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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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This is the end: When legends die hard

As Bernard Hopkins toppled backward through the ring ropes, landing on the cement floor, a collective gasp rose throughout the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, CA. By John J. Raspanti This is the end: When legends die hard

Back from the abyss: The epic comeback of Frank Buglioni

A few weeks ago, at the Manchester Arena in London, England, Frank Buglioni could likely feel his dream of capturing the British light heavyweight title slipping away. And, in a sense, his boxing career. By John J. Raspanti Back from the abyss: The epic comeback of Frank Buglioni

Why Joe Smith might not be "Just Another Smith"

When Joe Smith Jr. knocked future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins out of the ring, and into retirement last weekend, a chorus of critics sang, “Hopkins is 51, So what?" and “Ten years ago, Hopkins would have toyed with Smith.” By John Raspanti Why Joe Smith might not be "Just Another Smith"

Flashy Stan Martyniouk ready to make a splash in 2017

“They don’t know what to expect when they see me," Martyniouk told this writer on a recent installment of The Ringside Boxing Show. “Some have said I don’t look like a fighter. That I, don’t dress like one. “What boxing fans will see is a lot of speed, quickness, and sharp punching.” By John J. Raspanti Flashy Stan Martyniouk ready to make a splash in 2017

Joshua retains heavyweight title, Parker edges Ruiz to win WBO version

If challenger Molina had a game plan entering the match, it wasn’t apparent. He backed into the ropes in the opening stanza and languished like a prisoner awaiting the executioner to pull the switch. By John J. Raspanti Joshua retains heavyweight title, Parker edges Ruiz to win WBO version

Someone's 0 has gotta go: Joseph Parker meets Andy Ruiz

How good is New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker? By John J. Raspanti Someone's 0 has gotta go: Joseph Parker meets Andy Ruiz

Saunders wins lackluster 12-round unanimous decision over Akavov

Was he rusty? Or perhaps he missed his trainer Jimmy Tibbs. By John J. Raspanti Saunders wins lackluster 12-round unanimous decision over Akavov

What's next for Vasyl Lomachenko?

A couple of years ago, many opined that Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters would defeat Vasyl Lomachenko. By John J. Raspanti What's next for Vasyl Lomachenko?

Talent, speed and power: Vasyl Lomachenko takes on Nicholas Walters

This Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his championship belt against former featherweight titleholder Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters. By John J. Raspanti Talent, speed and power: Vasyl Lomachenko takes on Nicholas Walters

Beast versus brawn: Sergey Kovalev meets Andre Ward

On November 19, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., two undefeated fighting machines will face off in the ultimate "Show me what you got" fight. By John J. Raspanti Beast versus brawn: Sergey Kovalev meets Andre Ward

This Saturday night at the fights...

Danny Garcia’s nickname of “Swift” has always baffled me. By John J. Raspanti This Saturday night at the fights...

Vargas fighting with a chip on his shoulder

As he prepares to meet former eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao this Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas isn’t feeling much love. By John J. Raspanti Vargas fighting with a chip on his shoulder

Looking ahead, boxing returns with a bang in November

Things are somewhat slow in the world of boxing right now. Not dead, but slow, since boxing will never die. The sport is akin to Frankenstein’s monster. By John J. Raspanti Looking ahead, boxing returns with a bang in November

A determined Melissa McMorrrow returns to the ring Oct.22

A determined Melissa McMorrow returns to the ring Oct.22: by John J. Raspanti A determined Melissa McMorrrow returns to the ring Oct.22

Remembering Aaron Pryor

By John J. Raspanti: The timing was perfect. My wife and I were in Las Vegas on vacation. She liked to gamble. I could take it or leave it. Mostly leave it. There were two fighters training in Sin City that weekend. I liked one quite a bit. The other, in my opinion, was a showoff. We did the “tourist” thing for a day and returned to our room at the Flamingo Hotel. The Flamingo was fun. It was old and gaudy and loaded with reminders of its notorious history. Old-time gangster Ben “D Remembering Aaron Pryor

The inner drive of Mike Jimenez

"Hollywood" back in the ring Oct.8th in Hammond, IN. The inner drive of Mike Jimenez

Parker faces Dimitrenko in risky fight

Parker faces Dimitrenko in risky fight By John J. Raspanti Parker faces Dimitrenko in risky fight

Entertaining boxing book for the very young

By John J. Raspanti: “Boxing looks like fun,” said five-year-old Avery Johnson after reading the recently published illustrated children’s book, B is for Boxing written by former professional fighter Dimitry Salita, legendary Hall of Fame publicist Bill Caplan, and Dmitry’s brother Michael. Entertaining boxing book for the very young

Alvarez stops Smith to capture WBO title

Alvarez stops Smith to win WBO title: By John J. Raspanti Canelo Alvarez captured the WBO super middleweight championship by stopping game former titleholder Liam Smith (23-1-1, 13 KOs) in round  nine at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Saturday night.  Unlike some recent opponents, like Erislandy Lara and Floyd Mayweather, Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) didn’t have to chase Smith. The Liverpool native came right at him in the first few rounds.  Alvarez stops Smith to capture WBO title

Alvarez meets little-known but undefeated Liverpool fighter Smith

By John J. Raspanti: After knocking out Amir Khan with a thunderous right hand four months ago, Canelo Alvarez spoke of fighting WBA and IBF titleholder Gennady Golovkin "later this year." Apparently talk is cheap. The bout never materialized. Both sides blamed each other. Instead of Golovkin, Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs), who’s now fighting as a junior middleweight, will face undefeated Liverpool native Liam Smith this Saturday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on HBO pay-per-view. Alvarez meets little-known but undefeated Liverpool fighter Smith

Golovkin marked up, but stops Brook in five

By John J. Raspanti Rattled at times by combinations, WBC and IBF middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) stopped IBF welterweight kingpin Kell Brook (35-1, 26 KOs) in Round five at a rocking O2 Arena in London, England Saturday night. Golovkin marked up, but stops Brook in five

Golovkin invades UK, but can Brook upset him?

Golovkin expected to extend his knockout streak Golovkin invades UK, but can Brook upset him?

Guerrero and Angulo should exit stage left

By John J. Raspanti: Most fighters hate the "R" word. To them, retiring is akin to quitting. Boxers fight to survive and refuse to give up. They spend their best days in the ring. Out of it, many of them feel lost. It’s all they know. Passionate as a boxer’s love affair with the ring can be, his career can be over in a flash. For most of us, it is hard to imagine being told to retire before reaching the age of forty. Last Saturday night, I watched Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero Guerrero and Angulo should exit stage left

Guy Robb faces the biggest challenge of his career

By John J. Raspanti: Featherweight contender Guy Robb is keenly aware of the importance of his August 27 showdown with hard-hitting Miguel Marriaga. “It’s the biggest fight of my career,” Robb told this writer via email a few weeks ago. ”I feel confident and excited about the things to come.” The winner of the Robb-Marriaga match will likely get a shot at newly-crowned WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez. Trainer Roy Woods, who has worked with Robb (18-1, 8 KOs) since the S Guy Robb faces the biggest challenge of his career

The forgotten contender: Zora Folley meets Muhammad Ali

By John J. Raspanti: Muhammad Ali was gifted with a long and stinging left. It snapped out like a cobra’s tongue. When Ali was in his prime in the 1960’s, the blow was extremely quick. He would use it to set-up his rapid fire combinations. The punch rendered heavyweight champion Sonny Liston impotent in 1964. After six rounds of action, Liston’s eyes were swollen from numerous jabs and hooks. The fight was over. Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, was the new champion. Within a three- The forgotten contender: Zora Folley meets Muhammad Ali

Raymond Merrill II lives his dream

By John J. Raspanti: Raymond Merrill II will not allow the fact that he was born deaf to stop his dream of pursuing a boxing career. Merrill made a promise to himself. No pity, no excuses. Growing up, he participated in sports, while inside, he raged. His father was sent to prison when he was two years old. He finally met him when he was seven. He watched his dad self-destruct on crack and PCP. He hated his father and began to rebel by taking to street fighting. Merrill enrolled at Cal S Raymond Merrill II lives his dream

Ivan Robinson “Pays it Forward”

By John J. Raspanti: Former lightweight contender Ivan “Mighty” Robinson has dedicated his life to the sweet science. Robinson, now 45, started throwing punches forty years ago in Nicetown, a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. The future contender, nicknamed “Mighty Mouse,” engaged in his first amateur bout as an 8-year-old kid. In 1990, Robinson won a silver medal at the Goodwill Games. He turned professional a few years later. He went on to score two victories over International Boxing H Ivan Robinson “Pays it Forward”

Ward dominates Brand, faces Kovalev in November

By John J. Raspanti: Andre Ward did what Andre Ward does Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. He won every round against overmatched Alexander Brand, but a knockout seemed to be what the former Olympic gold medalist really wanted. The workmanlike 12-round unanimous decision set up his November 19 super-fight against undisputed light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who looked on from ringside. Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) controlled the fight from the get go, flashing speed and Ward dominates Brand, faces Kovalev in November

Ward one victory away from meeting Kovalev

Article and photo by John J. Raspanti: When Andre Ward returned to the ring in 2015 after a layoff of nearly two years, some boxing insiders said his performance was mediocre. Seven months later, Ward was back, tangling with undefeated Sullivan Barrera. Ward knocked down Barrera and won the fight easily. Still, there were whispers that he had lost a step. Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) fights Alexander Brand, winner of 25 of 26 bouts, with 19 knockouts, this Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA Ward one victory away from meeting Kovalev

Frampton defeats Santa Cruz to win WBA featherweight title

By John J. Raspanti: Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) used quickness and intelligence to win a hard-fought 12-round split decision over Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) at the at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The scores were 114-114, 116-112 and 117-111. Maxboxing scored the fight 115-113 for Frampton. As expected, Santa Cruz attacked from the opening bell. Frampton worked off his back foot. Santa Cruz landed a right--while Frampton connected with a solid left - right combination. Santa C Frampton defeats Santa Cruz to win WBA featherweight title

Undefeated champions Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton lace em up

By John J. Raspanti: Another weekend, another battle of undefeated champions. WBC super featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 18 KOs) meets former 122-pound titleholder Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Santa Cruz, 27, throws punches in bunches. He fights like a man with his car double-parked. He can leave his opponent feeling overwhelmed, and looking for a place to hide. Two-time champion Frampton at 122 pounds is moving up in weight (four pounds) Undefeated champions Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton lace em up

Crawford floors Postol twice, wins easy decision

By John J. Raspanti: WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) added the WBC belt to his list of accomplishments by winning a wide 12-round unanimous decision over former champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night. Crawford used speed and agility to frustrate Postol over the course of the bout. After clipping Postol with a lead right hand in the opening round, Crawford switched to southpaw. He stuck with that Crawford floors Postol twice, wins easy decision

Battle of champions: Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol

By John J. Raspanti: Is there anything better than a meeting between two reigning undefeated world champions? Not for a boxing fan. Tonight at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV., WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford meets WBC titleholder Viktor Postol in a unification bout to determine superiority in the 140-pound division. In 2014, Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) captured the lightweight championship by beating on Ricky Burns for 12 rounds. A few months later(,) he stopped previously Battle of champions: Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol

Middleweight Paul Mendez searches for respect

By John J. Raspanti: Middleweight Paul Mendez will bring some extra motivation into the ring on July 21st when he meets 2012 Olympian Ievgen Khytrov at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. “In boxing you see a guy like me twenty and two, and they believe I’m a stepping stone,” Mendez told this writer via email. “I’m going to show the world on the twenty-first who Paul Mendez is and I ain’t no stepping stone.”... Middleweight Paul Mendez searches for respect

Kovalev defeats Chilemba, Ward fight on the horizon

By John J. Raspanti: Looking out of sorts at times, undisputed light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) retained his titles Monday night with a wide 12 round unanimous decision over game Issac Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) at the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The scores were 117-110, 116-111 and 118-109. Kovalev, 33, pursued Chilemba in the opening rounds. He popped his powerful jab to the body. Chilemba occasionally countered with left hooks. Kovalev let Kovalev defeats Chilemba, Ward fight on the horizon

Chacon, Weaver, Armstrong, and Quarry highlight second annual West Coast Boxing Hall Of Fame

By John J. Raspanti: Nine world champions, a ground-breaking promoter, a talented writer, and a father-son team make up the 2016 class of The West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions. Bobby Chacon, Mike Weaver, Lucia Riker, Israel Vazquez, Tony “The Tiger” Lopez, Henry Armstrong, Armando Ramos, Jerry Quarry, Fidel LaBarba, Genaro Hernandez, Aileen Eaton, Jose Sulaiman, his son Maurcio, and William O’Neill will be inducted September 25 at the Garland Hotel Event Center in North H Chacon, Weaver, Armstrong, and Quarry highlight second annual West Coast Boxing Hall Of Fame

Avila inching closer to world title shot

By John J. Raspanti: Undefeated junior featherweight contender Manuel “Tino” Avila faces former world title challenger Prosper Ankrah July 9 at the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, CA. Avila (20-0, 8 KOs) was last seen in the ring three months ago giving the more experienced Rene Alvarado a boxing lesson. Many considered the bout a real test for the 23-year-old Avila. But after absorbing a few punches in the opening rounds, Avila dominated with lateral movement and nifty Avila inching closer to world title shot
The forgotten champion: Bermane Stiverne

The forgotten champion: Bermane Stiverne

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Mary Ann Owens): Bermane Stiverne has lost one fight in nine years. That bout, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV last year was for the heavyweight championship of the world. Stiverne captured the crown in 2014 by knocking out Chris Areola. After the match was stopped, and Stiverne declared the winner, he dropped to the canvas and stayed there, overcome by emotion. Stiverne turned professional at 26. He won his first 12 fights by knockout, until The forgotten champion: Bermane Stiverne

Groves wins do-or-die battle over Murray

By John J. Raspanti: George Groves (24-3, 18 KOs) kept his dream of winning a world championship alive last Saturday night by winning a clear cut 12 unanimous decision over Martin Murray (33-4-1, 16 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England. The taller Groves was sharper in the opening rounds. He probed with his educated jab and followed it up with sneaky right hands. Murray, normally aggressive, lagged behind. Groves, 28, won the first three rounds easily. It was apparent that Murray was Groves wins do-or-die battle over Murray

Keith Thurman wins exciting battle over Shawn Porter

By John J. Raspasnti: Good friends Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter met in a boxing ring Saturday night. Thurman, the defending WBA champion, said yesterday he would knock Porter out. In the end he needed all his skills to win a close 12-round unanimous decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. All three judges scored the bout 115-113 for Thurman. Maxboxing also had Thurman winning the bout by a couple of points. Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) started the bout fast. He clipped the Keith Thurman wins exciting battle over Shawn Porter

Thurman and Porter battle for bragging rights

By John J. Raspanti: They’re young, talented and champions. On June 25th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman and former champion Shawn Porter are set to let their fists prove who is the better fighter. Thurman, 27, is undefeated in 26 fights, scoring 22 knockouts. He was last seen in the ring 11 months ago notching a difficult win over Luis Collazo. Many remember not the fight itself but the vicious body blow that Thurman survived. Porter, 28, Thurman and Porter battle for bragging rights

Super talented Lomachenko demolishes Martinez

By John J. Raspanti: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) knocked out overmatched WBO junior lightweight titleholder Rocky Martinez (29-3-3, 18 KOs) in Round five at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. last Saturday night. With the victory, Lomachenko, in only his seventh professional bout, becomes the fastest fighter to capture world titles in two divisions. The 28-year-old southpaw opened the fight by popping Martinez with stinging jabs. Super talented Lomachenko demolishes Martinez

Molina Jr. shows new wrinkle, defeats Provodnikov by 12 round decision

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor): Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks? Slugger John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) boxed and punched his way to a hard-fought 12 round unanimous decision over former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (25-5, 18 KOs) Saturday night at the Turning Point Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Molina Jr. had mentioned boxing more in the weeks leading up to the bout. Not many experts believed him. He entered the fight a substantial Molina Jr. shows new wrinkle, defeats Provodnikov by 12 round decision

Retro throwback: Ruslan Provodikov vs. John Molina Jr.

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoing): When they met in the center of the ring fifty-seven-years ago, Gene Fullmer and Carmen Basillo attacked each other like there was no tomorrow. For them, there wasn’t. Every fight was about life and death. Losing wasn’t an option. Ruslan Provodnikov, and John Molina Jr., who collide June 11 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y, are cut from the same hardscrabble cloth. They only know one way to fight. Hard. P Retro throwback: Ruslan Provodikov vs. John Molina Jr.

Even death can’t keep Muhammad Ali down

By John J. Raspanti (Image Left to Right: Ali - Frazier): When the news broke, that arguably the most extraordinary person of the 20th Century was in the hospital, I felt a sense of dread. I muttered to myself, "He can’t die,"- yet knowing that we all do-even ,"The Greatest,“ Muhammad Ali. Ali first basked in the international spotlight when he won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. His name wasn’t Muhammad Ali then. It was Cassius Clay. He was brash, handsome, and charismatic. Even death can’t keep Muhammad Ali down

Bellow ices Makabu to win crown; Price scores knockout

By John J. Raspanti: Tony Bellew, whose dream was to capture a world championship, lived it this past Sunday night by knocking out hard-punching IIunga Makabu in the third round to capture the WBC cruiserweight title at a raucous Goodison Park Sadium in Liverpool, England. Bellow, a native of Liverpool, did well for most of the first round. He used his advantages in height and reach to outwork his shorter opponent. Makabu, a southpaw, absorbed the blows without incident. With roughly 10 Bellow ices Makabu to win crown; Price scores knockout

Is heavyweight David Price delusional?

By John J. Raspanti: When last seen in the ring, six-foot-eight-inch giant David Price stood in his corner with a dazed expression on his face, tears rolling down his cheeks. For the third time in his career, Price, 32, had been knocked out in a professional boxing match. His fall from grace had been swift and dramatic. Only three and a half years ago, Price, of Liverpool, England, appeared to be on his way to a shot at the heavyweight championship of the world. ESPN named him "Prospect of the Y Is heavyweight David Price delusional?

Parker outworks Takam to win fight by unanimous decision

By John J. Raspanti: Rising New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) likely earned a shot at current IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua by winning a hard-fought 12 round unanimous over tough Carlos Takam (33-3-1, 25 KOs) at a rocking Vodafone Events Centre in, Manukau City, New Zealand Saturday night. All three judges had Parker the winner by scores of 116-112 (twice) and 115-113. Parker said earlier this week that he would start the match boxing, and in the opening stanza... Parker outworks Takam to win fight by unanimous decision

Is heavyweight Joseph Parker biting off more than he can chew?

By John J. Raspanti: Moving up from the minor to the major leagues, undefeated heavyweight Joseph Parker is hopeful he won’t strike out on May 21st) when he faces ranking contender Carlos Takam at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand. “My goal is to box smartly and use my distance and reach and move around,” Parker said in an article written by Duncan Johnstone of www.stuff.co.nz. Takam is by far the most established fighter that Parker has faced. The native of Cameroon... Is heavyweight Joseph Parker biting off more than he can chew?

Determined Jimenez ready to make his mark

By John J. Raspanti: Losing a fight can change everything in a boxer’s career. His or her confidence can be shattered. Promoters might reconsider their investment. Fans can get ugly. But a loss can also motivate a fighter to work harder. Super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez was undefeated when he rolled into Las Vegas, NV. to face Jessie Hart last year. He left “Sin City” with his first loss. Though disappointed, Jimenez, 28, got right back to work. He traveled to Australia to train, and Determined Jimenez ready to make his mark
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