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Let’s Look On The Bright Side… The Cold War Has Its Benefits

by on Jun.10, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

by Chip Mitchell

By now boxing fans know about the sport’s latest impediment- the war between Golden Boy (with USADA and Showtime apparently in the promotion’s corner) and Top Rank (with VADA and HBO apparently on board). As a result, many fights boxing fans want to see have not come to fruition.

However, let’s look at some matchups that have taken place as a result of “Boxing’s Cold War” and how they have benefitted fight fans. Then moving forward, let’s explore some possibilities of good matches taking place if the status quo remains intact. (continue reading…)

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Fres Oquendo Toughs Out Victory at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN to Retain WBA Fedelatin Title and Add New Hardware

by on Jun.09, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Fres Oquendo (L) launches a right en route to victory against Derric Rossy

Fres Oquendo (L) launches a right en route to victory against Derric Rossy

Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez Overcomes Hard Charging Opponent while Frankie Scalise Scores Explosive KO Win

Report by Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

HAMMOND, IN, June 8, 2013 — Fres Oquendo did not make good on his prediction of ending fellow-Puerto Rican Heavyweight Derric Rossy’s evening early in the Main Event of Fight Night at the Horseshoe, presented by Bobby Hitz June 8 at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. Though his performance was enough for him to hang onto his WBA Fedelatin as well as winning the NABA and WBC Silver Heavyweight Championships, he was not able to decisively impose his will on the younger Rossy through ten rounds. Hitz gave his fighters the chance to shine on the undercard, and they did, making for plenty of early-round knockouts. A few of the hired opponents did not recognize their roles, taking the house fighters the distance in entertaining scraps while others hung on longer than anyone could have predicted before tasting the canvas.

Sukhrab Shidaev (3-0, 2 KOs, 152.5 lbs.) of Grozny, Russia dominated Anthony Willis of Battle Creek, Michigan (1-3-1, 150.5 lbs.) at a catchweight of 152 pounds in the opening round. A powerful left hook from Shidaev began the bout. Though Willis demonstrated some power of his own, it was Shidaev who set the pace, stalking the American and mixing up punches to the head and body (with an occasional looping right to the back of Willis’s head). Shidaev timed Willis throughout the round and withstood Willis’s offense with an airtight defense. Shidaev’s left hooks to the body and head, combined with his wide but convincing right, were clearly taking their toll and Shidaev nearly ended the fight with another left hook to the head at the bell. (continue reading…)

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What’s Next for the Money Team?

by on May.27, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

By Chip Mitchell

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer alleges that he’s been actively negotiating a September showdown between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, a fighter almost 15 years his junior.

The sticking point seems to be at which weight the fight will take place. Neither side appears to be backing down, as Alvarez, who fights at 154 and Mayweather at 147 stand firm. (continue reading…)

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Questions and Answers with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero

by on Apr.30, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Ghooooooostby Chip Mitchell

Chip Mitchell: Okay, Robert, now you are a very spiritual person. How has your spirituality played a part in your boxing career?

Robert Guerrero: You know, it plays a big part. Not just in boxing, it plays a big part in my life. You know, outside of the ring, with my family, raising my kids in church, believing in Jesus Christ, it’s a big part of my life and that’s what guides my whole life. That goes through my training camp, boxing, being in the ring. It really is the number one thing in my life.

Chip Mitchell: Now, you’ve fought Orlando Salido who was a pressure fighter. You’ve fought Andre Berto who represents power and speed. You fought warriors such as Katsidis, boxers such as Escobedo and Cassamayor. There were other styles like Litzau and Aydin that weren’t the easiest to deal with. I already believe you are mentally strong. Does fighting so many different styles, along with that mentality, make you the optimum opponent to give Floyd a “1” in his loss column?
Robert Guerrero: Oh, most definitely! I mean, you hit it right on. Having the proper experience to be in the ring helps build a fighter the right way. Then you get the chance to fight different types of styles, so you have different experiences. Then when a fighter gets to the top they’re ready for it and they stay there. Having the mental experience outside of the ring, inside of the ring, putting all that together as a package, it’s a deadly force.

Chip Mitchell: Robert, you are 6-time champion in 4 different weight classes. I’m going to say that again. SIX TIME CHAMPION IN FOUR DIFFERENT WEIGHT CLASSES! That is a marvelous accomplishment. Not many people know this. Do you ever feel underappreciated?
Robert Guerrero: No, I don’t. You know, all I do is go out there and fight, set my heart and fight the best I can. If it gets recognized, it gets recognized; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. But you know what, I know I put God first and he’s blessed me to be in this position. And being in this position, it’s incredible. It’s incredible and it truly is a blessing, and it’s helps me take full advantage of it. After this fight, everybody will know the accomplishments that I have, especially after beating Floyd Mayweather.

Q: What have you seen in Floyd that gives you so much confidence that you’re the man that’s going to take his O away?
Robert Guerrero: You know, being smart in the ring, fighting an intelligent fight. A lot of these guys just come in, they either lose their head or they’re mad at him and all game plans go out the window and also, being able to make the adjustments in the ring. Having the experiences that I’ve had throughout my boxing career and the different weight classes with guys who are fast, guys who are slick, guys who put pressure, guys who are boxer punchers, just having all the experience and putting it all together and being able to recognize to make those adjustments in the ring.

Q: So, Robert, any last comments before we let you go?

Robert Guerrero: I’m just ready to go. Can’t wait until fight night. That’s it. Thank you, God bless, and bye.

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Zahir Raheem Returns With Impressive KO Win in Tacoma

by on Mar.28, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

By Ricardo IbarraTACOMA, WA, March 26, 2013 — Long lay-offs are very often seen as a detriment to fighters. The perception being that they breed lethargy and a lack of focus. But for some, a lay-off can often give them a much needed break from the grind that is boxing and rejuvenate a stalling career. For former world title contender Zahir Raheem the latter seems to be the case. After a two-year long hiatus from the sport, “King” Raheem returned to the ring in very impressive fashion last Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, stopping the durable Santos Pakau in two rounds. The bout headlined the 91st installment of Brian Halquist Productions Battle at the Boat series.

Raheem (32-3 19KOs 143 lbs.) got off to a slow start in the first round, working behind his jab and occasionally firing off follow-up right hands, seemingly trying to size up his opponent and assess what he had to offer. In the second round, though, Raheem began to press forward and open up with crisp combinations, landing solidly to the head and body. Pakau (28-8-2 11KOs) fired back as his opponent unloaded, but this only seemed to give Raheem more openings. Mid-way through the round a hard right hand-left hook combination dropped Pakau for a mandatory eight-count. As the action resumed, Raheem pressed and once again deposited Pakau on the canvas with a thudding left hook. Pakau would make it up once more, only to be dropped again seconds later, prompting the referee to wave the fight off at 2:20 of the second round.   Raheem, who is in search of another title shot, looked sharp and did not display the lack of timing and overall rust that can often be present after such a long stretch of inactivity. While his conditioning and stamina cannot be assessed in a two round fight, he looked as good as he has in years. Having recently signed to a long term promotional contract with promoter Brian Halquist, Raheem has plans of staying busy in the Pacific Northwest. He is scheduled to headline the next Battle at the Boat in June. (continue reading…)

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