Track?

The Soapbox: Thawing the Cold War

By Steve Kim: A few days ago I was tweeting (which I do quite a bit) on the recent situation regarding Erislandy Lara’s calling out of Gennady Golovkin. It’s certainly a solid match-up. Lara is one of the sports premiere 154-pounders and Golovkin has developed a reputation as one of the most feared fighters in the game as the WBA middleweight titlist. In a perfect world, this fight would occur but we all know we currently live in the “Cold War” era of boxing. Because of Lara’s The Soapbox: Thawing the Cold War

Combat Sports Health and Safety in 2014: Job ONE

By Gabriel Montoya (Image created by © Chee, MaxBoxing): The sport of boxing over the last four years has changed greatly. On one hand, it has entered a period of education and enlightenment in regard to health and safety. When Floyd Mayweather Jr. brought the advanced anti-doping testing issue to light four years ago, he showed the sport a path toward change. Left to the boxing media in general, the issue wouldn’t be raised except for the odd tragedy or positive drug test. Left to the 50 Combat Sports Health and Safety in 2014: Job ONE
Bill Simmons and the Trouble with Selective Journalism

Bill Simmons and the Trouble with Selective Journalism

Gabriel Montoya: On February 1, 2013, ESPN and www.grantland.com’s Bill “The Sports Guy” Simmons posted a lengthy piece called “Daring to Ask the PED Question”... Bill Simmons and the Trouble with Selective Journalism

Quigg Looks Forward to a Big 2014

By Steve Kim (Photo © K9 Photos): As Scott Quigg makes his yearly pilgrimage to Southern California along with the rest of Joe Gallagher’s vast stable of boxers from the U.K., there is a sense of hope and optimism that simply was absent during the first half of 2013. For much of last year, Quigg was a fighter with a bright future whose progress had stalled because of his promotional entity, Hatton Promotions’ inability to secure him fights. It turns out when Vyacheslav Senchenko stopped R Quigg Looks Forward to a Big 2014
Boxing News Headlines for Jan 10 - 2014

Boxing News Headlines for Jan 10 - 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 Jan 10 - 2014

What Goes Around Comes Around (for Everybody)

By Steve Kim (Graphic by Chee): Well, we found out why Robert Guerrero had suddenly disappeared - y’ know, like a Ghost - in the wake of his lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather in May. It turns out that he was plotting his escape from Golden Boy Promotions, which had given him the fight he so badly yearned for (while blowing up the inboxes of every boxing scribe in the world with an incessant stream of press releases long before the actual fight). What was whispered about in the background of the What Goes Around Comes Around (for Everybody)
Ask Gerry Cooney - Jan. 5, 2014

Ask Gerry Cooney - Jan. 5, 2014

Allan Scotto: Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question... Ask Gerry Cooney - Jan. 5, 2014

14 for ‘14

By Steve Kim: A new year is upon us and as the calendar turns, we look forward to a fresh slate of fights on the horizon. Already the schedule is being set for the spring and winter months of 2014. But what are the best fights that can be made realistically? Let’s face it; with the current divide existing in the marketplace, who you are aligned with from either a promotional or network perspective bearing on your options. Well, here’s one scribe’s opinion of 14 fights he’d like to 14 for ‘14

Bradley and Provodnikov: Fighters of the Year

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © German Villasenor): In a decade thus far that seen a slow yet steadily rising tidal wave of popularity and quality for this most “dying” of sports, 2013 was an embarrassment of violent riches of varying heights and depths. We love this sport because the men and women who partake in it risk the lives and livelihoods in ways we never will. Those who give and receive the most push through the barriers most of us would crash and burn against. Just as well, those equally Bradley and Provodnikov: Fighters of the Year
Boxing News Headlines for Dec 9 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for Dec 9 - 2013

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 Dec 9 - 2013

Have We Learned Nothing?

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): After the fourth round of what was becoming more and more of a one-sided drubbing of Glen Tapia at the hands of the hard-charging James Kirkland, HBO’s Jim Lampley stated to the audience at home, “Glen Tapia is only 23 years old and may have a very bright future. You don’t want him to get ruined in one night.” In the wake of what has taken place recently with the likes of Franky Leal, Magomed Abdusalamov and Jose Carmona, surely discretion Have We Learned Nothing?
Kirkland Dismantles Tapia in 6 Explosive Rounds

Kirkland Dismantles Tapia in 6 Explosive Rounds

Gabriel Montoya: The reunion of trainer and former world champion Ann Wolfe and her prodigal warrior, James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland, 32-1, (28), bred a vicious... Kirkland Dismantles Tapia in 6 Explosive Rounds

Rigondeaux Versus Agbeko...and Perception

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): “Just because you beat Tiger Woods, [it] doesn’t make you Tiger Woods.” - Larry Merchant --- Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux is a singular artist in a sport compiled of singular artists. At age 33, “Rigo,” as he is also known, has compiled an impressive fighting legacy, 376-12 in the amateurs to go with seven national Cuban titles and two gold medals. Rigondeaux defends his WBA and WBO super bantamweight belts tonight on HBO as the Rigondeaux Versus Agbeko...and Perception
Boxing News Headlines for Dec 5 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for Dec 5 - 2013

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 Dec 5 - 2013

A Testy Issue and Other Boxing Thoughts

By Gabriel Montoya: A Testy Issue...The random anti-doping testing issue makes some boxing people touchy but it seems like some fighters, following the example set by Floyd Mayweather Jr. over three years ago, definitely want it. Danny Garcia wanted it for Lucas Matthysse. Timothy Bradley has gotten it twice now in a row. He’ll keep doing it; I’ll bet. Freddie Roach wanted it for Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios. Ruslan Provodnikov has been doing it voluntarily two fights in a row A Testy Issue and Other Boxing Thoughts

Stevenson Looks to Cement Fighter of the Year Status vs. Bellew

By Gabriel Montoya: Coming into 2013, current WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, 22-1 (19), was thought of a prospect and possible suspect. Heading into his fourth fight of the year and second defense of his light heavyweight crown Saturday against Tony Bellew, 20-1-1 (12), at the Colisee de Quebec live on HBO, Stevenson is arguably on track to be 2013’s “Fighter of the Year.” To start the year, the Port-au-Prince, Haiti native with a criminal past, now making his Stevenson Looks to Cement Fighter of the Year Status vs. Bellew
The Cobra gets a charmed win over Groves in 9

The Cobra gets a charmed win over Groves in 9

Gabriel Montoya: Super middleweight George Groves, 19-1 (15) walked into the former M.E.N Arena in Manchester, Lancashire to boos. When his first... The Cobra gets a charmed win over Groves in 9
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