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22 APRIL 2018

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Australia's best known boxing writer today, Paul Upham is the Content Editor of SecondsOut.com and has written for this website continuously since 2000. The Editor of the Australian Boxing Almanac, he has also written pieces for The Australian newspaper, Fox Sports, Main Event Television, KO and The Ring. 36 year-old Upham has appeared live on air as a boxing analyst for Main Event Pay-Per-View, Sky Channel, Fox Sports, Sky News Australia, SBS television, Radio 2UE Sydney, Radio SEN Melbourne and writes monthly for The Fist magazine. He is a member of The Ring magazine's world ratings panel. Paul Upham called the Ricky Hatton-Kostya Tszyu fight live from Manchester, England for a world wide viewing audience in the multi millions in more than 60 countries. In 2006 and 2007 he Emceed the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame Annual Induction Dinner in Melbourne and for the last few years has hosted the successful Kostya Tszyu live stage show. His new book on Kostya Tszyu - "Something Worth Fighting For" - was published in October 2007 by ABC Books.



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Darchinyan Prepares for Mijares in Showtime Blockbuster

Darchinyan Prepares for Mijares in Showtime Blockbuster

By Paul Upham in Marrickville: Getting the fight made was the hard part. For IBF junior bantamweight boxing world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, beating WBC/WBA world champion Cristian Mijares is a task that he can now take care of himself. He just needed the Mexican’s signature on the contract. Darchinyan Prepares for Mijares in Showtime Blockbuster
Golden Gloves Takes Australian Boxing Free to Air

Golden Gloves Takes Australian Boxing Free to Air

By Paul Upham in Sydney: Golden Gloves Promotions announced on Tuesday a long awaited return for boxing on free to air television in Australia. Golden Gloves Takes Australian Boxing Free to Air
“Hollywood” Bennett Stops De Jesus in Newcastle

“Hollywood” Bennett Stops De Jesus in Newcastle

By Paul Upham at ringside: Newcastle favourite Chad “Hollywood” Bennett defeated Wellington De Jesus from Brazil by 5th round knockout at junior middleweight on Friday night at the Newcastle Panthers Club in Newcastle, Australia headlining a Fenech Fight Night, Grange Old School Boxing promotion. “Hollywood” Bennett Stops De Jesus in Newcastle
Memories of September 11

Memories of September 11

It is seven years since the horrific terrorist attack in New York, USA on September 11, 2001 that changed the world. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives that were lost, SecondsOut’s Content Editor Paul Upham, who was walking along 7th avenue in New York City when both planes hit the World Trade Center, opens his archives to recall one of his filed reports from that sad and tragic time. Memories of September 11
Showtime Makes Mijares vs. Darchinyan Super Fight

Showtime Makes Mijares vs. Darchinyan Super Fight

By Paul Upham: The junior bantamweight division will see a genuine super fight on November 1 when WBC/WBA world champion Cristian Mijares clashes with IBF world champion Vic Darchinyan over twelve rounds. Promoters Lou DiBella and Gary Shaw quickly came to terms for the fight this week when the Showtime television network in the USA allocated the match its own headline date. Showtime Makes Mijares vs. Darchinyan Super Fight
Hopoate Stops Mirovic Late to Win Australian Title

Hopoate Stops Mirovic Late to Win Australian Title

By Paul Upham: Former rugby league football star John “Hoppa” Hopoate won the Australian heavyweight boxing title with a 9th round TKO win over Bob Mirovic on Wednesday night at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, QLD. Hopoate Stops Mirovic Late to Win Australian Title
Diaz Hangs On For Split Decision Win Over Katsidis

Diaz Hangs On For Split Decision Win Over Katsidis

By Paul Upham: It was a fight of two halves and in the end Juan Diaz won a twelve round split points decision over Michael Katsidis on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA on HBO Boxing After Dark. While he looked like a bloody and beaten boxer after six rounds, Katsidis found a way to almost sneak up on Diaz and snatch a win. Diaz Hangs On For Split Decision Win Over Katsidis
McCullen, Briggs Win In Mansfield

McCullen, Briggs Win In Mansfield

By Paul Upham: Chris McCullen defended his Australian junior welterweight title with a ten round unanimous points decision win over John Cotterill Jr on Friday night at the Mansfield Tavern in Mansfield, QLD, Australia headlining an exciting Angelo DiCarlo Ace Boxing promotion. McCullen, Briggs Win In Mansfield
Tszyu Fans Raise Money For Charity At Crewfighter 4

Tszyu Fans Raise Money For Charity At Crewfighter 4

By Paul Upham: Australian based supporters of Kostya Tszyu held their fourth fan sparring day on Saturday August 30 at the former undisputed champion’s gymnasium in Sydney. All of the details of the event, including the matches, catering, prizes, merchandise, filming, after fight dinner and designated charity for proceeds were all organised via the Internet and in the Forum at www.KostyaTszyu.com. Tszyu Fans Raise Money For Charity At Crewfighter 4
Mirovic Promises to beat Hopoate and End the Football Invasion

Mirovic Promises to beat Hopoate and End the Football Invasion

By Paul Upham at Circular Quay: Bob Mirovic feels disrespected. He has been boxing for over twenty one years and holds the Australian heavyweight title. But while he struggles for exposure and every dollar he earns, professional footballers jumping into boxing are receiving more media attention and more money. It has to stop says Mirovic and he is promising to make a point when he faces former NRL star John Hopoate on September 10 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Mirovic Promises to beat Hopoate and End the Football Invasion
Haumono Taken The Distance By Couser

Haumono Taken The Distance By Couser

By Paul Upham: Samoan heavyweight Solomon Haumono retained his undefeated record, but was taken the full distance for the first time in his career in winning a unanimous points decision over American veteran Cliff Couser on Wednesday night at the E.G. Whitlam Centre in Liverpool, NSW, Australia. Haumono Taken The Distance By Couser
“Cool” Willie Kickett Too Fast For Rodriguez

“Cool” Willie Kickett Too Fast For Rodriguez

By Paul Upham at ringside: Aboriginal boxer “Cool” Willie Kickett continued his impressive unbeaten run with a ten round unanimous points decision win over WBO No.11 ranked Argentinean Vicente Rodriguez at junior lightweight on Friday night at the Wyong Leagues Club on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia headlining a card promoted by the Grange Old School Boxing and Angelo Hyder’s “Nitro Boxing”. “Cool” Willie Kickett Too Fast For Rodriguez
“Cool” Willie Kickett Headlines August 22 Wyong Card

“Cool” Willie Kickett Headlines August 22 Wyong Card

By Paul Upham: Exciting undefeated Aboriginal boxer “Cool” Willie Kickett faces WBO No.11 ranked Argentinean Vicente Rodriguez in a ten round bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Youth junior lightweight title and the WBO Latino title on Friday August 22 at the Wyong Leagues Club on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia headlining a card promoted by the Grange Old School Boxing and Angelo Hyder’s “Nitro Boxing”. “Cool” Willie Kickett Headlines August 22 Wyong Card
Darchinyan Wins IBF Title With 5th Round Knockout Of Kirilov

Darchinyan Wins IBF Title With 5th Round Knockout Of Kirilov

By Paul Upham: Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan won his second IBF world title in a new weight class when he knocked out champion Dimitri Kirilov at junior bantamweight on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, televised live in the USA on Showtime Championship Boxing. Darchinyan Wins IBF Title With 5th Round Knockout Of Kirilov
Mundine Hits Canvas, But Still Beats Kim

Mundine Hits Canvas, But Still Beats Kim

By Paul Upham: Former WBA super middleweight world champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine had to get up off the canvas to beat tough Japanese opponent Crazy Kim on points over ten rounds on Wednesday night at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Australia. Mundine Hits Canvas, But Still Beats Kim
Shane Mosley & Kostya Tszyu: Boxing’s Smiling Assassins

Shane Mosley & Kostya Tszyu: Boxing’s Smiling Assassins

By Paul Upham

To be in the presence of one undisputed boxing world champion is special. To be able to sit back and observe two of them interacting together is a privilege that doesn’t come along every day. Such was the case on July 23, when Sugar Shane Mosley accepted an invitation to visit Kostya Tszyu at his home in Sydney, Australia. Shane Mosley & Kostya Tszyu: Boxing’s Smiling Assassins
Zappavigna Stays Unbeaten With Points Win At Club Marconi

Zappavigna Stays Unbeaten With Points Win At Club Marconi

By Paul Upham at ringside: Australian lightweight prospect Lenny Zappavigna kept his undefeated record with a ten round unanimous points decision over Leon Maratas from the Philippines, winning the vacant IBO Asia Pacific title on Friday night at Club Marconi in Bossley Park, NSW, headlining a well promoted card by Billy Hussein and Tommy Mercuri. Zappavigna Stays Unbeaten With Points Win At Club Marconi
Zappavigna Headlines Club Marconi Hussein Promotion Friday Night

Zappavigna Headlines Club Marconi Hussein Promotion Friday Night

By Paul Upham: Exciting Australian prospect Lenny Zappavigna faces Leon Maratas for the vacant IBO Asia Pacific lightweight title on Friday night at Club Marconi in Bossley Park, NSW, promoted by Billy Hussein. Zappavigna Headlines Club Marconi Hussein Promotion Friday Night
Australian TV Boxing Schedule : Week 21/07/2008

Australian TV Boxing Schedule : Week 21/07/2008

A full week of boxing action and information on television in Australia, as compiled by Paul Upham.

All times Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Australian TV Boxing Schedule : Week 21/07/2008
Danny Green Television Documentary Premieres Friday Night

Danny Green Television Documentary Premieres Friday Night

By Paul Upham: A new two-hour documentary on the boxing career of retired WBA light heavyweight world champion Danny Green will premiere on the Fox Sports network in Australia on Friday night July 18. Danny Green Television Documentary Premieres Friday Night
Klitschko-Thompson Free To Air In Australia

Klitschko-Thompson Free To Air In Australia

By Paul Upham: Wladimir Klitschko’s heavyweight boxing world title defence against American Tony Thompson at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday will be televised live into Australia on the Channel 10 free to air network. Klitschko-Thompson Free To Air In Australia
Australian TV Boxing Schedule : Week 07/07/2008

Australian TV Boxing Schedule : Week 07/07/2008

A full week of boxing action and information on television in Australia, as compiled by Paul Upham. Australian TV Boxing Schedule : Week 07/07/2008
Australian TV Boxing Schedule : Week 30/06/2008

Australian TV Boxing Schedule : Week 30/06/2008

A full week of boxing action and information on television in Australia as compiled by Paul Upham. Australian TV Boxing Schedule : Week 30/06/2008
IBO Champion Geale Defeats Ajetovic On Points

IBO Champion Geale Defeats Ajetovic On Points

By Paul Upham: Tasmanian Daniel Geale retained the IBO middleweight world title with a unanimous twelve round points decision win over Geard Ajetovic from Serbia on Friday night at the Campbelltown Catholic Club in Sydney, Australia. IBO Champion Geale Defeats Ajetovic On Points
No Blast From The Past, But Fenech-Nelson 3 Still Had Some Punch

No Blast From The Past, But Fenech-Nelson 3 Still Had Some Punch

By Paul Upham at ringside: It wasn’t a classic battle in the mould of their first two fights, but the come-backing Jeff Fenech and Azumah Nelson still put on a pretty decent contest for two boxers who had not fought for over ten years. Fenech received a majority ten round points decision win at junior middleweight on Tuesday night at the Vodafone Arena in Melbourne, Australia. No Blast From The Past, But Fenech-Nelson 3 Still Had Some Punch
St Clair Says Kickett Is Being Pushed Into Fight

St Clair Says Kickett Is Being Pushed Into Fight

By Paul Upham: Rising Western Australian prospect ‘Cool’ Willy Kickett takes a major step up in class when he faces former IBF/IBO junior lightweight world champion Gairy ‘Superman’ St Clair in the main support bout on the Jeff Fenech-Azumah Nelson 3 card on Tuesday night at the Vodafone Arena in Melbourne. St Clair Says Kickett Is Being Pushed Into Fight
How Jeff Fenech Fanned The Flame For A Third Azumah Nelson Fight

How Jeff Fenech Fanned The Flame For A Third Azumah Nelson Fight

By Paul Upham

It started with a simple phone call from a business associate in Thailand to Jeff Fenech in Sydney in February 2008. “Jeff, your old foe Samart Payakarun is telling people over here that he can beat you in a boxing rematch and there is a promoter who is ready to put the fight on.” How Jeff Fenech Fanned The Flame For A Third Azumah Nelson Fight
Sakio Bika Is Back: “Get me The Biggest Fight Out There”

Sakio Bika Is Back: “Get me The Biggest Fight Out There”

By Paul Upham: Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika, the winner of series three of The Contender, is ready to return to the boxing ring after an extended break spent with his family. Bika’s wife Belinda gave birth to their second son, Jordan Thomas Bika, born on June 9 at 5.58pm and weighing 4.07kgs (8.95lbs). Sakio Bika Is Back: “Get me The Biggest Fight Out There”
Darchinyan Heads To LA; Still Wants Donaire Rematch

Darchinyan Heads To LA; Still Wants Donaire Rematch

By Paul Upham in Marrickville: Former IBF/IBO flyweight world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan held his final Sydney sparring session on Friday and will now set up training camp in the USA. Darchinyan Heads To LA; Still Wants Donaire Rematch
Green Says ‘No’ To Comeback Mundine Rematch

Green Says ‘No’ To Comeback Mundine Rematch

By Paul Upham: Retired WBA light heavyweight world champion Danny Green says suggestions he is on the verge of announcing a comeback to rematch Anthony Mundine, are false. Green, who has just launched a new book on his career titled, “Closed Fists, Open Heart”, reaffirmed to SecondsOut on Thursday June 12 at a Sydney City book signing, that he has fought for the last time. Green Says ‘No’ To Comeback Mundine Rematch
'Money’ Mayweather Retires: Your ‘What Does This Mean’ Checklist

'Money’ Mayweather Retires: Your ‘What Does This Mean’ Checklist

By Paul Upham

The decision by Floyd Mayweather Jr, the pound for pound best boxer in the world, to announce his retirement on June 6, 2008 will send shockwaves through the boxing world. As always, with a decision of this magnitude there will be winners and losers and wide ranging affects on many other boxers and people within the sport. SecondsOut.com now attempts to answers all of the questions created by ‘Money Mayweather’s’ retirement. 'Money’ Mayweather Retires: Your ‘What Does This Mean’ Checklist
Danny Green Book Signing Tour

Danny Green Book Signing Tour

By Paul Upham: Retired WBA light heavyweight world champion Danny Green has launched a new book on his career titled, “Closed Fists, Open Heart”, written with sporting journalist Daniel Lane. Danny Green Book Signing Tour
Wills Beats Vella On Split Points Decision In Third Meeting

Wills Beats Vella On Split Points Decision In Third Meeting

By Paul Upham in Gosford: The third fight between arch Australian junior welterweight rivals Adams Wills and Charlie Vella was exactly as advertised. A brutal war fought passionately and intensely on both sides, with Wills winning an eight round split points decision on Friday night at the Central Coast Leagues Club in Gosford, Australia, headlining a “Nitro Boxing’ card promoted by Angelo Hyder. Wills Beats Vella On Split Points Decision In Third Meeting
Want To See A Real Fight? Wills vs. Vella 3 Ticks All The Boxes

Want To See A Real Fight? Wills vs. Vella 3 Ticks All The Boxes

By Paul Upham: So many times boxing fans are disappointed when the highly promoted super fight turns into a boring snoozer. When the sport’s best boxers are matched, it doesn’t always mean you see the best fights. That won’t be the case on Friday night when Adams Wills and Charlie Vella face each other for the third time at the Central Coast Leagues Club in Gosford, Australia televised live on Fox Sports. Want To See A Real Fight? Wills vs. Vella 3 Ticks All The Boxes
Mundine Beats Soliman on Points

Mundine Beats Soliman on Points

By Paul Upham: WBA super middleweight world champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine retained his belt with a twelve round unanimous points decision over Sam “King” Soliman in their third career meeting on Wednesday night at the Vodafone Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Mundine Beats Soliman on Points
‘Raging Bull’ Darchinyan Adds Punch To ‘Prizefighter’ Computer Game

‘Raging Bull’ Darchinyan Adds Punch To ‘Prizefighter’ Computer Game

By Paul Upham in Sydney: When promoter Don King came to selecting boxers to be featured in his new boxing video game he didn’t take long to realise that the exciting, macho and hard hitting flyweight Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan had to be included. ‘Raging Bull’ Darchinyan Adds Punch To ‘Prizefighter’ Computer Game
Wills-Vella 3 Headlines Gosford ‘Nitro’ Card May 30

Wills-Vella 3 Headlines Gosford ‘Nitro’ Card May 30

By Paul Upham: The third fight between arch Australian junior welterweight rivals Adams Wills and Charlie Vella will headline the ‘Nitro Boxing’ card promoted by Angelo Hyder on Friday May 30 at the Central Coast Leagues Club in Gosford, NSW, Australia. Wills-Vella 3 Headlines Gosford ‘Nitro’ Card May 30
King Davidson Granted Australian Residency

King Davidson Granted Australian Residency

By Paul Upham: Nigerian junior middleweight King Davidson Emenogu has been granted permanent residency in Australia and will continue his professional boxing career under world champion trainer Johnny Lewis. King Davidson Granted Australian Residency
Ndou stops Rabah in thriller to win IBF title eliminator

Ndou stops Rabah in thriller to win IBF title eliminator

By Paul Upham in Homebush Bay: There was plenty of trash talk between Lovemore Ndou and Naoufel Ben Rabah in the lead-up to their fight and the thrilling contest they put on Sunday afternoon at the State Sports Centre in Sydney was worth every word and is an early ’fight of the year’ contender. Rabah started slick and fast, but Ndou wore him down and forced him to stop on his stool at the end of round 11. Ndou stops Rabah in thriller to win IBF title eliminator

Title or no IBF title, Rabah-Ndou will be bitterly fought

By Paul Upham in Homebush Bay: Leading IBF junior welterweight contenders Lovemore "Black Panther" Ndou and Naoufel "Chocolata" Ben Rabah may or may not be fighting for the IBF world title this Sunday at the State Sports Centre in Olympic Park. Even in the sport of boxing, where unusual and downright wacky story lines are the norm, this one where two boxers will only find out 24 hours before their bout whether they are actually fighting for the IBF world title or not is bizarre. Title or no IBF title, Rabah-Ndou will be bitterly fought

Green back to his best with 2nd round stoppage win over Murdoch

By Paul Upham in Melbourne: Danny Green turned on his best performance in three years with an explosive 2nd round technical knockout win over fellow Australian Paul Murdoch on Sunday night at the Netball & Hockey Centre in Melbourne. Having his second consecutive fight at light heavyweight, 33 year-old Green displayed speed and power that had not been seen from him since his WBC super middleweight title fight win over Eric Lucas in December 2003. Green back to his best with 2nd round stoppage win over Murdoch

Beating Green is another goal for Murdoch to achieve

By Paul Upham: For many Australian fans, light heavyweight Paul Murdoch is probably the best local boxer they haven't seen. While he has had ten of his thirty-three career fights televised, many of his most recent impressive performances, including his shot at WBO light heavyweight world champion Zsolt Erdei in Germany last May, have gone unseen. This Sunday night, Murdoch faces Danny Green at the State Netball & Hockey Centre in Melbourne and it will be a pleasant change for Murdoch. Beating Green is another goal for Murdoch to achieve

The fire still burns within Danny Green

By Paul Upham: It was June 2001 and Danny Green was only two weeks away from making his professional debut against Waqa Kolivuso in Sydney. During a busy training session at the then Team Fenech gym at the Bankstown PCYC, Green sustained a small eye cut in sparring and came out of the ring at the end of his rounds mouthing expletives, unhappy with his performance. The fire still burns within Danny Green

Bowie Tupou walks out on Johnny Lewis

By Paul Upham: Sydney heavyweight prospect Bowie Tupou has shocked world champion trainer Johnny Lewis by walking out on him to move to the USA to continue his career. Lewis had been unsuccessful in trying to contact Tupou last week and found out on Monday through a third party that the powerhouse heavyweight had left the country. Bowie Tupou walks out on Johnny Lewis

Darchinyan wants more World Titles and a place in Pound for Pound Top Ten

By Paul Upham: Vic Darchinyan turned 31 on Sunday, but the way he sees it, the best part of his career is only just beginning. After bringing himself to the attention of boxing fans in the USA with three brutal stoppage wins on the Showtime television network in 2006, the IBF/IBO flyweight world champion is looking for the biggest fights available in 2007. Darchinyan wants more World Titles and a place in Pound for Pound Top Ten

Retirement Bombshell is typical Mayweather style

Comment by Paul Upham: Once again, Floyd Mayweather Jr did it all his own way and not just inside the ring where he showed his complete boxing mastery in winning every round against Carlos Baldomir on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The retirement bombshell "Pretty Boy" Floyd dropped at the feet of the media at the post-fight press conference had Mayweather's own style written all over it. Retirement Bombshell is typical Mayweather style

"The Fight Game" movie

By Paul Upham: The new documentary film on super middleweight boxer Danny Green premiered on Wednesday night at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington, Sydney, in front of a full house of family, friends, sponsors and media. Director Mick Angus has followed Green around for the last five years since his professional debut, recording the many highs and lows the 33 year-old has experienced throughout his twenty five fight career to date. "The Fight Game" movie

Soliman takes aim at Mundine rematch

By Paul Upham: In the latest WBA super middleweight world ratings Sam "King" Soliman is an interesting new addition at No.3. After giving Winky Wright all sorts of trouble over twelve rounds in a points loss in December 2005, Soliman and his promoter Dan Goossen have been pushing for a rematch with Wright or a shot at middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor, without success. Soliman takes aim at Mundine rematch
Lennox Lewis: Consummate Cool

Lennox Lewis: Consummate Cool

By Paul Upham: It’s not every day that you get to sit down for lunch with someone once regarded the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world. The way heavyweight boxing is going today with no one universally recognised champion, Lennox Lewis could be the last undisputed champion for a very long time. While he retired in February 2004, many fans still regard him as the real king of the heavyweight division. Lennox Lewis: Consummate Cool

Mayweather: "Hatton doesn't want the fight"

By Paul Upham: Floyd Mayweather Jr made it perfectly clear on Wednesday. Don't ask him about a fight with Ricky Hatton any more. As far as the undefeated pound for pound king is concerned, the 28 year-old "Hitman" from Manchester doesn't want the fight. Mayweather: "Hatton doesn't want the fight"
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