by Ian Aldous: It’s been over eleven years since he last ventured into the ring as a professional heavyweight and now Tim Witherspoon (55-13-1) has decided it’s time to lift the lid on his career and tell his life story publicly. He’s a colourful character from the golden era of heavyweight boxing and over the years has dealt with court battles, big world title fights and a positive drug test – he has quite the story to tell. Last week Tim took some time to talk with me over the phone about his career.
The book has been created in co-operation with British author, Ryan Danes. With Tim continuously spending time on either side of the pond – it created difficulties in getting together to work on their project. “It was kind of awkward because I’m over here in America and he’s over there (England). We had to do Skype (conversations), I flew over there and we sat down a couple of times. It was kind of awkward because we had to do it that way but it worked out.” Read the rest of this entry »
Yannis Mihanos: Last Saturday night we saw a very skilful display of boxing by Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao came to this fight with a lot to prove, some of his critics had previously refered to him as a tired veteran, but all these rumours got silenced during the fight.
Pacman was in sparkling form, crisp, sharp in his movements and athletic as always… aggressive enough to knock Algieri out many times. I do believe that the old Pacquiao would have stopped Algieri right after the 9th round but it is the new more humble side of Pacquiao that didn’t let him to finish what he started and let Algieri instead regroup and continue until the end of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kevin Pasquale – Just how long could Bernard Hopkins stare boxing mortality in the face, and continually laugh at it? When would the inconceivable story of an almost 50-year old man, (50 years old!) still one of the elite athletes in his game, finally come to an end? Time after time, fight after fight, starting way back in 2005, before B-Hop’s FIRST fight with a then young and spry Jermain Taylor, when he was already a wily 40 years old, I would pronounce that it was finally time for Bernard to answer the final bell, and retire, because he just could not continue at the highest level any more. It just made no sense. And, oh, did he defy me, and soooo many others who believed this. Again. And again. And, well, you get it. Read the rest of this entry »
Gary J. Cooper: I don’t know exactly what the opening odds were for Billy Joe Saunders vs. Chris Eubank Jr. What I do know, is that on September 23, at 4:15 p.m., I took Saunders(-150). Since the betting site has some rules limiting bet size, I made several bets on Saunders in the next few minutes, including an additional straight bet at (-185), and parlays on Saunders at (-170), (-185), (-215) twice, and (-260). That last bet, at (-260), was placed at 4:27 p.m. The odds may have risen slightly after that, perhaps to (-280) or so, but I don’t remember for sure, and I don’t have a record of it, because I didn’t bet. Read the rest of this entry »
Gerardo Granados: The current WBO welter belt holder Manny Pacquiao looked great dismantling a limited Chris Algieri; doing an easy job out of a former light welter who´s own corner unbelievably even told him that everything was perfect after the fourth round! I never expected that Manny would be in any danger but I was surprised to see that Algieri game plan to fight Pacquiao was simply to stay alive for the full twelve rounds. I scored the bout 120-101 for the clear winner and can’t believe one fight judge gave the loser one round; if you are the challenger you must press the fight for at least once per round if you expect to win the fight or at least a round. Read the rest of this entry »
by Hector Sanchez – It has been over a year since undefeated Light Welterweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (16-0-2, 12 KO’s) from Dallas, Texas has stepped into the ring in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He came back to the circled square after stopping his last two opponents in the first round to continue his climb in the ranks of the welterweight division. Fighting out of the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym in Dallas, Texas, Mighty Mo stands out among many of the best fighters in the metroplex. On Saturday night, Hooker was at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, formerly the Dallas Convention Center, which held many Golden Gloves tournaments and once upon a time back in 1966 hosted a world championship bout between Dallas’ former WBC and WBA World Welterweight Champion Curtis Cokes (62-14, 30 KO’s) against Jean Josselin (66-16, 41 KO’s). Read the rest of this entry »
Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: You’ve seen the set up before. In fact we’ve all seen it for four years now. Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao have traded barbs in the media about wanting the mega fight. But when it comes to really trying to sway the public about the fight everyone wants to see happen, Top CEO, Bob Arum lays it on thick. He names people, specific names at networks, specific names when it comes to investors, and is constantly in the news about how things are moving along concerning negotiations.
But before any of this comes into play, Arum lays an original plan. But the original plan is slipped into the media once, then a little more in the middle, and then carries it out at the end. For the sake of time I won’t go into detail but research back in 2010 when Pac and Margarito were set to face each other for Manny’s eight divisional title. Read the rest of this entry »
Leigh K. Seto: Rivalries have always been the glue for sports to be successful. Whether its Manning vs. Brady or Bird vs. Magic. Boxing has its own version of this with Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.
Manny and Floyd’s conversation (just in jest!) below:
Manny- I have called you out publically and made it known that I’d like the fight to take place. Read the rest of this entry »
by Daven: Prior to Saturday’s encounter with Michael Sprott, there was much speculation suggesting Anthony Joshua would soon be facing Kevin Johnson on January 31. These rumours have proven to be true as AJ and Eddie Hearn spoke of the plan two nights ago. The central concern for fighter and promoter in this case, is to try to find an opponent who can take Joshua into the second half of a fight without posing any real threat. Johnson seems to fit the bill then.
It was only six months ago Johnson went the full 12 with Chisora in a relatively competitive fight for the first 7 rounds. Now Chisora is rated in the top 10 by all 4 governing bodies so Johnson sticking around to the end has obviously impressed Eddie. Whilst Joshua should be expected to emerge victorious owing to Johnson’s declining physical condition, it’s not guaranteed to be easy. Read the rest of this entry »
by Owen Hammond: In just short of a week’s time, the highly anticipated fight between Billy Joe Saunders (20-0-0, 11 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr (18-0-0, 13 KOs) will take place as chief support to the British and European Heavyweight clash between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury at London’s ExCel arena. Though this fight is not the main event, it is arguably worthy of headlining a card itself and certainly has the potential to outshine the rest of the fights taking place that night.
In what is a very intriguing match-up, and a somewhat rarity in that we are seeing two unbeaten records on the line so early in each fighters career, we will see two of Britain’s most talented Middleweights go head to head for the British, Commonwealth and European championships. In one corner we have Billy Joe Saunders, the holder of all three of the aforementioned belts.