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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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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

Monaghan wins 10-round unanimous decision over courageous George

By John J. Raspanti: Sean Monaghan (26-0, 16 KOs) outworked Don George (25-5, 22 KOs) over 10 rounds to win a unanimous decision Friday night at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. After splitting the first two rounds, George damaged his best weapon--his right hand. Over the next couple of rounds, Monaghan took advantage, nailing George with combinations to the body and head. George fought back bravely, firing his right while grimacing in pain... Monaghan wins 10-round unanimous decision over courageous George

Back in the ring on October 24, Avila could be fighting for a world title in 2016

By John J. Raspanti: Once a prospect, but now a full-fledged contender, Manuel “Tino” Avila of Vacaville, CA. will be seeking consecutive victory number 19 when he steps into the ring Oct. 24 at The Cache Creek Casino near Sacramento, CA. Three months ago, Avila, 23, captured the NABF super bantamweight title by stopping former world title challenger Yoandris Salinas at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA. Normally a slow starter, Avila got off to a rip-roaring start in the opening Back in the ring on October 24, Avila could be fighting for a world title in 2016

Golovkin punishes Lemieux for eight rounds

By John J. Raspanti: WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin added the IBF title to his resume by stopping game David Lemieux in round eight at a sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York City Saturday night. The knockout victory was the 21st in a row for the 33-year-old Golovkin. Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) showed patience in the opening stanza. He worked behind a stinging jab and added an occasional right hand. Conventional wisdom indicated that Lemieux’s only chance... Golovkin punishes Lemieux for eight rounds

Stan “The Man” Martyniouk Wants To Prove His Worth

By John J. Raspanti: Stan Martyniouk believes he’s a pretty good fighter. Martyniouk won 85 matches as an amateur, eventually winning a bronze medal at the National Golden Gloves in 2007. Martyniouk turned professional soon after, winning his first 10 fights until being upset by Khadpehi Proctor at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. in 2010. Since his loss, Martyniouk, 30, has engaged in only four bouts, winning three of them. Martyniouk knows that level of inactivity won’t cut it... Stan “The Man” Martyniouk Wants To Prove His Worth

As always, Don “Da Bomb” George lays it on the line

By John J. Raspanti: After an absence of 14 months, Don “Da Bomb” George returns to the squared circle on October 16 to face undefeated light heavyweight Sean Monghan. George, we’ll readily admit, he’s not the best boxer in the world, but he’ll say that nobody has a bigger heart. George is a warrior. He’ll take three punches to land one. He only knows one way to fight, and that’s aggressively. His right hand can explode off in an opponent’s chin—hence the nickname “Da Bomb.”... As always, Don “Da Bomb” George lays it on the line

A second look: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and the brutality of “The Thrilla in Manila”

By John J. Raspanti: The third fight between Muhammad Ali and “Smokin” Joe Frazier, which took place a little over 40 years ago at the Araneta Coliseum in the Manila, Philippines wasn’t expected to be what it ultimately was—a battle of incredible will, skill, and determination. Their fight match on March 8, 1971 at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City, was aptly called “The Fight of the Century.” It lived up to its billing. Both men were undefeated. Frazier was recognized... A second look: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and the brutality of “The Thrilla in Manila”

Postol wins WBC crown by stopping Matthysee

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) withstood some powerful hooks from Lucas Matthysee (37-4, 35 KOs) to stop the favored Argentian in round 10 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Saturday night. Postol used his advantages in height and reach to stick Matthysee with numerous jabs in rounds one and two. Matthysee landed a left hook that knocked Postol back a few steps. A hard right hand also slammed into Postol’s side... Postol wins WBC crown by stopping Matthysee

Ezzard Charles: A boxing life by William Dettloff

By John J. Raspanti: It’s sad to realize that one of the best fighters of the past century, Ezzard Charles, is mostly forgotten. Hollywood made movies about two of his opponents, one of whom he defeated. But Charles has never been the subject of a biography. Until now. Author William Dettloff’s impressively researched Ezzard Charles: A Boxing Life is a hard-hitting, occasionally elegant, biography of one of the most misunderstood pugilists in boxing history. His book is easily the best boxing Ezzard Charles: A boxing life by William Dettloff

Chudinov retains title by dominating Buglioni

By John J. Raspanti: WBA world super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov (14-0, 11 KOs) won a wide 12 round unanimous decision over gutsy hometown hero Frank Buglioni (17-2-1, 13 KOs) at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, England Saturday night. The scores were 120-106, 118-108 and 117-109. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing.com had Chudinov the easy winner by a 119-106 tally. Chudinov, who captured the WBA belt from Felix Strum last May, pressured Buglioni from the opening bell... Chudinov retains title by dominating Buglioni

Buglioni chases his dream

By John J. Raspanti: With the odds heavily against him, Frank Buglioni will attempt to the wrest the WBA super middleweight championship from unbeaten Fedor Chudinov on September 26 at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London, England. The two were originally scheduled to meet on July 24—until Chudinov suffered a broken nose during training camp. Extremely disappointed, Buglioni still fought that night, disposing of Fernando Castanada in five frames... Buglioni chases his dream

Badou Jack: World Champion

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): There’s a belief held in the boxing world that once a fighter wins a world championship, pride takes over and performance changes. Most boxers start with the dream of winning a world championship, a dream that only they, and perhaps a trusted trainer, believe in. Their goal is always the same. To be a champion. Not many reach their goal.The going is hard and arduous. Only the special ones eventually make their way to the Badou Jack: World Champion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Khytrov comes from way back to stop Brinson

By John J. Raspanti: Middleweight prospect Ievgen Khytrov (11-0, 10 KOs) rallied to stop upset-minded Nick Brinson (17-4-2, 7 KOs) in the final round last night at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Brinson, 29, a loser in two of his last three bouts had something to prove. He reunited with his former trainer and got himself in tip-top condition. Khytrov, 26, the 2011 World Amateur Champion and 2012 Olympian, was last seen going the distance for the first time in his professional career... Khytrov comes from way back to stop Brinson

Avila wins NABF title by stopping Salinas

By John J. Raspanti: You can’t call him a prospect anymore. Manual "Tino" Avila captured the NABF super bantamweight title by scoring a sixth round TKO over former world title challenger Yoandris Salinas at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Saturday night. Avila (18-0, 8 KOs) opened the fight fast. He tattooed Salinas with jabs and sneaky right hands. Salinas looked to counter, but missed most of his shots... Avila wins NABF title by stopping Salinas

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

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

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

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

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

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

Herrera and Lundy are hungry for victory

By John J. Raspanti: All fighters hate to lose, but bad decisions can alter careers. Maurcio Herrera and Hank Lundy both came up empty in their last bouts. Herrera, 35, is becoming something of a "Heartbreak Kid" when it comes to questionable decisions. Last December, Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) squared off against rising prospect Jose Benavidez. Top Rank, the company that promotes Benavidez, is grooming the youngster for stardom. Herrera didn’t get the memo... Herrera and Lundy are hungry for victory

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

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

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

Ready to make a point: Andre Ward returns to the ring

By John J. Raspanti: “But GGG is like all punchers. That’s why with a guy like GGG, -- you have to show them, and by the time they figure it out, guess what? Fight’s over." - Andre Ward. In 2004, Andre Ward surprised many by capturing the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Ward debuted as a professional a year later when he beat Chris Molina. In 2008, he defeated Jerson Ravelo to win NABO super middleweight title. There were whispers about the strength of Ward’s chin and. Ready to make a point: Andre Ward returns to the ring

Lara pitches a 12 round shutout over Rodriguez

By John J. Raspanti: Talented WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (21-2, 12 KOs) regained his title for the third time by dominating game Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4, 16 KOs) over 12 rounds Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. All three judges scored the fight 120-107 for Lara, who also floored Rodriguez in round six. Rodriguez wasn’t expected to give Lara much of a fight, but he tried everything he could think of against his skilled opponent... Lara pitches a 12 round shutout over Rodriguez

Can Rodriguez surprise Lara on June 12?

By John J. Raspanti: "You can’t box a boxer. You’ve got to fight him." - Delvin Rodriguez. Veteran battler Delvin Rodriguez is hoping WBA super middleweight champion Erislandy Lara has been underestimating him leading up to their June 12 fight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. “They’re expecting a really easy fight,” Rodriguez told this writer on the phone a few weeks ago. “For me that’s an advantage. I want the element of surprise”... Can Rodriguez surprise Lara on June 12?

Cotto demolishes Geale

By John J. Raspanti: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) made the first defense of his middleweight crown a successful one by blasting out former champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) in round four at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Cotto, 34, landed a big left hook to the body a mere after the opening bell. The punch was foreshadowing for what would transpire later in the match. A short compact jab caused Geale to stumble... Cotto demolishes Geale

For the love of boxing: Chuck Williams

By John J. Raspanti: There are many characters floating around the boxing world. It doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to spot the good ones. One such as Chuck Williams. When I first spotted him a few years ago in Las Vegas, his stocky build and commanding presence reminded me of the late great actor James Cagney. Even the way he told a story brought the pugnacious Cagney to mind. Oh yeah, and he’s Irish. For most of his 81 years, Williams has dedicated himself to boxing, whether in the amateur For the love of boxing: Chuck Williams

Amir Khan wins 12 round decision over game Chris Algieri

By John J. Raspanti: With his rumored dream fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the line, former two-time champion Amir Khan did just enough to win a hard fought 12 round unanimous decision over boxer turned brawler Chris Algieri at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Scores were 117-111 (twice) and 115-113. Maxboxing.com and Doghouseboxing had Khan winning the bout by a 115-113 score. The fight started fast... Amir Khan wins 12 round decision over game Chris Algieri

The rise of Jack Johnson

By John J. Raspanti: Of all the books written on legendary former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, none have been able to give the boxing fan an account of Johnson’s early fights from varying points of view. Until now. Adam Pollack’s seventh book, In the Ring with Jack Johnson, Part 1: The Rise is a not only a richly detailed narrative of Johnson’s early career, but a history lesson of the times. Pollack is also able to peek inside the psyche of Johnson—revealing an ambitious and dedicated... The rise of Jack Johnson
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