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By Dan Hanley
Back in ’73 when Earnie Shavers exploded on the world scene, I must admit to having never heard of him before. Although only 16 at the time, I wasn’t exactly a novice around the sport, but still, could only muster a timid, “Where has this guy been hiding?” I quickly learned that his KO numbers were off the chart and the prone bodies in his wake were stacking up like extras in a Sergio Leone shootout. I am one who truly believes that the ’70s produced some of the scariest competition in heavyweight history. And Earnie Shavers produced a lot of that dread. Read the rest of this entry “
By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair
Last Friday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington, unbeaten Middleweight prospect Dominic Wade defeated former World Middleweight title holder Sam “King” Soliman via a close ten round split decision in a match-up that had major implications for the careers of both fighters. Headlining the TGB Prmotions, Showtime televised Shobox , Wade overcame the biggest challenge of his career in the tough and cagey Soliman, narrowly claiming the win.
As the fight got underway, both fighters got off to a slow start with Wade (18-0, 12 KOs 162.5 lbs.) looking to land from the outside and Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs 161.5 lbs.) maneuvering to get in close. The pace began to pick up in the second round as Soliman stepped up his aggression and started making it a rough fight. The crafty in-fighting of Soliman carried the second and third rounds as Wade slowed his connect rate, but in the fourth the momentum changed. Wade established his jab early in the fourth round and began to connect at range. Late in the round Wade scored a knockdown as the two came together, but it appeared it may have been a product of a push more than a punch. Read the rest of this entry “
By Christopher Morgan at ringside
OAKLAND, CA, June, 20, 2015 — It’s been quite a ride for the Oracle Arena and city of Oakland over these last few weeks, with the NBA Golden State Warriors winning their first championship in 40 years and the Number 2 pound for pound best fighter on the planet, Andre Ward, making a long awaited comeback after a 19-month layoff. Andre Ward’s new promoter, Rapper and media mogul Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, sold out the Arena with competitive ticket prices and a star-studded cast, including San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and none other than the 2015 NBA MVP himself Stephen “Steph” Curry, who carried one of Wards championship belts as he walked to the ring. Did the fight itself live up to the hype? Please read along and find out, as I take you through the fight from my perspective at ringside.
The arena is full and fans are on their feet as Michael Buffer goes over the familiar fighter introductions routine. Paul Smith, introduced first, gets an Arena full of hecklers and boos, but carries a determined and serious look on his mug. Andre Ward gets the full support from his local fans, as is to be expected. Read the rest of this entry “
By Ricardo Ibarra
Three months removed from drawing one of the largest crowds to any combat sporting event in the State of Oregon in recent years, unbeaten Pacific Northwest Cruiserweight prospect “Irish” Mike Wilson will again return to his hometown of Central Point, Oregon Saturday, July 11th and try to do it once more. Fighting in the main event of White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble II” at the Jackson County Expo Compton Arena, Wilson will take on journeyman Sharif Kemp. The card will be the second show for the newly formed promotional company headed by Jennifer Wilson, wife of Mike Wilson, and feature seven fights total.
This will be the second fight for Wilson (11-0, 5 KOs) since taking a two year sabbatical in 2013. Wilson, who was an amateur stand-out claiming the 2005 AIBA World Amateur Super Heavyweight title among other amateur championships, has remained unbeaten as a pro in eleven fights. He returned from his self-imposed hiatus last April, rolling through Kansas City’s Derek Williams in two rounds. The rangy boxer-puncher hopes to add another impressive win against Georgia’s Sharif Kemp (8-6, 6 KOs). Read the rest of this entry “
By Ricardo Ibarra
The Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington will once again host a Showtime televised ShoBox card Friday, June 26th. TGB Promotions has lined up a marathon show with three intriguing televised match-ups and over a dozen fights total featuring a talent-filled line-up.
The televised main event will feature an interesting ten round match-up between fast-rising, undefeated prospect Dominic Wade (17-0, 12 KOs) facing the toughest challenge of his career in former world title holder Sam Soliman (44-12, 18 KO’s). Wade, an aggressive fighter with power in both hands, has been on a six fight win streak, stopping four of his opponents, since taking a two year lay-off starting in 2011. Wade’s last fight was at the Little Creek Casino last December. IN that fight, Wade knocked out tough local fighter Eddie Hunter in the second round of an exciting fight. This fight is a major opportunity for Wade to step to the next level. A win over Soliman would place him as a viable contender for a world title. Read the rest of this entry “