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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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Alvarez knocks Khan cold in round six

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Canelo Alvarez was stalking--while Amir Khan was boxing. Khan was doing fine until a big right hand knocked him out in round six at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night. In the opening stanza, both fighters established their jabs. Khan used the ring and glided to his left. He landed a stinging right hand. Alvarez connected with a couple of left hooks. Khan took the punches well. In round two, Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) Alvarez knocks Khan cold in round six

Khan might be quicker, but Alvarez has the equalizer

By John J. Raspanti: Amir Khan has always been something of an enigma. Nobody doubts his skills. Khan is a former Olympic silver medalist as well as a two-time world champion. =He can punch (23 knockouts in 31 professional fights) and box. Khan is athletic. He can use the ring when needed. His jab can sting. But there are flaws in his game. Khan has lost three fights, two by knockout. He’s kissed the canvas many times... His chin has been suspect for years. He takes too many chances, Khan might be quicker, but Alvarez has the equalizer

After conquering Poland, Mike "The Road Warrior" Mollo heads for the Ukraine

By John J. Raspanti: Three months ago in Legionowo, Poland, heavyweight Mike Mollo knocked out favored Karzysztof Zimnoch in barely two minutes. The Polish faithful were stunned. They expected to see, Zimnoch, who entered the bout undefeated, to defeat the American. Instead, Chicago-native Mollo (21-5, 13 KOs) hurt Zimnoch with a chilling inside hook. The punch left the Polish prospect rubbery-legged and languishing on the ropes--like a man in quicksand... After conquering Poland, Mike "The Road Warrior" Mollo heads for the Ukraine

Berto gets his revenge, knocks out Ortiz

By John J. Raspanti: Revenge is best served cold. Former welterweight champion Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) was icy in knocking out Victor Ortiz (31-6-2, 24 KOs) in round four Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Berto, 32, came out jabbing in the opening stanza. Ortiz surprised many, including Berto, by boxing from the outside. By the end of the round, Ortiz, 29, was bleeding from his hairline courtesy of an accidental head butt. Ortiz circled to his right in round two... Berto gets his revenge, knocks out Ortiz

A sequel five years too late: Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto do it again

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing.com): Trying to predict what will happen in the ring this Saturday night, when former world champions Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) and Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) meet for the second time, is equivalent to predicting the outcome of this year’s election. One thing is certain--it’s likely to be a train wreck, but an extremely entertaining one... A sequel five years too late: Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto do it again

Golovkin barely breaks a sweat, stops Wade in two

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) made easy work of previously undefeated Dominic Wade, stopping the overmatched fighter in Round two at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA. Saturday night. The knockout was the 22nd in a row for Golovkin. Wade talked the talk before the bout. His plan to was to outbox Golovkin. But as the legendary former heavyweight champion Joe Louis once said... Golovkin barely breaks a sweat, stops Wade in two

Wade’s chances against Golovkin viewed as slim-to-none

By John J. Raspanti: WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will be gunning for knockout victory number 22 in a row when he faces little-known Dominic Wade April 23rd) at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, CA. Wade, the IBF’s mandatory challenger, gained his dubious shot against Golovkin by beating veteran Sam Solliman last June. Golovkin admitted a few months ago that he’d never heard of the 25-year-old Wade, who was born in Largo, Maryland. He’s not the only one... Wade’s chances against Golovkin viewed as slim-to-none

Spence sends Algieri packing in round five

By John J. Raspanti: Rising star welterweight Errol Spence (20-0, 17 KOs) passed the toughest test of his young career by stopping former WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (21-3, 8 KOs) in Round five at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Saturday night. Southpaw Spence came out firing in the opening stanza--pumping jabs in Algieri’s face. Algieri, 32, used the ring and looked for ways to counter. Spence cracked Algieri with a hard right to the rib cage. A few seconds later.. Spence sends Algieri packing in round five

Glowacki powers his way past Cunningham

By John J. Raspanti: Cruiserweight titleholder Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0, 15 KOs) knocked down former champion Steve Cunningham (28-8,-1, 13 KOs) four times en route to winning a unanimous decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Saturday night. The scores were 116-108, and 115-109 (twice). The first round was all about feeling each other out. The second was completely different. Southpaw Glowacki, 30, unleashed a powerful left hook that sent Cunningham down.... Glowacki powers his way past Cunningham

Ramirez has his way with Abraham

By John J. Raspanti: When defending WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham arrived in Las Vegas last week, he expected to be a big favorite to win on April 9. Makes sense. During his 16-year career, Abraham has swapped punches with most of the best fighters in his division, including former champions Carl Froch and Andre Ward. Instead Abraham learned his opponent, unheralded youngster Gilberto Ramirez, was favored by most to defeat him... Ramirez has his way with Abraham

Pacquiao floors Bradley twice, wins fight by unanimous decision

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) left little doubt who the superior fighter was Saturday night by winning a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. All three judges scored the fight 116-110 for Pacquiao. Maxboxing also had Pacquiao winning by a 116-110 tally. Pacquiao now owns two victories in three fights against Bradley. He also captured the WBO Pacquiao floors Bradley twice, wins fight by unanimous decision

Manny Pacquiao meets Timothy Bradley for the third time: Do you care?

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Many were surprised when promotional company Top Rank announced a few months ago that former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao would fight WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley for the third time at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV this Saturday. Even Bradley, who impressively dispatched Brandon Rios in his last bout, didn’t expect the phone to ring. “Honestly, I didn’t think he’d call,” Bradley said at a press Manny Pacquiao meets Timothy Bradley for the third time: Do you care?

Adrien Broner stops Ashley Theophane in nine

By John J. Raspanti: Former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem Child” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs), who lost his junior welterweight title on the scale for the second time in four years, scored a ninth round TKO over Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane (39-7-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the D.C. Armory in Washington, DC. Saturday night. In round one, Theophane pressed Broner, but the weight-challenged former champion fought back effectively--using his jab and combinations. Rounds two and Adrien Broner stops Ashley Theophane in nine

Ward knocks Barrera down, wins by unanimous decision

By John J. Raspanti at ringside: Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) moved one step closer to a fall showdown with light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev by winning a wide 12-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Saturday night. All three judges had Ward winning the bout by scores of 117-109, 119-109, and 117-108. Ward, making his debut in the light heavyweight division, had some trouble with Barrera’s length in the... Ward knocks Barrera down, wins by unanimous decision

Rising Joseph Diaz Jr. ready to send a message to other featherweights

By John J. Raspanti: Joseph Diaz Jr., (19-0, 11 KOs), who faces Jayson Velez Saturday, March 26 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, is keenly aware of the import of the bout. His match with Velez will serve as a prelude to the main event featuring Andre Ward and Sullivan Barerra. "I really want to make a statement this fight,” said Diaz yesterday at a media day gathering in Oakland. “I want to show the world that Joseph Diaz could be the next big thing in boxing, so I trained very hard to Rising Joseph Diaz Jr. ready to send a message to other featherweights

A still-hungry Andre Ward meets Sullivan Barrera March 26th in Oakland

By John J. Raspanti: Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) makes his debut in the light heavyweight division March 26th when he faces hard-hitting light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Ward, 32, was last seen in the ring nine months ago dispatching over-matched Englishman Paul Smith in nine one-sided rounds. Some criticized his performance—saying he appeared a step slower. How did the former undisputed super middleweight champion think he looked that A still-hungry Andre Ward meets Sullivan Barrera March 26th in Oakland

Ortiz batters Thompson for six rounds

By John J. Raspanti: WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) knocked down aging heavyweight Tony Thompson (40-7, 27 KOs) three times en route to a sixth round knockout at the D.C Armory in Washington, D.C Saturday night. Ortiz, with 362 amateur bouts under his belt, was last seen in the ring putting away heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings in seven rounds last year. He can box if he must, but prefers showing off the power he carries in his left hand. Thompson, 44, who Ortiz batters Thompson for six rounds

Darnell Boone: giving back to the sport he loves

By John J. Raspanti: At 36, Darnell Boone knows his days as a professional fighter are numbered. He’s toiled away for 12 years--in faraway places, and with the odds against him. Boone has battled injuries, mediocre management, and lack of support in his corner. But still he goes on, recently winning four of his last five matches. In 2014, he stopped favored Dionisio Miranda. A few months ago he took on undefeated Phillip Jackson Benson in Pennsylvania. Boone was nothing more than an Darnell Boone: giving back to the sport he loves

Frampton does just enough to win by split decision over Quigg

By John J. Raspanti: IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton captured the WBA title by winning 12 split decision over previously undefeated Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England Saturday night. Scores were 115-113 Quigg, and 116-112 (twice) for Frampton. Maxboxing had Frampton winning the fight by a 116-112 tally. The match didn’t come close to living up to pre-fight expectations. The opening round was respectful. Frampton fired jabs--while Quigg watched and Frampton does just enough to win by split decision over Quigg

Why Sylvester Stallone deserves an academy award for "Creed"

By John J. Raspanti: At 29, Sylvester Stallone was a struggling actor with barely a hundred bucks in the bank and a pregnant wife. It was 1975 and he had just seen the Muhammad Ali/Chuck Wepner fight. Something had clicked. Living off caffeine and ambition, Stallone took just three days to write a screenplay that he would eventually title “Rocky.” MGM Studios liked his writing but not him. They offered the unemployed Stallone two hundred thousand dollars, to not play the lead. The studio Why Sylvester Stallone deserves an academy award for "Creed"

Frampton and Quigg meet in a battle of champions

By John J. Raspanti: Sometimes boxing gets it right. On February 27 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, London, England, two champions in their boxing primes will meet to settle their differences. The bout between undefeated super bantamweight title-holders Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg promises to be both competitive and entertaining. Frampton has scored 14 knockouts in his 21 wins. Quigg has a slightly higher knockout percentage, having dispatched 23 opponents in 31 fights. Quigg is taller... Frampton and Quigg meet in a battle of champions

Heavyweight Mike Mollo: determination, guts and heart

By John J. Raspanti: Mike Mollo defines a fighter. He’s taken on all comers despite encountering multiple injuries, biased judges, and an unhinged referee during the course of his 16-year-career. Mollo, a Chicago native, has been victorious in 20 of his 25 professional fights, with 12 wins by knockout. Things looked promising in 2006 after he knocked out Kevin McBribe in two rounds. A year later he stopped prospect Art Binkowski. Mollo lost close decisions to contenders Andrew Golota... Heavyweight Mike Mollo: determination, guts and heart

Ward to meet Barrera March 26th in Oakland

By John J. Raspanti: Former undisputed super middleweight titleholder Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will face hard-hitting light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) March 26th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.Ward, 31, was last seen in the ring eight months ago dispatching over-matched Englishman Paul Smith in nine one-sided rounds. The bout was Ward’s first since early 2014, following an extended legal battle with his promoter, the late Dan Goossen. Ward was scheduled... Ward to meet Barrera March 26th in Oakland

Kovalev stops Pascal after seven brutal rounds

By John J. Raspanti: Light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev retained his IBF, WBO and WBA titles by bludgeoning former champion Jean Pascal into submission at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada Saturday night. The end came when trainer Freddie Roach informed Pascal after round seven that he was calling it a night. Unlike his first go-around with Kovalev at the same arena ten months ago, which was stopped in round eight, Pascal didn’t complain. Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) floored P Kovalev stops Pascal after seven brutal rounds

Pascal rewarded with rematch against Kovalev, but will he regret it?

​By John J. Raspanti: On January 30th, Jean Pascal will meet Sergey Kovalev for the second time in a boxing ring. Last year Kovalev, the WBA, IBF, and WBO light heavyweight titleholder, stopped former champion Pascal in Round eight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The call for a rematch was hardly deafening. Kovalev was comfortably ahead on the judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage. He floored Pascal for the first time in his career and hurt him on numerous occasions... Pascal rewarded with rematch against Kovalev, but will he regret it?

Garcia defeats Guerrero to win WBC title

By John J. Raspanti: Former junior welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia added the WBC welterweight championship to his resume by winning a hard-fought 12 round unanimous decision over former two-division champion Robert Guerrero at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Saturday night. All three judges scored the fight 116-112 for Garcia. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing also had Garcia winning by a 116-112 tallly. Guerrero, a southpaw, came out strongly in the opening stanza. He worked the body Garcia defeats Guerrero to win WBC title

Does Robert Guerrero have enough left in the tank to defeat Danny Garcia?

By John J. Raspanti Former two-division world champion Robert Guerrero is 32, considered young in just about every profession, except boxing. Two years ago, he fought the then pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas, NV. The judges had Guerrero losing nine out of twelve rounds. The roughly three million dollars Guerrero pocketed likely helped to heal his wounds. Thirteen months later, Guerrero tangled with Yoshihiro Kamegai at the Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif. Guerrero was... Does Robert Guerrero have enough left in the tank to defeat Danny Garcia?

Haye returns with convincing knockout

By John J. Raspanti: Out of the ring for over three years, former cruiserweight and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (27-2, 25 KOs) blitzed burly Mark De Mori (30-2-1, 26 KOs) in the opening stanza at a rocking O2 Arena in London, England Saturday night. The time was 2:11 seconds. In Round one, Haye, now trained by Sean McGuigan, started fast. He moved forward and stuck out his long jab. De Mori, a bare-chested bloke from Australia, looked to counter, but Haye’s hand speed... Haye returns with convincing knockout

Maxboxing 2015 Fighter of the year: Roman Gonzalez

By John J. Raspanti: Picking a “Fighter of the Year” can be a thankless job--especially when, at first glance, there’s no clear-cut winner. This year, four candidates deserved consideration. Gennady Golovkin dominated Martin Murray, Willie Monroe Jr., and David Lemieuz in 2015. His consecutive knockout streak has now reached 21. Canelo Alvarez blitzed James Kirkland in eight minutes and out-pointed future Hall Of Famer Miguel Cotto. Floyd Mayweather finally faced Manny Pacquiao, and beat the P Maxboxing 2015 Fighter of the year: Roman Gonzalez

Maxboxing upset of the year: Tyson Fury W12 Wladimir Klitschko

Maxboxing knockout of the year: Canelo Alvarez KO 3 James Kirkland

By John J. Raspanti: Before they met in the ring last May, Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland talked knock out. The two punchers had iced 60 opponents between them. No one expected a dance. They expected a fight. They got it. Kirkland came out swinging--pushing the favored Alvarez into the ropes. He landed a couple of combinations. Alvarez covered up. He looked a little stunned, or maybe surprised. A minute later, Alvarez staggered the onrushing Kirkland with a stinging right hand... Maxboxing knockout of the year: Canelo Alvarez KO 3 James Kirkland

Maxboxing Fight of the Year: Krzystof Glowacki stops Marco Huck

By John J. Raspanti: Last August at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Marco Huck was on the cusp of defending his cruiserweight title for a record fourteenth consecutive time. And for 10 rounds, all three ringside judges had Huck leading gutsy Krzystof Glowacki by a combined seven points. Glowacki, though undefeated, wasn’t expected to give Huck much of a challenge. Things looked bleak for the Polish upstart when in Round six, a wide left hook brutally floored him. The fight was, Maxboxing Fight of the Year: Krzystof Glowacki stops Marco Huck

Statement received: Ortiz stops Jennings

By John J. Raspanti: Unbeaten heavyweight Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) stopped high ranking former challenger Bryant Jennings (19-2, 10 KOs) in the seventh round Saturday night at the Turning Point Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Ortiz, a southpaw, went to work in the opening stanza. He cuffed his opponent with right hands. A right hook/uppercut hurt Jennings. Another big left caused his knees to buckle. Jennings looked shell-shocked but dug deep and rallied in round two... Statement received: Ortiz stops Jennings

Saunders floors Lee twice, wins 12 round majority decision

By John J. Raspanti: Crafty Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 14 KOs) captured the WBO middleweight title by boxing his way to a tactical 12 round majority decision over Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) Saturday night at Hunts Bank in Manchester, England. Saunders almost stopped Lee in round three when he scored two knockdowns. The 10-7 scoring proved to be the difference on the judges scorecards. The scores were 113-113 a draw, 114-112 and 115-111 for the new champion. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing... Saunders floors Lee twice, wins 12 round majority decision

Memo to Roy Jones Jr.: Retire Before You Get Killed

By John J. Raspanti: Roy Jones Jr. is one of the greatest fighters who ever lived. He began his career in 1989. That’s 26 years ago for those with math issues. He scored 17 straight knockouts before winning the IBF middleweight championship from future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins. In 1994, Jones Jr. gave James Toney a boxing lesson over 12 rounds to win the super middleweight belt. Two years later, he captured Mike McCallium’s light heavyweight title. Not a bad career at this point... Memo to Roy Jones Jr.: Retire Before You Get Killed

The heavyweight division is alive: Joshua stops Whyte in slugfest

By John J. Raspanti: Heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) was staggered for the first time in his career, but still managed to knock out rival Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs) in the seventh round at the O2 Arena in London, England last Saturday night. Whyte gave the powerfully built Joshua extra motivation by reminding him over and over again of how he defeated him (2009) in an amateur bout. Joshua took it to Whyte in the opening stanza. He landed numerous hooks that staggered his The heavyweight division is alive: Joshua stops Whyte in slugfest

Hard-punching Parker destroys Martz

By John J. Raspanti: Rising New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker remained undefeated by stopping towering Daniel Martz in the opening stanza Saturday night at the Cloudlands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand. Martz (14-3-1, 11 KOs) glared at Parker during the pre-fight instructions. Standing a good three inches taller than the 6-foot-4 inch Parker, Martz was banking on his size making a difference. Maybe in basketball, but not boxing. Parker (17-0, 15 KOs) studied his opponent... Hard-punching Parker destroys Martz

Daniel Jacobs right hand stops Peter Quillin

By John J. Raspanti: As it turned out, the battle of Brooklyn wasn’t much of a skirmish as WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs stopped former WBO titleholder Peter Quillin 85 seconds into the opening stanza at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Saturday night. After a minute of feeling each other out, Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) connected with a straight right to Quillin’s temple. Quillin, who was floored by Andy Lee six months ago, felt the full impact of the blow... Daniel Jacobs right hand stops Peter Quillin

Jacobs and Quillin fight for Brooklyn bragging rights

By John J. Raspanti: Brooklynite and WBA ‘regular’ (what is that?) titleholder Daniel Jacobs put his title on the line this Saturday night against fellow Bronx boxer and former champion Peter Quillin at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) has won his last 10 fights in a row by knockout. He’s also something of a miracle man, having beaten life-threatening osteosarcoma in 2011. Last year he captured the middleweight championship by knocking out Jarrod Fletcher... Jacobs and Quillin fight for Brooklyn bragging rights

Fury upsets Klitschko in epic snooze fest

By John J. Raspanti: Heavy underdog Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) captured the IBF, WBA, WBO, and Ring magazine titles by capturing a stunning unanimous decision over listless former champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) at the Espirit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany Saturday night. Scores were 115-112 (twice) and 116-111. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing tabbed Fury the winner by a 117-110 tally.... Fury upsets Klitschko in epic snooze fest

Underdog "Creed" scores a KO

By John J. Raspanti: When it was announced a few years ago that another "Rocky" film would be going into production, the groans from movie-goers could be heard from coast to coast. The cynicism was understandable. The "Rocky" franchise had officially ended on a positive note in 2006 with "Rocky Balboa"--a film that surprised critics by returning to its roots on the gritty streets of Philadelphia. Creator and star Sylvester Stallone gave the iconic character a great sendoff... Underdog "Creed" scores a KO
Director Ryan Coogler talks on CREED

Director Ryan Coogler talks on CREED

In an exclusive interview, film director Ryan Coogler, whose film CREED opens on November 25, talks to John J. Raspanti of Doghouseboxing and Maxboxing.com about where the idea for a another Rocky film originated from... Director Ryan Coogler talks on CREED

“Hollywood” Jimenez rebound shows his character

By John J. Raspanti: When Mike Jimenez was stopped by Jesse Hart on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout in Las Vegas, NV last May, he could have done what a lot of fighters do, disappear. Losing was something Jimenez had never experienced. At the time, his fight with Hart was the most important of his career. The loss was painful. “It (losing) definitely hurt my pride a little bit, but that was it,” Jimenez told this writer via email. “It was a learning experience for “Hollywood” Jimenez rebound shows his character

Size matters: Canelo wins hard-fought 12 round decision over Cotto

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) captured the vacant WBC middleweight title by winning a unanimous 12 round decision over former champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night. Alvarez is the first fighter from Mexico to win a middleweight belt. Scores were 117-111, 119-109 and 118-110 for Alvarez. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing had Alvarez winning by a... Size matters: Canelo wins hard-fought 12 round decision over Cotto

Could legs be the difference for Alvarez and Cotto on November 21?

By John J. Raspanti: There’s an old way of thinking that women weaken legs. No less an authority than Mickey Goldmill, the grouchy trainer of Rocky Balboa, espoused this thinking 38 years ago in the classic film Rocky. Surprisingly, Goldmill is not alone. Freddie Roach, whose fighter, Miguel Cotto, meets former champion Canelo Alvarez on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV., basically agrees women can be a distraction... Could legs be the difference for Alvarez and Cotto on November 21?

The nine lives of Arthur Abraham

By John J. Raspanti: In a span of 14 months, Arthur Abraham lost three out of four fights. What made the losses so troubling was the fact that Abraham was barely competitive in the matches. Five years ago at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Michigan, Andre Dirrell was leading comfortably against Abraham when he slipped to the canvas in round 11. In a desperate move, Abraham felled Dirrell with an illegal blow--drawing an immediate disqualification. Eleven months after his defeat, Carl Froch... The nine lives of Arthur Abraham

Bradley dominates from the opening bell, stops Rios in nine

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing.com): Would he box or slug? That was one of the questions going into tonight’s battle between WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and former world champion Brandon Rios. Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs) did a little bit of both--eventually stopping Rios (33-3-1, 23 KOs) in round nine at the Thomas @ Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bradley, 32, started quickly in the opening stanza. He moved side to side and fired... Bradley dominates from the opening bell, stops Rios in nine

"Artist" Lomachenko back in the ring November 7

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Chris Farina, Top Rank): It took Vasyl Lomachenko all of three professional fights to win a world championship. Anybody who witnessed his amateur prowess wasn’t surprised. He compiled a mind-boggling record of 396-1—a defeat he later avenged. He also picked up two Olympic gold medals. Photo by © Chris Farina, Top Rank. Lomachenko is a whirling dervish in the ring. His hand and foot speed can be overwhelming to most of his opponents. When he fought then-undefeated... "Artist" Lomachenko back in the ring November 7

Ward to fight Brand on November 21

By John J. Raspanti: Super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will make his debut in the light heavyweight division when he faces Alexander Brand (24-1, 19 KOs) November 21 on the undercard of the pay-per-view showdown between Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, according to ESPN. Ward, 31, was last seen in the ring this past June, dispatching over-matched Englishmen Paul Smith in nine one-sided rounds. The fight was Ward’ Ward to fight Brand on November 21

Book review: Mexican American Boxing in Los Angeles by Gene Aquilera

By John J. Raspanti: A few months ago, I found myself wandering the hallways of what was once the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, Calif. It’s a church now, and when it gets real quiet, you’ll swear you can hear legendary ring announcer Jimmy Lennon saying, “Introducing on my right, the pride of San Pedro, wearing red velvet trunks with the gold stripe, the youngest man to win the lightweight title, the former light champion of the world, Mando Ramos!” That memory popped into... Book review: Mexican American Boxing in Los Angeles by Gene Aquilera
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