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Hi i am from Paris love boxing and appreciate your blog i spend a part of this night on it. Now i am just posting this to ask why there is not articles on old fights ? Or old boxers ezzard charles joe walcott ??
Wow thank you! Are you asking me why is there not any articles of old fights that I have posted? Or just in general?
If you’re wondering why I haven’t posted on older fights it’s simply because I have a lot more to learn about fighters of that era. I’m not sure what I could really write about other than the difference between the fighters of today and the fighters of Ezzard Charles and Joe Walcott’s era.
If you’re speaking just in general, I think the main reason why there aren’t as many articles on old fighters is because I don’t think there is much of a demand to hear about them. But they’re definitely are some articles out there about them if you do your research.
Hey ashley what are your thoughts and prediction on saul vs trout and also on mayweather vs guererro I know it's early cause he only had one fight but what did you think about zhou shimings performance?
Honestly i was rooting for Trout, just because I like big upsets lol. But I’m not surprised at the outcome. I do think the fight was closer in the cards than the judges saw it but I do agree that he lost. I’m not very good at predictions but I don’t think Guererro will last past the 6th round. But once again, I’m secretly rooting for an upset because that’s just how I roll. haha
As long as the fight is worth watching, It doesn’t matter to me who wins. Great fights > great fighters in my opinion.
49 years ago today on February 25th, 1964, 22 year old Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston to win the world heavyweight title.
Clay comes out to meet Liston and Liston starts to retreat, if Liston goes back an inch farther he’ll end up in a ringside seat. Clay swings with his left, Clay swings with his right, Look at young Cassius carry the fight Liston keeps backing, but there’s not enough room, It’s a matter of time till Clay lowers the boom. Now Clay lands with a right, What a beautiful swing, and the punch raises the Bear clean out of the ring. Liston is still rising and the ref wears a frown, For he can’t start counting till Sonny goes down. Now Liston is disappearing from view, The crowd is going frantic, But radar stations have picked him up, Somewhere over the Atlantic. Who would have thought when they came to the fight? That they’d witness the launching of a human satellite. Yes the crowd did not dream, when they put up the money, That they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny.
did u watch the adrien broner fight?! btw may 4th is goin to be epic
I did watch the Broner vs. Rees fight. I was actually a little surprised by the effort of Gavin Rees. I wasn’t really expecting him to put up as much of a fight as he did but, all-in-all the fight ended just like I expected. Now Broner can go up to 140.
It seems like 2013 is getting off to a good start. I’m actually excited to see Alvarez vs Trout. And Donaire vs. Rigondeaux should be another interesting one as well!
I've been following you for awhile and I gotta say this has to be one of my favorite blogs. Keep up the great work. Quick question, any boxing books you'd recommend?
Thank you so much! Sorry if I’m writing this back to you late. I’ve been on hiatus for a while. One of my favorite boxing books to read is "At The Fights: American Writers on Boxing" by George Kimball and John Schulian. It’s pretty much has a collection of stories written by different boxing writers on guys like Roberto Duran, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, ect. It’s a great in-depth read. There is also "The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists" by Bert Sugar and Teddy Atlas. Although I haven’t read that one, I would assume it’s legitimate enough coming from two prominent figures in the boxing world. It seems like it would be an interesting read.
Floyd Mayweather Makes Ground-Breaking Deal With Showtime
A lot of boxing fans may have heard about Floyd Mayweather’s new deal with Showtime. Mayweather made a PPV deal with Showtime Networks Inc. and parent company CBS Corporation to promote Mayweather’s events on the CBS television network and via the corporations other expansive media platforms. This deal will enable Mayweather will enable him to fight up to 6 times over a 30 month period. The first of these fights will take place on May 4th against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
This comes as a major loss for HBO. According to Forbes, Mayweather’s nine previous HBO PPV events generated 9.6 million buys and $543 million in television revenue.
Mayweather is likely looking at a guarantee of around $200 million for the six-fight deal. Pay-per-view revenues will push that total past $250 million. How much past $250 million depends on the quality and marketability of his opponents, as well as Mayweather staying undefeated.
Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes Staff
From what I have heard from a few boxing fans (particularly Mayweather fans) are a little upset that he left HBO. They wanted to see HBO 24/7, Face Off and of course the commentating gang: Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, Roy Jones Jr., Harold Letterman and Bob Papa. Personally, it doesn’t matter at all to me. I’ve seen enough of Mayweather’s 24/7 to understand what he’s like during training. And who knows? Maybe this will be Showtime’s chance to really bring some other boxing-related segments to the newtwork.
What do you think about Floyd Mayweather’s new Showtime deal? Do you like it, hate it or don’t care at all?CLICK HERE and let me know!
“There ain’t nothing like being in the corner, and the trainer is whispering in your ear and another guy is putting in your mouthpiece. Five seconds to go, then boom! The bell. It’s more exciting than looking down a cliff.”—George Foreman
If or when, broner gets that cranium cracked, it'll be glorious. The difference between him and Floyd is that was p4p rated for years before he created his money persona. Broner has one paper belt to his name.
After everything that has happened, I wasn’t really expecting the fight to happen, but it did. Adrien Broner’s initial weight was supposed to be 130lbs but he came in at 133.5 lbs at the weigh in on Friday. In result he was fined 20% ($60,000) of his $300,000 purse according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael. They decided to give him one more chance to make weight at 140lbs but then came in at 143lbs. At this point Vicente Escobedo was ready to head home and there were a lot of talk that the fight was off.
I was upset like a lot of other fight fans because, to me, it showed a degree a unprofessionalism. Even if going up in weight is what you want to do, as a fighter you still have to respect your commitments. Luckily (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) Escobedo was made an “offer he couldn’t refuse” and decided to go on with the fight on Saturday. During the 5th round Escobedo’s trainer threw in the towel for a TKO victory for Broner. I give Vicente Escobedo credit for putting up a good fight. Broner successfuly pinpointed Escobedo’s weaknesses and walked him down, and Escobedo had nothing left.
This is what I will say though: I want HBO to stop giving Broner credit he hasn’t entirely earned yet. Yes, the young man has a lot of potential but he hasn’t even fought any of the top tier guys yet and he’s getting top tier respect. Broner is already calling himself “Mr. HBO” and I can see why: HBO is definitely giving him air time with these tv segments (ie. “2 Days”) and I have a feeling it’s about them lining their own pockets than it really being about Broner being deserving of it. They’re creating a star before he has truly risen to the occasion because they’re looking for the next fighter to be the “face of boxing”. In retrospect I can see why they’re doing it— to keep boxing fans interested and I have nothing against Broner because he comes in there and gets the job done like he says he will. Personally I just don’t like all the fanfare, that’s all.
It’s clear Broner has respect for Mayweather (it’s even more evident by the Free Money May t-shirt he wore into the ring) but I’m tired of the comparisons. Broner has to be his own man; his own fighter. One of the worst things a fighter can accept is living under the shadow of another fighter. Not to say he’s accepting it neccisarily, but he’s not denouncing it. And really, how can he? On paper he portrays the Mayweather persona, the style, the flashiness— but can he hold up against the elite fighters as he moves up in weight? That has yet to be seen and that is what I’m waiting for.
Good job Broner and I’m looking forward to seeing what is in store for you.
What do you think about Broner not making weight? The fight with Escobedo? The Mayweather comparisons?
During the fight with Josesito Lopez, Victor Ortiz suffered two fractures in the right side of his jaw along with internal bleeding. He had surgery Sunday and has remained hospitalized at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California according to his manager Rolando Arellano.
Arellano also mentions that Ortiz’s first fracture was suffered during the 5th round of Saturday’s bout and the second fracture during the 9th round. According to ESPN, the surgeon has inserted a titanium plate in Ortiz’s jaw and his mouth is wired shut for about two weeks for a six-week healing process. He is expected to be released from the hospital in the next couple of days.
After meeting with Ortiz in the hopsital, Arellano says that Ortiz wrote on a piece of paper, “exercise the rematch clause” as he wants to face Lopez again, although it’s unlikely that it will happen this year.
Arellano makes a statement regarding the fight,
"It was an exciting fight and we were winning but it was just one of those things that happen in boxing. It’s always unpredictable.
Victor was down because the injury happened, but this is part of the sport. We know that we live by the sword and die by the sword, and we can’t stand here and cry about it. You lick your wounds and move forward.”
According to ESPN, Cruiserweight Antonio Tarver has tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone in a pre-fight urine test by the California State Commission for his fight with Lateef Kayode on June 2nd. This makes Tarver the third high profile fighter in the past two months that has tested positive for a banned substance.
Steve Feder, Kayode’s manager, responds to the news,
"We were taking pictures together and having a good time and then I get this news. It’s crazy. Why would a guy do this? Why would he tarnish a stellar career? I’ve been a fan of his. And he has this great job with Showtime (as an analyst). I have to say I shake my head and say, ‘Why would he jeopardize this?’
Tarver was scheduled to work as a Showtime Analyst for the Victor Ortiz vs. Josesito Lopez fight this Saturday, no word has been spoken in whether he will remain on the telecast.
“There was nothing there, nothing to suggest it was even close. If you were being generous, extremely generous, maybe you could give Tim four rounds and he loses 8-4. I love Tim, he is a friend of mine, but he has to know that he lost that fight.”—Andre Ward
Saul Alvarez vs. Victor Ortiz Finalized For Sept.15th
First it was Paul Williams, then James Kirkland… I guess third time’s the charm. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1 29 KO’s) will fight Victor Ortiz (29-3-2 22 KO’s) on September 15th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Jhonny Gonzales vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon will be on the card as well. Ortiz has a fight later this month against Josesito Lopez (June 23rd)
Golden Boy Promotions Founder, Oscar De La Hoya announces,
It is my obligation as a fighter and our obligation as a promoter to bring exciting fights to the fight fans, to bring fights that won’t require judging. “Knockout Kings” is the perfect name for this card. I guarantee every fight we bring will not require judging. The fans deserve it. We at Golden Boy are extremely excited for September 15th.
So most of us boxing fans have seen/heard about the surprising split decision win for Timothy Bradley last weekend in his fight against Manny Pacquiao. The boxing world has been outraged at the decision and there are even those who feel the fight may had been a rigged decision that has some connection to Bob Arum.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael scored the fight 119-109 for Pacquiao and called the decision “an absoulute absurdity.” Boxing champion and now GoldenBoy Promotion Founder, Oscar De La Hoya tweeted on Saturday “Bradley should have given the belt and announce victory to Pacquiao right after the decision.” These statements are among the many that have been expressed over the past few days (CLICK HERE to see some of the tweets from athletes/celebrities). But the Nevada judges have stood their ground on their decision.
"I thought Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson. I thought a lot of the rounds were close. Pacquiao missed a lot of punches and I thought he was throwing wildly," says Judge Duane Ford.
My Opinion: I think it was a bad decision but I also thought Marquez beat Pacquiao back in November. Or what about the time Roy Jones Jr. lost to Park Si-Hun in the Olympics? Or Whitaker vs. Chavez in 1993? I think what a lot of people are forgetting is that these questionable decisions have been going on for a long time now. The real problem is boxing doesn’t have a national commission. When there aren’t rules and regulations put on the people in power, they use it to their benefit. There is a old saying by a man named John Acton (Lord Acton) that states, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Is that me alluding at the possibilty of corruption in this fight? Yes, I definitely think it’s a possibility. But I’ve been well aware of the corruption just as others like ESPN Boxing Analyst and Coach Teddy Atlas has been aware. It has been there and it’s been a huge problem for a long time. This is why I haven’t wanted to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao because I feel something like this would take place.
It has been officially announced that Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO) and Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KO) will face off in Oakland’s Oracle Arena on September 8th on HBO. Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KO) is defending his title against John Molina (23-1, 19 KO) as the opener.
Who do you think will win Ward vs. Dawson? What about DeMarco vs. Molina?
I always told my family and team that I would walk away from boxing when I felt I could no longer compete at the level I believed I needed to be, in order to be successful. Although the passion and drive are still there, I have to accept that my time to walk away has arrived. I leave the cuts, bruises, and sweat, but I’m not leaving the sport. I will continue in the sport that gave me so much, Now, however, it is time for me to give back to the sport.
Margarito (38-8 27KOs) has decided to call it quits for his professional career. His boxing legacy continues to be surrounded by controversy in regards to the illegal handwraps. After the TKO loss against Shane Mosley (who also recently retired) in 2009, the material found in the handwraps were described as to be similar to plaster of Paris. The California State Athletic Commission would revoke his boxing license for a year. This evidence made speculation towards the first fight with Miguel Cotto. Cotto loss his first professional fight against Margarito in 2008 and after the news of the handwraps being tampered, Cotto believes Margarito used illegal handwraps in his fight as well.
Although Margarito would go on to win a UD to Roberto Garcia in Mexico. Once he regained his license again, he suffered a devastating loss at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in which he suffered a fractured orbital bone. Margarito agrees to a rematch with Cotto to prove to those who doubted him that he could beat Cotto fairly as he claims he did the first fight. The result ended with his right eye (the same eye that had surgery) swelled shut at the beginning 10th round and the ringside doctor stopped the fight as a TKO victory for Cotto.
In my opinion, the controversy has irrevocably damaged his reputation as a fighter and tarnished his legacy. There will always be debates between what really happened with the handwraps between boxing fans.
How do you feel about Margarito retiring? How do you feel about the controversy?
“When you saw me in the boxing ring fighting, it wasn’t just so I could beat my opponent. My fighting had a purpose. I had to be successful in order to get people to listen to the things I had to say.”—Muhammad Ali
"Sugar" Shane Mosley and "Winky" Wright Announced Their Retirement Today
It’s nice to know that some boxers know when to move on. Both just had fights recently. Wright fought Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin this past weekend (June 2nd) and Mosley fought Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on the Mayweather vs. Cotto undercard in May. Both beaten by younger talent, thankfully both realize that it’s over. There’s no harm in that. Enjoy retirement and move on to other things. Thank you for the fights!
Do you think we’ll be seeing, Mosley, Wright, or both inducted into the Hall Of Fame?
The reason, they told ESPN.com, was a combination of Kirkland’s surgically repaired right shoulder giving him problems in his first workout on Thursday night and dissatisfaction over his purse for the fight, which was slated to be close to $1 million.
According to ESPN, James Kirkland is gong to replace Paul Williams who suffered a devasating and career-ending spinal injury, in the fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. They will be fighting for the WBC junior middleweight title.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer comments on Canelo Alvarez when he was told the news of his injuries.
“Canelo was very saddened. He couldn’t believe it and was in shock. God-permitting and health-permitting Canelo told me he would like to invite Paul to be ringside but we don’t know if it is going to be feasible. But Canelo was really shaken up. He was speechless. We had to explain what happened a couple of times. It was a nice gesture for him to offer to fly Paul and his family out for the fight. Canelo believes Paul will always be fighter and a champion and he told me he is going to dedicate the fight to Paul Williams.”
In my opinion, what happened to Paul Williams was tragic and it’s nice to hear Canelo show him compassion and respect. I also think this new fight card is a really great opportunity for Alvarez and Kirkland to prove that they have what it takes to be amongst the top fighters in the fight game. It should be interesting.
What do you think about James Kirkland being the replacement?
“[Doctors] told me there’s a very slight chance of walking, because the spine was, like, crushed, or whatever. I should be able to sit up on my own. But as far as me walking, and all that, it’s all on me. I’m going to be walking, I know that. That’s how I feel. If I can’t walk, then, oh well, hakuna matata. I’ll be on a boat fishing.”— Paul Williams
Peace Ashley, good to meet you. I box and got a passion for training. love what you wrote "They’re like epic stories unfolding right before your eyes." Real talk. New to tumblr, but it be cool to be friends. Respect from NY. P.S Larry David is NUTS.
Thank you, it’s nice to meet you too! Boxing is like the best movie you can watch because it’s happening all in real time and you’ll never know if you’ll get a surprise ending. And the things these guys go through beyond the ring are even more tragic. I have nothing but respect for them and for those who appreciate the "hurt business". So much respect to you as well.
P.S Larry David IS nuts! I kind of like that about him.
Breaking News: Paul Williams in Motorcycle accident
Paul Williams is seriously injured and according to his manager, George Peterson, doctors said that his career is over and most likely will never walk again! Horrible news! He’s in good spirits though. Prayers go out to Paul Williams!