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It was another event and another big step on the amateur boxing circuit for Le’Shawn Rodriguez.
The 165-pound middleweight from Shirley, who fights out of Veteran’s Memorial Gym, won a 3-0 decision over Anthony Campbell Saturday for his second straight US Elite National Boxing title in Spokane, Wash.
Rodriguez advanced to the final after wins over John Zabala and Bryan Flores...Read more »
Light heavyweight contender “Irish” Seanie Monaghan is looking for something bigger.
The Long Beach native picked up the 20th win of his career after a first-round TKO of Matt Vanda on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. It wasn’t the kind of challenge Monaghan (20-0) was looking for as Vanda pulled out of the fight because of a biceps injury.
Monaghan’s hope is that the manner...Read more »
So why does Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley for a second time make sense?
The first meeting between the two ended in controversy as Bradley was awarded a split-decision victory many believed he didn’t deserve.
The two will hook up again on April 12 at the MGM Grand on HBO PPV.
So why a second meeting?
Bradley (31-0) has done a lot since his win over Pacquiao (55-5),...Read more »
Bryant Jenning’s didn’t go into his Saturday night fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden looking for a knockout of Poland’s Artur Szpilka.
But he got one anyway.
The Philadelphia heavyweight improved his record to 18-0 with a 10th-round TKO.
"I went into this fight looking for a decision," Jennings said. "It was a bonus getting a TKO."
Knocking an opponent out is...Read more »
The children of former pro boxer and referee "Irish" Wayne Kelly have announced a kickoff party for the IWK Memorial Foundation on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach.
The foundation was formed to commemorate the life and career of Kelly, who was from Garden City. Kelly died of a heart attack at age 63 in February of 2012. The foundation mission statement reads: "Our mission...Read more »
Mikey Garcia is looking to become a superstar. It could happen if he can defend his WBO Jr. lightweight title against Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday night at MSG on HBO's Boxing After Dark.
It was a year ago at MSG when Garcia (33-0) won his first world title, the WBO featherweight championship after scoring an eighth-round stoppage of Orlando Salido.
Burgos (30-1-2), fresh off two straight...Read more »
When negotiations for a megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao began in late 2009, the initial roadblock was drug testing.
Mayweather, in addition to the standard urine tests fighters are required to take, wanted Olympic-style blood testing. Pacquiao balked at the demand and the fight didn’t take place.
The second time around, it was about the money. Mayweather wanted...Read more »
The Tribeca Film Institute recently announced its 2014 grantees for its TFI Documentary Fund and among the 11 films chosen was a boxing documentary called, "The Punch." According to a release, more than 500 submissions from 70 countries were considered to determine the 11 TFI Documentary Fund and partner award winners. All the films will share a total of $175,000, an increase of...Read more »
Luis Collazo will be fighting for many things when he takes on Victor Ortiz on Jan. 30 at Barclays Center.
In addition to setting himself up for big money bout in the near future, the former WBA welterweight champion from Brooklyn will be fighting to impress Brookville 15-year-old Allie Genatt.
Genatt suffers from Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disease that damages kidney...Read more »
Middleweight Marquis Davis lost his tooth during a unanimous-decision loss against Antoine Douglas on Friday night. After kicking the tooth out of the ring he kept on fighting.
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