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By Ricardo Ibarra
Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions will stage their third “Brawl at Harmony Hall” card this Saturday at the Washington Land Yacht Harbor in Lacey, Washington, featuring a stacked nine bout line-up, highlighted by regional up and comers. A six round cruiserweight fight tops the card as Tacoma, Washington’s Marquice Weston (7-1-1, 3 KOs) takes on the once beaten Jesse West (8-1, 5 KOs), of Clearfield, Utah. Weston was originally scheduled to fight Texas’ Juan Reyna, but after Reyna fell out West stepped in to fill the main event slot, making for what on paper appears to be a much more interesting fight. Read the rest of this entry “
By “Ice” John Scully
Photo of Ali courtesy of John Weeks*
Photo of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. by Juan C. Ayllon
Floyd Mayweather says he is GREATER THAN MUHAMMAD ALI.
UNDERSTAND: “Greatness” is determined many different ways…has -or could- Floyd ever beat 7-1 odds TWICE??? Some would say that you’re NOT great if u don’t come back from the brink while other say you’re not as great IF YOU HAVE TO. Read the rest of this entry “
“I broke down and cried and screamed to coach, ‘I’m going to win this fight. I’m going to win this fight for him.’”
– Adrian Granados
THE REVEAL with Mark Kriegel: Adrian Granados
CHICAGO — Top-rated contender Adrian Granados opens up in an intimate interview with Sports Emmy® Award-Winning writer Mark Kriegel in the latest edition of the reoccurring SHOWTIME Sports® digital series, THE REVEAL with Mark Kriegel.
As Granados prepares to meet former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner Saturday, Feb. 18, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) in Cincinnati, Ohio, he talks about his struggles, the loss of his long-time friend Ed Brown and what lies ahead for him on fight night. Read the rest of this entry “
By Dan Hanley
When Vinnie Curto arrived on the world scene in the mid – ’70s, more than a few people took a second gander with a quizzical expression. Appearing more likely to grace the cover of GQ rather than Ring Magazine, Vinnie, nevertheless, took the boxing world by storm with his matinee idol looks, a gift of the gab, and a pair of mitts that had ambition written all over them.
DH: Vinnie, it’s funny, when I was reading your exploits in the magazines back in the day, I always associated you with Miami. But you’re actually from Boston, isn’t that right?
VC: That’s right. Boston, born and bred.
DH: Did you come from a big family?
VC: There was four of us. Three boys and a girl. But, Dan, let me stop you there for a minute and let me tell you something. I had an absolutely horrible childhood. I kid you not, I wouldn’t wish my childhood on Adolf Hitler. To tell you from the beginning, both my parents were gay. They hooked up because homosexuality was never discussed like it is today. You would have been an outcast back then. So they went with the flow of a normal life, but had their things on the side in an unspoken way. Even that would have been fine, but the physical and sexual abuse I took from my father had me considering suicide. I think some higher power was watching and spared my life.
DH: With what was going on in your life how did you get steered into boxing?
VC: Well, we always messed around a bit with boxing, but I was 9 years old when I made my way to the New Garden Gym above Sharkey’s Bar where I actually received formal training by Freddy Small, who was the boxing coach. He taught me the ins and outs of boxing. Read the rest of this entry “
By Ricardo Ibarra
Photo by Mike Blair
Friday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (22-20-3, 7 KOs) punctuated an entertaining middleweight fight, stopping San Francisco’s Ricardo Pinell (14-3-1, 8 KOs) in the tenth and final round. A right uppercut mid-way through the last round left Pinell wobbly, prompting his corner to step up onto the ring apron, calling an end to the contest. The bout served as the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ 109th installment of the long-running “Battle at the Boat” Series.
Johnson, of Escondido, California, went to work early, going right at Pinell in the first round with an aggressive assault and stunning the southpaw fighter repeatedly before dropping him with an overhand right-left hook combo. Pinell was up at four and did a good job of weathering much of Johnson’s attack as the action continued, but with ten seconds left in the round, Johnson rocked him once again with an overhand right. Read the rest of this entry “