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31 JULY 2014

 

Jason Pribila "Pribs" is based out of Bethlehem, USA. My first feature article on the Sweet Science was published on Secondsout.com on Christmas Day 2007. Since receiving that gift I have been able to cover several fight cards in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Like many people in their 30's, I fell in love with the sport of boxing as Mike Tyson was terrorizing the Heavyweight Division. Thankfully fighters like Arturo Gatti and Sugar Shane Mosley were there to mend my broken heart. I'm looking forward to continue to grow as a writer and storyteller; while providing the fans in the $50 seats a view from Press Row.



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Will Cruz Regret Calling Out “The Killer”

Will Cruz Regret Calling Out “The Killer”

By Jason Pribila: On Saturday night the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, USA will host the latest edition of NBCSN’s Fight Night Series. While the main event features Tomasz Adamek vs Vyacheslav Glazkov for many it will be hometown hero Ronald Cruz’s clash with Kermit “The Killer” Cintron that locals see as the main attraction. Will Cruz Regret Calling Out “The Killer”
Kopylenko and Monroe Jr. Advance in Boxcino Middleweight Tournament

Kopylenko and Monroe Jr. Advance in Boxcino Middleweight Tournament

By Jason Pribila: On Friday Night ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights staged the second stage of their Boxcino Tournament. This week the focus was on the middleweight division. There were four bouts scheduled for six rounds each, and only the final bout of the evening forced the ringside judges to submit a verdict. Kopylenko and Monroe Jr. Advance in Boxcino Middleweight Tournament
Saturday Night at the Movies

Saturday Night at the Movies

By Jason Pribila: On Saturday night Floyd Mayweather Jr. again showed that his ring brilliance is showing no signs of slippage at the age of 36. Fighting for the second time in a calendar year against his most formidable foe in years gave even casual fans an excuse to open their wallets. Saturday Night at the Movies
Knockout Kings 2 – Winners and Losers

Knockout Kings 2 – Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: On Saturday Night, Golden Boy Promotions presented “Knockout Kings 2” at the AT&T Center in San Antonio Texas. The card was headlined by Jesus Soto-Karass against Andre Berto, which did not initially cause boxing fans to circle the date on their calendars. Knockout Kings 2 – Winners and Losers
“Fight Night” Returns  With a Triple-Header In Bethlehem

“Fight Night” Returns With a Triple-Header In Bethlehem

By Jason Pribila: Main Events and Peltz Boxing return to the Sands Resorts and Casino in Bethlehem and present their latest “Fight Night” episode featuring three of the series’ biggest stars. In the main event heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings squares off against the powerful Andrey Fedosov. “Fight Night” Returns  With a Triple-Header In Bethlehem
Pre-May-Day Winners and Losers

Pre-May-Day Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: In conjunction with the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the first Saturday of May has been the day set aside for a big time boxing event. For years fighters like Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have performed on this date, and promoters avoided putting on shows anywhere near it. Pre-May-Day Winners and Losers
“And the Oscar Goes To…”

“And the Oscar Goes To…”

By Jason Pribila: On Sunday evening the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out their Oscars for this year’s best in film. On Sunday afternoon I was reflecting on the weekend’s best in boxing, while I was putting away my groceries and wondering how I spent over $100 when all I needed was chicken and shaving crèam. “And the Oscar Goes To…”
“I Beat Mike Tyson”

“I Beat Mike Tyson”

By Jason Pribila: On June 11, 2005, Don King brought his traveling circus to the MCI Center in Washington DC, and 15,472 fans made P.T. Barnum’s quote about a sucker being born every minute prophetic. The marquee read that former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson would be in the ring, but those who witnessed the end of his career soon found out that he no longer able to fight. “I Beat Mike Tyson”
A Look Back at Mosley - Margarito

A Look Back at Mosley - Margarito

By Jason Pribila: This past weekend I had the humbling experience of moving into my new one bedroom apartment. Although the place and location is perfect, the toll it took on my right knee and back was enough to make me vow to ensure I have enough money in my savings account to pay someone to handle the heavy lifting whenever my next change of address may be. A Look Back at Mosley - Margarito
SecondsOut Breakout Fighter of the Year – Danny “Swift” Garcia

SecondsOut Breakout Fighter of the Year – Danny “Swift” Garcia

By Jason Pribila: 2012 was a year that saw superstars Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto combine to go 0-4, and Floyd Mayweather fight only once. Now more than ever it was apparent that boxing’s landscape is in need of change sooner rather than later. SecondsOut Breakout Fighter of the Year – Danny “Swift” Garcia
Pacquiao – Marquez IV:  Winners and Losers

Pacquiao – Marquez IV: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: There isn’t a sport that asks more of their fan base than boxing. Whether it be a “Cold War” between promotional giants that prevent coveted fights from happening, rising costs of pay per views, bad decisions, or ticket distribution practices that either leave fans in the cold or overpaying; the boxing fan remains loyal to a fault. Pacquiao – Marquez IV:  Winners and Losers
Mexican Independence Day: Winners and Losers

Mexican Independence Day: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: The sport’s two most powerful promoters simply refuse to get along. Their feud has cost boxing fans the opportunity to see many attractive match-ups, and the latest trend of counter-programming is forcing that same shallow pool of customers to take sides and choose what fights they will spend their time and money on. Adding to the mess is that HBO and Showtime seem to have chosen their sides and enable their promoters of choice to continue to run the sport as separate Mexican Independence Day: Winners and Losers
Pacquiao – Bradley: Winners and Losers

Pacquiao – Bradley: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: Finally a major fight created buzz on sports television, talk radio, and even water coolers days after the fight. Unfortunately, as is often the case with boxing, the discussion was for all the wrong reasons. Corruption, travesty, and incompetence remained at the forefront of the all too familiar “boxing is a joke” discussion. Pacquiao – Bradley: Winners and Losers
Introducing Ronald Cruz

Introducing Ronald Cruz

By Jason Pribila: Main Events and Peltz Boxing are well known in the boxing industry for putting on well matched and entertaining fight cards. In an era where many promoters gravitate to the first venue willing to open their wallets, this pair continues to cultivate the sport by putting on shows featuring local fighters in front of their passionate fans. Introducing Ronald Cruz
Pribs' Notes: Wilson Vs Taylor, Rios, and More

Pribs' Notes: Wilson Vs Taylor, Rios, and More

By Jason Pribilla: While the knockout(Garrett Wilson vs Andres Taylor) provided fans with a dramatic conclusion to their evening (in Atlantic City), and will no doubt raise Wilson’s profile, I question if it was necessary Pribs' Notes: Wilson Vs Taylor, Rios, and More
Weekend Wrap-Up:  Winners and the Texas State Athletic Commission

Weekend Wrap-Up: Winners and the Texas State Athletic Commission

By Jason Pribila: I usually reserve my “Winners and Losers” articles for major pay per view fights. However, after a weekend that saw boxing shows airing on ESPN2, Showtime, HBO, and NBC Sports Net, I was hopeful for enough material to warrant a column. The Texas State Athletic Commission once again ensured that I’d have plenty of words to write under the list of losers. Weekend Wrap-Up:  Winners and the Texas State Athletic Commission
Prib Notes:  Philly Boxing, On Freddie Roach, Lionel Richie, And More

Prib Notes: Philly Boxing, On Freddie Roach, Lionel Richie, And More

By Jason Pribila: The City of Philadelphia returned to the national spotlight on Saturday Night as Main Events and Peltz Boxing launched the first of their four scheduled “Fight Night Live” events on the new NBC Sports Network. Despite injuries, a new main event, and bad weather; the show delivered. For me, it was great to see Philadelphia’s Asylum Arena be re-introduced to fight fans. Prib Notes:  Philly Boxing, On Freddie Roach, Lionel Richie, And More
Hopkins and Dawson:  Winners and Losers

Hopkins and Dawson: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: “Believe it or Not” boxing fans have paid over $120.00 in the last 28 days to see two main events that have once again left them apologizing for the sport they are no doubt getting tired of defending. On Saturday night they paid out $50 for 46 year-old Bernard Hopkins’ defense of his light heavyweight championship against Chad Dawson. Hopkins and Dawson:  Winners and Losers
Sergio Martinez:  Too Good For His Own Good?

Sergio Martinez: Too Good For His Own Good?

By Jason Pribila: On Saturday night Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez returns to the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, the building where he celebrated his three biggest nights as a professional boxer. First his stock rose as he came up a point short in a fight of the year candidate. Next he started fast and finished strong en route to winning the lineal middleweight championship. And finally he ended a fight with a single punch that earned him “Knockout” and “Fighter of the Year” honors in 2010. Sergio Martinez:  Too Good For His Own Good?
Mayweather vs Ortiz:  Winners and Losers

Mayweather vs Ortiz: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: On Saturday Night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Golden Boy Promotions presented “Star Power” Mayweather vs Ortiz. The dust settled, and once again the sport of boxing was left to defend itself as a relevant player on the sports landscape. Mayweather vs Ortiz:  Winners and Losers
Ronald Cruz Ready For an Evening of Firsts

Ronald Cruz Ready For an Evening of Firsts

By Jason Pribila: At the final press conference for the July 1 Fight Night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, USA, Hall of Fame Promoter, J. Russell Peltz called his fighter, Ronald Cruz, a “late bloomer”. Ronald Cruz Ready For an Evening of Firsts
Prib Notes:  My Fans Have Waited Long Enough

Prib Notes: My Fans Have Waited Long Enough

By Jason Pribila: While I do not expect my first boxing article in over a month to cause as many waves as “Money” Mayweather’s “tweet” that officially ended the future Hall of Famer’s retirement, I am confident that at least 20 of my 30+ followers on Twitter are curious about my take on the upcoming fight schedule. Either curious or happy I’m not subjecting them to another link to an obscure 80’s music video. Prib Notes:  My Fans Have Waited Long Enough
A Boxing Fans Guide to Oscar Night

A Boxing Fans Guide to Oscar Night

By Jason Pribila: Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars are again ready to walk the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday February 27. Once again the sport of boxing was well represented when the nominees were announced. Christian Bale is the favorite to walk away with an Oscar for his brilliant performance playing Micky Ward’s brother/trainer Dicky Eklund in “The Fighter”. A Boxing Fans Guide to Oscar Night
One Holiday Cheer for Pacquiao – Mosley

One Holiday Cheer for Pacquiao – Mosley

By Jason Pribila: It has been over a week since news broke that Manny Pacquiao would be facing Shane Mosley on May 7, 2011 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA. This news did not come as a surprise, nor was it well received by the boxing public. Boxing scribes, who were busy looking back and rewarding the Best of 2010, found the time in between buying, opening, and returning gifts to take shots at Pacquiao’s choice for his next opponent. One Holiday Cheer for Pacquiao – Mosley
SecondsOut Rankings 2010 Year End Summary, Part I

SecondsOut Rankings 2010 Year End Summary, Part I

By Derek Bonnett: Boxing fans can put another year of professional prizefighting in the record books. 2010 was a good, not great year of boxing, but it rose to the occasion and put in a strong comeback during the championship rounds of the year. Most would prognosticate a stronger year in 2011 considering a slew of meaningful fights on the horizon. SecondsOut Rankings 2010 Year End Summary, Part I
Eight Days, Eight Reasons to be Thankful

Eight Days, Eight Reasons to be Thankful

By Jason Pribila: On Saturday November 20, the Boxing Writers Association of America held their Annual East Coast meeting at Bally’s Atlantic City. Boxing scribes and fans alike were in town for the biggest fight to land on the Jersey Shore in 2010. Sergio Martinez was set to defend his middleweight crown against Paul Williams in a rematch of their 2009 “Fight of the Year” candidate later that evening inside of Boardwalk Hall. Eight Days, Eight Reasons to be Thankful
Ennis and Witherspoon Stop Foes in Atlantic City

Ennis and Witherspoon Stop Foes in Atlantic City

By Jason Pribila, ringside in Atlantic City: Spartan Fight Promotions kicked off the biggest weekend of boxing in Atlantic City with a seven bout card on Friday night at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Ennis and Witherspoon Stop Foes in Atlantic City
Pacquiao – Margarito:  Winners and Losers

Pacquiao – Margarito: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: While it is still hard to believe that 2010 will come and go without seeing the one fight that would have captured the attention of the mainstream sports fan, we cannot hold that against a fighter who chooses to put the good of the sport ahead of self preservation. Whenever Manny Pacquiao laces up his gloves it is an event. No one who has ever purchased a Pacquiao fight has woken up with buyer’s remorse. Pacquiao – Margarito:  Winners and Losers
Jones Arrives and Survives, Brandon Rios Scores TKO 5

Jones Arrives and Survives, Brandon Rios Scores TKO 5

By Jason Pribila: The Boxing World’s eyes were on the heart of Texas as Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito were set to square off at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Top Rank used the opportunity to introduce their latest addition to their vast welterweight stable, Philadelphia’s Mike Jones. Jones Arrives and Survives, Brandon Rios Scores TKO 5
Mike Jones Ready for Big Stage in Texas

Mike Jones Ready for Big Stage in Texas

By Jason Pribila: When Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones was selected as the 2009 Secondsout.com “Prospect of the Year”, many of my friends across the pond may have asked themselves, “Who is Mike Jones?” Mike Jones Ready for Big Stage in Texas
“Wake Me Up When October Ends”

“Wake Me Up When October Ends”

By Jason Pribila: "Ring out the bells again. Like we did when spring began. Wake me up when September ends." – Green Day. Rock Band Green Day struck gold with their single, “Wake Me Up When September Ends”. In the article that follows, I hope to show you why boxing fans could have hit “snooze” on Green Day’s ambition, and instead woke up refreshed on November 1. “Wake Me Up When October Ends”
Mosley – Mora:  Winners and Losers

Mosley – Mora: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: On Saturday Night, “Sugar” Shane Mosley looked to rebound from his one-sided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. when he returned to the ring in the building where his career peaked twice, The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Sergio Mora entered the ring as a live underdog possessing a style that has always given Mosley fits. Mosley – Mora:  Winners and Losers
Labor Day Pains

Labor Day Pains

By Jason Pribila: According to Wikipedia a season is a division of year, marked by changes in weather, ecology, and hours of daylight. On Monday Americans celebrate Labor Day. For many this represents a day off from work and an excuse to barbeque, while bidding a farewell to the summer season. Those who choose to remain indoors will most likely be glued to their television sets welcoming back the return of the high school and college football seasons. Labor Day Pains
Devon Alexander Holds off Kotelnik in St. Louis

Devon Alexander Holds off Kotelnik in St. Louis

By Jason Pribila: Devon Alexander won his first world title last August. He looked sensational making his HBO debut when he stopped Juan Urango in March. Devon Alexander Holds off Kotelnik in St. Louis
Is Bob Arum in Need of “INCEPTION”

Is Bob Arum in Need of “INCEPTION”

By Jason Pribila: Writer/Director Christopher Nolan’s latest visual masterpiece, “Inception” dominated the box office, leaving audiences with the task of trying to grasp what they just witnessed. On the same weekend, Top Rank president Bob Arum held a 3am conference call to announce that Floyd Mayweather Jr. missed the deadline for exclusive rights to negotiate to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13. Is Bob Arum in Need of “INCEPTION”
“Help Us, Mike Jones, You’re Our Only Hope”

“Help Us, Mike Jones, You’re Our Only Hope”

By Jason Pribila: In December, I had the opportunity to pen a piece announcing Mike Jones as the 2009 Secondsout.com Prospect of the Year. In the months that passed I developed a sour taste in my mouth as I’ve witnessed two of my favorite fighters (Shane Mosley and Allan Green) show little resistance as they got overwhelmed in high profile fights. As I looked at the boxing landscape for a fighter that could renew my enthusiasm in the Sweet Science, I secured my place ringside for Mike Jones – “Help Us, Mike Jones, You’re Our Only Hope”
Pavlik – Martinez:  Winners and Losers

Pavlik – Martinez: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: Boxing returned to the main room at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday night for the first time since October 2008. On that evening 43 year-old Bernard Hopkins turned back to clock and dominated Kelly Pavlik over 12 one-sided rounds. Pavlik – Martinez:  Winners and Losers
Martinez Dominates Down the Stretch to Earn Middleweight Crown

Martinez Dominates Down the Stretch to Earn Middleweight Crown

By Jason Pribila at ringside: There is a new middleweight champion of the world, and he is from Buenos Aires, Argentina! Sergio Martinez got off to a fast start and dominated down the stretch to win a unanimous decision over Kelly Pavlik during the main event in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Martinez Dominates Down the Stretch to Earn Middleweight Crown
Mike Jones Provides Fireworks on Pavlik-Martinez Undercard

Mike Jones Provides Fireworks on Pavlik-Martinez Undercard

By Jason Pribila at ringside: Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall is hosting the first fight in its main room since October 2008. Top Rank in association with DiBella entertainment put together an 8 bout card featuring prospects, a son of a legend, a Russian Olympian and Philadelphia’s best kept secret. Mike Jones Provides Fireworks on Pavlik-Martinez Undercard
“My name is Mike Jones.  I have arrived”

“My name is Mike Jones. I have arrived”

By Jason Pribila: Secondsout.com’s 2009 “Prospect of the Year”, Mike “MJ” Jones provides the main support to Kelly Pavlik’s world middleweight title defence against Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City on Saturday night. “My name is Mike Jones.  I have arrived”
Pacquiao – Clottey:  Winners and Losers

Pacquiao – Clottey: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: Boxing got off to a slow start in 2010 due in part to injuries, cancellations, and the fear of counter-programming against the Winter Olympics. March was supposed to signal the unofficial start of the season. The month was highlighted by two of the game’s most dominant figures facing off against stiff competition. Pacquiao – Clottey:  Winners and Losers
Team Chambers: “It Will All Come Together on Saturday”

Team Chambers: “It Will All Come Together on Saturday”

By Jason Pribila: If the World’s #1 heavyweight falls in Dusseldorf, and American fight fans don’t see it, will they care? That is the question that top American heavyweight, “Fast” Eddie Chambers hopes to ask following his encounter with lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday. Team Chambers: “It Will All Come Together on Saturday”
Mosley – Mayweather: “Pretty Sweet”

Mosley – Mayweather: “Pretty Sweet”

By Jason Pribila: Have the contracts been signed? Check. Has there been an official press conference to announce the fight to the public? Check. Have tickets gone on sale? Check. Does the Promotion have a name? Umm, next question. Mosley – Mayweather: “Pretty Sweet”
Team Pacquiao Prepared for Clottey

Team Pacquiao Prepared for Clottey

By Jason Pribila: Two weeks before stepping into the ring to defend the WBO welterweight title for the first time, Team Pacquiao hosted a media conference call on Friday. As they tried to focus on the road to Dallas that will lead them to the challenge of Joshua Clottey, they did their best to leave Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the rearview mirror… for now. Team Pacquiao Prepared for Clottey
For Clottey “The Event” is a “Present from God”

For Clottey “The Event” is a “Present from God”

By Jason Pribila: When we last saw welterweight contender Joshua Clottey, he was on the short end of a split decision loss to Miguel Cotto in his bid to win the WBO welterweight title. It was a fight that could have gone either way, but while many felt Clottey deserved the decision, most agreed that his lack of aggression down the stretch cost him the bout and title. For Clottey “The Event” is a “Present from God”
Shumenov Shoplifts Title From Campillo in Las Vegas

Shumenov Shoplifts Title From Campillo in Las Vegas

By Jason Pribila at ringside: Beibut Shumenov challenged Gabriel Campillo in only his ninth professional fight on August 15, 2009. On that night Campillo retained his title on the strength of a controversial majority decision. Shumenov Shoplifts Title From Campillo in Las Vegas
SecondsOut Prospect of the Year: Mike Jones

SecondsOut Prospect of the Year: Mike Jones

By Jason Pribila: This is the story of a Hall of Fame Promoter who continues to build fighters the old fashioned way; locally, without the benefit of television exposure. While others build their stables by following casino money and making back room deals with television executives, he remains loyal to his vocation and the fighters that believe in him. SecondsOut Prospect of the Year: Mike Jones
Guerrero and Porter Shine on ShoBox

Guerrero and Porter Shine on ShoBox

By Jason Pribila: On the eve of Kelly Pavlik’s middleweight title defense against Miguel Espino, ShoBox featured a pair of American fighters that may one day be challenging for that throne. Guerrero and Porter Shine on ShoBox
Bradley Gives Boxing Lesson to Peterson; Darchinyan KO’s Rojas

Bradley Gives Boxing Lesson to Peterson; Darchinyan KO’s Rojas

By Jason Pribila: WBO junior welterweight boxing world champion Timothy Bradley jumped out to an early lead and then coasted to an easier than expected unanimous decision victory against his old friend Lamont Peterson on Saturday Night at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. Peterson-Bradley served as the main event of a show presented by Gary Shaw Promotions and was televised on Showtime. Bradley Gives Boxing Lesson to Peterson; Darchinyan KO’s Rojas
Results from Atlantic City, Williams-Martinez Undercard

Results from Atlantic City, Williams-Martinez Undercard

By Jason Pribila at ringside: Atlantic City fight fans were treated to a four fight undercard prior to HBO going on the air. Goossen Tutor Promotions retained the HBO date after Kelly Pavlik pulled out of a middleweight title defense against Paul Williams. When Williams decided to keep the date, promotional duties belonged to the California based company. Results from Atlantic City, Williams-Martinez Undercard
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