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Tso talks about two-year Top Rank deal
By Mark Butcher in Macao: Popular super-flyweight Rex Tso received a major boost as he hones in on a summer title shot against WBA 115lbs champion Kohei Kono with the announcement of a two-year co-promotional deal with Top Rank before the final press conference for Zou-Ruenroeng. The ever-smiling Tso, Hong Kong’s first ever professional fighter, later explained his joy at the deal.
Birthday boy Roach nears another milestone
By Mark Butcher in Macao: The most decorated coach in boxing turns 55 today. Seven-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach has forgotten more about the sport than most of us will ever know, but is perhaps on the cusp of one of his finest achievements in converting dyed-in-the-wool amateur Zou Shiming into a professional world champion within the space of two years.
Zou Shiming and the rise of Macao
By Mark Butcher: For many years, US boxing promoters and sporting entrepreneurs speculated on the gold mine on the other side of the world. The lucrative gambling market in Macao (currently pulling in seven times the revenue of the entire state of Nevada) whispered Eastern promise and China’s extraordinary 1.3 billion population could offer a potential viewing audience like no other. But the Chinese needed one of their own to spark the revolution - this untapped market lacked a superstar.
Bradley denied by stunning draw
By Mark G. Butcher at ringside: Tim Bradley overcame a badly swollen, possibly fractured, left cheekbone to outhustle roughhousing Argentine Diego Chaves over 12 uncompromising rounds in a fight the judges bemusingly scored a split draw.
Lee discombobulates Korobov in six, Benavides controversy
By Mark G. Butcher at ringside: Andy Lee scored a stunning sixth round stoppage of previously unbeaten Matt Korobov to win the vacant WBO middleweight title, prompting wild scenes of jubilation from the Irish contingent in the crowd. A monstrous right hook discombobulated the Russian and, when Lee pounced, Korobov was unable to defend himself prompting referee Kenny Bayless’ intervention after 1-10 seconds of the sixth.
Vargas closes in on Pacquiao showdown
By Mark G. Butcher in Las Vegas: WBA junior welterweight champion Jessie Vargas is closing in on a dream showdown with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao in April 2015, according to the fighter. The bout could take place in the unbeaten Vargas’ hometown of Las Vegas.
Timothy Bradley: Married to the manager
Interview by Mark G. Butcher: In the history of boxing, there are many lamentable tales of fighters having their earnings ‘relieved’ of them by duplicitous managers and promoters. Boxing and hustling are forever conjoined. So what better solution than having your wife double as your manager? It certainly works for Timothy and Monica Bradley.
‘Desert Storm’ Bradley makes it rain in the ring
Interview by Mark G. Butcher: It’s unlikely you will ever see Timothy Bradley in a club ‘making it rain’ or dripping in gold flanked by a hollering entourage. Bold or arrogant proclamations are not the Californian’s style, unlike a few other fighters one could mention. Bradley only makes it rain punches and the man known as ’Desert Storm’ will be seeking to reignite his career when he takes on battle-hardened Argentine Diego Chaves at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Pacquiao Man-handles Algieri
By Mark G. Butcher in Macao: Manny Pacquiao gave upstart Chris Algieri a crash course in speed and power as he manhandled the New Yorker over 12 painfully one-sided rounds at the Cotai Arena. The Filipino dominated in every single department except guts as Algieri rose creditably from six official knockdowns.