NEW YORK (Apr. 20, 2015) – Author Rich Blake will be tomorrow night’s (Tuesday, April 21) special Ring 8 guest speaker at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.
Blake is a veteran New York City-based author who has written, Slats: The Legend & Life of Jimmy Slattery, to be released next month by publisher No Frills Buffalo. Blake is best known for covering the financial world for numerous publications, including Institutional Investor, ABCNews.com and Reuters HedgeWorld. He was a co-founder and executive editor of Trader Monthly magazine. The 46-year-old Buffalo native is the author of two non-fiction books, The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up and Talking Proud: Rediscovering the Magical Season of the 1980 Buffalo Bills. He also is co-author of a third work of non-fiction, Diary of a Hedge Fund Manager. (continue reading…)
By Connecticut boxing judge Joe Cusano, as told to “Iceman” John Scully
Anyone who is around celebrities on a regular basis, wether it is as a fan, paparazzi or being in their inner circle in some capacity, will get to see how each one is in regards to how they treat their fans. You have many different personalities involved and each one seems to handle fame, adulation and attention just a bit differently. I’ve seen instances when an extremely well known former champion turned trainer very ignorantly not only refused to sign an autograph on a boxing glove for a fan but he also used extremely vulgar language to express how much he didn’t want to do it. I was there when a well known Hollywood figure refused to sign an autograph for one of my pre-teen amateur boxers at Madison Square Garden. I’ve seen famous actors and national championship college basketball players quickly sign their names so illegibly for another of my young boxers that it resembled what it would look like if a four year child scribbled on a piece of paper so they could see if the pen had any ink in it. (continue reading…)
Boxing’s most avoided world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux heading to UK next month To publically confront Scott Quigg
CORK, Ireland (April 12, 2015) – Unified super bantamweight world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), arguably the most avoided reigning world title holder in modern boxing history, will travel to London next month in order to publicly confront his mandatory challenger, Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs), the World Boxing Association (WBA) “regular” 122-pound division titlist.
A month ago in an unusual move, Rigondeaux’ manager Gary Hyde formally petitioned the WBA to enforce a mandatory title fight between his WBA Super champion and Quigg. Hyde is awaiting the WBA’s decision. Rigondeaux is also the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and The Ring magazine’s super bantamweight champion.
A reigning world champion hasn’t been avoided by other world champions and top contenders like Rigondeux has for the past two years since, perhaps, junior middleweight Sergio Martinez, or possibly all the way back to middleweight Mike McCallum.
NEW YORK/UNCASVILLE, Conn. – A loaded undercard featuring a cast of unbeaten prospects has been announced for the non-televised segment of the April 17th ESPN Friday Night Fights card, airing live from beautiful Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The scheduled nine-fight card is presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Fight Promotions Inc. and New Legend Boxing.
Live coverage will begin at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and will also be available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via an affiliated video provider. ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates will also carry the three fights live on broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+. (continue reading…)
Story and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra
After nearly a two year long hiatus from the sport, top Pacific Northwest cruiserweight prospect Mike Wilson made his return to the ring last Saturday night at the Compton Arena in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon. Fighting under the promotional banner of his wife Jennifer Wilson’s newly formed Whited Delight Promotions, Wilson kept his unbeaten record intact with an emphatic second round knockout of previously unbeaten Kansas City prospect Derek Williams. The fight was the main event of a seven bout card that drew one of the largest boxing crowds seen in the region in recent years, showing the vast popularity of the local favorite Wilson. (continue reading…)