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Famous Floppers

Famous Floppers

Let’s take a look at some of the luckiest fighters in boxing, who have ridden fouls and acting skills to successes that their talents could not achieve. Rodel Mayol - He is the luckiest currently.  It’s one thing to have a propensity for head clashes, but when they always seem to be saving you from defeat at the hands of a superior opponent, it is cause for further examination.  Luis Santana – Mexico has seen it’s share of this trend lately with Mayol, however this country first saw the flopping dynamo in Luis Santana, when the Domincan challenger was able to wrest the WBC Junior Middleweight title from Terry Norris in Mexico City in 1994.  Santana turned his back in round five, and was lightly slapped with a left on the back of the head.  Massimiliano Duran – It is true that Italians are famous floppers culture-wide in sports.  In soccer, however, this is trained into them as a part of the game in order to win penalty points. 

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Ringside at Fight Night Club in L.A. Live's Club Nokia

Ringside at Fight Night Club in L.A. Live's Club Nokia

In the first fight card of a monthly new series, a sold out crowd filled Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. Featherweight Charles Huerta (13-1, 6KO’s) won a slightly controversial six round majority decision over Guadalupe De Leon (8-10-4KO’s).  Huerta started out more effective, but gave his height repeatedly as the fight wore on. Lightweight Luis Ramos (14-0-7KO’s), of Santa Ana, scored a whitewash four round unanimous decision victory over Walter Estrada.  Ramos was the quicker of the two southpaws. Estrada (35-12-24KO’s), of Colombia, was unable to control distance, and only scored during Ramos' defensive lapses.  Karl Dargan (7-0-3KO’s) dominated Jose Alfredo Lugo (10-13-1-6KO’s) for 4 rounds, before referee David Mendoza stopped the Lightweight bout in the corner. Junior Featherweight Ricky Lopez from Oxnard (7-0-2KOs) had a rough go of it against always tough Hugo Ramos, yet won a 39-37 nod on all three cards. In what was supposed to be the most competitive matchup on paper, Jessie Vargas (9-0-4KO’s) of Los Angeles defeats Robert Luna. Junior Welterweight Carlos Molina, of Norwalk, scored a unanimous decision over Bahamian Hensley Strachan.

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DIVISION CLEAN-UP, PART 4

DIVISION CLEAN-UP, PART 4

Junior Featherweight (122lbs) It looks as if Steve Molitor will be getting his belt back, but much like Virgil Hill, he will only remain a big deal in his home region.  This is to his failure when taking on bigger names.  Hill, however, beat many good fighters, reigned for a very long time, and eventually did unify.  Hill has a potential hall-of fame career.  Molitor needs to do more than get his belt back against a fromer victim to get anyone to care. In a perfect world, a 4-man eliminator: Juanma vs. Nishioka, and Caballero vs. Poonswat to determine the best, would be the way to go.  In reality, Caballero may have dropped the belt he won from Molitor, but this is the IBF we are talking about, so we all knew that would happen. Bantamweight (118lbs). Gerry Penalosa is apparently still vital, while Morel is looking more ordinary.  A rematch based on a controversial result isn't always a good idea, but this one certainly calls for it. Junior Bantamweight (115 lbs)This division is focused on one potential match-up, and that is about all.  Darchinyan vs. Donaire 2. 

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PROTECTING PAVLIK

PROTECTING PAVLIK

Am I the only one not that excited by the upcoming Pavlik vs. Martinez match-up?  Of course I will be watching, and Sergio Martinez is the best fighter Pavlik has fought since Hopkins, but I am not convinced that "The Ghost's" confidence is all the way back. Sure, Martinez put up a good account of himself against Paul Williams, which is not easy to do.  Yet, he did lose the fight, and rightfully so, therefore I fail to see a single victory on Martinez' record at Middleweight that would justify this title shot.  Even if technically the WBC often allows fighters to fight for a new division's belt if he currently holds one already... there are other factors at work here.  What about Paul Williams?  He won the fight, yet is getting the shaft again. 

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Antonio Escalante vs. Miguel “Mickey” Roman on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

Antonio Escalante vs. Miguel “Mickey” Roman on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

Convicted Artist Magazine reports from The John Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas this Friday Night with play-by-play results of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. El Paso, Texas, highly-ranked contender Antonio Escalante will face one of his toughest opponents when he goes against Mexican Warrior Miguel “Mickey” Roman. This bout is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and is the main event on Friday, February 26th on ESPN’S “Friday Night Fights”. The fight will take place at the Don Haskins Center beginning at 10:00 pm ET/ 8:00 pm MT. Doors open at 6:00 pm. 

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MARGARITO... WHAT DO WE EXPECT?

MARGARITO... WHAT DO WE EXPECT?

Regarding the upcoming reinstatement of Antonio Margarito, I have one thing to say (which I will of course take several paragraphs to say): Do not expect genius out of the Texas commission.  If ever there was an organization reeking of an “old boys’ network”, this is it.  Commissioner Dickie Cole has always seemed to march to the beat of his own drum, and I don’t mean that as a compliment.  Cole seems offended by people having the nerve to point out his errors and negative tendencies.  Mind you, he has no plans of changing them.  He just gets annoyed.  Let’s look at a couple other greatest hits. When local boy Paulie Ayala was handed a gift against Hugo Dianzo in 2001, Cole berated ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas in a childish way for pointing out that an obvious screw job had taken place.  It took fellow commentator Bob Papa to point out the Cole had gotten too big for his britches, and a public smack-down seemed to restore order.  It was only temporary, however.

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DIVISION CLEAN-UP PART 3

DIVISION CLEAN-UP PART 3

Lightweight (135lbs) This division seems to merely be a stop-over for some of its most talented participants.  This is not a new phenomenon, however.  From Henry Armstrong to Pernell Whitaker to Oscar de la Hoya, very few people start and end their career at 135lbs. One would be surprised if current world champion Juan Manuel Marquez fights again at 135lbs.  The 140lb division is more exciting, and he only has a few good ones left in him.  It appears as if Edwin Valero will soon chase the big money up to Junior Welter as well.  These fighters always seem to leave the door open to returning, but very few fighters do come back down to a weight once they’ve left it, unless star power forces them down.  If Joan Guzman can get his weight in check, and decide on a style, he can still make some noise.  For now, however, let the noise-making be done by us, as Guzman was clearly beaten by Ali Funeka in their recent controversial draw.  Not that having the IBF belt means you will ever be champion for very long, but a clear victory would have given us someone new to be excited about. 

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Russian Brothers Dominate Boxing and MMA

Russian Brothers Dominate Boxing and MMA

Max 'Payne' Martyniouk and his younger brother Stan 'The Man' Martyniouk have become the latest sensation of rising boxing and mma stars. Max Martyniouk became quickly recognized in the 155lb division of mixed martial arts due to his size, strength, speed, and athleticism along with successfully sparring against much heavier pro fighters such as James Irvin, Bo Cantrell, Dave Cryer and a hand full of notable professional boxers. While his brother Stan dominates boxing's super lightweight division and spars against notable pros like Stevie Forbes, Juan Lascano, and Juan Manuel Marquez. At only 24 and 25 years old the two brothers are expected to be world champions in there respective sport within the next two years.

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The El Paso Golden Gloves Dedicates Its 68th Annual Tournament to the Memory of Pete Melendez (1933-2009)

The El Paso Golden Gloves Dedicates Its 68th Annual Tournament to the Memory of Pete Melendez (1933-2009)

Award winning sports journalist Ray Sanchez wrote in his column back in 1996 the following: “Every time I think of Pete Melendez I think of electricity. When he was boxing, he was taut as a wire, quick as the speed of light, explosive as a lightning bolt.” Ray was correct as Pete’s record is absolute proof that the truth is better than fiction. From his first fight in 1949 at the CYO in downtown El Paso to his last fight in 1956 Pete would establish a record fit for a king. And a king he was. Fighting at 112 pounds he established one of the most improbable amateur records in history ringing up 372 wins against only eight losses. Along his magnificent and fabled journey he captured four Regional Golden Gloves Championships, two Texas Golden Gloves State Championships, two National Golden Gloves Championships (1953, 1956) and in 1956 he was the Flyweight victor for the Chicago Golden Gloves Champions versus the New York Champions in the annual inter-city duel. He really was electric and he is an El Paso ‘Hero’.

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K 'Wild Wild' West gets First Title Shot

K 'Wild Wild' West gets First Title Shot

K "Wild Wild" West vs. Anita Christensen for the WBO World Bantamweight Title. At just 22 years of age, female bantamweight sensation K "Wild Wild" West will be fighting for her first world title; making it a dream come true for the young fighter out of Moreno Valley, California.  West (11-1-1, 2 KO's) will be making the long trip to Denmark to challenge four-time former world champion Anita Christensen (24-1-0 KO's) for the vacant WBO world bantamweight title on March 25, 2010. Since West was a little girl hanging around her father in the gym, in addition to having an outstanding amateur career and making her pro debut in early 2006, this is what she has been diligently training for; a shot at a world title.  Coming off a draw against two-time world champion Ada Velez in January, West is eager to make the trip to Europe and claim her first world championship.

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Battle in the Ballroom Season 26 Results and Commentary

Battle in the Ballroom Season 26 Results and Commentary

Joe Hanks moved to 11-0, 7 KOs by knocking out Cliff Couser (26-21-2, 14 KOs). Kortney Boden defeats Chris Davis causing the referee to waive off the fight by way of TKO. Jonathon Alcantara victorious by way of unanimous decision against Emmanuel Castro. Lightweight local Arquimedez Garcia looses to Manuel Delcid by way of unanimous decision. You hear the same argument over and over again. On mma forums such as Sherdog or The Underground you often see diehard fans bashing the sport of boxing whenever they are given the chance. They see it as the "old guard," something their father and grandfather watch. They try desperately to establish any sort of distance that connects their generation to their elders in an effort to disassociate from anything seen "un cool." It's a known fact that mixed martial arts does cater to a younger audience, while its combative forefather, the pugilistic art of boxing has had a hard time winning over boxing converts. They are on the other side of the spectrum when it comes to mma; they dont understand it and they bash it just as bad as those on the online forums. I always ask myself the question, why can't us fight fans all get along? I for one am a fight fan. I'm a fan of people punching their brains out with 4ounce gloves and inside a cage and a fan off two fighters beating their brains out with 8 ounce gloves inside a squared circle. To be quiet frank, I like a good ass whooping. Roy Englebrook does as well, the promoter of The Battle of the Ballroom which puts together Orange Counties only hybrid mma/boxing show. This concept has always intrigued me, so when I had the opportunity to see and experience what type of operation Mr. Englebrook I could not pass it up. I ventured out deep into the heart of Orange County and was surprised and please with what I found.

 

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Tom W. McKay Recieves Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom W. McKay Recieves Lifetime Achievement Award

Boxing trainer, writer, mentor, and community leader receives Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom McKay (BA UTEP 1971, MA UTEP 1975)  was born in Balmorhea , Texas in 1934 to Ermine and Raymond McKay. The family moved to El Paso in the late 1930’s and in the late forties, Santos Quijano gave Tom his first boxing lessons at the CYO. A move to Pampa , Texas came next and boxing coach Ollie Wilhelm gave Tom a job at his local theater and a few pointers when time allowed. Then it was off to San Ysidro , California where Tom worked for his brother as a groom at Caliente Race Track in Tijuana , Mexico . Tom only had time for a few workouts at Archie Moore’s Gym. In 1952 Tom graduated from Mar Vista High School , returned to El Paso , worked for Mountain Bell and joined the 19th Rifle Company of The United States Marine Corps. He took up boxing under trainer Al Porteus.

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Battle In The Ballroom 26 Season Boxing Action and MMA Wednesday February 10th at the Irvine Marriot

Battle In The Ballroom 26 Season Boxing Action and MMA Wednesday February 10th at the Irvine Marriot

Ringside Coverage by Convicted Artist Magazine. Battle In the Ballroom 26 Season of Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts. Undefeated heavyweight 10-0 Joe Hanks returns to continue his climb into the heavyweight rankings, meeting 9-8 Ryan Thompson in his toughest test to date. Santa Ana’s Jimmy Garcia returns to the ring facing 2-0 Manuel Delcid. Plus, another heavyweight match up see’s Hollywood’s Chris Davis meeting Kourtney Boden out of Henderson, NV. Join the tens of thousands of sports fans who know that in Orange County on six nights a year, the Battle In The Ballroom fights are the most unique and exciting place to entertain clients and friends!

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CRUISERWEIGHT IGNACIO ESPARZA - Interview

CRUISERWEIGHT IGNACIO ESPARZA - Interview

Boxer Ignacio Esparza (16-1, 12KO's) has no fear of taking on the tough guys in the cruiserweight division.  This lack of fear may come from his incredible amateur background of 174 wins against only 1 defeat.  It may come from the fact that the apparent impending departure of Tomasz Adamek leaves a wide open cruiserweight division.  It may also come from the confidence of having had the same original trainer that guided other Guadalajara fighters like Oscar Larios and Javier Jauregui to world titles.  It may come from the knowledge that his only previous departure from his native Mexico (while a loss) resulted in a good deal of buzz from people in the fight game, as to who Ignacio Esparza was.  More than likely, however, his willingness to face anyone comes from his difficulty in getting fights thus far.  Never known as a hot bed of cruiserweight activity, it has been very difficult to get fights for Esparza in his native Mexico .  He has had only 17 pro fights in a nearly 10 year career.  The former WBA Febebol and Mexican Cruiserweight champion was even forced to turn down a fight with BJ Flores due to his visa not being approved in time.

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Is The Heavyweight Division Doomed To Irrelevance?

Is The Heavyweight Division Doomed To Irrelevance?

It is commonly believed that when the top division in boxing suffers, the sport suffers with it. It’s an idea parallel to the trickle-down theory of economics. All good things trickle down from the top. The heavyweight division, like rain, falls on the land to be filtered and purified by rock strata before pooling in underground aquifers, thereafter providing life-giving hydration to the rest of boxing community.  No water, and you have a desert. No heavyweights, and you have a boxing wasteland.  And some believe we are currently going though such a drought. Let me start by saying I'm not a huge fan of the heavyweight division. I think it harbors too many lazy cruiserweights who never learned to push themselves away from the dinner table. My favorite division is middleweight division. Men small enough to have speed and large to have power.

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The Gift of Flamboyance

The Gift of Flamboyance

There are boxers who not only come to the ring with extraordinary talent and drive, but also that little extra something that elevates them so far above the throng that they ultimately transcend the sport. Some are defined as “showboats,” some as “colorful,” and others “obnoxious.” One can go as far back as Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, to find a fighter whose blatantly superior skills and ring-style made fans sit up and take notice. But it was Johnson’s extracurricular activities that sent ripples through the fabric of society and shocked a nation. Johnson’s penchant for white women, and his ostentatious lifestyle in a time when such behavior was unthinkable, brought all the weighty forces of society down upon him.

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PREDICTIONS - MARCH

PREDICTIONS - MARCH

Devon Alexander vs. Juan Urango, Arthur Abraham vs. Andre Dirrell, Wladimir Klitschko vs. Eddie Chambers
This fight is being made for the same reason Celestino Caballero vs. Steve Molitor was made.  Two belt holders are being forgotten in a talent rich division.  The unification did nothing for Caballero, except give fighters an excuse to avoid him.  However, it may do more for Alexander.  Namely because there are other good, exciting fighters in the division like Holt, Ortiz, Maidana, and Bradley.  Khan, Pacquiao, and Hatton may avoid the winner, but there are still brawls and dollars to be made.  Not that Alexander will win in the same dominating fashion as Caballero.  Juan Urango is an impressive pressure fighter who has never shied away from the bigger fights.  He also recognizes the belts for what they are... a means to secure the meaningful fights, instead of an excuse to avoid them.

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BEIBUT SCREW-MEN OFF

BEIBUT SCREW-MEN OFF

How do you like that, folks?  Vegas is now more corrupt than a third world nation.  The handlers of Light Heavyweight contender Beibut Shumenov couldn’t get the job done wresting the WBA title away from Gabriel Campillo in Kazakhstan , so they had to come to Vegas for the rematch, where apparently even well-known and otherwise respected judges can be bought, or blinded, or whatever-the-hell happened. Shumenov may have gotten the decision, and the WBA strap, yet it was Campillo that served notice as a new light heavyweight threat.  Sadly, much like Felix Sturm, we will likely never see him again, as his debut in this country ended with him getting screwed out his title.  Although Campillo took some time to get started in most of the rounds, his work was 10 times more effective.  Shumenov repeatedly loaded up and threw big combinations, only to have them blocked or parried by the more technically-sound Spaniard. 

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De la Hoya's Prediction - Mayweather vs. Mosely - Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

De la Hoya's Prediction - Mayweather vs. Mosely - Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotion company believes it will soon close a deal matching  Floyd Mayweather Jr. against  Sugar Shane Mosley in May.  De La Hoya also confidently predicts  Mayweather will fight against Filipino Manny Pacquiao in the near future.  "That fight has to be," said De La Hoya on Tuesday about the fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, which collapsed earlier this month following a lawsuit over anti-doping tests. "It is a fight too big to not happen. We just have to overcome an obstacle."  The Golden Boy expressed his beliefs regarding the state of the welterweight division at a Tuesday news conference.  De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions business partner Richard Schaefer are currently working to make the Mayweather vs. Mosely fight happen in Las Vegas on May 1st..  "Different teams are working very hard on this, "said De La Hoya.

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La Voce; An excerpt from “Adventures In The Scream Trade – Anecdotes From the Life of An Opera Singer,” by Charles Long.

La Voce;   An excerpt from “Adventures In The Scream Trade – Anecdotes From the Life of An Opera Singer,” by Charles Long.

A voice is a temperamental, idiosyncratic gift.  Each one is unique.  For this reason, singers have historically referred to their voices in the third person singular; "The voice isn't working today," or , "the voice of the great so-and-so…."  The voice is personified as though it has a mind of it's own, and often it does. As a barometer reacts to the slightest changes in air pressure, so do weather changes, humidity, diet, sleep, and air pollution affect the human voice. The slightest disturbance in a highly-tuned voice is blatantly noticeable to the owner. Therefore, elaborate rituals are often followed to maintain a perfect homeostasis. Rituals that rival those of sport stars.

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Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez joins Golden Boy Promotions

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez joins Golden Boy Promotions

Golden Boy Promotions announced that it reached an agreement to promote Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, the new Mexican boxing sensation. Alvarez is an undefeated junior champion WBC welterweight who appears to be world-class material. Alvarez is ranked 17th in the world and is the presently a WBA Fedecentro Welterweight champion, WBO Latino Welterweight champion, NABF Welterweight champion and WBC Youth Welterweight champion.  The contract with Alvarez will become official during a press conference in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico.

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Boxer Rodrigo Barrios arrested after serious accident

Boxer Rodrigo Barrios arrested after serious accident

Argentine boxer Rodrigo Barrios was arrested on charges of manslaughter after he was involved in a fatal car accident, in which he fled. The accident left a pregnant woman dead and six others seriously injured. "The offense is bailable, Barrios has no previous convictions”, said Barrios defense attorney Jose Vera. Barrios was detained overnight in a police station north of Mar del Plata, a small town about 248 miles south of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The boxer had surrendered to police Sunday night after being on the run.

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Jake Martinez Grand Old Master of El Paso Boxing Part 3

Jake Martinez Grand Old Master of El Paso Boxing Part 3

Coach Martinez was racking up coach of the year honors in 1993 and 1994 while his star pupils continued to shine brightly in amateur boxing. He set even higher goals for 1995 as it was an Olympic qualifying year. Just as sure as there are stars over Texas he set sail for Atlanta, Georgia to land his boxers a heavenly spot on the 1996 United States Olympic Team in the peach state. Jorge and his wife now had three children to support and 1995 represented his best chance of acquiring a position on the Olympic team. It was now or never for Jorge and he began the year with a big bang by winning The El Paso Regional Golden Gloves, The Texas State Golden Gloves and The National Golden Gloves. All the right pieces of amateur boxing strategy had fell perfectly into place and Jorge was assured of a box off for his lifetime goal.

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DIVISION CLEAN UP, VOLUME ONE

DIVISION CLEAN UP, VOLUME ONE

Here are a few matchups that will provide a clearer picture of who is on top of each weight division:  Heavyweights  The Klitschkos are on top, but the contender situation is muddled.  Provided Adamek gets past Estrada, his proposed battle with Arreola will provide some answers as to who is the heir apparent to the heavyweight division. Cruiserweight   Guillermo Jones needs to fight someone, anyone!  Light Heavyweight   Hopkins is holding the division hostage, but a new crop of fighters has replaced him in our minds if not the rankings. Super Middleweight  With the exit of Jermain Taylor, the two most deserving and forgotten 168lbers now get to enter the Super Six. Cunningham vs. Godfrey will priovide some answers as to the second-best fighter in the division, but Adamek needs to make an announcement based on the Estrada fight, so the rest of the division can move on.

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Javontae Starks vs. Matt Ellis at First Avenue Night Club

Javontae Starks vs. Matt Ellis at First Avenue Night Club

Minneapolis, MN- One of Minnesota’s most heralded prospects, and former amateur national champion Javontae Starks(2-0 2 ko’s) is slated to box for the first time in his hometown on February 5 at First Avenue night club when he takes on Matt Ellis (1-1). After fighting twice at Grand Casino Hinckley Starks’ third pro bout will be his first in his native Minneapolis.  While his first bout in the Twin Cities is an exciting prospect Starks’ focus in the professionals is to compete at the same level he did in the amateurs, the national and world stage.

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Fights That Should Happen

Fights That Should Happen

Amir Khan vs. Ricky HattonIvan Calderon vs. Brian Viloria. Tomasz Adamek vs. Brian Minto. Floyd Mayweather vs. winner of Berto/Mosley. This is the farewell fight that Hatton should be targeting.  Khan brings more domestic excitement and support than Junior Witter ever could, and therefore even more money.  It is also a winnable fight for Hatton.  Khan has made great strides since his loss to Breidis Prescott, but he has never dealt with the pressure that Hatton can bring, plus his chin will likely always make any fight with a puncher interesting.  It is just as winnable for Khan, as speed and skills in excess have been the only things that have brought Hatton down as yet... plus Ricky's chin is also suspect.  It is also not a fight that will diminish any legacies.  If Hatton loses, he will be viewed as to have lost to a championship-level fighter, and to be simply past his prime.  If Khan comes up short, he will have lost to a former undisputed champ, who still has fight left in him, and maybe that the former Silver Medalist just wasn't ready for this step up.  Both men have a lot more to gain than lose... but will their egos allow them to not have the whole Manchester crowd in their back pockets for once?  That (and Marcos Maidana's right hand) are the only things potentially stopping this great fight.

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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT…

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT…

For every Sven Ottke, Paulie Ayala, and Julio Cesar Chavez who seem to win a lot of close, controversial decisions, there are fighters on the other end who come up short consistently, and often do not get the decisions they deserve.  Today, we look at a few of those fighters from the last decade, so as to give them some credit, and let them know we have not forgotten that they are better than their records. Kassim Ouma – We love to talk of his inspirational story, but people never seem to mention how this poor guy gets screwed left, right, and center by judges.  His record shows he has lost four out of his last five fights.  What that record doesn’t show, is that he could have (and usually should have) been declared the winner in three of them (Rosado, Bundrage, and Roman)!  Only the loss to Jermain Taylor was a clear defeat.  Other than that, he only has two losses.  There was only a stoppage loss earlier in his career, as well as the loss to Roman Karmazin.  This trend of unfairness has gotten worse recently with the aforementioned events, but a glance at his wins shows that is not a new phenomenon. 

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THE "WILD WILD" WEST TAKES ON THE "ACE"

THE

Wild" West is looking to start off her world title campaign for 2010.   This Thursday, January 21, 2010 at the San Manuel Indian & Bingo Casino in Highland, California, West (11-1-0, 2 KO's) will be squaring off against former three-time world champion, Ada "the Ace" Velez (16-3-2, 6 KO's) in what's sure to be considered a showdown between the past and future of women's boxing.  The bout will be the co-main event of the evening as both fighters slug it out for a title.  West took the fight on short notice but has been active in the gym sparring with sure to be future world champion Dianna Guiterrez.  Guiterrez is a southpaw and has given West a good look of what Velez will bring come fight night.

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“Facing Ali” – A Review

“Facing Ali” – A Review

If you’ve read any of my boxing reviews or essays, then you might know that I’m a huge Muhammad Ali fan. But when the title “Facing Ali” popped up on my list of recommended movies from Redbox a few weeks ago, I thought, “Oh no. Just what we need. Another Ali movie with grainy footage, and the same old archival soundtracks of Howard Cosell yammering insufferably. Why bother?” So I deleted the email and went about my business. But within a few minutes, I was drawn back to my Macbook.  In an almost out-of-body experience, I found myself moving the mouse like an automaton as I pulled the email out of the trash. “Maybe I’ll just look at the summary,”

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Grand Old Master of El Paso Boxing Part 2

Grand Old Master of El Paso Boxing Part 2

Jake loved his job on the Sheriff’s Department. However, besides winning state in 1955 he and Paula had their first son, Jacob. In 1957 they welcomed a lovely daughter, Leticia. Their beautiful daughter with a thirst for knowledge, Susanna, was born in 1959. As most informed people in the southwest know, Susanna is the District Attorney in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jake and his wife sacrificed much of their social life and nonessential items to maintain a budget that would help their children obtain a higher education. Susanna was an intellect and she attended UTEP before graduating with a law degree from Oklahoma University. She was then invited to the prestigious English College, Oxford, for further studies. Nevertheless, Jake had his sights set on improving his status in life and living a moderate middle class lifestyle.

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Where has all the boxing gone, long time passing …?

Where has all the boxing gone, long time passing …?

I know that young folk hate to hear old-timers like me yammer on about “how far I had to walk to school when I was a kid,” and reminisce about “how much better music was in my day.” But the fact is, lots of things were better in the old days. And among the things on that myriad list of devolving human endeavors is boxing. Believe it or not, there was a time when you could actually catch a great championship fight on network television - notably, ABC’s Wide World of Sports. And you didn’t have to sell your first born or take a mortgage on your home to buy a ticket to a live event, either. Those were the long lost days when the fans were a cherished part of the timeless drama of Prize Fighting. I witnessed the careers of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Forman, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, and Alexis Arguello, unfold

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SOME OF MY HOPES AND FEARS

SOME OF MY HOPES AND  FEARS

Is it just me, or... Will Celestino Cabellero be left out completely?  Juanma, Vasquez, Marquez, Gamboa, even Nishioka.  These guys won't touch him with a 90-inch reach. Will the Light Heavyweight division remain cluttered for years?  Cloud, Pascal, Dawson, Diaconu, Balszay, Campillo.  These guys aren't going to fight each other much, are they?  Here's hoping Shumenov beats Campillo in their Vegas rematch. He might actually bridge the geographical and promotional gap that will get this mix fighting.  Fighters who will make noise in 2010: Manny Pacquiao, Paul Williams, Kelly Pavlik, David Haye, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Lopez, Edwin Valero, all of the super six particpants.

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Grand Old Master of El Paso Boxing Part 1

Grand Old Master of El Paso Boxing Part 1

Jake Martinez has been an icon in the amateur boxing world since 1948. He tutored under renowned El Paso trainer, Frankie DeMarco and had his debut in the summer of 1950 as a representative of the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization). Jake demonstrated the skills he learned under DeMarco but more importantly, it was a tough fight and he was gallant and brave in overcoming a good boxer to gain the winning nod from the judges. Those traits would bode well for him in an exceptional career that would lead to fame in and out of the squared circle. Jake was well aware after his first bout that in order for him to be a boxing champion someday he would have to dedicate himself to training and be disciplined in every aspect of the sport of boxing. He realized that speed, muscle and determination were base components of the sport but even more important was the ability to have exacting discipline in training, in the ring battles to come, and in his lifestyle. Those were tough goals for a budding teenager. But Jake had his dream and he wasn’t about to forsake it by engaging in some youthful liabilities that would be detrimental to his mental and physical growth and escalating his career.has been an icon in the amateur boxing world since 1948. 

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ADAMEK... THE LATEST CRUISER TRAITOR

ADAMEK... THE LATEST CRUISER TRAITOR

After Tomasz Adamek dominated and stopped fellow Pole Andrew Golota, I guess there was a small part of me that remained optimistic.  Sure, he reliquished his belt, but that may only create drama when he attempts to win it back against the winner of Steve Cunningham vs. Matt Godfrey.  Certainly any smart TV network would not pass up a Cunningham rematch, and Adamek has venues in two countries that will be packed whenever he fights.  He is still the Ring Magazine Cruiserweight champion, and with that Cunningham rematch, possible unification, as well as an all-Poland battle with top 10 cruiser Kristoff Wlodarczyk as possibilities, there is much to do at 200lbs.  However, with the annuncement of Adamek vs. Jason Estrada, my fears of the same old-same old were realized.  

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Glendale Glory

Glendale Glory

For only the second fight card in 62 years, the Glendale Civic Auditorium played host to live boxing action .  Like the first card, seven months ago, the house was completely packed.  Celebrities in attendance included Charles S. Dutton, Cedric the Entertainer, and Brian McKnight.  Boxing Celebs included Mia St. John, Lamon Brewster, and Sergio Mora among others.  ESPN 2 covered the live action, taking a departure from their usual Key West inaugural appearance.  Ring announcer was Jimmy Lennon Jr.

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Pacquiao vs. Clottey to Battle in the Lone Star State!

Pacquiao vs. Clottey to Battle in the Lone Star State!

The stars will fight, big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas! Jerry Jones and Bob Arum, owner of the Dallas Cowboys and chairman of Top Rank, respectively, announced today that Cowboys Stadium would be the site of the MANNY PACQUIAO vs. JOSHUA CLOTTEY World Welterweight Championship fight taking place on Saturday, March 13 and broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View.

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Yusaf Mack is ready to “get the respect he deserves!" against Glen Johnson

Yusaf Mack is ready to “get the respect he deserves!

Yusaf Mack is currently getting ready for the biggest fight of his career which is scheduled for January 30th, 2010. Yusaf Mack, 28-2-2 (17) will fight Glenn Johnson, 49-13-2 (33), on the Berto-Mosely undercard. The light heavyweight took the time out of his busy training regimen to answer a few questions ranging from his new promoter Lou DiBella to the biggest issue in boxing, drug testing. Throughout the interview you...

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Gabriel Campillo vs. Beibut Shumenov II

Gabriel Campillo vs. Beibut Shumenov II

On Friday, January 29, KZ Event Productions and Golden Boy Promotions are pleased to present an evening of world championship boxing when they present “Fight Night With De La Hoya and Hopkins: Campillo vs. Shumenov II” at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the 12-round main event, Spain's Gabriel Campillo will defend his WBA Light Heavyweight World Title, in a rematch of their heated 2009 title fight. In that August bout, Campillo upset the odds in an exciting 12 rounder that saw both men hit the deck before the Spaniard took the razor-thin and highly controversial majority

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Battle of Unbeatens Lundy & Solomon Headline Jan. 22 ‘Boston Pop' card

Battle of Unbeatens Lundy & Solomon Headline Jan. 22 ‘Boston Pop' card

Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., kicks off the new year in classic style, headlining the January 22nd “Boston Pop” pro boxing card with unbeaten junior welterweights “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy and Brad Solomon battling in the 10-round main event, at The Roxy in Boston’s famed Theater District.

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World Champion Andre Ward to Speak to Troubled Youth in two Bay Area Juvenile Detention Facilities

World Champion Andre Ward to Speak to Troubled Youth in two Bay Area Juvenile Detention Facilities

Newly crowned WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) has enjoyed a meteoric ascent to the top of the boxing world, and on Wednesday, January 6, the 25-year-old titlist will share his formula for success with local youth at two Bay Area Juvenile Detention Centers. The presentations will take place in conjunction with Knock Out Dog Fighting 501 (c)(3), a charity Ward has partnered with in an effort to combat the nationwide problem of dog fighting and animal abuse.

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JANUARY PREDICTIONS:

JANUARY PREDICTIONS:

Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Steven Luevano, Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Rogers Mtagwa. It is not a coincidence that after Juanma shows some chinks in the armor agaisnt Rogers Mtagwa, they are matching him agaisnt someone with a noted power deficiency.  The fight is still a risk, though, as Luevano's skills should prove difficult.  He is likely the most talented (prime) fighter that Lopez has faced, and will provide a test with not only toughness, but aptitude as well.  There is a reason, however, that I mentioned the power first, as I believe this to be the deciding factor. Although Luevano may be the bigger man in division, he will be outgunned, and eventually Lopez will take over and force his will upon the defending champion.  Lopez by decision or perhaps late round TKO.  Luevano will likely save enough guile to last til the final bell, but little else.

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Fightin’ Words Radio Show Moves to Blog Talk Radio!

Fightin’ Words Radio Show Moves to Blog Talk Radio!

Fightin’ Words Radio Show, long a staple of 1490 WWPR’s Wednesday night line-up, has decided to move from terrestrial radio, into the Blog Talk Radio family. Starting Saturday January 9th , Fightin’ Words will be heard exclusively at www.blogtalkradio.com/fightinwordsradio, from 6-7 PM EST. The permanent spot for the show has not been decided at this time, but will be after an agreement with the sponsorship.

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Yusaf Mack ready for Glen Johnson and the Future!

NABA light heavyweight champion Yusaf Mack, 28-2-2 (17), is ready to go for his January 30th showdown against former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson, 49-13-2 (33). This fight will be a IBF title elimination bout, with the winner earning a shot at IBF champion Tavoris Cloud, 20-0 (18), for his belt.

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2009: A Deadly Year in Boxing

2009: A Deadly Year in Boxing

2009 was one the deadliest years in boxing history. In one of worst years for the sports, boxing lost fighters from every aspect of its family. Boxing lost legends and the latest, boxing lost retired fighters and returning fighters, boxing lost heart along with blood, sweat and tears. Boxing’s losses were felt all across the board this year, by the truest fan, down to the most casual of fans. Here is the chronological list of the fighters we lost in 2009.

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Steve 'USS' Cunningham Branches Out And Opens New Gym

Steve 'USS' Cunningham Branches Out And Opens New Gym

 Former IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve 'USS' Cunningham, who will be facing Matt 'Too Smooth' Godfrey early in 2010 for the title he held until December ‘08,  has branched out by opening a gym - Sweat Studio 24 -  in Glenolden, PA. Following his magnificent victory over Wayne 'Big Truck' Braithwaite, in the IBF Cruiserweight final eliminator, in July '09, Steve, and his wife and manager Livvy, decided to open their own gym. A few months later they found a suitable home for their new venture and got to work fitting it out.

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ETHNIC PRIDE IN BOXING

ETHNIC PRIDE IN BOXING

Ethnic Pride brings many people into the sport of boxing.  It brings attention to all sports and activities, in fact. What more are the Olympics, than a worldwide my-kind-is-better-than-your-kind a-thon? This seems to be accepted since it is a natural instinct for every culture. It is, in fact, at the root of virtually all big-draws in boxing. Only Oscar de la Hoya and Mike Tyson grew to immense populairty without one definable nitch market

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Say it Ain’t So!

Say it Ain’t So!

It’s Christmas day, the pig is spinning, the rice and beans are ready to go, and my daughter won’t stop running around the house with her newest gadget from Santa. A day when you celebrate the finer things in life and relax with family, if that is the case why can’t I get over Floyd Mayweather, 40-0 (25), and Manny Pacquiao, 50-3-2 (38), possibly not taking place. It was a very short time ago when the date and a final venue was set... sorry Jerry Jones it wasn’t Dallas.

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Christmas Wishes From The Boxing Community

Christmas Wishes From The Boxing Community

During the holidays, it seems that the world slows down and people come together to celebrate the season. Even the most bitter of rivals soften in the holiday spirit. Every year I have spoken to fighters, boxing writers and boxing radio show hosts, to get their wishes for the holiday season. This year is no different. I asked each person “If you had one wish for Christmas, boxing related or personal, what would it be?” and here are the wishes of the boxing community:

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UPSET OF THE YEAR - 2009

UPSET OF THE YEAR - 2009

There are three candidates I was tossing around in my head, when it came to upset of the year.  Two of them even took place in the same building.  Analyzing these match-ups forced me to look at the core of what makes an upset an upset, and how it separates surprise from an overall performance. Marcos Maidana KO 6 Victor Ortiz, Shane Mosley KO 9 Antonio Margarito

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A New Super Six Tourney

A New Super Six Tourney

There are many divisions that could benefit from a tournament like the one currently underway at 168lbs.  This is especially true for the lighter weight classes.  Imagine if the Thai and Japanese stars actually had to come test their mettle in this hemisphere.  While it would be exciting, the continental divide is probably the reason we would not see this.  There is a division, however, that I believe should be in the on-deck circle for a little round-robin action: The Junior Welterweights.  The reasons are numerous, but the top three would have to be:

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Bravo Lou DiBella

Bravo Lou DiBella

After it was announced that Jermain Taylor would in fact be continuing his competition in the Super Six Tourney, Lou DiBella did what not many promoters have done in the past... he walked away.  Now, who knows if there are other motives behind this decision?  We have to take him at face value, unless we get new information. 
DiBella claims he does not support Taylor's decision to continue fighting, and while he wished him well, he will not be a part of it.  Hopefully this serves notice to other promoters to do the same, but i think that will be about as effective as hoping that Tiger Woods' scandal will slow any other athletes down in their 'transgressions'. 
The person whom I most hope it affects is Taylor himself.  Lou DiBella is walking away from a six and seven figure fighter, because he knows that it is over.  Rather than join the lackeys, yes-men and hangers-on that accumulate around many fighters, and may be solely responsiuble for the later careers of Roy Jones and Julio Cesar Chavez, he has chosen not to associate himself with that downward spiral.

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UNDERRATED?? - MARCEL CERDAN

UNDERRATED?? - MARCEL CERDAN

Now, it's time for another installment of the "over/under".  It's been a while since I've done of these, probably since I thought I'd said all there is to say in the modern era.  However, I will later be writing more based on the Ring's top 100 of 2009.  For now, though, I am glad to have had the gap in appreciation (or lack thereof) that I had, since it made me look into the past to see if there any fighters I feel deserve more/less mention.  Now, looking into the past, one is tempted to immediately list the many black fighters who were denied shots at titles because of race.

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Pavlik Retains Titles in Dominating Fashion!

Pavlik Retains Titles in Dominating Fashion!

Saturday night, at a half filled arena on the campus of the Youngstown State University, hometown hero Kelly Pavlik, 36-1 (32), retained his WBC and WBO middleweight titles. Pavlik had a bit of an easy title defense against a game, but overmatched Miguel Espino, 20-2-1 (9). This was the first fight in ten months for Pavlik, who has been laid up with a staph infection in his left hand.

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Team Espino Speaks

Team Espino Speaks

Boos turned into cheers Saturday night on the Youngstown University campus, as middleweight contender Miguel Espino (20-3-1, 9 KO's) went toe-to-toe with world middleweight champion Kelly "the Ghost" Pavlik (36-1, 32 KO's ) for five rounds, lifting himself up off the canvas three times willing to exchange some more leather with the hometown favorite. 

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Guerrero Takes Care of Business, TKO’s Nicklow

Guerrero Takes Care of Business, TKO’s Nicklow

Shobox finished off its fine 2009 schedule Friday night with a Fernando Guerrero and Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow main event. Though both fighters are from the east coast, the fight took place at the Grand Casino in Hinkley, Minnesota in front of a capacity crowd and a live nationwide audience, compliments of Showtime.

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Ringside at Orange County's First Hybrid fight-Card

Ringside at Orange County's First Hybrid fight-Card

In front of a pakced house at the Irvine Marriott, Thursday, 12/17, Roy Englebrecht brought MMA and Boxing as a fusion card to the ballroom, for the first time in the series' long history.  In a big upset in the main event, previously unbeaten Chika Nakamura, dropped a six round decision to journeywoman Gloria Ramirez.  Ramirez, despite a losing record, had been active in recent months, and carried a large cheering section.  

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Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry Returns with Impressive TKO!

Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry Returns with Impressive TKO!

Thursday night at the Commerce Casino, Los Angeles California, former NABO and WBC USNBC lightweight champion Edner Cherry, 25-6-2 (13), returned to the ring with a very impressive stoppage of Jovann Jones, 9-8 (4), at the 1:14 mark of the third round. In his first fight under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner and first fight since losing a shot at the WBC light welterweight title by a close decision to Timothy Bradley, Cherry came in ready to take care of business...

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Espino-Pavlik Weigh-In

Espino-Pavlik Weigh-In

In front of a roaring crowd in YSU's Beeghly Center, #3 world-rated middleweight contender Miguel Espino and WBC/WBO world middleweight champion Kelly "the Ghost Pavlik" both weighed in under the 160 pound limit.  Espino weighed in at 159 lbs and Pavlik at 160 lbs respectively.  Fans in attendance as well as the participants for tomorrow's fight witnessed history as the Governor of Ohio announced the weigh in.

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Miguel Espino arrives in Younstown Ohio

Miguel Espino arrives in Younstown Ohio

It is fight week and since arriving on Monday evening, middleweight contender Miguel Espino and his team have enjoyed their time and experience in Youngstown, Ohio, ecstatic at the opportunity of a life-time.  Espino is living a life-long dream and now understands what it is like to be fighting for the middleweight championship of the world.  Most fighters that fight for their first world title are overwhelmed by the fame that comes with it, however, Espino is different and stays humble.

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Miguel Espino speaks out on his upcoming title fight against Kelly Pavlik

Miguel Espino speaks out on his upcoming title fight against Kelly Pavlik

It has been a long journey for middleweight contender Miguel Espino 20-2-1 (9), in fact it has been nine years, twenty-three fights and one hundred and nineteen rounds of blood, sweat and tears, but the sacrifices will pay off this weekend as Espino takes on the WBC/WBO middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik 35-1 (31), in Miguel’s first attempt for a world title strap.

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