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Zepeda: "My statement will be made in the ring"

Zepeda: "My statement will be made in the ring"

Anson Wainwright: Since turning pro four years ago, Jose Zepeda has largely remained in the shade. Despite building an impressive 18-0 (16) ledger, he’s... Zepeda: "My statement will be made in the ring"
Shane Mosley Jr. Makes Pro Debut

Shane Mosley Jr. Makes Pro Debut

Bill Tibbs: Shane Mosley Jr. will make his professional debut today at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. The UniMas-televised card will also... Shane Mosley Jr. Makes Pro Debut

Puncher’s Chance

By Steve Kim (Image by Chee, MaxBoxing): Coming into March, John Molina believed he would be facing Adrien Broner on the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana undercard, May 3rd in Las Vegas. It turns out Broner’s team didn’t want to face such a heavy-handed banger and decided to take on the much lighter punching Carlos Molina. Instead, John Molina challenges Lucas Matthysse this weekend at the StubHub Center in Carson, California as part of Showtime’s tripleheader (9:30 pm, ET).... Puncher’s Chance
The Barbershop – April 25, 2014

The Barbershop – April 25, 2014

Allan Scotto: Happy Friday, 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. The Barbershop – April 25, 2014
Orozco Returns to StubHub Center

Orozco Returns to StubHub Center

Steve Kim: Junior welterweight hopeful Antonio Orozco makes his second outing of 2014 this weekend at the StubHub Center in Carson, California against veteran... Orozco Returns to StubHub Center

Improving The Fight Game

By Gabriel Montoya: The HBO series “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley” entered its third season this past Saturday night. The show is hosted by Jim Lampley and features segments by Max Kellerman, an blow-by-blow commentator who the network’s heir apparent to Lampley as well as a beat writer of some kind. The object of the show is to showcase important events in the boxing world. It is intended to be a news show. As such, it has certain responsibilities. I’m a fan of the show ... Improving The Fight Game
Diaz Looks to Upset Undefeated Thurman

Diaz Looks to Upset Undefeated Thurman

Bill Tibbs: It looks like someone is getting stretched. Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz faces Keith... Diaz Looks to Upset Undefeated Thurman
Rating the 2012 Olympians

Rating the 2012 Olympians

Anson Wainwright: It’s been 18 months since the London 2012 Olympics. Needless to say, it wasn’t a successful Games for the American boxing team. Though America... Rating the 2012 Olympians

Lopez Looks to Rebound from Listless Outing

By Steve Kim: Tonight from the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA, Josesito Lopez headlines a special Thursday night edition of “Friday Night Fights” on ESPN2 (9 p.m., ET) against Aaron Martinez. The last time Lopez fought was on December 13th and frankly, he looked…well...not quite like a shot fighter - that would be too harsh of an assessment - but certainly a tad faded in struggling to an eight-round technical decision over the shopworn Mike Arnaoutis. It was a rather... Lopez Looks to Rebound from Listless Outing

Showtime Showcases

By Steve Kim: HBO hasn’t had a very good year when it comes to its boxing programming. This was highlighted on March 29th when the network broadcast a main event that featured Sergey Kovalev defending his WBO light heavyweight belt against the unknown Cedric Agnew, who was listed by bookmakers (who are the real experts most of the time) as high as a 38-1 underdog. To add insult to injury, it was announced earlier that week that Adonis Stevenson would be jumping ship to rival Showtime and Showtime Showcases
The Last 15-Round Jazz Fighter

The Last 15-Round Jazz Fighter

Luis A. Cortes III: After the final bell rang on Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins made his way over to the ropes on the side of the ring where press row is seated while... The Last 15-Round Jazz Fighter

Capriciousness, Thy Name Is Malignaggi

By Gabriel Montoya: Over the weekend, I wrote a story in which I compared Paulie Malignaggi to Hamlet when it came to the subject of anti-doping testing beyond what commissions mandate in boxing. While I omitted the fact that Malignaggi underwent testing with USADA for for his June 22, 2013 fight with Adrien Broner, I stand by that comparison. By his own words, the... Capriciousness, Thy Name Is Malignaggi
Vermont Sees a Glimpse of the Future

Vermont Sees a Glimpse of the Future

Stephen Tobey at ringside: Chris Gilbert’s second professional appearance in his hometown was even shorter than his first. The junior middleweight stopped... Vermont Sees a Glimpse of the Future
Malignaggi Shows Championship Heart

Malignaggi Shows Championship Heart

By Bill Tibbs: Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi got dropped a couple of times before getting stopped by International Boxing Federation (IBF) world welterweight... Malignaggi Shows Championship Heart

Random Thoughts on a Saturday Night

By Steve Kim (Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME): There was plenty of boxing programming on this Saturday from Showtime’s tripleheader in our nation’s capital, the HBO rebroadcast of Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley II, “Solo Boxeo” on UniMas and a fight card from the U.K. on AWE to “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley,” “All Access: Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana” and “Road to Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado.” Some random thoughts on what was shown this past weekend... Random Thoughts on a Saturday Night

Professor Hopkins schools Shumenov

By John J. Raspanti: Continuing to defy Father Time, IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) captured the WBA lightheavyweight crown by outworking the much younger Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) over 12 rounds at the D.C. Armory in Washington D.C on Saturday night. Hopkins, 49, is now the oldest fighter to ever unify a major title... Professor Hopkins schools Shumenov
Salka put on a clinic for Collado

Salka put on a clinic for Collado

Rod Salka put on a boxing clinic for Alexei Collado in Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation main Salka put on a clinic for Collado
Porter Wants Peace

Porter Wants Peace

Steve Kim: Kenny Porter’s son, Shawn defends his IBF welterweight title tonight at the D.C. Armory versus veteran Paulie Malignaggi as part of Showtime’s championship... Porter Wants Peace

Porter, Malignaggi and the Trouble with Testing

By Gabriel Montoya: Early on, 2014 looked like it could be a banner year for the combat sports causes of anti-doping testing and fighters’ health and safety. It has certainly started off with great potential. In early January, Nevada’s athletic commission accepted the resignation of its now-former Executive Director Keith Kizer. Mr. Kizer had been a part of the proliferation of therapeutic usage exemptions for synthetic testosterone for... Porter, Malignaggi and the Trouble with Testing
Ask Gerry Cooney - April 18, 2014

Ask Gerry Cooney - April 18, 2014

Allan Scotto: Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related... Ask Gerry Cooney - April 18, 2014

Pacquiao Quietly Goes About Being a Real Fighter

By Bill Tibbs (Photo © German Villasenor): Boxing is a sport that can survive and thrive for a long time on the strength of a series of bouts - or even a single bout - if the recipe is right. The public interest can be electrified and galvanized to the point that the sport becomes “must see” sports viewing. Whether in series or one-offs, bouts like Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler-Sugar Ray Leonard and on a smaller scale... Pacquiao Quietly Goes About Being a Real Fighter
The Wait of the World Isn’t Worth the Weight for Donovan George

The Wait of the World Isn’t Worth the Weight for Donovan George

Matthew Paras: Donovan George knows how crucial three pounds can be. To the average person, three pounds is barely noticeable. For George, three pounds was everything... The Wait of the World Isn’t Worth the Weight for Donovan George

Mikey Garcia vs. Top Rank

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): It turns out that the big fight for WBO super featherweight titlist Mikey Garcia in 2014 will not be against Yuriorkis Gamboa but against his own promoter, Top Rank Promotions, who he recently filed suit against in a story broken by BadCulture.net. You could see this coming a mile (or least a month ago) away when Garcia accompanied his brother/trainer Robert Garcia to Las Vegas for the Saul Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo fight, which was promoted... Mikey Garcia vs. Top Rank

Roach Reflects on Pacquiao’s Victory

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor): Noted trainer Freddie Roach is already back to his daily grind at the gym. On Tuesday afternoon at the downstairs portion of the Wild Card Boxing Club (a Laundromat in a former life), he had finished up his day’s work with Ruslan Provodnikov (who faces Chris Algieri on June 14th) and was awaiting the arrival of Miguel Cotto (who faces middleweight king Sergio Martinez on June 7th). But... Roach Reflects on Pacquiao’s Victory
The World Series of Boxing Comes to New Hampshire

The World Series of Boxing Comes to New Hampshire

Stephen Tobey: Five bouts were scheduled in the “World Series of Boxing” quarterfinal between the USA Knockouts and the Cuba Domadores on Saturday at Rockingham Park... The World Series of Boxing Comes to New Hampshire
Kopylenko: "It is a big opportunity for me and my boxing career"

Kopylenko: "It is a big opportunity for me and my boxing career"

Anson Wainwright: Back in February, Vitaliy Kopylenko scored an early stoppage over Cerresso Fort in the inaugural “Boxcino” middleweight tournament on ESPN2... Kopylenko: "It is a big opportunity for me and my boxing career"
The Barbershop – April 15, 2014

The Barbershop – April 15, 2014

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... The Barbershop – April 15, 2014

Spirit, Strategy and Belief Are not Alien to Hopkins

By Gabriel Montoya: “When you’re young, you overdo things a lot and you get away with it. When you have wisdom and you have understanding, you learn how to not overdo things where you rest and save your money like investing and you go ahead and you spend it tomorrow. A lot of things you do when you’re younger, you get away with it. A lot of things you can’t do or you shouldn’t do wisely because it’s always the next day... Spirit, Strategy and Belief Are not Alien to Hopkins
Rigondeaux: Greatness Comes in Many Forms

Rigondeaux: Greatness Comes in Many Forms

Bill Tibbs: The state of undefeated world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux, 13-0 (8), is an interesting one to say the least. “Rigo”... Rigondeaux: Greatness Comes in Many Forms

The Mark Twain of Boxing

By Steve Kim (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): This time around at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was no controversy after Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley went 12 hard, competitive rounds. After the official scorecards were read, Bradley, who had infuriated the masses by insisting he had absolutely won their first match-up in 2012, went over to the... The Mark Twain of Boxing

No controversy this time as Pacquiao defeats Bradley

By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Manny ’Pacman’ Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) showed Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KOS) that his fighting fire is still burning by winning a clear 12 round unanimous decision Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout was aired live on HBO Per-Per-View. The scores were 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110... No controversy this time as Pacquiao defeats Bradley
Arum vs the MGM Grand

Arum vs the MGM Grand

By Steve Kim: The biggest storyline leading into the rematch between WBO welterweight titlist Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand centered... Arum vs the MGM Grand
Monaghan: “I’m Looking to Get a Title Shot”

Monaghan: “I’m Looking to Get a Title Shot”

Bill Tibbs: Popular Long Island, attraction Sean Monaghan will look to move to 21-0 on Saturday night, April 12th, in support of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley... Monaghan: “I’m Looking to Get a Title Shot”
And the Beat Goes Savon…

And the Beat Goes Savon…

Stephen Tobey: MANCHESTER, N.H. – Like many young boxers, Erislandy Savon looked up to Muhammad Ali and Floyd Mayweather Jr. But there is one other role... And the Beat Goes Savon…
ESPN2’s FNF: Lorenzo falls to Sanchez; Clarkson Hart-Broken

ESPN2’s FNF: Lorenzo falls to Sanchez; Clarkson Hart-Broken

Luis A. Cortes III: It is not uncommon for the weekend of a major boxing event to feature several smaller shows (especially in “Sin City”). Promotional outfit Top Rank... ESPN2’s FNF: Lorenzo falls to Sanchez; Clarkson Hart-Broken

Valdez Begins Climbing the Ladder

By Steve Kim (Inside, new parody by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing): There might come a time when Oscar Valdez will headline a major pay-per-view card but for the time being, this talented featherweight prospect is on the undercard this weekend at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas before Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao engage in their return bout. Valdez was originally scheduled to meet the rugged veteran Dat Nguyen, who pulled out with back injury. Now he faces Adrian Perez... Valdez Begins Climbing the Ladder

Jessie Vargas “I'm tired of hiding in the shadows”

By Gabriel Montoya (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): At the moment, the U.S. boxing world is a dual universe commonly described as the “Cold War.” For the most part, this means Top Rank Promotions is on HBO and Golden Boy Promotions/Al Haymon’s stable of fighters is on Showtime. What this means for the boxing fan is there are only certain fights that will get made. When it comes to 140 and 147-pound divisions, what it currently means to Top Rank is that finding talent to be developed... Jessie Vargas “I'm tired of hiding in the shadows”
Pacquiao-Bradley Daily News Wire

Pacquiao-Bradley Daily News Wire

SPECIAL COVERAGE: A Massive daily selection of tailored coverage for Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley - Compiled by MaxBoxing’s icheehuahua. Pacquiao-Bradley Daily News Wire
Beltran Wants a Belt

Beltran Wants a Belt

Steve Kim: If there were any justice in the world (or in the sport of boxing), Ray Beltran would have had his hands raised after knocking down and beating Ricky Burns... Beltran Wants a Belt

Make-up Call?

By Steve Kim: Despite Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley squaring off back in June of 2012, in the end, they weren’t the two most talked-about individuals involved. That distinction went to Duane Ford and CJ Ross. The two ringside judges were in the vast minority by scoring the fight for the “Desert Storm” in what was considered the 874th black eye for boxing and about the 43rd time the sport died. Alas... Make-up Call?
Ellis is Excited to Return to His Winning Ways

Ellis is Excited to Return to His Winning Ways

Bill Tibbs: Ronald Akeem Ellis is excited to restart the career that was humming along after turning pro in February of 2011. The 6-0 (5) (with one no-contest) Massachusetts... Ellis is Excited to Return to His Winning Ways
All Boxing News Headlines - April 9

All Boxing News Headlines - April 9

Huge selection of boxing news (portal / links) compiled by icheehuahua for April 9, 2014. Stop searching and start reading... All Boxing News Headlines - April 9

Uncle Joe is Back

By Steve Kim (Photo © K9 Photos, MaxBoxing): In support of this weekend’s pay-per-view main event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena is a bout for the WBA interim super featherweight title between Bryan Vasquez and Jose Felix, in what looks to be a competitive fight (at least on paper). Not much is known about Vasquez, who hails from Costa Rica, but Joe Hernandez, one of the best... Uncle Joe is Back
All Boxing News Headlines - April 8

All Boxing News Headlines - April 8

Read & Research the headlines - Check out April 8,2014 Boxing New Portal (link) here... All compiled by icheehuahua: All Boxing News Headlines - April 8
Amateur Standout Sandoval Is Turning Pro

Amateur Standout Sandoval Is Turning Pro

Bill Tibbs: Bakersfield, California featherweight Edwin “The Hitman” Sandoval is looking forward to his pro debut after an outstanding amateur career and it looks... Amateur Standout Sandoval Is Turning Pro
The Barbershop – April 8, 2014

The Barbershop – April 8, 2014

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... The Barbershop – April 8, 2014

Something Wicked This Way Comes; Pacquiao, Bradley and the Endless Search for Respect

By Gabriel Montoya (Image created by Chee, MaxBoxing): “Too late, I found you can’t wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.” - Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes. || Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, two champions will meet. Both battle-tested, one perhaps battle-weary - both with everything to prove. Each owns a different approach to the game called boxing, a game you can’t play. The elder... Something Wicked This Way Comes; Pacquiao, Bradley and the Endless Search for Respect

How Much Does Pacquiao Have Left?

By Steve Kim (Image by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing): Manny Pacquiao is a fighter of many punches. However, most of the time, he’s a man of few words, which is a bit of a problem when you attempt to interview him. No, it’s not that he’s unpleasant or angry with the media - he’s just the opposite in fact - but by nature, he’s a soft-spoken individual (at least with the American press) and while much is on the line this upcoming Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena How Much Does Pacquiao Have Left?
Results - 'DIRECTV Boxing Nights'

Results - 'DIRECTV Boxing Nights'

Results from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico - ’DIRECTV Boxing Nights’... Results - 'DIRECTV Boxing Nights'

Frampton Stops Cazares in Two, Now Mandatory for Cruz

By Gabriel Montoya: Super bantamweight badass Carl “The Jackal” Frampton needed just two rounds and some miscalculation on his opponent Hugo Cazares’ part to put an end to matters Friday from the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland. The Irish favorite improved to 18-0 (13) and moved into the mandatory position for a shot at WBC super bantamweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz... Frampton Stops Cazares in Two, Now Mandatory for Cruz
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