Once a celebrated millionaire boxer and 1985 Olympic gold medalist, Whitaker is now struggling to pay his bills and needed to sell the house which he gave to his mother nearly 30 years ago, according to his lawyer. His fall from grace and solvency involved numerous incidences of drug abuse and a history of arrests and run-ins with police. But Whitaker’s final falling out with his family came to an ugly end in a Virginia court on Wednesday. Read the full story from ABC news
After months of steamy speculation, impromptu Internet polls and persistent pipe dreams that he would at long last fight Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather finally stopped teasing the world. His next fight is now, at long last, officially on the books. The Argentinian slugger will be the next man immortalized by Mayweather, propelled into stardom by a relentless hype machine that started working long before his name was pulled out of a hat. By careful design, it's an announcement much anticipated, one that seems exciting even if it's not. Mayweather had the boxing world dancing to his beat, the sport's media willingly playing along with his cat-and-mouse game of “who will it be?” Immediately after defeating Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September, the games began. Mayweather announced his next fight on the spot. It would be, he said, on May 3, 2014. What he failed to mention, of course, was
Kelly Pavlik has apparent seizure on the way to courtroom Former middlweight champion of the world Kelly Pavlik has appeared to suffer a seizure while walking into a courtroom this morning for a pretrial on a theft charge. According to Vindicator reporter Kalea Hall, Pavlik made a grunting noise and then collapsed on the floor before he began shaking. Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputies were able to come to his aid and told him, “Breath, Kelly, breath.” He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he is being treated by emergency personnel. Right now it’s too early to tell exactly what is going on with Pavlik and why he had the apparent seizure. It’s well-known that he has had alcohol problems in the past, but we never want to speculate on what occurred until after we have all of the information. Pavlik has had several issues with the law lately.
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: The WBC has finally decided to strip Adrien Broner of his WBC lightweight title due to him failing to defend it since February of 2013 when he beat Gavin Rees. With Broner now showing any signs that he plans on defending the title the WBC chose to strip him of the belt. But here's the strange part: Instead of letting the #1 WBC contender Daniel Estrada fight for the vacant belt against the interim WBA lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KO's), the WBC decided to give the title belt to Figueroa outside of the ring. Read the full story from boxing news 24
After receiving a one sided pummeling at the hands of Marcos Maidana Adrien Broner stormed out of the ring without giving an interview causing fans and those at ringside to respond with anger and criticism. Broner’s reaction to being beat down and out classed in ever fashion of boxing and sportsmanship should come as no surprise after all he has never been more than a naturally talented and athletic immature child existing through money hungry promoters looking for the next big money maker to line their pockets in a man’s sport. Eventually after the fight Broner (27-1, 22 knockouts) did sit down with Showtime’s Barry Tompkins in the locker room to address the loss to Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), and below is what he said. On how he the loss affected him: “I will never put myself above nobody, but I’m still young, fly and flashy and I’m rich, and
Manny Pacquiao, trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum should forget about a 5th fight for Manny against Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) Nacho Beristain says that Marquez only wants a rematch against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s), or he plans on retiring. “Marquez doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao yet again considering he already knocked him out cold last December” stated Beristain. VIA: Old School Boxing
Magomed Abdusalamov out of coma Injured heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov was brought out of a medically induced coma on Friday and was breathing on his own, promoter Nathan Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing told ESPN.com. The 32-year-old Abdusalamov, a married father of three young daughters, had been in a medically induced coma at Roosevelt Hospital in New York since suffering a brain injury and having subsequent surgery to remove a blood clot on Nov. 2, after he lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Mike Perez in a vicious battle at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in a fight nationally televised on HBO. Abdusalamov, who suffered a stroke shortly after he was put into a coma, had been on life a support machine breathing for him, but he was taken off it on Thursday night when he began breathing on his own, Lewkowicz said. “He has tubes in his neck still, but
Colombian featherweight Jose Carmona is in critical but stable condition following two brain surgeries last night after his KO loss to comebacking multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Doctors say it will be 48 hours before the result of the surgery is known VIA: bleacher report
Abdusalamov, who dropped a unanimous decision to Mike Perez on HBO’s televised portion of the Golovkin vs Stevens fight card, was hospitalized Sunday and placed in a medically-induced coma.Sadly, he suffered a stroke and is on life support. “We didn’t want to say anything,” Sampson Lewkowicz, his manager, told BoxingScene, “but someone spoke to (New York Post writer) George Willis, so I might as well confirm it.” A machine is keeping the fighter alive and it appears his road to recovery will be long and difficult. The fighter will remain in an induced coma the next several days at Roosevelt Hospital in New York where his wife, father and three young children are keeping constant vigil. “We are going to do what we need to do for Magomed. He and his family are going to need our help,” his manager Sampson Lewkowicz toldBoxingScene. “He is going to need financial assistance for the
Junior featherweight Francisco “Frankie” Leal, who suffered an eighth-round knockout loss Saturday night to Raul Hirales in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, died Tuesday from a brain injury suffered in the bout. He was 26. Leal faced Mexican countryman Hirales on the Omar Chavez-Joachim Alcine undercard in a fight televised across Mexico and on Azteca America in the United States. Hirales dominated the fight and knocked Leal down in the sixth round with a clean right hand. Then, in the final moments of the eighth round, Hirales connected with another clean right hand to the head, and Leal went down again. He initially beat the referee’s count but immediately collapsed, and the fight was waved off with 10 seconds left in the round. Leal, nicknamed “Little Soldier,” was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. He was taken from the ring on a stretcher and slipped into a coma. He was admitted to
According to pound 4 pound DVD VIA. Facebook right now it is still being considered a rumor but talks are that Amir King Khan will be landing the next Floyd Mayweather fight in May 2014.. My sources are pretty credible but things do change… Plans are for Devon Alexander vs Zab Judah & Paul Malignaggi vs Showtime Shawn Porter, and maybe a Daniel Jacobs fight to complete the triple header for Dec. 7th, 2013
Ross has received some major backlash in the last two days after scoring Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez—a battle that “Money” thoroughly dominated—as a draw, leaving Mayweather without the unanimous decision most pundits believed he deserved. The other two judges scored the fight, 117-111, 116-112, in favor of Mayweather. The decision served as a tipping point of sorts, as it was Ross’ second controversial scorecard in just 15 months. Back in June 2012, she gave the win to Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao, even though most believed Pacman had controlled the fight. Despite people calling for Ross’ resignation after Saturday’s “disgraceful” card, though, Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer recently backed her decision, per USA Today’s Bob Velin. Read the full story from bleacher report
OSCAR DE LA HOYA issued a statement earlier today indicating he would be checking into a treatment facility once again for the addictions which he continues to struggle with. In doing so he will not be present at saturday’s mega fight between Floyd and Canelo Los Angeles (September 10) – Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend. His is the ring and mine in treatment. I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility. I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and long term recovery from my disease must come first. Thank you for your understanding. I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family.
Jhonny Gonzalez was supposed to be on the way down. After all, hadn’t he lost an 8th round TD to Daniel Ponce DeLeon, a fighter that stopped? The odds makers thought so, and so did most boxing analysts; although, most qualified their opinions by saying he had a puncher’s chance. They would go on to describe how well Mares successfully dealt with different styles to remain undefeated. Abner was more versatile than Jhonny. Well, it took Jhonny less than a round to fool Mares and prove all the detractors wrong. The fight started with a relative calm. Jhonny moved in a circle around his shorter foe. Abner appeared to be studying, probing, looking for openings. The trio of Showtime announcers: Mauro Renallo, Al Bernstein and Paulie Malagnaggi discussed Jhonny’s remarks made in the pre-fight meeting. Apparently Jhonny remarked tat he needed to get his jab working against Mares, and that
Former three division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley is a mutual opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30KOs). Mosley lost to both by twelve round decision. On September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mayweather will once again move up in weight to challenge Canelo for his WBC/WBA junior middleweight titles at a catch-weight of 152-pounds. Mosley says the much younger, less experienced Canelo has all of the necessary tools to defeat Mayweather. “Canelo definitely has the goods to beat Floyd Mayweather. He’s young, he’s strong, he has good speed, good power. He has all of the ability to beat Floyd. He just has to go in there and beat him. He can’t be like ‘Floyd is smaller than me and I’m going to walk him down and beat him.’ He has to treat this fight like he’s fighting the best fighter
Orlando Cruz made history by becoming the world's first openly gay boxer last October. Now he's getting hitched after proposing to his boyfriend in a very modern way — via a publicly posted Facebook video. The story gets better, too. Cruz's boyfriend, José Manuel, accepted the proposal with a heartfelt video of his own. Here's a translation of Cruz's proposal, via NBCLatino: I wanted to tell you how much I need you and how much I miss you. I know you are a person that means a lot to me and that supports my career and respects it which is very important, but above all you are always there giving me that push that I need. Now more than ever that I have an important fight coming up for the World Championship,” Cruz said in Spanish. “I want to tell you that you are a very special person in my
Long considered the premier television outlet for boxing broadcasts in the United States, HBO continues to reel from rival Showtime’s menacing blows. The once-highly regarded television giant is languishing on the proverbial ropes. Showtime’s latest hard shot to the body may be the final punch it needed to drop HBO for good and surpass it as fight fans’ preferred programmer. Division stalwarts Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse will meet September 14 on the undercard to Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Lucas Matthysse is as fierce as they come in the sport. And that says a lot. This is a really big deal. If you’ve watched boxing long enough, you know boxing pay-per-views can be, for lack of a better word, sparse. Oh sure, there are showcase fights. Fighter A looks to be the goods, so his promoter matches him with Fighter B, who just happens to
Saturday night the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) leapfrogged two divisions to dethrone WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) in front of his hometown fans by split decision scores of 115-113, 117-111, and 113-115. Broner’s first fight at welterweight will not be his last. He looked comfortable at 147, after moving up from lightweight, and his speed and power were not compromised by the extra pounds. But what woulda, coulda, shoulda been an unqualified success for The Problem was mitigated somewhat by the exceptional performance of Malignaggi. Going into the fight as an 11 to 1 underdog, few gave Malignaggi much of a chance at winning the bout. He is after all 32 years old to Broner’s 23. His hands are notoriously brittle. He is a highly skilled boxer but lacks power. Broner, by contrast, is power exemplified, while being
If you figured it seemed too good to be true, with a $23 million record purse bid and a quickly-scheduled date and seemingly no major roadblocks to overcome, then you may be right. Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin are struggling to finalize a deal to fight on October 5, as the two sides want different drug testing agencies to oversee the bout. Klitschko wants the German organization NADA, while Povetkin wants Russia's RUSADA. Both organizations are affiliated with WADA, the agency considered to be the global king of athletic drug testing, so this is really more about a power play one way or the other, it would seem, than either side having major concerns about the legitimacy or fairness of either agency. Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO) and Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO) have twice had scheduled fights canceled in the past, the first in 2008, and then again in 2009. On
THE RING’s No. 1-rated pound-for-pound boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr., broke the news himself on his Twitter account on Wednesday night, naming RING junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez — a man who is 12 years younger than he is — as his opponent for Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime Pay Per View. “I chose my opponent for September 14th and it’s Canelo Alvarez,” Mayweather Tweeted. “I’m giving the fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand.” Mayweather and Alvarez agreed to terms and signed contracts on Wednesday night, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer confirmed to RingTV.com. “We worked on it day and night. On Monday, when everybody was doing their barbecues for Memorial Day, I was working on that fight all day long,” said Schaefer. “This was a fight which was important to Canelo, and it was important to Floyd, and
The WARM but not hot PPV buys for the Mayweather/Guerrero fight were all but expected by Showtime brass, but in lieu of the $250M Mayweather contract, Mayweather’s next 5 outings WILL bear the expectation of superior PPV buys; in fact Showtime has ‘delusions of grandeur’ that one or 2 of Mayweather fights under their banner will come close to or SURPASS the record set by the Mayweather/De La Hoya fight of 2007. In order for a record setting event to happen, Mayweather who has more naysayers and critics then supporters, must appear to those detractors to be afraid to fight the expected opponent (Canelo Alvarez), the perception that Mayweather can be ‘beaten badly’ by that opponent must also be believable. The savvy businessman that Mayweather is will do everything he can to appease those who do not like him and minimize his accomplishments, and it’s not like he’ll be
On May 14th, 2005 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, former IBF/WBC welterweight and IBF/WBA junior middleweight champion Felix Trinidad, from Cupey Alto, San Juan, Puerto Rico, fought former IBF/WBC/WBA junior middleweight champion Ronald “Winky” Wright, from Washington, DC, for the vacant WBC middleweight title. Trinidad was 42-1 coming in. Wright was 48-3. The fight was scheduled for 12 rounds… Fighter’s Profiles Ronald Wright Felix Trinidad Felix Trinidad vs Ronald Wright [Full Fight] English: No Copyright Infringement Intended All Copyrights goes to HBO and HBO Sports Date: May 14, 2005 Place: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Español: No infracción de copyright previsto Todos los derechos de autor va a HBO y HBO Sports Fecha:
Robert Guerrero did not put up much of a fight against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday and ended up losing by unanimous decision. However, he certainly had a chance in this one. As an experienced boxer with a long history of beating tough competitors, the Ghost could have given his opponent a much better challenge. His ability to throw hard punches had the potential to cause damage, and then the end of the bout would have been much closer. Unfortunately, he made numerous mistakes throughout the 12 rounds, and it cost him the victory. If anyone future wants to do a better job against Mayweather, he will have to avoid these errors in the matchup. Do Not Be Too Flat-Footed Guerrero’s father and trainer, Ruben, was upset about the way that Mayweather danced around the ring throughout the match. He told RickReeno of Boxingscene.com: I didn’t expect him to [move]
Danny Garcia, Sergio Martinez and Amir Khan all got past determined opponents but had to dig deep to get it done on a busy Saturday around the world. BIGGEST WINNER Danny Garcia: A tremendous performance through eight rounds turned into merely a gritty victory for Garcia, who survived a rally from a surprisingly tough Zab Judah to win a unanimous decision and retain his RING and sanctioning-body titles Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y. Still, the junior welterweight from Philly is collecting more and more believers with his sound performances. Garcia (26-0, 16 knockouts) dominated Judah in the first two thirds of the fight, consistently landing hard bombs to the head and body of a very good, experienced opponent. Judah seemed to be on his way out in both the fifth and sixth rounds only to survive and then rally in the closing rounds, which turned a wipeout into a competitive fight.
Welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. and Mexican star Juan Manuel Marquez, both known for their history with Manny Pacquiao, are going to fight each other for Bradley’s 147-pound world title, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com on Tuesday. They are due to meet Sept. 14 — Mexican Independence Day weekend, a date that usually is the target for a major fight involving a top Mexican boxer — at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas in the main event of an HBO PPV card. “The fight is agreed to. We have contracts out to both fighters,” Arum said. “[Top Rank president] Todd [duBoef] worked hard with both sides and [Marquez co-promoter] Fernando [Beltran] worked hard with Marquez… Read more from ESPN
Showtime's All Access: Mayweather-Guerrero premieres tomorrow night at 10 pm EDT. Here's a teaser for the series.
Darren Barker doesn’t have the fight just yet, but he said today on Twitter that if he does face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in June — which Chavez wants –he’ll come back a winner, even if he goes on the road to Mexico. If it gets confirmed and I go Mexico City I’m 100% coming back a winner mark my words! #teambarker #mexicoorlondonitwontmakeadifference Barker (25-1, 16 KO) has only lost to Sergio Martinez in his career, same as Chavez Jr (46-1-1, 32 KO), who dropped a 12-round decision last September to Martinez, despite a final round charge that saw him nearly score the KO upset. Barker has the talent to hang with just about anyone at 160 pounds, but Chavez has a mass advantage over just about anyone he faces at the weight, as he’s basically busting out of the middleweight division physically. That’s one of the reasons (but
Former welterweight and junior middleweight champ Shane Mosley will return to the ring on May 18 to face Pablo Cesar Cano in a Fox Deportes-televised 147-pound bout in Cancun.
Boxing fans were treated to another pugilistic classic from “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO) and Brandon Rios (31-1, 23 KO) on Saturday night. Their rematch of one of the best fights in 2012 was just as good as the original. This time Alvarado was smarter, and he out-boxed Rios to earn a unanimous decision. Here are the official judges’ scores, per BoxRec.com. Dave Moretti 115-113, Duane Ford 114-113, Bill Lerch 115-113 Instead of fighting the entire fight in a phone booth the way he did in the first fight, he employed movement that Rios never adjusted to. This was not a dance, though. Alvarado picked his spots to trade, and he rocked Rios on multiple occasions with hard overhand rights. Although he was staggered in the second round by a hard Rios jab, he recovered and took control of the fight in the middle rounds. If you
Robert Guerrero was arrested at JFK airport earlier for carrying a .40 caliber handgun, and the spin now from his camp is that he had it with him — without ammo, and unloaded, to be fair — for a photo op. Robert Joseph Guerrero, the interim WBC welterweight champ, was arrested with an unloaded .40-cal Smith & Wesson semi-automatic on his way to a the 8:10 a.m. Delta flight 1429, according to reports. The boxer had no ammo with him. Guerrero arrived in New York on Monday and said the “media knows he is a hunter and requested he bring the weapon for a photo op.” Something like this was expected, though it doesn’t take a genius to point out that .40 caliber handguns aren’t often used for hunting, and that if they really needed to do some photo op about how he’s a hunter, which would be fine,
Robert Guerrero, preparing to challenge welterweight titleholder and pound- for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 4, was arrested Thursday morning at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York for attempting to board a flight to Las Vegas with an unloaded gun. Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), who turned 30 on Wednesday, was to be arraigned on gun-possession charges later Thursday. Guerrero, who is from Gilroy, Calif., and is training for the fight in Las Vegas, had been on the East Coast for a few days to make several appearances to promote the Showtime pay-per-view fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Read the full story from ESPN
Manny Pacquiao has been pretty quiet since his December knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, but today’s TV brouhaha has brought adviser Michael Koncz out of the woodwork, as Koncz tells The RING that Manny would be open to fighting on HBO or Showtime: “Top Rank is our promoter and we respect that. However, the way Manny’s contract is written with our promoter, MP Promotions is co-promoter and has equal say in venues, broadcast networks and various other issues. My obligation and my duty is to do what is in the best interest of Manny Pacquiao. In that regard, what can HBO, Showtime, Televisa or Azteca be willing to do for the benefit of Manny Pacquiao, one of the all-time greatest boxers. These discussions are ongoing.” Arum was very clear saying that Manny will remain with HBO: “Our contract with Manny Pacquiao is clear. We have a contract until the
WBC title holder Adrien Broner is 26-0 between the ropes, but he isn’t doing himself any favors away from the ring. According to David P. Greisman of BoxingScene.com, the lightweight boxer was arrested in Miami Beach on Monday and charged with battery. Read the full story from Bleacher Report
It's being reported that cable giant HBO has made the decision to part ways with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) and will not air any more of their fights or feature any of their fighters in the foreseeable future. HBO Sports president Ken Hershman, who formerly ran the boxing program at rival Showtime, made the decision to part ways with Golden Boy after running into issues with company executives. Showtime hired Stephen Espinoza, the former Golden Boy legal counsel, to run its boxing program after Hershman left for HBO. You have to wonder what brought this about as it is sure to hurt HBO given the talent packed stable Golden Boy has. It looks like its Shotime when it comes to boxing with the added fight deal of Floyd Mayweather and now no more GBP fighters on HBO Shotime is primed to take over the number one
When you lose, you win. When you win, you lose. When Timothy Bradley won a highly-controversial split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao on June 8th, he thought that he would have a number of high-profile fights lined up and the adoration of fight fans. Not to say his scheduled 12 round bout tonight against Ruslan Provodnikov at the Home Depot Center in Carson is not. However, he did not expect death threats to him or his family to be rained down on him. It is not Bradley’s fault that two of the three judges gave him the nod over Pacquiao that night. It’s not his job to judge whether he wins or not, but he will say that he did enough to outbox the popular Filipino star. So instead of his victory over Pacquiao (others call it a loss) that would translate into the mega fights that he so
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — On Saturday night, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer declared that a deal to match undefeated WBC beltholder Adrien “The Problem” Broner and WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggion June 22 at Barclays Center is “basically done”. Schaefer's e-mailed confirmation was made from ringside at Barclays Center prior to the HBO-televised victory by 48-year-old former RING light heavyweight and middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins and IBF 175-pound titleholder Tavoris Cloud. A 23-year-old two-division titlewinner, Broner (26-0, 22 knockouts) scored his sixth straight stoppage victory in the fifth-round last month against ex-beltholder Gavin Rees on HBO. A 32-year-old Brooklyn native and winner of five straight welterweight fights, two of them by knockout, Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) is Malignaggi is coming off October's split-decision victory over Pablo Cesar Cano at Barclays Center on Showtime, the network for which he is employed as a ringside commentator. So when Broner and Malignaggi meet, will
Bernard Hopkins did what seemed impossible— he won a world title in boxing at age 48, becoming the oldest man ever to do so in history. Yet, given his history and proven success, victory for Hopkins over Tavoris Cloud in the IBF light heavyweight title fight was nearly something we saw coming. It's just what we've come to expect from the veteran champion: The record achievement wasn't as extraordinary as it might have seemed to begin with, given the fact that Hopkins already held the record for oldest title fight victory. At age 46, he beat Jean Pascal—breaking George Foreman's record—two years ago but backed up that performance with another remarkable achievement here to add to his truly incredible legacy. Hopkins landed 41 percent of his shots on the night compared to just 21 percent from Cloud, and he earned a unanimous-decision victory as a result. He was strong,
Floyd “Money” Mayweather has entered into a groundbreaking pay-per-view deal with Showtime Networks and its parent company, CBS Corporation. Under the new deal, SHOWTIME PPV will collaborate with CBS Corporation to comprehensively promote Mayweather’s events on the CBS Television Network and via the corporation’s expansive media platforms. The deal, a unique revenue-sharing arrangement between SHOWTIME PPV and Mayweather, will enable him to fight up to six times over a period of 30 months, with the first mega-event taking place on May 4, 2013, when Mayweather will fight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. VIA: KO Digest/ Shotime