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Of all the fights that have happened the last couple of months and those that will occur over before 2014 begins, the Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez bout might just be the most overlooked.
Ward, prior to a shoulder injury that has kept him out action for 14 months, was arguably, pound-for-pound, the best in the world. But as is usually the case in boxing, a long layoff can lead to a demotion in...Read more »
Episode 1 of HBO's "24/7: Pacquiao vs. Rios" didn't contain any fireworks, but it certainly had its share of moments.
Much of the start of this episode was spent going over Manny Pacquiao's crushing knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and introducing the audience to Brandon Rios. It proved a little slow for those who know the storylines, but it was certainly worthwhile getting to...Read more »
It was after 10 grueling rounds with Mike Perez on Saturday that heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov wound up in Roosevelt Hospital with a blood clot on his brain.
The Russian heavyweight remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma.
Perez, through his spokesman Bernie Bahrmasel, issued the following statement:
“’Mago is in my thoughts and prayers and I hope he recovers quickly,”...Read more »
Mike "Lefty" Brooks, an unbeaten lightweight from Oceanside, will fight Philadelphia's Karl Dargan in the co-feature of Fight Night on NBC on Nov. 16.
The card will be broadcast beginning at 2:30 p.m. on NBC from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. The main event is a 12-round heavyweight contest between former cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) and...Read more »
Will U.S. boxing fans ever see Manny Pacquiao fight on their soil again?
From the way Top Rank boss Bob Arum sounded on a recent conference call, the States may not be graced by Pacquiao’s presence anytime soon.
Pacquiao’s last 14 bouts have been in the United States, most of them in Las Vegas. He fought Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito at Cowboy Stadium and Jorge Solis at the Alamodome...Read more »
You would be hard pressed to find a boxer or the sports apparel company that sponsors him who is not in the business strictly for the money. Putting the bottom line above all else is the norm these days.
Frank Galarza, an undefeated junior middleweight from Brooklyn, has found a way to participate in the sport he loves and give back to the community at the same time. Moreover, Galarza’s apparel...Read more »
Bernard Hopkins (53-6), still spry at the age of 48, will try and defy father time again when he puts his IBF light heavyweight title on the line against Karo Murat (25-1-1) this Saturday at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on SHOWTIME.
"I've shown for 20-plus years, with a legacy that will be talked about way after I'm gone, that I am different." - HOPKINS...Read more »
It’s been a fall full of great boxing, with several more great matchups to come over the next couple of months. One fight that may be the most overlooked of the bunch is the Mike Alvarado-Ruslan Provodnikov bout set for Saturday night on HBO's World Championship Boxing.
Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs), who scored a tremendous victory over Brandon Rios in March, has emerged as one of the...Read more »
An argument can be made that the essence of boxing has always been summed up in three words: Gatti vs. Ward.
The Arturo “Thunder” Gatti and “Irish” Micky Ward trilogy, perhaps the most entertaining, if not greatest saga in boxing history, was captured in a very insightful way by HBO in its documentary “Legendary Nights: The Tale of Gatti-Ward."
The Gatti-Ward trilogy, fought in...Read more »
America has been waiting for the next legitimate heavyweight prospect to make his presence felt. It may have happened on Thursday as undefeated Philadelphia brawler Bryant Jennings signed a promotional deal with Gary Shaw and Antonio Leonard.
Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs), No. 3 in the IBF rankings and No. 14 and 21 in the WBO and WBC, is hoping his deal with one of the sport’s top promoters will...Read more »