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Marvin Hagler once said that if you cut open the top of his head, you would find a boxing glove where his brain should be.
When it came to Johnny Tapia, no such procedure would’ve been necessary. Tapia was a fighter through and through and you saw it just by looking at him. His emotions weren’t on his sleeve; they were tattooed on his body.
The tragic former multi-division champion who died May 2012, is the subject of the HBO Sports documentary “Tapia” which the network premieres Tuesday, December 16th at 11 PM ET. The film documents Tapia’s highs and lows; from the murder of his mother as a child to his nights thrilling fans in the ring. (more…)
Last Saturday, at the Prize Fight Promotions “Fights at the Fitz” event in Tunica, Mississippi, fans were treated to a special guest appearance by former undisputed heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas, the man known for knocking out then-undefeated Mike Tyson in 1990, despite entering the ring as a 42-1 underdog.
Though Tyson has made a slew of well-publicized comebacks in the years since that first defeat, his one-time opponent, Douglas, is more quietly blazing his own comeback trail in the form of passing along his wisdom to the next generation—and, like many, hoping to find the next big American heavyweight to bring the belts back home. (more…)
By Moritz Klatten
Champ Performance, Hamburg, Germany
Boxing may just be the last frontier in strength and conditioning. You could describe what passes for training in this sport by the children’s game Follow the Leader. Whatever the current champions are doing, especially the popular heavyweights, the contenders are sure to copy.
The problem with that approach is that some boxing champions are champions not because of their unique training methods but in spite of them. Mike Tyson at his best didn’t lift weights, but he had tremendous muscle mass that gave him devastating punching power. As such, we still see boxers running long distance, exercising in sauna suits, and using Spartan training methods to the point of overtraining. As for nutrition . . . well, many fighters see no problem preparing for their training and bouts by consuming a Snickers bar and a can of Red Bull.
It’s impossible for me in one article to clarify all the myths about training boxers, but I can give you an overall perspective based upon my extensive work with professional and amateur boxers. Let’s get started with these 10 common mistakes made in the training of boxers: (more…)
By David Robinett
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Following Floyd Mayweather’s unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, a few of the fighters from the “Mayhem” card spoke with reporters before the pound-for-pound king held court at the post-fight press conference.
Newly crowned IBF lightweight champion and Mayweather protégé Mickey Bey thanked the various people supporting him before good-naturedly revealing his incentive for beating the crafty veteran Miguel Vazquez. “I want to thank all of the people who went against me,” said Bey. “95% of the writers said he [Vazquez] was going to box my ears off and beat me easy. So that motivated me.”
Bey also countered critics who suggested his title reign may be a short one. “There’s more to come,” announced Bey. “I’m happy I won the title, but this is just the beginning.”
Although he fell short of a victory, Marcos Maidana struck a similarly defiant tone with reporters.
“I want to first say that I am happy to have fought twice against Floyd Mayweather,” began Maidana. “I think I did a terrific job. Many fighters have fought against him and I don’t think they’ve done what I’ve been able to do, which is land so many punches against Mayweather.”
Maidana continued, “I felt that I did enough to win but what can I say? If the judges like a fighters that runs as much as Floyd then there’s nothing I can do about it. I think he’s beatable, I think you just have to attack him.” (more…)
Flush with the success that he had from taking the WBO junior welterweight title from Ruslan Provodnikov back on June 14th, Star Boxing’s pride and joy, Chris “The Fighting Pride of Huntington” Algieri, was eager to talk about winning the belt and his challenge to the great Manny Pacquiao for Pac Man’s WBO welterweight belt scheduled to happen on November 22nd.
His right eye, badly damaged in his title winning effort, appeared to be completely healed, as well as the broken nose he suffered. Algieri looked in every way a superstar. (more…)
“The Pride of Huntington” Chris Algieri recently allowed FightNews to photograph his workout at his gym in Bellmore, NY.
Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs) has over the last 18 months elevated himself to a world-class contender after accumulating significant victories over top prospect Jose Alejo, former USBA champion Mike Arnaoutis, and most recently highly-rated contender Emmanuel Taylor in February.
He’s as much a scholar as he is a brawler. He graduated from Stony Brook University with Honors in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management and then went on to receive his Masters degree from the New York Institute of Technology . . . Click here for more
By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/tringuyenphotography.com
Andre “S.O.G.” Ward acts like a man who’s seen the future and liked what he saw – much as the present is a snarled mess of legal disputes and no fights on the horizon.
Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) and promoter Dan Goossen are battling in court and have sharply disagreed about essentially everything, from the promoter’s level of effort to make fights and the super middleweight’s willingness to accept offers.
“I’m going to get what I’m supposed to get,” Ward said while sitting on the ring apron in his San Francisco Bay Area gym, looking and sounding supremely serene. “I have faith and I’m confident.” (more…)
Once heavyweight Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) landed that devastating right hand early in the sixth round, you could hear a pin drop inside the beautiful Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. Most of the 3,992 in attendance found it hard to believe their warrior Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-4, 31KOs) was struggling to get to his feet. Another knockdown and then a barrage of punches forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the contest making the Haiti-born Stiverne the first crowned heavyweight world champion from the tiny Caribbean island as he captured the vacant WBC title . . . Click here for more
Redemption and revenge! The two actions that thirty-three year old hard hitting heavyweight title contender Chris “Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) is looking for this Saturday when he has a rematch with Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 2 KOs), the Haitian-born author of his last loss suffered in April 2013.
The bout will be broadcast live from the Galen Center located in the campus of USC in Los Angeles during a special ESPN telecast and presented by Goossen Tutor and Don King Productions. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
On Saturday, April 19th from the DC Armory in the nation’s capital, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) makes the third defense of his WBO middleweight title against battle tested veteran Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs). The bout is one of three Showtime televised contests, the others being a light heavyweight title unification match between IBF champion Bernard Hopkins and WBA titlist Beibut Shumenov and Shawn Porter’s first WBA welterweight title defense against Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi.
Quillin won the WBO middleweight title in spectacular fashion last year, knocking down the previously undefeated Frenchman Hassan N’Jikam six times en route to a unanimous decision at the Barclays Center in his home borough of Brooklyn, New York. Since the victory, the 30-year-old has felt the pressures of becoming a champion and realizes that several other contenders are targeting him, some of which also call Brooklyn home. (more…)
Report by Chris Cozzone
Photos by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com
You can’t go to a Manny Pacquiao post-fight press conference and not ask what it’s going to take the Powers That Be to put together the only fight that matters in this day and age – Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, for those who may have forgotten.
Saturday night’s presser, following Pacquiao’s retribution victory over Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, proved no different.
“It’s hard to talk about that,” said the soft-spoken Pacquiao, who, in a most Mayweatherlike way, kept the media waiting two-and-a-half-hours before making his (brief) appearance. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada, JPBA
Just prior to the world title bout last Sunday, the new WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman presented an honorary championship belt to “Japanese Hurricane Carter” Iwao Hakamada, a former boxer who had been confined in jail for 48 years but was lately released from detention on March 27. The 78-year-old Hakamada, ex-Japanese #6 ranked featherweight, couldn’t attend the ceremony as he was recovering in hospital due to his diminished capacity caused by the long imprisonment, and his sister Hideko, 81, jubilantly received the belt in the ring instead and said on the microphone, “We really appreciate long and warm supports by boxing people and fans that finally regained my brother’s freedom.” It was a very emotional moment witnessed by 4,800 spectators at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo.
It was on June 30, 1966 that the Beatles performed their very first show in Tokyo, Japan. On the same day, a dreadful murder happened in Shizuoka (one hour from Tokyo by bullet train) with four persons of a family miserably killed and burnt by arson. The victims were a family of a managing director for a soybean processing factory with some young live-in employers staying in a dormitory close to the sufferers’ accommodation. (more…)
Story and photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Philadelphia’s Julian Williams has taken the slow and steady route in his boxing career.
Over the past four years, he has quietly built his record (14-0-1, 8 KOs, 1 NC) and developed into one of the Philly’s best prospects by fighting and beating an increasingly tougher parade of competitors.
After an excellent 2013, “J-Rock” is on the verge of a big breakthrough in the junior middleweight division. (more…)
In the first round of this week’s ESPN “Boxcino 2014″ tournament this Friday, Chicago’s Donatas Bondorovas (18-4-1, 6 KOs) takes on Willie Monroe, Jr. (15-1, 6 KOs) of Ithaca, NY, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN.
Although the bout is scheduled for only six rounds, it is significant because it features two relatively unknown fighters trying to move from amateur standouts to legitimate contenders in one of the hottest divisions in boxing. (more…)
Junior middleweight Boyd Melson has a fight scheduled for tomorrow night at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan against Donald Ward. It’s a fight that Melson (13-1-1, 4 KO’s) says he expects will be difficult, despite Ward being a late replacement for veteran Mike Ruiz. It’s a fight, however, that’s relatively small in relation to the one Melson fights on a daily basis.
That’s because Melson, an Army captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, is also battling a much tougher foe: spinal cord injuries. As a boxer who donates his full purses to spinal cord research, it’s easy to say he has a dog in this fight and it’s one where he’s continuing to punch, despite the odds. (more…)
By Matheson Sports Media
Photo: Noel Thornberry
The message from the judge was like one of his jabs.
Short and succinct.
The man in the dock was 25 years old. He’d had something of a charmed life. He had a beautiful wife – Theresa, his high school sweetheart. She had given him three of the most precious things in his life – daughters Cyanne, Maria and Menime.
But there he was, very quickly coming to terms with the fact that for the first time in a long time, his fate was no longer in his own hands.
It was 2005, and Alex Leapai was in the court room facing a grievous bodily harm charge after his brutal attack on a couple of local bouncers.
The judge said the brutality – which left one of the men badly injured – warranted a four year prison term – and that’s what was delivered – but with a caveat. The judge, taking into account Leapai’s children, wife and his good work record gave him some hope. “If you behave yourself inside for six months, you will be released…” (more…)
Luis Collazo feels good about where he is in his career. There was a time when the former WBA welterweight champion had to travel to his opponent’s backyard for a title shot or a lucrative bout on television. When such a high profile fight was unavailable, the Brooklyn native sat on the shelf for months at a time waiting for a fight to be offered. In fact, Collazo (34-5, 17 KOs) did not see a squared circle unless he was a spectator for all of 2010 despite being injury-free.
A lot has changed since those days. Signed by Golden Boy Promotions in 2011, Collazo is now fighting for the fourth time in fifteen months. He is also headlining a main event on Thursday against a high profile opponent at the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. (more…)
Undefeated junior middleweight prospect “The Notorious” Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs) is not your typical boxer, not by a long shot.
In his 28 years of life, the Brooklyn native of Puerto Rican descent has experienced the passing of both of his parents, is cultivating a burgeoning boxing career, and is running a non-profit organization for at risk youth while holding down a day job as a personal trainer.
This Friday, from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee, Galarza embarks on his biggest fight to date when he faces fellow undefeated prospect John “The Apollo Kid” Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) on a ShoBox telecast. (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photo: John DiSanto
For the second year in a row, the main storyline of the Philadelphia fight scene had to be found with the local fighters and not with actual bouts that took place within the City of Brotherly Love. The reason was because fights in this famous boxing city were few and far between in 2013. A measly total of just four fight cards took place in Philadelphia during the year. That’s down from last year’s seven shows, which at the time seemed pathetic. Who would have guessed we’d only get about half that many in 2013? However, many Philadelphia fighters flourished during the year, especially the City’s current top dogs, Danny Garcia and Bernard Hopkins.
In addition to these champions, a number of rising stars made their way to the next level of success, while still another group of veterans fought in high-profile bouts on the national scene. In general, it was a good year, but the lack of local action was depressing. Luckily, neighboring shows in Chester, Bethlehem, Valley Forge, Essington, and Atlantic City helped to pick up the slack. It also helped that the Philly fighters who did well in 2013, did so in a big way. (more…)
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host two of the borough’s favorite sons this Saturday when former five-time, two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah and former two-time, two-division world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi battle to determine who is the true King of Brooklyn.
A former junior welterweight and welterweight world champion known as “The Magic Man,” Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) built an early reputation for talking a good game, but when the bell rang, his skills backed up his boasts. Despite his flashy style in and out of the ring, the 32-year-old has proven himself to be a true warrior, as evidenced by his victories over Juan Diaz, Lovemore Ndou, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo Cesar Cano, and his battles with Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan. Coming off of a razor-thin split decision loss to Adrien Broner in June, Malignaggi’s return to the ring has him more amped up than ever. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Undefeated strawweight boxer Ali Raymi (20-0, 20 KOs) broke Tyrone Brunson’s record of 19 consecutive first round knockouts at the beginning of a pro career, when he stopped Akram Jafwi (5-1) in the first round last Sunday at the 22 May Sports Stadium in Sana’a, Yemen. Raymi, 39, who speaks excellent English, has a huge personality to match his aggressive take no prisoners body attack that none of his opponents have been able to survive three minutes against. While none of his victims to date have been world class, Raymi is now ranked by the WBC at #15 and the WBO at #12, which would qualify him for a world title shot against WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong or WBO champion Merlito Sabillo. Should either of those world champions choose to make a defense against Raymi, it would certainly bring much needed attention to the 105lb division.
Ali, first of all congratulations for entering the boxing history books. You have scored 20 first round knockouts, the new record. Even so, as you can probably guess, there are many skeptics out there that say that there is no boxing tradition in Yemen and that all your opponents have been Yemenis. What do you say to these people?
Thanks Robert, I congratulate you for being my first interview and it only makes me more obligated to achieve boxing immortality, so you can be known as the first writer to interview me. I didn’t enter boxing history yet, the record you are referring to insults me more than anything. I didn’t KO people to challenge Tyrone “Biggums.” I shouldn’t be put in the same sentence with him. That said, I also don’t want to be compared to the great Edwin Valero because we are two different animals. Edwin Valero was more skilled than I am, but many times he chose to lure opponents into war like I always do. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
For six years, featherweight Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) has been chasing Nonito Donaire (21-2, 20 KOs), the man who took his undefeated status by crushing fifth round KO. Tonight, at age 37, “The Raging Bull” will finally have his chance for revenge.
The date was July 7, 2007 inside the Harbour Yard Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In the fifth round Donaire dropped Darchinyan with a clean left hook on the jaw. A dazed Darchinyan rolled over, struggled to his feet at the count of six, then careened across the ring into the ropes as his corner entered the ring, forcing referee Eddie Claudio to stop the fight.
“It was the only knockdown in my life – amateur or professional,” says Darchinyan. “Never been knocked down. I jumped up right away. If I take a couple of seconds on the floor to recover, maybe it would be a different outcome, you know? I had no experience with a knockdown. Now it is good – I have experience with it. I want to say to everyone I have been waiting six years. It was my mistake and I have good skills and I have power and I will not make the mistake again.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Team Adamek
“When next time fans will ask me why I thank God every time I finish the fight and cross myself every time I step into the ring, I will remind them about Magomed fighting for his life” said heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs), who in 10 days on November 16 will fight on NBC against undefeated Olympic bronze medalist from Ukraine Vyacheslav Glazkov (15-0, 11 KOs). “This is why, no matter what nationality we are, no matter what is being said before the fight, we are boxing brothers.”
Adamek, whose reputation is largely built on the extremely savage ring wars he had earlier in his career, offers a fighter’s perspective to the Magomed Abdusalamov tragedy. “What happened in New York is the reason why I treat every opponent with the greatest respect, wishing him the best,” the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion told Fightnews.com. “This is a war, almost literally, between two men. Everyone of us knows very well stepping into ring that this could be the last time we do that.
“Being a fighter you have to block the reality.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
In the north sphere of the world it is usually cold in winter, but Japan is ready to welcome a hot winter—in a fistic fashion. It’s not due to global warming. This country, holding eleven male champions and four female titlists, will watch many world title bouts with our great interests in the end of this year.
On December 31, the last day of the year, a couple of world title bouts will take place in Tokyo, where our WBA and WBC 130-pound champs will put their belts on the line against up-and-coming prospects to assure hot competition. WBA super-feather ruler, unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) will face fast-rising national titlist, #8 compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-2-3, 12 KOs), while WBC kingpin in the same category Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19 KOs), a hard-hitting southpaw fresh from his impressive initial defense over Sergio Thompson in Mexico, will risk his belt against another Mexican hard-puncher, #2 Dante Jardon (24-3, 20 KOs). If both champs are victorious, they are supposed to face again for unification next summer since Uchiyama had once halted Miura to retain his WBA throne despite hitting the deck in 2011. (more…)
By Jose Santiago
Undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) discusses his November 9th HBO showdown with 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight championship.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) of Armenia is eager and ready for his rematch against former world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs). Darchinyan will get his shot at redemption when he takes on Donaire next Saturday November 9 the American Bank Center in Corpus Christy, Texas as part of a big HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader.
“This is an important fight for me. I am training good. I will be in the best shape,” Darchinyan promised when Fightnews.com caught up with him at the Glendale Fight Club in Glendale, California. The 2000 Armenian Olympian turned pro shortly after the Olympics and launched his pro career in Australia. He has been training in Glendale for the last two months.
“Everything is good, I am very happy with my training. We have 9 more days. This is the moment,” Darchinyan said about his training camp. (more…)
As one of the more heavily-hyped boxers to come out of New York in recent years, middleweight Curtis Stevens was expected to do big things.
A ferocious power-puncher in the ring with respectable connections outside of it, many of those who closely watched the Brownsville-born fighter predicted a world title in his future.
Unfortunately for Stevens, that never materialized and after losing a unanimous decision to former “Contender” star Jesse Brinkley in January 2010, he stopped fighting all together for two years. (more…)
For a long while Andre Ward’s been a Ford pickup guy, living a life of a man driving his truck to work in the pre-dawn light, staying late, keeping it humble. Ward still drives a Ford pickup and grinds it, but there’s another car in his garage — a Porsche Panamera – which reflects another side of the man who’s months from turning thirty.
On November 16th, four years after dominating Mikkel Kessler and winning the WBA super-middleweight title, Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), who drove his truck to that fight in Oakland when titles and German cars were hopes and dreams, faces Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) on HBO at Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, Calif. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/GeorgetownProductions.com
If Andre Ward felt hungry before his shoulder surgery in January, he said Monday that compared to where things stand now, the old hunger was like a mild interest in a small snack. Ward (26-0, 14KOs), who last fought on Sept. 8, 2013 when he scored a 10th-round TKO over Chad Dawson, is set to face Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) on Nov. 16 at the Citizen’s Business Bank in Ontario, Calif., in an HBO-televised fight.
“I had to find something deep within myself to stay ready,” Ward, said at a media event at King’s Gym in Oakland, Calif. “I’ve had a year of setbacks.”
In June, Ward, who will defend his WBA Super world super middleweight title, attempted to terminate his contract with promoter Dan Goossen, but his effort was rejected by the California State Athletic Commission.
Promoter and fighter said little about the matter.
Sitting next to his fighter, Goossen said, “We’re here and that’s all I care about.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (30-0, 12KOs) of Palm Springs, California and Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs) are five days away from their showdown taking place this Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay Per View. Bradley and Marquez kicked off fight week as they met with media on Monday morning at the Biltmore Millennium Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Fightnews.com caught up with the four-division world champion Marquez as he talked about his preparation for Bradley.
“It was a great strong preparation as we gear up for this Saturday, everything was different this training camp. We emphasized more on speed than power, which will be important for this fight,” Marquez said about his camp. “Bradley has a very difficult style with aggression that changes through the course of the fight. A tough style, but we have prepared ourselves for Bradley’s style which is speed and aggression.” (more…)
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