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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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Vinny Maddalone retirement roast in Queens, NY

Vinny Maddalone retirement roast in Queens, NY

Former heavyweight contender offically announces retirement By Jason Gonzalez Vinny Maddalone retirement roast in Queens, NY

Ask Gerry Cooney – April 2nd, 2016

Compiled by Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at Maxboxing.com every week. Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius XM radio show “Friday Night at The Fights,” which Gerry co-hosts with Randy Commission.... Ask Gerry Cooney – April 2nd, 2016

Top 10 Year in Review

By Mikko Salo: The year 2014 saw the heavyweight division gather momentum on different fronts. In Europe, the main market in today`s heavyweight landscape, the Undisputed Champion Wladimir Klitschko fought a 5-round barnburner against top contender Kubrat Pulev. The entertaining HBO-televised match-up proved us once again what kind of a special era in heavyweight boxing we are all witnessing. Klitschko is one of the all-time heavyweight kings and is not about to relinquish his crown... Top 10 Year in Review

On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings Nov-11-14

By Derek Bonnett: Bernard Hopkins lost and he lost badly. However, losing badly two months shy of fifty years of age is still pretty good. Especially when the lopsided unanimous decision scores came against, the new SecondsOut number one rated light heavyweight in the world, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, who is not exactly used to hearing the judges final tallies in his fights. I expected Kovalev to finish Bernard to the body, but the end result confirmed two things. I was right about the victor On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings Nov-11-14

On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings

By Derek Bonnett: After looking forward to this week’s Showtime triple header at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, USA (a card I considered flying out to from Connecticut to attend), I was left with both feelings of disappointment and great relief. Disappointed that the favored fighters failed to put forth division shaping performances, but relieved I did not spring the few hundred dollars it would have likely cost me to book a flight and hotel. Both Andrezj Fonfara and Tomoki Kameda put forth On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings

Stiverne Blasts Life into the Heavies

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © German Villasenor): When newly-crowned WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne walked down the Galen Center’s aisle toward his destiny this past Saturday, he had already walked a long, hard road to get there. Dreams of playing college football or possibly as a linebacker in the future were dashed by injury. At age 35, having languished on promoter Don King’s bench for years while fighting sporadically in the shadows... Stiverne Blasts Life into the Heavies

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?

USS Cunningham Hopes to Stay Afloat vs. Amir Mansour

By Gabriel Montoya: In his fifth fight in the heavyweight division, 37-year-old Steve “USS” Cunningham, 26-6 (12), is in a crossroads bout. Pitted against fellow Main Events stablemate USBA titlist Amir Mansour, 20-0 (15), a 41-year-old “prospect,” Cunningham is fighting for Mansour’s belt, a higher ranking and a shot at a world title. The bout will be televised live on Friday from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the NBC Sports Network. The bout is co-promoted by Main E USS Cunningham Hopes to Stay Afloat vs. Amir Mansour

Bayamon Bomb?

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME) WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia got away with one on Saturday night. Billed as a “homecoming fight” at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, it all became anything but as Mauricio Herrera, a perennial also-ran who is no easy out, beat Garcia in all facets of the fight except with the judges. Over 12 rounds, Herrera hounded Garcia with elusive pressure, a steady double jab to the head and body and (sneaky)... Bayamon Bomb?

Robbery on the Island?

By Steve Kim (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME): It’s not clear if Mauricio Herrera had any arroz con pollo or arroz con gandules y lechon asado during his stay in Puerto Rico this past week. However, he certainly got a dose of home-cooking that left his stomach queasy as Herrera was on the short end of a highly debatable majority decision that saw Danny Garcia retain his WBA and WBC 140-pound titles. The overwhelming majority who witnessed this Showtime main event... Robbery on the Island?

Adamek vs. Glazkov: the Time Is Now

By Gabriel Montoya: Tomasz Adamek and Vyacheslav Glazkov were supposed to meet in November of last year. They didn’t. Adamek got the flu and the fight was called off. He had fought his way to a heavyweight title shot in 2011 (a 10th round stoppage loss to Vitali Klitschko) and has since seemed content to make good money treading heavyweight water while biding his time for another shot. Glazkov, coming off two wins following a tough split draw with Malik Scott... Adamek vs. Glazkov: the Time Is Now
Samuel Vasquez Steals Show at Bethlehem Sands

Samuel Vasquez Steals Show at Bethlehem Sands

Jason Pribila, Ringside in Bethlehem: On Saturday Night the Sands Events Center in Bethlehem hosted a seven bout card promoted by Iron Mike Promotions... Samuel Vasquez Steals Show at Bethlehem Sands

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)
State Of The Heavyweights: Top 10 Year In Review

State Of The Heavyweights: Top 10 Year In Review

Mikko Salo: The most positive development in the heavyweight year 2013 was the crowning of an Undisputed Heavyweight Champion. Wladimir Klitschko now... State Of The Heavyweights: Top 10 Year In Review
Johnson Defeats Gunn

Johnson Defeats Gunn

Bethlehem, PA. – Former WBC-USNBC, WBA-NABA and IBA cruiserweight titlist Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn believed yesterday’s (Wednesday) match up with boxing great Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson would serve as a perfect ending to a career that started four decades ago. Johnson Defeats Gunn

2014’s Shaping Up

By Steve Kim: The remainder of the 2013 boxing schedule is set. Looking ahead, the two promotional titans that are Top Rank Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions are setting up their itineraries for the upcoming year on HBO and Showtime respectively. HBO is scheduled to kick off the New Year on January 18th from Montreal with the local grudge match between Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. Then the following week, Top Rank has a card that will take place from the Theater of Madison Square Garden in N 2014’s Shaping Up

The (NBC) Show Must Go On

By Steve Kim: This story was supposed to be about a fresh and rejuvenated Tomasz Adamek, who is/was scheduled to face Vyacheslav Glazkov on NBC this Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m., ET/11:30 a.m., PT) from the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. As I spoke to Adamek and his trainer, Roger Bloodworth on Tuesday afternoon, they talked at length about cutting back their work in training camp and how, at age 36, Adamek felt better than ever with the extra rest (of course, boxers have. The (NBC) Show Must Go On
Boxing News Headlines for Nov 13 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for Nov 13 - 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 Nov 13 - 2013
Thabiso Mchunu: "I am Floyd Mayweather in a 200-pound frame"

Thabiso Mchunu: "I am Floyd Mayweather in a 200-pound frame"

Anson Wainwright: The summer is traditionally a quiet time for boxing but NBC did a three-fight broadcast as part of their ongoing series with Main Events with the return... Thabiso Mchunu: "I am Floyd Mayweather in a 200-pound frame"

Media Daze

By Steve Kim: Tuesday, August 27th was the media day for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at his training camp in Big Bear. A bus that would leave at nine in the morning from Lot 7 across the street from the Staples Center was available for any media members who chose to attend this gathering. Media days are a staple of any big promotion that require a saturation of coverage, which you’ll certainly be subjected to throughout this upcoming week as we draw closer to this Saturday night’s big pay-per- Media Daze

The Case for and Against Curtis Stevens

By Steve Kim: In a rather dreary edition of “Fight Night” on the NBC Sports Network from the Mohegan Sun this past Saturday night, Eddie Chambers was flummoxed by the counterpunching style of Thabiso Mchunu and then Tomasz Adamek had a perfunctory victory over the shopworn Dominick Guinn. But there was one notable bright spot, the continued resurgence of middleweight Curtis Stevens, who notched another eye-opening knockout victory over the usually durable Saul Roman... The Case for and Against Curtis Stevens

Curtis Stevens Detonates Left Hooks on Saul Roman’s Face for the KO Win

By Gabriel Montoya: Before his fight Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut against veteran tough guy Saul Roman, 37-10, (31), Curtis “Showtime” Stevens opined “I know he is going to get knocked down. The question, will he get back up? And if he gets back up, he will not survive. It’s just a matter of time.” [Roman] gets put down. Gets back up. Gets put down again, he gets back. He gets back up and fights. That’s all I can see,” Stevens said... Curtis Stevens Detonates Left Hooks on Saul Roman’s Face for the KO Win

Chambers is Now Cruisin’

By Steve Kim: For much of his career, Eddie Chambers has been a “small” heavyweight. In the land of giants, Chambers was always small by the standards of today’s behemoths, many of whom are the size of power forwards and have no problems carrying 240-plus pounds. Chambers, who is 6’1” and in the low-200s, has made the decision to now compete in the cruiserweight division. He faces South African Thabiso Mchunu this Saturday night (NBC Sports Network 10:30 p.m., ET) from the Mohegan Sun C Chambers is Now Cruisin’

Fight Night Provides Springboard

By Steve Kim: This Saturday night from the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, the latest installment of the “Fight Night” series on the NBC Sports Network (10:30 p.m., ET) takes place. It’s a tripleheader featuring middleweight Curtis Stevens, cruiserweight Eddie Chambers and heavyweight Tomasz Adamek. This series, which began in January of 2012, has provided two things on a consistent basis: solid entertainment and a springboard for boxers to go and perform on bigger (and more lucrative) Fight Night Provides Springboard

Azad Championship Report - It’s Done for “The One”

By Steve Kim: After weeks of speculating, Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions made a long-awaited announcement on Thursday afternoon: the junior welterweight showdown between Lucas Matthysse and titleholder Danny Garcia is signed, sealed and delivered and has been placed on the pay-per-view undercard in support of main event Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez, September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “The big one got even bigger,” said Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy’s CEO... Azad Championship Report - It’s Done for “The One”

Summer Snooze

By Steve Kim: If you’re a boxing fan, right now, you’re pretty much like a football fan - you can’t wait for September. Because from that point on, boxing has a strong slate of fights lined up (headlined by marquee pay-per-view events spaced out a month apart featuring the likes of Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez, Tim Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios). But as usual, the summer months are a drag for those who follow the “Sweet Science.”... Summer Snooze
Boxing News Headlines for June 25 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for June 25 - 2013

All the news you need. Boxing News Headlines for June 25 - 2013
Boxing News Headlines for June 14 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for June 14 - 2013

Chee: Plenty Fresh News Updates. Boxing News Headlines for June 14 - 2013

Jennings Is in a Hurry

By Steve Kim (Photo © Rich Graessle/Main Events): Tonight from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, heavyweight hopeful Bryant “By-By” Jennings faces Andrey Fedosov on the NBC Sports Network (8 p.m., ET/5 p.m, PT) main event. If he had his druthers, this would be the last developmental fight before facing either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko. Yeah, a guy who began boxing after his 24th birthday, turned professional in 2010 and has all of 16 fights under his belt wants to be on the. Jennings Is in a Hurry

Azad Championship Report - Stevenson Kronks out Dawson

By Gabriel Montoya: The origin of raw knockout power is the best mystery in boxing. We can use science to measure punching power as HBO has apparently been using a device under the fighter’s wraps to measure this very thing for some time now from what I am told. Pure knockout power can be harnessed with solid fighting technique to be sure. The straighter the shot, the better the torque, snap and speed with which it the punch lands. But raw knockout power - and why some have it and... Azad Championship Report - Stevenson Kronks out Dawson
Oquendo Notches Windy/Indy Win Over Rossy

Oquendo Notches Windy/Indy Win Over Rossy

By Percy Dockery at ringside: Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, Hitz Boxing’s “Fast” Fres Oquendo, 36-7 (23) of Chicago, IL... Oquendo Notches Windy/Indy Win Over Rossy

Azad Championship Report - In Defense of Dawson

By Steve Kim: If you read my work consistently or follow me on Twitter (@stevemaxboxing), you know I’m not a huge fan of Chad Dawson, who defends his light heavyweight title against Adonis Stevenson at the Bell Centre in Montreal on HBO (10 p.m., ET/PT). To me, Dawson is a very good professional prizefighter but seems so casual in the ring and, quite frankly, doesn’t make for the most entertaining fare. He’s a guy who’s very lucky that TV executives were Azad Championship Report - In Defense of Dawson
Boxing News Headlines for June 7 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for June 7 - 2013

All the news you need & want. Boxing News Headlines for June 7 - 2013
Chad Dawson: “I’ll be a lot stronger at light heavyweight”

Chad Dawson: “I’ll be a lot stronger at light heavyweight”

Anson Wainwright: This weekend, Chad Dawson returns to the more familiar confines of light heavyweight after an ill-advised attempt to drop down to super middleweight to meet his The Ring magazine... Chad Dawson: “I’ll be a lot stronger at light heavyweight”
Main Events, NBC Pleased with Fury-Cunningham Ratings

Main Events, NBC Pleased with Fury-Cunningham Ratings

Matthew Paras: The ratings are in for the second boxing card on NBC and promoter Main Events is pleased with the turnout. On April 20th, Main Events... Main Events, NBC Pleased with Fury-Cunningham Ratings

A Blessing in Disguise for Cunningham

By Steve Kim: On the afternoon of December 22nd, in the eyes of most observers, it seemed as though Steve Cunningham had done more than enough to exact revenge on Tomasz Adamek in their second go-round. Back when they first met up as cruiserweights in December of 2008, “U.S.S.” was sunk to the canvas thrice in losing his IBF title via split decision. This time around as heavyweights at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Cunningham, boxed smartly and stayed out harm’s... A Blessing in Disguise for Cunningham
East Coast Report: Bright Future for DC, and More Horrible Judging

East Coast Report: Bright Future for DC, and More Horrible Judging

Alec Kohut: It’s become a pattern, every weekend with more than one decent boxing card, is another weekend of what only can be considered corrupt scoring. But... East Coast Report: Bright Future for DC, and More Horrible Judging

Style over Substance?

By Steve Kim: Andre Ward is one of the better fighters in the sport. This statement - in a sport filled with so much debate and rancor - is undeniable. He’s as tactically intelligent as any current boxer this side of one Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. And you can make the argument that nobody in the game knows how to win a fight one round at a time better than “S.O.G.” It may be years before anyone beats him in the squared circle. So why is it that I’m a much bigger fan of Adrien Broner?.. Style over Substance?
Nelson vs. Kevlishvilli - Date Change

Nelson vs. Kevlishvilli - Date Change

In the main event, undefeated Lightweight Naim “The Dream” Nelson will take on Georgi Kevlishvilli. Nelson vs. Kevlishvilli - Date Change

The Postponement Buzzkill

By Steve Kim: After Lucas Matthysse’s first round destruction of Mike Dallas Jr. at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on January 26th, word spread that Showtime’s next card, scheduled for February 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn featuring the junior welterweight title tilt between Danny Garcia and Zab Judah was in jeopardy. The reporter who first heard it was Mike Coppinger (who works for multiple sites), tipped off at ringside by a member of Judah’s camp... The Postponement Buzzkill
Boxing News Headlines for January 26 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for January 26 - 2013

Loads of fresh news. Boxing News Headlines for January 26 - 2013
Boxing News Headlines for January 21 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for January 21 - 2013

All of Today’s News linked here. Boxing News Headlines for January 21 - 2013

Fight Night Irony

By Steve Kim: While NBC Sports Network’s latest offering tomorrow night is a solid light heavyweight crossroads match-up between the hard-luck Gabriel Campillo and the hard-hitting Sergey Kovalev (9 p.m., ET/6 p.m., PT from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.), this card is largely overshadowed by the goings-on at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, featuring among others, one Gabriel Rosado. The same Rosado who had a productive 2012 on the strength of three appearances on this Fight Night Irony
I Said That? A 2012 Preview Review: Part Three

I Said That? A 2012 Preview Review: Part Three

Marty Mulcahey: Today, I wrap up the annual “Preview Review,” featuring boxing’s traditional glory divisions from middleweight to heavyweight. In the 2012... I Said That? A 2012 Preview Review: Part Three
Boxing News Headlines for January 14 - 2013

Boxing News Headlines for January 14 - 2013

Lots of late breaking news Boxing News Headlines for January 14 - 2013

Can Boxing Continue to Network?

By Steve Kim: In what is even more mounting evidence that boxing is not dying or being overtaken by the UFC, NBC scored very strong ratings for their December 22nd broadcast featuring the heavyweight contest between Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham. This two-hour broadcast did a rating of 2.2 (with an average of 1.6 million viewers) but really encouraging was that in the last half-hour of the telecast, the audience peaked at 3.2 million viewers. The only sporting event that had superior Can Boxing Continue to Network?

Fights I’d Like to See in 2013

By Steve Kim (Photo © Miguel Salazar): So 2013 is officially upon us. And the hope for all boxing fans is that this year is as fun and entertaining as the past year where there was no shortage of memorable moments and good ol’ fashioned slugfests. Most of the early schedule has been cemented but here are some fights - as a boxing fan - I’d like to see at some point in the next 12 months. First, however, are the requirements for the bouts I chose for my wish list... Fights I’d Like to See in 2013
Ten Figures on the American Heavyweight Horizon

Ten Figures on the American Heavyweight Horizon

By Marty Mulcahey: Last Saturday, a national television audience - on NBC for the first time in two decades no less – witnessed everything wrong with American... Ten Figures on the American Heavyweight Horizon

The 2013 K9 Awards: Part Two

By Steve Kim: OK, before we move on, I was told by more than a few people that Josesito Lopez’s thrilling victory over Victor Ortiz and Rey Migreno’s shocking win over Pongsaklek Wonjongkam merited status in the “Upset of the Year” category. No arguments here. It was a clear oversight on my part and it’s duly noted. Now, let’s resume the festivities... FIGHT OF THE YEAR... The 2013 K9 Awards: Part Two

Mark Breland on training heavyweight Deontay Wilder

By Gabriel Montoya: Anymore, it’s easy to say the heavyweight division in North America is deader ‘n Disco. But that isn’t the truth. Sure, the UK has Wlad and Vitali Klitschko, champion heavyweight brothers of the world. It also has David Price, David Haye, Tyson Fury, Alexander Povetkin, and Robert Helenius. North America? Ready to make another is Riverside, CA’s Chris Arreola. By all appearances he is dedicated to training as never before. That is to say, he trains consistently. With two Mark Breland on training heavyweight Deontay Wilder
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