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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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Joe Frazier’s Statue Finally Gets Displayed

By Ken Hissner: It was a long time waiting and too bad that “Smokin” Joe Frazier the former Philly heavyweight champion wasn’t still alive to witness it Saturday outside of the XFINITY Live building at 1100 Pattison Avenue. It drew a good size crowd of boxing people and fans. Speakers included Frazier’s son Marvis, former mayor “Fast” Ed Rendell, current mayor Michael Nutter, former Muhammad Ali team member Bronco Kilroy, among others. Dan Baker did the announcing... Joe Frazier’s Statue Finally Gets Displayed

Mayweather dominates Berto over 12 rounds

By John J. Raspanti (Photos © German Villasenor) Five-time division world champion Floyd Mayweather remained undefeated by winning a wide 12-round decision over Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday night. The scores were 117-111, 118-110 and 120-108 for Mayweather. Maxboxing.com and Doghouseboxing had Mayweather winning the fight by a 118-110 score. Mayweather, 38, who repeated after the fight that he’s now officially retired, took control... Mayweather dominates Berto over 12 rounds

A tale of two chins: Jack vs. Groves

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions): When they meet on September 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, newly-crowned WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack and challenger George Groves could be playing a game of "Who’s Got The Stronger Chin?" Jack was shockingly knocked out in the first round by journeyman Dereck Edwards last year—while Groves was laid out by Carl Froch before 80,000 rabid boxing fans at... A tale of two chins: Jack vs. Groves

The Barbershop – September 9th, 2015

By 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 you would like to comment on. We welcome and appreciate your participation, so take a minute; scroll down and leave your comment below. Now on to today’s question(s): Well, it’s here! This Saturday Floyd Mayweather will fight what he has said will be his last fight. Squaring up against him will be Andre B The Barbershop – September 9th, 2015

Jamie McDonnell wins debatable decision over Tamoki Kameda

By John J. Raspanti: Jamie McDonnell made the first defense of his WBA bantamweight title a successful one by winning a questionable 12-round unanimous decision over Tamoki Kameda at the American Bank Centre in Corpus Christi, TX. Sunday afternoon. All three judges had McDonnell winning comfortably by scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 117-110. The decision did not please the ringside patrons. Maxboxing.com and Doghouseboxing had Kameda the winner by a 114-113 tally... Jamie McDonnell wins debatable decision over Tamoki Kameda

Dirrell returns with easy victory

By John J. Raspanti: Former WBC super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (28-1-1, 22 KOs) pitched a 10-round shutout over veteran Marco Antonio Rubio (59-8, 51 KOs) at the American Bank Centre, in Corpus Christi, Tx. Sunday afternoon. All three judges had Dirrell winning by a 100-90 tally. The quicker Dirrell got off to a fast start in the opening stanza. He jabbed and landed a variety of strong punches to the body and head. Near the end of the round, Dirrell seemed to stun Rubio with three Dirrell returns with easy victory

McDonnell Cruises Past Kameda; Dirrell Wins Shut-Out Over Rubio

By Derek Bonnett: The first time Jamie McDonnell and Tomoki Kameda squared off four months ago, the two produced a frontrunner for 2015 Fight of the Year. Part of me hoped Kameda would take the second contest, just to forced a trilogy and the development of a meaningful rivalry at 118 pounds. Apparently, the Premiere Boxing Champion commentary team hoped for the thing. McDonnell Cruises Past Kameda; Dirrell Wins Shut-Out Over Rubio

A rare slice of Sunday boxing

By John J. Raspanti: A week before the NFL takes over Sundays with a slew of season-opening games, professional boxing will feature the return of former WBC super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell and a rematch between WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell and Tomoki Kameda. Michigan native Dirrell was last seen in the ring four months ago with a shocked look on his face. He’d lost his first professional fight to underdog Badou Jack, and relinquished his world title. But this is a guy A rare slice of Sunday boxing

Ask Gerry Cooney – August 31, 2015

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 “The Commish” Gordon, former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission... Ask Gerry Cooney – August 31, 2015

Santa Cruz wins LA bragging rights by defeating Mares

By John J. Raspanti: WBC junior featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) proved that he belongs in the upper echelon of the featherweight division by winning an exciting 12-round majority decision over former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2, 15 KOs) at a raucous Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Saturday night. Two judges scored the fight 117-111 for Santa Cruz, while the third saw a 114-114 draw. MaxBoxing and Doghouseboxing.com tabbed Santa Cruz the winner 115 Santa Cruz wins LA bragging rights by defeating Mares

Mares and Santa Cruz battle for LA bragging rights

By John J. Raspanti: They met seven years ago in where else, a boxing gym in Southern California. Both were local products. The two Mexican Americans spared roughly 30 rounds for the next few days. Abner Mares was 22 at the time, Leo Santa Cruz two years younger. Neither will say who had the advantage. When the sparing was over, Mares figured he’d likely fight Santa Cruz again someday in a real fight. “I’ve always thought that when you’re in the gym training with someone around... Mares and Santa Cruz battle for LA bragging rights

The Barbershop – August 25th, 2015

By 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 you would like to comment on. We welcome and appreciate your participation, so take a minute; scroll down and leave your comment below. Now on to today’s question(s): This weekend we get to see Abner Mares, 29-1 square off against 30-0 Leo Santa Cruz. On paper it looks like a great match-up. How do you see The Barbershop – August 25th, 2015

Ask Gerry Cooney – August 23, 2015

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 “The Commish” Gordon, former Chairman... Ask Gerry Cooney – August 23, 2015

Bute returns after long layoff to stop Di Luisa

By John J. Raspanti: After disposing of little-known Italian Andrea Di Luisa in the fourth round last Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, CN., former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute shouted, “I’m back.” But is he? Bute, 35, hasn’t been the same fighter since being steamrolled by Carl Froch in May 2012. Froch not only beat the tar out of the transplanted Romanian, he took away his mojo. Immediately after the match, Bute talked rematch, but his words rung hollow, especially Bute returns after long layoff to stop Di Luisa

Boxing’s “Triangle” Between Golovkin, Kovalev and Ward

By Ken Hissner: There are not enough “super star” boxers in the game today. Now we have one of them in WBA super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, 28-0, who stepped away from boxing for 19 months due to “promoter problems” coming back and “kinda” calling out people like Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, 33-0, WBA middleweight and WBC interim champion and probably the second best P4P boxer in the world today. He is on a 20 fight knockout streak... Boxing’s “Triangle” Between Golovkin, Kovalev and Ward

Unbeaten Regis “Rougarou” Prograis Wow’d Them in AC

By Ken Hissner: This writer was not familiar with unbeaten Houston super lightweight Regis “Rougarou” Prograis, 15-0 (12), when he entered the ring with a “werewolf” mask on at the Bally’s show in Atlantic City August 7th. But before the night was out the entire room was “wow’d” by his performance as was his unbeaten opponent Amos “Too Smooth” Cowart, 11-0-1, who came in with red spiked hair looking like a rooster! Usually when two southpaws face each other it can be boring but this was Unbeaten Regis “Rougarou” Prograis Wow’d Them in AC

Behind on the scorecards, Glowacki upsets Huck

By John J. Raspanti: Though undefeated, Krtsztof Glowacki (25-0, 16 KOs) was given little chance of upsetting defending WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (38-3-1, 26 KOs) last Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Things looked bleak for the challenger when he found himself on his back in round six, courtesy of a wide left hand. But Glowacki, a star in Poland but little known in the United States, was hardly finished. Five rounds later, Glowacki stopped Huck in round 11 to Behind on the scorecards, Glowacki upsets Huck

Ask Gerry Cooney – August 14th, 2015

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 “The Commish” Gordon, former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission... Ask Gerry Cooney – August 14th, 2015

How good is heavyweight prospect Parker?

By John J. Raspanti: New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker began perfecting his world class jab before he hit kindergarten. At the age of 3, he was popping his tiny knuckles into the palm of his father Dempsey, who just happened to be named after legendary heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey. “I don’t remember a time when boxing was not a part of our family life,” Parker told Anson Wainwright of ringtv, “My father Dempsey had always loved boxing and we would always watch the boxing fights on... How good is heavyweight prospect Parker?

The Barbershop – August 11th, 2015

By 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 you would like to comment on. We welcome and appreciate your participation, so take a minute; scroll down and leave your comment below. Now on to today’s question(s): In a recent interview with Steven A. Smith on ESPN, Floyd Mayweather stated that he is a much better boxer than Muhammed Ali... The Barbershop – August 11th, 2015
The Barbershop – August  6th, 2015

The Barbershop – August 6th, 2015

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 – August  6th, 2015

''El Chamaco'' Headlines at Belasco Tonight

By German Villasenor: La Puente, California’s own, Undefeated Featherweight prospect, Abraham ’’Chamaco’’ Lopez looks to extend 18-0-1 with 13KOs record. Now at 27 years of age, the speedster fighting with the backing of Golden Boy Promotions looks to showcase his skills in the main event this Thursday night at the very popular Belasco Theater down town L.A. Lopez, fighting out of La Puente, California spent most of his career fighting in the Ontario California ''El Chamaco'' Headlines at Belasco Tonight

Avila goes for first title August 8

By John J. Raspanti: Manual “Tino” Avila has engaged in 17 professional fights. He’s won them all, scoring seven of those wins by knockout. On August 8, Avila, still considered a prospect, will step up in class when he meets Yoandris Salinas at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Up for grabs is the vacant NABF super bantamweight title. The Cuban-born Salinas (21-2-2, 14 KOs) came within a couple of points of upsetting WBA super featherweight champion Scott Quigg in 2013, Avila goes for first title August 8

Garcia remains undefeated by stopping Malignaggi in round nine

By John J. Raspanti: Light welterweight champion Danny Garcia, fighting as a welterweight for the first time in his career, stopped game Paulie Malignaggi in round nine at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Saturday night. In round one it was obvious that Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) was the stronger fighter. He kept Malignaggi (33-7, 7 KOs) on the end of his jab--and also landed two pretty good right hands. Malignaggi did some good work in round two. He connected with a few light, but scoring Garcia remains undefeated by stopping Malignaggi in round nine

The Barbershop – Aug 1st, 2015

By 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 you would like to comment on. We welcome and appreciate your participation, so take a minute; scroll down and leave your comment below. Now on to today’s question(s): Paulie Malignaggi does not like Manny Pacquiao. In fact, he recently has accused him of cheating... The Barbershop – Aug 1st, 2015

Ask Gerry Cooney – July 31st, 2015

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 “The Commish” Gordon, former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission... Ask Gerry Cooney – July 31st, 2015
Britain’s brightest? What’s next for Amir Khan

Britain’s brightest? What’s next for Amir Khan

Amir Khan is one of Britain’s brightest boxing stars who has been the unfortunate victim of poor choices, politics and problems that have limited and hindered his rise to stardom. Following Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Manny Pacquiao in May 2015, Khan was touted as a potential challenger for Mayweather. As of yet, however, the fight hasn’t materialised. So what is the fate of the 31-3 welterweight? Britain’s brightest? What’s next for Amir Khan

Malignaggi will need some magic to defeat Garcia

By John J. Raspanti: At this point in his life, 34-year-old Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi might be better known as a ringside commentator instead of a two-division world champion. Malignaggi’s lone fight last year was a painful one. He met former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Malignaggi can barely break an egg with his punches. He’s scored seven knockouts in his 39-fight career. His lack of punching power has hurt him. In spite of this disadvantage, M Malignaggi will need some magic to defeat Garcia

On the Move: MaxBoxing World Rankings 7-28-15

By Derek Bonnett: One of the most consistent aspects of professional boxing is erratic scoring. Not every bad scoring job yields a victory to the wrong fighter, but a controversial winner certainly gets boxing aficionados fired up to critique the work of a judge. This weekend, like so many, saw three judges in unison deliver a poor verdict to the wrong fighter, screwing over a rising prospect. It almost could have been predicted. Prior to his bout with Yuniesky Gonzalez, Jean Pascal was pretty On the Move: MaxBoxing World Rankings 7-28-15

Kovalev demolishes Mohammedi in three rounds

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © David Spagnolo, Main Events): Coming off the biggest victory of his career, an eighth round stoppage of former champion Jean Pascal four months ago, WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev admitted that staying focused against 50-1 underdog Nadjib Mohammedi was a challenge. In the end it made no difference, as Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) stopped Mohammedi (37-4, 23 KOs) in round three Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events... Kovalev demolishes Mohammedi in three rounds

“Stay Busy” – Sergey Kovalev vs. Nadjib Mohammedi

By Allan Cerf (Photo © David Spagnolo, Main Events): It’s difficult for your author to believe that this “stay busy” fight needs to happen; that said, it should be a lot of fun as all fights ending in KO/TKO are…and this brawl is virtually certain to end with one boxer unable to continue. Guess which one... Nadjib Mohammedi stepped up in class against Nathan Cleverly, the once-hyped Welsh fighter with a college degree in mathematics and lost. Cleverly himself took on Sergey Kovalev just under 2 “Stay Busy” – Sergey Kovalev vs. Nadjib Mohammedi

Down goes Price

By John J. Raspanti: After the fall, the six-foot, eight-inch giant stood in his corner with a dazed expression on his face, tears rolling down his cheeks. David Price had been knocked out in a professional boxing match for the third time in two years. His plunge had been swift and dramatic. Only three years ago, Price, of Liverpool, ENG. appeared to be on his way to a shot at the heavyweight championship of the world. ESPN had named him prospect of the year. His amateur background... Down goes Price

The Barbershop – July 22nd, 2015

By Allan Scotto: Happy Wednesday fans! 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 you would like to comment on. We welcome and appreciate your participation, so take a minute; scroll down and leave your comment below. Now on to today’s question(s)... The Barbershop – July 22nd, 2015

Ask Gerry Cooney – July 20th, 2015

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,”... Ask Gerry Cooney – July 20th, 2015

Chavez Jr. defeats Reyes

(Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): EL PASO, TEXAS – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. earned a unanimous decision (97-92, 98-91, 96-93) over Marcos Reyes in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday in front of 9,245 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Reyes was the more active fighter – he doubled Chavez’s output – but simply couldn’t hurt his larger opponent. Following a loss at light heavyweight last April, Chavez decided to attempt to campaign at super middleweight... Chavez Jr. defeats Reyes

Saying goodbye to the LA Sports Arena

By John J. Raspanti: After recently covering the Mauricio Herrera vs. Hank Lundy fight at the LA Sports Arena, I wandered into the deserted square where the work crew was breaking down the ring. First the turnbuckle came down, followed by the ropes and the ring posts until all that remained was a platform with a blue canvas. It didn’t take long to bring it all down. In a few months, the entire building will follow to make way for a new structure. Fifty-six years of sports... Saying goodbye to the LA Sports Arena

The Barbershop – July 15th, 2015

By Allan Scotto: Happy Wednesday fans! 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 you would like to comment on. We welcome and appreciate your participation, so take a minute; scroll down and leave your comment below. Now on to today’s question(s)... The Barbershop – July 15th, 2015
The Barbershop – July 13th, 2015

The Barbershop – July 13th, 2015

By 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 you... The Barbershop – July 13th, 2015

"One-Time" is no one-hit wonder

By Jason Gonzalez: Tampa, FL-- Keith Thurman’s homecoming was a huge success. Thurman, who is regarded by many as the heir to throne once Floyd Mayweather retires, had to dig deep in order to overcome adversity halfway into his scrap with former world champion Luis Collazo. The Brooklyn southpaw, nearly upended Thurman, via a vicious body assault that nearly prompted the champion to take a knee. But besides looking shaky in the 5th round, Thurman dominated the fight en route... "One-Time" is no one-hit wonder

Herrera defeats Lundy by technical decision

By John J. Raspanti at ringside (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Snakebite Mauricio Herrera (23-5, 7 KOs) captured the NABF junior welterweight title by majority technical decision over a disgruntled Hank Lundy (25-5, 12 KOs) at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California Saturday night. Referee Jack Reiss halted the contest near the end of round five--due to a bad cut around Herrera’s right eye. An accidental head butt in the opening round had done the damage... Herrera defeats Lundy by technical decision

Maurico ''El Maestro'' Herrera gets Top-Billing on Saturday Night

Article and photo by German Villasenor: In what will most likely be the last boxing card ever at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Riverside, California’s own, Mauricio ’’El Maestro’’ Herrera (21-5, 7KOs) will be closing the curtain on the venue. The former WBA Super lightweight title-holder takes on a game ’’Hammering’’ Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) in the Golden Boy promoted 10-round super lightweight main event bout for the vacant NABF 140 Lb. S Maurico ''El Maestro'' Herrera gets Top-Billing on Saturday Night

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

Ask Gerry Cooney – July 3rd, 2015

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 “The Commish” Gordon, former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission... Ask Gerry Cooney – July 3rd, 2015

The Barbershop – July 1st, 2015

By Allan Scotto Happy Wednesday fans! (And Canada’s Day!) 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 you would like to comment on. We welcome and appreciate your participation, so take a minute; scroll down and leave your comment below. Now on to today’s question(s)... The Barbershop – July 1st, 2015

Ask Gerry Cooney – June 30th, 2015

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 “The Commish” Gordon, former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission... Ask Gerry Cooney – June 30th, 2015

Bradley hangs on to win unanimous decision over Vargas

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): It’s been 20 months since two-division world champion Timothy Bradley has been victorious in a boxing match. Bradley returned to his winning ways Saturday night by winning a 12 unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The scores were 116-112, 117-111 and 115-112. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing.com had Bradley winning by a tally of 116-112... Bradley hangs on to win unanimous decision over Vargas

The Barbershop – June 27th, 2015

By Allan Scotto: Happy Saturday fans! 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 you would like to comment on. We welcome and appreciate your participation, so take a minute; scroll down and leave your comment below. Now on to today’s question(s)... The Barbershop – June 27th, 2015

Andre Ward shines in return, Adrien Broner a dud

By John J. Raspanti: Away from the place he calls his "office" for the past 19 months, Andre Ward returned to work last Saturday night with a dominant performance by stopping overmatched Paul Smith at The Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Prior to his appearance, 31-year-old Ward had been stuck in legal hell with his former promoter, the late Dan Goossen. Ward wanted out of his contract. Both sides pointed fingers. Ward sued, and lost. His career sat in limbo... Andre Ward shines in return, Adrien Broner a dud

Ward returns, stops Smith in round nine

By John J. Raspanti: Out of the ring 19 months, WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) made a triumphant return by stopping overmatched Paul Smith (35-6, 20 KOs) in round nine at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Saturday night. Ward utilized his left jab in the first two rounds while Smith was content to follow. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist began to open up in rounds three and four... Ward returns, stops Smith in round nine

Rising Mendez faces Lopez in important 10 rounder

By John J. Raspanti: Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez (18-2, 9 KOs) returns to the ring for the third time this year when he faces David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-15-1, 25 KOs) June 26 at the Salinas Storm House in Salinas, California. Mendez turned professional in 2009. He was victorious in his first two bouts, but lost his third. Learning on the job, Mendez worked with trainer Virgil Hunter and sparred with super middleweight champion Andre Ward. It was obvious that Mendez had talent, but was raw Rising Mendez faces Lopez in important 10 rounder
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