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Shirley middleweight LeShawn Rodriguez took a big step toward the 2013 World Boxing Championships after winning his tournament opener at the Men's Continental Championships in Santiago, Chile on Friday.
Rodriquez closed Friday’s action for the United States squad with a third round knockout of the Bahamas' Carl Heild. Rodriguez will face Yasiel Despaigne in the second round on Saturday.
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A new documentary about Muhammad Ali -- "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" -- will have it's U.S. theatrical premiere on August 23rd, followed by a national rollout to select cities.
According to a news release, the film, a Kartemquin Films production directed by Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground) "follows and connects the diverse threads in the personal and public lives of the...Read more »
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is expected to name the developer for Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding area Wednesday, Newsday reported earlier Tuesday.
The finalists are the Madison Square Garden Co. and Forest City Ratner Companies.
There's little doubt among most observers that MSG and Forest City Ratner are both very capable of renovating/rebuilding Nassau Coliseum and transforming...Read more »
It was the biggest fight of Mark McPherson's life. The junior middleweight from Lakeview was 17-1 and facing the Kronk's Duane Thomas on ESPN for the USBA title. This was the fight that in 1985 would launch McPherson into stardom. It was going his way in a great, give-and-take fight. A lifetime of training was about to payoff. Then, in the 10th round, McPherson found himself in trouble against...Read more »
The path of highly touted amateur middleweight Le’Shawn Rodriguez is beginning to take shape.
The 20-year-old resident of Shirley is currently the No. 1-ranked amateur middleweight in the country and earned that status after taking home the gold medal at the Olympic Cup in Puerto Rico last month.
Next for Rodriguez is a trip to Santiago, Chille at the end of August to compete in...Read more »
Deontay Wilder could be on his way to big things.
The 6-7 brusing heavyweight from Alabama improved his record to 29-0 with a first-round knockout of former world champion Sergei Liakhovich at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, in Indio, Calif., on Friday night.
Wilder, a 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist, thinks he’s ready to move on to the next level.
"I know I'm blessed with...Read more »
Has there been a more overlooked American heavyweight boxer than Deontay Wilder? The 27-year-old native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. is 28-0 with 28 knockouts.
His list of opponents certainly leaves much to be desired, but you can’t deny the results. And he proved that he could be a legitimate prospect after a first-round knockout of Audley Harrison (31-6) in April.
Harrison, 41, is nothing more...Read more »
A fighter is never truly out of a match until he is counted out.
Enter former two-division champion Andre Berto. Berto will take on Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round welterweight scrap on Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on SHOWTIME.
Berto, although sporting an excellent record of 28-2, needs a win in the worst way. He’s dropped two of his last three fights to Victor Ortiz...Read more »
Everyone seemed to be impressed with the Brooklyn Nets newest trio of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.
Even fellow athletes were in awe as Brooklyn boxers Danny Jacobs, Paulie Malignaggi and Peter Quillin were on hand for the introductory press conference held at the Barclays Center on Thursday.
The three boxers posed with Garnett....Read more »
It looks like boxing has gotten it right.
Many of the recent mega-fight shows feature a stellar main event with mostly no-name fighters on the under card.
All of that changed on Thursday with the Golden Boy Promotions announcement that the Lucas Matthysse-Danny Garcia bout was added to the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez September 14th card at the MGM Grand.
“This is the fight...Read more »