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24 OCTOBER 2014

 


Art Hafey: Too Nice A Guy To Fight For The Title

Art Hafey: Too Nice A Guy To Fight For The Title

By Clive Bernath: Art Hafey is one of life’s nice people. In fact being such a nice down to earth humble guy may have cost him a shot at the world featherweight title. Art Hafey: Too Nice A Guy To Fight For The Title
Macklin Out-Points Pintos/Eyes Pavlik Clash

Macklin Out-Points Pintos/Eyes Pavlik Clash

By Clive Bernath: Following Matthew Macklin’s excellent 10 round points win over the durable Rafael Sosa Pintos on Saturday(Dec 5) night his confidence is understandably at an all time high. Macklin Out-Points Pintos/Eyes Pavlik Clash
Breaking Down Valuev vs. Haye

Breaking Down Valuev vs. Haye

By Clive Bernath: If the bookies are to be believed David Haye is just 24 hours away from dethroning WBA heavyweight king Nikolay Valuev. Breaking Down Valuev vs. Haye
Kirkland Laing: ‘The Gifted One’

Kirkland Laing: ‘The Gifted One’

By Clive Bernath: If you are looking for the perfect present for a boxing mad relative this Christmas then look no further than Oliver Jarrett’s excellent and very informative biography of boxer Kirkland Laing. Kirkland Laing: ‘The Gifted One’
Be Careful What You Wish For David

Be Careful What You Wish For David

By Clive Bernath: Two Clichés come immediately to mind when reading David Haye’s latest interview about his November 7 heavyweight title clash with giant WBA titleholder Nikolay Valuev-‘Be careful what you wish for’ and ‘Patience is a virtue’. Be Careful What You Wish For David
Steve Collins: The Best Irish Boxer, Ever

Steve Collins: The Best Irish Boxer, Ever

By Gerry Hand: It was one of those random questions you often get down the pub, especially when people know you like boxing. "Who was Ireland’s greatest ever boxer"? Straightforward enough until you actually have to decide upon it, but for me the answer came automatically.Steve Collins. Steve Collins: The Best Irish Boxer, Ever
Hearn Believes Audley Can Still Fight For Title

Hearn Believes Audley Can Still Fight For Title

By Clive Bernath: It appears that Audley Harrison is not the only person deluded about his ability to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Hearn Believes Audley Can Still Fight For Title
Maloney Calls For Public Enquiry

Maloney Calls For Public Enquiry

By Clive Bernath: Frank Maloney, the promoter of Friday night’s English heavyweight title fight between John McDermott and Tyson Fury, wants the British Boxing Board of Control to hold a public enquiry following Fury’s controversial 10 round points. Maloney Calls For Public Enquiry
Maloney Angered By Fury No Show

Maloney Angered By Fury No Show

By Clive Bernath: Promoter Frank Maloney has been forced to cancel today’s press conference in London to publicise Friday’s (Sept 11) English heavyweight title fight between John McDermott and Tyson Fury after the challenger refused to attend. Maloney Angered By Fury No Show
Naz Finally Reveals Reason For ‘Retiring’

Naz Finally Reveals Reason For ‘Retiring’

By Clive Bernath: Even though he never officially retired I always felt I knew the real reason Naseem Hamed never fought again after out-pointing Spaniard Manuel Calvo in May, 2002. Naz Finally Reveals Reason For ‘Retiring’
Carl Froch: Admiration Or Arrogance?

Carl Froch: Admiration Or Arrogance?

By Clive Bernath: There are two views one can take when you hear WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch attempt to entice and ridicule the retired Joe Calzaghe back into the ring. Carl Froch: Admiration Or Arrogance?
Dejected Haye Says Sorry To Klitschko

Dejected Haye Says Sorry To Klitschko

By Clive Bernath: David Haye looked visibly dejected when he apologised to both his fans and Wladimir Klitschko for having to pull out of his heavyweight title fight in Germany on June 20 because of a back injury. Dejected Haye Says Sorry To Klitschko
Manny Pacquiao: A Fighter for the Ages

Manny Pacquiao: A Fighter for the Ages

By Thomas Hauser: On May 2nd, Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton engaged in battle for the right to be called boxing’s “pound-for-pound” champion. Pacquiao and Hatton have aggressive relentless ring styles. They are two of the most exciting fighters in the world. Each man has stayed close to his roots, geographically and in terms of character. Both have special meaning to their constituents. No two fighters are more loved in their native lands. Manny Pacquiao: A Fighter for the Ages
Only Hatton knows If Its Time To Retire?

Only Hatton knows If Its Time To Retire?

By Clive Bernath: Whilst Ricky Hatton is undecided whether or not to retire following his devastating second round knockout at the hands of pound for king Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas last weekend there was a slight indication that maybe at the back of his mind he has already made a decision. Only Hatton knows If Its Time To Retire?
Cusp of Greatness

Cusp of Greatness

By John Lumpkin: Last Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao, the consensus pound for pound champion, obliterated Ricky Hatton. Going into the fight, most of us were at least somewhat uncertain as to what the outcome would be. It was not an easy fight to pick because there was such a disparity in relative weights which these two fighters spent the bulk of their career and there was every possibility that Pacquiao was reaching too high up the scale. Cusp of Greatness
Pacquiao Is The Complete Package

Pacquiao Is The Complete Package

By Matthew Hurley: Even those of us who anticipated an eventual beat down of Ricky Hatton by Manny Pacquiao never truly anticipated a complete blowout of the junior welterweight champion. Once again the ‘Pac Man’ not only proved his greatness as a fighter but also elevated his stature among the all time great fighters. Pacquiao Is The Complete Package
Size Matters?

Size Matters?

By John Lumpkin: Being the pound for pound best in the world does not necessarily translate to being able to beat anyone at any weight. It is simply the recognition of capability relative to weight, so this does not mean that Pacquiao should be favored to win. Size Matters?
Hatton Relishes Underdog Role

Hatton Relishes Underdog Role

By Matthew Hurley: “It’s always better to win as the underdog.” So says Ricky Hatton as he winds down preparations for his May 2nd mega-fight with current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Hatton’s easy charm has been tested in the buildup to this fight as Pacquiao’s ascension to superstar status in the aftermath of his December destruction of Oscar De La Hoya has reduced ‘The Hitman’ to the B-side of this number one record. But in that vein Hatton remains one helluva B-side. Hatton Relishes Underdog Role
Moment Of Truth For Froch And Haye

Moment Of Truth For Froch And Haye

By Clive Bernath: Nobody can accuse British fighters David Haye and Carl Froch of failing to publicise their respective upcoming world title fights or lacking in self confidence. Moment Of Truth For Froch And Haye
Countdown To Hatton – Pacquiao

Countdown To Hatton – Pacquiao

By Matthew Hurley: When Manny Pacquiao forced Oscar De La Hoya to retire on his stool after eight ridiculously one-sided rounds the vast majority of people who had picked against the ‘Pac Man’ that night sat up, blinked and began comparing the Filipino whirlwind to all time greats like Henry Armstrong. Countdown To Hatton – Pacquiao
David Haye: This Generation’s Evander Holyfield?

David Haye: This Generation’s Evander Holyfield?

By Matthew Hurley: He’s brash, he’s exciting to watch and now that he’s entered the heavyweight ranks he’s potentially vulnerable. That vulnerability coupled with his hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners style has made David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye a welcome addition to a division desperate for someone to shake things up. David Haye: This Generation’s Evander Holyfield?
Chris Finnegan 1944-2009

Chris Finnegan 1944-2009

By Clive Bernath: Chris Finnegan, the former British, European and Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion, has died at the age of 64. His death comes just four months after his younger brother Kevin was found dead at his Hillingdon home. Chris Finnegan 1944-2009
John Lewis Is The Man For The Job

John Lewis Is The Man For The Job

By Clive Bernath: Although initially surprised when I read that British referee Ian John Lewis was to take charge of the WBC heavyweight title clash between Vitali Klitschko and Juan Carlos Gomez next month I was also very pleased. John Lewis Is The Man For The Job
Goodbye Joe Calzaghe

Goodbye Joe Calzaghe

By Clive Bernath

Joe Calzaghe’s decision to retire undefeated was as much a surprise as it was expected. In terms of the expected the Welsh boxing hero hinted many times following his win over Roy Jones Jr last November that retirement was a real possibility. Goodbye Joe Calzaghe
The Truth about John Duddy

The Truth about John Duddy

By Thomas Hauser

A fighter sacrifices. He tortures his body; he hardens his mind. And all the while, he’s surrounded by people, some of whom give him their heart and soul while others view him as prey. Depending on those associations, the business of boxing can be profitable for a fighter or worse than any physical beating that he suffers. John Duddy is learning that hard lesson now. The Truth about John Duddy
Be Careful What You Wish For, David

Be Careful What You Wish For, David

By Clive Bernath

I think it is fair to say that David Haye has well and truly become an annoying irritation to both Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. Be Careful What You Wish For, David
MAXBOXING.COM Teams Up With SECONDSOUT.COM

MAXBOXING.COM Teams Up With SECONDSOUT.COM

LOS ANGELES and LONDON, December 9th - MaxBoxing.com, the leader in Internet boxing coverage in the United States, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the premier brand in worldwide new media boxing coverage, SecondsOut.com, for a new venture that will not only continue to bring the best of the fight game to its visitors, but that will add a number of new enhancements that will revolutionize the way the sport is covered. MAXBOXING.COM Teams Up With SECONDSOUT.COM
Hatton-Malignaggi: The End of a Dream

Hatton-Malignaggi: The End of a Dream

By Thomas Hauser

In today’s era of devalued titles, it’s not enough to be a “champion.” To be fully recognized and make big money, a fighter has to be a star. Hatton-Malignaggi: The End of a Dream
Froch Ready To Make Pascal Pay

Froch Ready To Make Pascal Pay

By Clive Bernath: Carl Froch can never be accused of suffering from a lack of confidence. At a press conference, held today to promote his WBC super-middleweight title clash with Jean Pascal-Froch vowed to ‘Unleash Hell’ when they come face to face on Saturday night. Froch Ready To Make Pascal Pay
Haye. Exciting As He Is Vulnerable

Haye. Exciting As He Is Vulnerable

By Clive Bernath: Regardless of whether or not David Haye accomplishes his ambition of becoming heavyweight champion of the world no one can accuse him of not walking the walk after talking the talk. Haye. Exciting As He Is Vulnerable
Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr

Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr

By Thomas Hauser

The main arena at Madison Square Garden is a nice place to make history. On November 8th, Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr did just that, although the results were far more gratifying to Calzaghe. Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr
Hatton vs. Malignaggi: Does The Hitman Have Any Ammunition Left?

Hatton vs. Malignaggi: Does The Hitman Have Any Ammunition Left?

By Matthew Hurley

After losing in his bid to claim the WBC welterweight title from Floyd Mayweather in 2007 Ricky Hatton finally came to the reasonable conclusion that he was not and never will be comfortable at 147 pounds. Hatton vs. Malignaggi: Does The Hitman Have Any Ammunition Left?
Calzaghe Motivated for Jones Like Never Before

Calzaghe Motivated for Jones Like Never Before

By Clive Bernath: Joe Calzaghe has said that he is far more focused and motivated at the prospect of facing Roy Jones Jr this weekend than he was against Bernard Hopkins seven months ago. Calzaghe Motivated for Jones Like Never Before
Haye Faces Reality Against ‘Two Gunz’

Haye Faces Reality Against ‘Two Gunz’

By Clive Bernath: Love him or hate him you cannot but admire the honesty of would be heavyweight champion in waiting David Haye. Haye Faces Reality Against ‘Two Gunz’
Calzaghe And Jones Making a Stand

Calzaghe And Jones Making a Stand

By Clive Bernath: It was very interesting to read that both Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jnr believe they have made a stand for all boxers by independently co promoting their November 8 super fight at Madison Square Garden In New York. Calzaghe And Jones Making a Stand
Is De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao A Mismatch?

Is De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao A Mismatch?

By Clive Bernath

No matter how much I try I cannot understand why Oscar De La Hoya would want to face the much smaller pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on December 12. Is De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao A Mismatch?
Boxrec.com: Boxing’s Indispensable Website

Boxrec.com: Boxing’s Indispensable Website

By Thomas Hauser

How important is Boxrec.com?

Ask people in the boxing industry:

*Bruce Trampler (Top Rank matchmaker): Short of actually being at a fight, they’re the best source of information out there. I have my own computerized records, and I’m on Boxrec at least a dozen times a day. We take it for granted, but everyone in boxing would miss it if it was gone. Boxrec.com: Boxing’s Indispensable Website
Kelly Pavlik: The Journey Continues

Kelly Pavlik: The Journey Continues

By Thomas Hauser

Former middleweight champion Tony Zale grew up in the steeltown of Gary, Indiana. In the late-1940s, he won two of three slugfests against Rocky Graziano in boxing’s bloodiest championship trilogy. Kelly Pavlik: The Journey Continues
HBO: 2008

HBO: 2008

By Thomas Hauser

On January 22, 1988, former champion Larry Holmes challenged Mike Tyson for the heavyweight championship of the world. That night, a staggering 53 percent of all homes with HBO tuned in to the fight. By way of comparison, only 35 percent of homes equipped with HBO had watched Barbra Streisand’s historic HBO concert two years earlier. HBO: 2008
Rankings By The Number

Rankings By The Number

By John Lumpkin

Imagine if you have been asked to rank two fighters whose records stand at 20-0 (18) and 14-5 (6). The casual fan might assume that the undefeated fighter should be ranked higher. Rankings By The Number
Pavlik Ready For First Title Defense

Pavlik Ready For First Title Defense

By Matthew Hurley

Following a monumental assault on the middleweight division in 2007 that saw him win the WBC and WBO titles from Jermain Taylor in a classic brawl Kelly Pavlik surveyed the 160 pound landscape and could not have been too excited at what he saw. Pavlik Ready For First Title Defense
Boxing Attendances

Boxing Attendances

By Nick Kelly: It has been an impressive 12 months for British boxing, recapturing the imagination of the general public with crowds twice surpassing 50,000 and Ricky Hatton selling over one million television pay per views Boxing Attendances
'Hair' Today Gone Tomorrow

'Hair' Today Gone Tomorrow

By Clive Bernath: In more than 20 years of being involved in professional boxing I like to think I have pretty much seen it all. Remember the now infamous ’Fan Man’ attempting to parachute into the ring during the rematch between Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe at Caesars Palace in 1993? 'Hair' Today Gone Tomorrow
Rendall Munroe: “I’ll still empty dustbins when I’m a world champion”

Rendall Munroe: “I’ll still empty dustbins when I’m a world champion”

By Andrew Wake: If there was a title for being the most humble and friendly man in boxing then Leicester’s boxing bin man Rendall “2 Tone” Munroe would win it with ease. Rendall Munroe: “I’ll still empty dustbins when I’m a world champion”
Joe Louis visits Liverpool

Joe Louis visits Liverpool

By Nick Kelly: Imagine if Joe Louis after joining the army during the Second World War decided to give up boxing for a life as a soccer player? Joe Louis visits Liverpool
Junior Witter Loses More Than His Title

Junior Witter Loses More Than His Title

By Matthew Hurley: As Ricky Hatton winds down preparations for his May 24th comeback bout against Juan Lazcano in his hometown of Manchester the IBO junior welterweight champion suddenly found himself rid of what he deemed the nuisance of former WBC champion Junior Witter, who lost his title to Timothy Bradley by split decision this past weekend. Junior Witter Loses More Than His Title
Joe Calzaghe: The Legend Beater

Joe Calzaghe: The Legend Beater

By Thomas Hauser

In boxing today, fighters fight for bogus world championship belts bestowed upon them by money-hungry sanctioning bodies in exchange for sanctioning fees subsidized by television networks that demand “title” fights. Joe Calzaghe: The Legend Beater
Alphabet Rules

Alphabet Rules

By John Lumpkin

Most of us are fairly familiar with the rules of boxing contests, but how many of us really understand the rules of championships? Alphabet Rules
Liverpool, A Boxing City

Liverpool, A Boxing City

By Nick Kelly: It was once one of the most prominent boxing cities in the UK, if not the world, producing many great champions such as World Featherweight challenger, Nel Tarleton, his foe on several occasions Dom Volante and more recently WBC Light Heavyweight Champion John Conteh. Liverpool, A Boxing City
Light-heavyweight Road Show Begins

Light-heavyweight Road Show Begins

By Clive Bernath: This Saturday night sees four of the best light-heavyweights in the world go toe to toe at the St Pete Times Forum in Tampa,Florida,USA when Britain’s Clinton Woods defends his IBF crown against IBO king Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson faces Glenn Johnson in defense of his WBC title. Light-heavyweight Road Show Begins
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