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CHICAGO, July 15, 2014 – Their first fight was a shocker. Previously, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has stood alone, a world champion in five weight divisions who for years has remained unchallenged and unscathed in reigning supreme at the lofty pinnacle of boxing’s pound for pound elite. Wrangling for a showdown, Manny Pacquiao briefly threatened that status until he was poleaxed by Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. World Boxing Association’s Super World Super Middleweight champion, Andre “Son of God” Ward, inhabits the level below, sharing it perhaps with Bernard Hopkins (the WBA, IBF and IBA Light Heavyweight champion), followed by champions Gennady Golovkin, Manny Pacquiao on the tier beneath. And then there’s everyone else. Topping the Forbes list of highest paid athletes at $105 million dollars in the year spanning from September 2013 to September 2014, Mayweather has dispatched opponents with deft and sublime skills, rarely losing a round, much less a fight, in accumulating a record of 46-0 with 26 knockouts.
And then on May 3, 2014, that nearly changed.
The crude-swinging Argentine slugger, Marcos Maidana (35-4 with 31 knockouts), had won the WBA World Light Welterweight champion on his third try, moved up to welterweight, promptly lost to Devon Alexander (who’d win world laurels later that year), but stunned everyone when he repeatedly knocked down and won a unanimous decision over then-undefeated Adrien Broner for the WBA title this last December. As glorious and improbable as that was, the consensus was that he’d serve as cannon fodder for Mayweather, who stood head and shoulders above Broner. Read the rest of this entry “
Donovan Dennis vs. Jamal Woods and Gilbert Venegas vs. Larry Smith for Tentative World Title Bouts in Davenport, IA July 11th!July 3rd, 2014
Skylar Thompson and Tony Bandy Co-Promoting Boxing Show at the Col Ballroom
DAVENPORT, IA — Skylar Thompson has some ring creed, having fought and lost to Andrzej Fonfara, who went the distance and knocked down WBC Light Heavy kingpin Adonis Stevenson in May. Thompson’s TKO loss to Fonfara back in 2009 was later ruled “no contest” after Fonfara tested positive to steroids. He also went the distance with Chicago’s middleweight contender, Donatas Bondaravas last September and was stopped by Mike Jimenez in January.
Having retired this year with a record of 12 wins, 12 losses and 10 knockouts, he’s now co-promoting a show that has two tentative world title fights — “World Boxing Bureau and GBO Global Boxing Organzation title matches ‘In negotiations’,” according to Pete Podgorski, who will be refereeing those bouts. That’s not bad for a first show as a promoter. Read the rest of this entry “
Glen Tapia vs. Boyd Melson Now added to Golovkin vs. Geale Middleweight Championship Show July 6th at MSG!June 25th, 2014
NEW YORK CITY, June 24, 2014 — Top junior middleweight contenders will square off on the undercard of the “G4” boxing extravaganza set for SATURDAY, JULY 26 at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. “GLEN “Jersey Boy” TAPIA, favorite son of Passaic, New Jersey, will clash with BOYD “The Rainmaker” MELSON of Brooklyn, New York in an eight round battle.
Also added to the undercard is undefeated and all-action junior welterweight newcomer JULIAN “Hammer Hands” RODRIGUEZ of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey in a scheduled four rounder against an opponent to be announced. Read the rest of this entry “
By Dan Hanley
Showing my age – while talking with Ray Lunny – I was reminded of a 1970s boxing-themed Old Milwaukee beer commercial that carried the tagline, ‘It’s a tough name to live up to…!’ Well, when young Ray was blasting his way into pug-city in the early ’70s, it was apparent that the ad could have been written about him. I’m sure there was a whole lot of fight mavens out there, whose musical chops were cut on Tommy Dorsey, who checked out this wunderkind with their own brand of pugilistic skepticism. I can just hear the slagging now. “Yeah, right, another Ray Lunny!” They would be in store for a revelation.
DH: Ray, tell me about yourself. Where are you from?
RL: Redwood City, California, which is just south of San Francisco. Read the rest of this entry “
Former Contender, Now Trainer, ‘Ice’ John Scully Set to Take New Proteges to Next Level at Roy Cruz’s ‘One Punch Promotions’!June 2nd, 2014
ORLANDO, FL — Former IBF world light heavyweight title challenger, Connecticut Boxing Hall Of Fame member and current trainer “Iceman” John Scully, formerly of Windsor, Connecticut and now living and training boxers in Orlando, Florida will lead four boxers into battle on the big June 6, 2014 Professional Boxing Card to be held at the Orlando Live Events Center (situated in the Orlando Jai-Alai). Read the rest of this entry “