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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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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

Lemieux is not afraid of the Big Bad Wolf!

By Jason Gonzalez (Image by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing): Brooklyn, NY - Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? For certain, it isn’t David Lemieux, who recently fought for the first time outside of his native Canada. Lemieux, now 33-2, (31) turned up in the borough of kings, displaying prodigious power and surgical precision en route to a 10th round technical knockout of 28 year-old Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On the track, “Brooklyn We Go Hard”, Jay-Z eloquently articulated... Lemieux is not afraid of the Big Bad Wolf!

Johnny Gant and The Atlanta Art of Boxing Center

By Jason Gonzalez: Boxing gyms are typically a staple in most urban areas, regardless if there is, or isn’t a boxing culture per say relevant to its specific location. But as the old boxing axiom goes, “boxing saves lives”. Albeit, redirecting misguided teens, teaching the art of self-defense, while remaining true to the core principles of helping individuals to reach maximum physical fitness, as well as mental wellness. Without question, boxing gyms are a vital component for every ecosystem... Johnny Gant and The Atlanta Art of Boxing Center

Will Alvarez prove he’s the better fighter July 12?

By John J. Raspanti: Could Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who fights Erislandy Lara this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, actually be conducting his training camp like a full-fledged diva? According to a story that appeared in Livefight.com, the answer is a resounding yes. An unnamed camp insider was quoted as saying, “It’s like Alvarez isn’t even in full training right now. He’s picking and choosing when to train, he’s sending sparring partners home… Will Alvarez prove he’s the better fighter July 12?

Cotto-Martinez: Battle of the Ages

By Bill Tibbs (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): One fighter appeared to get old right before our eyes. Meanwhile, another fighter seemed to defy age and time turning back both the clocks and the critics. In Saturday night’s World Middleweight Championship bout, live on HBO from New York, Miguel Cotto, 39-4 (32) and former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, 51-3-2 (28), lit up the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, in front of a loud, pro-Cotto crowd. “The City so Nice, They N Cotto-Martinez: Battle of the Ages
Cotto Goes for Number Four Against Martinez

Cotto Goes for Number Four Against Martinez

Bill Tibbs: Sergio Martinez will defend his lineal and World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight titles when he finally gets back on the job after being out for... Cotto Goes for Number Four Against Martinez

Head-to-Head: Martinez vs. Cotto

By Coyote Duran and Gabriel Montoya: As far as overused adages in boxing go, “crossroads fight” has to be at or near the top of the list. But I’ll be damned if it doesn’t fit the bill here – even if the fight in question involves two hardened ring veterans six years apart from one another in age. How we got to this point tonight is certainly another issue you can debate to death or until your vocal cords give out. I don’t care. Knock yourself out. This is as bitchen as fights get and as far as Head-to-Head: Martinez vs. Cotto

Martinez vs. Cotto: For Legacy and Beyond

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Ed Mulholland- Top Rank): Saturday night, Argentina’s answer to “The Natural,” middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez takes on former three-division world champion Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden live on HBO Pay-Per-View on the eve of the International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend and the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Seemingly... Martinez vs. Cotto: For Legacy and Beyond

Chavez Jr’s Choices Could Be Costly

By Bill Tibbs (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): The recent announcement that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 48-1-1 (32), had turned down what appears to be a very generous offer from his promoter, Top Rank Promotions, raised a few eyebrows and questions in the boxing community. While there is no question that Chavez has worked himself into a legitimate pay-per-view attraction, especially within the lucrative and insatiable Mexican fight market, it also would appear his... Chavez Jr’s Choices Could Be Costly
Boxing Honours the Best on Both Sides of the Ropes

Boxing Honours the Best on Both Sides of the Ropes

Bill Tibbs: On Thursday, May 1st, the Boxing Writers Association of America held its annual awards night at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The night was... Boxing Honours the Best on Both Sides of the Ropes
Does Martinez + Cotto = Floyd?

Does Martinez + Cotto = Floyd?

Bill Tibbs: The word coming down the pipe is that lineal World Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez will return to work against Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto, 38-4 (31) on... Does Martinez + Cotto = Floyd?
A Look at Some Fighters to Watch in 2014

A Look at Some Fighters to Watch in 2014

Bill Tibbs: With 2013 all wrapped up, we look at the year ahead and a few of the fighters who might be fun to keep an eye on. WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson... A Look at Some Fighters to Watch in 2014
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
Erislandy Lara: “I’m better than Molina and Andrade.”

Erislandy Lara: “I’m better than Molina and Andrade.”

Anson Wainwright: Over the summer, Erislandy Lara took on Alfredo Angulo in a fan-friendly clash of styles, the smooth boxing of the former Cuban amateur... Erislandy Lara: “I’m better than Molina and Andrade.”
Lots of Possibilities for Undefeated 'GGG'

Lots of Possibilities for Undefeated 'GGG'

Bill Tibbs: With Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s eighth round stoppage of Curtis “Showtime” Stevens in the Theater at Madison Square Garden Saturday night in the bank, the possibilities... Lots of Possibilities for Undefeated 'GGG'

“To Emanuel”

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © K9 Photos): My friend, friend to us all, Emanuel Steward died on October 25, 2012, unexpectedly. Even when it was announced, there was confusion as to how true it was. No one wanted to believe it. Amid that early confusion, I texted Steve Kim, asking if it was true. I didn’t want to hear his voice if it was true. I remember Steve telling me Emanuel was indeed gone. We spoke briefly. No one could talk right then. Speaking too long only made it more true. I haven& “To Emanuel”

Mike Alvarado Takes His First Steps as Champion

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): On Friday afternoon, WBO junior welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado, on his second attempt, weighed under the 140-pound limit at 139.8, insuring his fight tonight the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. His opponent, Ruslan Provodnikov, 22-2, (15) a strong-willed boxer-puncher out of Beryozovo, Russia, weighed the same on the first try. The bout is Alvarado’s first defense of a title he won by remaining disciplined Mike Alvarado Takes His First Steps as Champion

Boxing's Waxing and Waning Futures Look Bright

By Gabriel Montoya: Boxing is a lot like life. It ebbs and flows, ends and starts anew every day. This past Saturday saw that life cycle in effect with the return of 32-year-old Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto. On the same card, we saw the continued development of Felix “Diamante” Verdejo. Across the pond, 24-year-old Scott Quigg, a Bury, Lancashire super bantamweight, fought to a draw with Yoandris Salinas and in the process, likely gained a wealth of experience, becoming the “regular” WBA Boxing's Waxing and Waning Futures Look Bright

A Beautiful Site/Sight

By Steve Kim (Photo © Saul G. Sanchez - w/ Photo Gallery inside article © German Villasenor): In front a record-setting crowd of 8,629 at the StubHub Center (formerly known as the Home Depot Center), a memorable night of action was capped off by Marcos Maidana steamrolling the game-but-outgunned Josesito Lopez in six rounds. It was a back-and-forth affair that saw both men have their moments but it was the Argentine’s power that carried the day. Before that, Erislandy Lara turned back the A Beautiful Site/Sight
Sell-Out Expected for Saturday's Golden Boy Card

Sell-Out Expected for Saturday's Golden Boy Card

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer announced at the outset of yesterday’s final press conference that he expects The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to be sold out for the exciting fight card headlined by Marcos Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez this Saturday, June 8 on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT). Sell-Out Expected for Saturday's Golden Boy Card

Erislandy Lara: “That's what I do. I am a winner”

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos /Golden Boy Promotions): There’s a knock on Cuban fighters that they aren’t very exciting when they turn pro. Because of a dedicated and regimented amateur system, essentially Cuba’s pro system, and way of showing the rest of the world the country can be isolated and dominant, the boxers who do turn pro end up stuck in an amateur style. They stick and move and defend perfectly but in an oft-times boring fashion. Cuban southpaw junior Erislandy Lara: “That's what I do. I am a winner”
Boxing News Headlines for May 30 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for May 30 - 2013

The Big news Money v Canelo & more. Boxing News Headlines for May 30 - 2013

Can Sergio Martinez Go Home?

By Gabriel Montoya: The goal in life should be to figure out what you are meant to do and then set about doing it. The lucky and hardworking persevere in this endeavor; the tests they face season rather than deter because those hopeful for greatness, like middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, understand that attaining a life’s goal is about fighting through each challenge the journey there presents. In order to attain greatness in your calling, new challenges must constantly be met Can Sergio Martinez Go Home?

Fernando Guerrero “This is a moment of a lifetime.”

By Gabriel Montoya: Heading into his 2011 fight with Grady Brewer, middleweight contender Fernando Guerrero had it all going his way. He was 21-0 with a growing following in Salisbury, Maryland. He was fighting often both in Mississippi and Maryland and drawing well. He had TV fights and industry notice. What he didn’t have was what he got that night: a reality check surprise loss. Brewer, considered a heavy underdog, shocked Guerrero and pretty much everyone else when he stopped Guerrero... Fernando Guerrero “This is a moment of a lifetime.”

Austin Trout Hits the Road (Again)

By Steve Kim: On Saturday night from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, one of the year’s most anticipated events takes place between junior middleweight beltholders Austin Trout and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Between 35,000-to-40,000 fans are expected to be in the building but it wasn’t all that long ago when Trout was headlining on a much smaller stage. Back in November of 2011, Trout made his Showtime debut against the forgettable Frank LoPorto at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas in front Austin Trout Hits the Road (Again)

Azad Championship Report - Golovkin: Overrated, Underrated, Feared and Unproven

By Steve Kim: This weekend, much of the boxing spotlight will focus in on the rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, which will be featured on HBO (10:15 p.m. ET/PT). Meanwhile, in a small independent pay-per-view show from the exotic locale of Monte Carlo, WBA middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin faces Nobuhiro Ishida in a stay-busy affair. This fight comes off the heels of his January 19th seventh round TKO win over Gabriel Rosado and could be a Azad Championship Report - Golovkin: Overrated, Underrated, Feared and Unproven

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

Azad Championship Report - Canelo Takes Charge

By Steve Kim: In a business that must prepare for life without the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in the very near future, it’s important that boxing develops future marquee attractions. While there are many individuals who hold the designation of “champion” by virtue of a sanctioning body title, rarer are those who have genuinely earned the right to call themselves the best in a division, the truly elite who are listed among arbitrary pound-for-pound lists. But... Azad Championship Report - Canelo Takes Charge
The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights TV Cheat Sheet – Feb. 15, 2013

The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights TV Cheat Sheet – Feb. 15, 2013

Marty Mulcahey: Speculation is a large part of what drives boxing; intriguing questions with no easy answers are the best kind of speculation. There are no easy... The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights TV Cheat Sheet – Feb. 15, 2013
They Never Happened

They Never Happened

Anson Wainwright: For the past few years, the entire boxing world has wanted to see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao meet in what would be a pay-per-view blockbuster... They Never Happened

Azad Championship Report: Trout Goes Upstream to Face Cotto

By Steve Kim: On the night of June 2nd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Austin Trout successfully defended his WBA junior middleweight title by easily outpointing Delvin Rodriguez over 12 rounds. But while he retained his crown, the fight itself was rather, shall we say...non-descript (to put it charitably)? The harshest of observers would say it was a yawner. The type of fight which if you were in attendance, you left your seat to grab a beer or rather dispose of the beer you Azad Championship Report: Trout Goes Upstream to Face Cotto
The HBO World Championship Boxing TV Cheat Sheet – Nov. 24, 2012

The HBO World Championship Boxing TV Cheat Sheet – Nov. 24, 2012

Marty Mulcahey: Pity the boxers who had to skip Thanksgiving dinner in order to make weight and the inferior fighter a lot more since only one is able to take... The HBO World Championship Boxing TV Cheat Sheet – Nov. 24, 2012
The HBO Boxing After Dark TV Cheat Sheet – Nov. 10, 2012

The HBO Boxing After Dark TV Cheat Sheet – Nov. 10, 2012

Marty Mulcahey: This “Boxing After Dark” doubleheader is one step beyond (as an aside, the title of a great Madness album) a “ShoBox” feature since... The HBO Boxing After Dark TV Cheat Sheet – Nov. 10, 2012
Nelson playing the waiting game

Nelson playing the waiting game

Standing 6’ 4" with an incredible 81" reach and six-percent body fat, newly crowned North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Super Welterweight champion Willi Nelson playing the waiting game
Tickets on Sale: Martirosyan vs. Lara

Tickets on Sale: Martirosyan vs. Lara

Thanksgiving arrives early when knockout artists top-rated super welterweight contenders VANES “The Nightmare” MARTIROSYAN and ERISLANDY “El Oro del Guantanamo” LARA and undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender MIGUEL “Mikey” GARCIA and former World Featherweight Champion JONATHAN “Yoni” BARROS, look Tickets on Sale: Martirosyan vs. Lara

“Mile High” Opportunity for Alvarado

By Steve Kim: On Saturday night, perhaps the most anticipated bout for hardcore fight fans takes place when Mike Alvarado squares off against Brandon Rios at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California (HBO 10 p.m., ET). It’s a fight that many pundits and observers are openly comparing to the legendary contests featuring Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward. Some think this could be another version of Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo... “Mile High” Opportunity for Alvarado

Azad Championship Report: Martinez-Chavez: Peaks and Valleys

By Thomas Hauser (Art © Coyote Duran): An athlete’s life is characterized by peaks and valleys. When Sergio Martinez was 17 years old, he played forward in the number seven slot for a team called “Defensoris” in a junior amateur football (soccer) league in the province of Buenos Aires. “We were playing against a team called ‘Sportman’,” Sergio said, sitting in his suite at the Wynn Resort and Casino two days before his September 15th middleweight championship fight against Julio Cesar Chavez J Azad Championship Report: Martinez-Chavez: Peaks and Valleys

The Divide

By Steve Kim: The numbers are in from the conflicting cards in Las Vegas staged between Top Rank and Golden Boy. The shows at the Thomas and Mack Center and the MGM Grand each did well at the box-office (although many have raised doubts about the veracity of the figures from the promotion featuring Saul “Canelo” Alvarez) with Showtime reporting strong Nielsen numbers and HBO Pay-Per-View announcing 475,000 buys for the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight... The Divide
Boxing News Headlines for September 15 - 2012

Boxing News Headlines for September 15 - 2012

Today’s news headlines listed here. Boxing News Headlines for September 15 - 2012

The 10 Greatest Middleweight Fights of All Time

By Marty Mulcahey: The middleweight division is suddenly bursting with excitement. Australian Daniel Geale unified two titles in Germany; Gennady Golovkin’s called out everyone from 154 to 168 pounds with his fantastic American debut and by the end of October, eight of the 11 best middleweights will have fought each other! The Sergio Martinez – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. clash is the type of exhilarating event that has not been witnessed at 160 pounds for a decade. Unlike other The 10 Greatest Middleweight Fights of All Time
Boxing News Headlines for September 14 - 2012

Boxing News Headlines for September 14 - 2012

Today’s news listed here. Boxing News Headlines for September 14 - 2012

Azad Championship Report: Sergio Martinez and the Moment of Truth

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): The road to the middleweight championship of the world and beyond has been nothing but twists and turns for Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez. Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, in front of a sold-out crowd and an HBO Pay-Per-View audience, Martinez is either defending his lineal title or challenging for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s WBC belt (which belonged to Martinez before he was stripped for not fighting the guy... Azad Championship Report: Sergio Martinez and the Moment of Truth

Josesito Lopez: The Riverside Rocky

By Steve Kim (Photo © Esther Lin / SHOWTIME): Coming off his close 10-round defeat last September against Jessie Vargas, Josesito Lopez’s first scheduled bout of 2012 was to have taken place on June 22nd as the main event on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” versus Kendall Holt, in a crossroads junior welterweight contest. Fast forward to this Saturday night and he’s facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for the WBC junior middleweight title at the MGM Grand (Showtime 9 p.m., ET). Yeah, it’ Josesito Lopez: The Riverside Rocky
Taking a Break for a September Fight Breakdown

Taking a Break for a September Fight Breakdown

Vinnie Paz: Every time I feel like I’m getting into some sort of rhythm with my articles, my life gets upended by a little thing I call my career. It’s been over a year since... Taking a Break for a September Fight Breakdown
Azad Championship Report: Knockout Kings Under Way with Canelo Day

Azad Championship Report: Knockout Kings Under Way with Canelo Day

Gabriel Montoya: The media was out in force for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s media workout on Wednesday at actor/director Peter Berg’s TSB-44 boxing... Azad Championship Report: Knockout Kings Under Way with Canelo Day
Willie Nelson vs. John Jackson in Sept.

Willie Nelson vs. John Jackson in Sept.

ST. LOUIS (August 30, 2012) - Boxing is a risk-and-reward business. A successful gamble this past May ultimately positioned top prospect Willie "The Great" Nelson (18-1-1, 11 KOs) against undefeated John "Dah Rock" Jackson (13-0, 12 KOs) on September 15 for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight title. Willie Nelson vs. John Jackson in Sept.

The Price is Right

By Steve Kim (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): On October 13th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, an HBO doubleheader takes place featuring a junior welterweight scrap between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado with a junior featherweight title tilt between Nonito Donaire and Toshiaki Nishioka. Top Rank, which is promoting this event, is hoping for a large turnout as they continue to try and build their boxers into commodities who are more than just guys who appear on... The Price is Right
Oh, the Possibilities…

Oh, the Possibilities…

Jason Gonzalez: Nearly four months removed from his most significant victory to date, rising Mexican star Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez returns to the squared circle since... Oh, the Possibilities…
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

The End (or Beginning) of the Road for James Kirkland?

By Gabriel Montoya: Success in boxing is hard enough without complicating matters. Talent has to be discovered, honed and disciplined into skill. Luck, timing and dedication to excellence must all come together at the right time many times over before a fighter can move successfully from the gym to greatest stages of all time. With so much to look forward to, the possibility of any of it not happening is too great... The End (or Beginning) of the Road for James Kirkland?
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