- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports23 hrs ago
CARSON, Calif. – Gennady Golovkin gave the overflow sell-out crowd of 9,323 frenzied fans at the StubHub Center on Saturday exactly what they wanted to see when he knocked out Marco Antonio Rubio just 79 seconds into the second round of their middleweight title fight.
It was Golovkin's 18th consecutive win by knockout and his 28th in 31 pro fights, furthering the legend as he morphs into a superstar. The one-sided victory added the interim WBC belt to the WBA title he previously held and furthered the impression that he's the man to beat in the division.
It was yet another impressive performance for a fighter who has become the talk of the sport. He has an engaging smile and a friendly nature, which is the polar opposite of his fierce countenance in the ring.
The crowd was on its feet from the moment Golovkin appeared in the tunnel on the long walk to the ring, chanting "Triple G! Triple G! Triple G!"
- Kevin Iole at Boxing1 day ago
CARSON, Calif. -- Nicholas Walters gave his father, Job, the best possible birthday present he could on Saturday, stopping Nonito Donaire with one second left in the sixth round of their WBA featherweight title fight before 9,323 energized fans at the StubHub Center.
Walters knocked Donaire down with a short right uppercut in the third, putting the one-time Fighter of the Year down for the first time in his career. In the sixth, Walters cracked Donaire with an overhand right that landed just above Donaire's ear.
Donaire beat the count, but he was on unsteady legs and referee Raul Caiz Jr. wisely stopped it.
"He's an amazing fighter; an amazing champion," Donaire said of Walters. "I was at my best for this. I never trained this hard. I never ever trained this hard for a fight."
It didn't matter, though, because Walters was too big and too strong. Donaire hit Walters with a powerful left, one of his best shots, near the end of the fifth, but Walters took it and kept coming.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
LAS VEGAS – The sons of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman have sued Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mayweather Promotions and Showtime in Clark County District Court regarding sparring sessions at Mayweather's gym that were a part of the "All Access" series.
Hasim Rahman Jr., 23, and Sharif Rahman, 18, sued for battery, tortious assault, false imprisonment, negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention and unjust enrichment. Neither Rahman has fought professionally, though Rahman Jr. is scheduled to turn professional on Nov. 13.
The Rahman brothers both sparred British boxer Donovan Cameron at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas during Episode 2 of Showtime's "All Access" series that was broadcast on Sept. 6 and designed to promote Mayweather's rematch on Sept. 13 against Marcos Maidana.
Mayweather referred to the gym as the "dog house" on the episode.
"Guys fight to the death," a grinning Mayweather says during the Sept. 6 episode. "It's not right, but it's dog house rules."
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
Speed, power and conditioning are things essential to a fighter's success. But regardless of how great one's physical attributes may be, it's difficult to win at the highest level without self-confidence.
No one understands that better than UFC welterweight Neil Magny.
He won his debut at UFC 157, but lost his next two fights and certainly didn't show signs of morphing into a contender.
But 2014 has been a revelation for Magny, who fights Brazilian William Macario on Oct. 25 in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 179 in his fifth bout in less than a calendar year.
After being submitted by Sergio Moraes at UFC 163 on Aug. 3, 2013, and losing a three-round decision to Seth Baczynski at Fight for the Troops 3 on Nov. 6, 2013, he faced a crossroads: Another loss and he would almost certainly be cut.
But Magny needed more than just a win. He needed to believe, to trust in what his coaches were telling him and, more importantly, to believe in his own ability.
"I really doubted myself a great deal early on," Magny said.
Many fighters fold under the pressure of knowing they need to win to keep their jobs, but Magny didn’t as he prepared to meet Gasan Umalatov at UFC 169 on Feb. 1.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
For anyone who lived through the Cold War, it's anathema to believe that one of the most popular boxers in the country is from the former Soviet Union.
But Gennady Golovkin, the smiling slugger from Kazakhstan who was born in 1982 when the dour Leonid Brezhnev was still the leader of the Soviet Union, is no worse than the third most popular boxer in the U.S. these days.
It's a combination of his engaging smile, his eagerness to please and his deadly knockout power that has put him in the high-rent district of boxing previously occupied only by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
Golovkin is one of those guys to watch no matter whom he fights. Mayweather, of course, is a brilliant technician, but his bouts are often one-sided, tedious affairs in which he pecks away at the opponent and a fan is required to have a great appreciation for defense.
Pacquiao once was what Golovkin is now, a fearless destroyer who delivered breathtakingly exciting performances each time out. But the Pacman hasn't had a knockout since 2009 and his most exciting fight recently was one in which he was knocked cold.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing4 days ago
It's a travesty that Naseem Hamed was not long ago inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
The statistics would seem to speak for themselves. He was 36-1 with 31 knockouts. In 2003, he was voted one of the 100 hardest punchers of all-time by Ring Magazine. He was 10-1 with eight knockouts in title fights. He was the linear champion, meaning he beat the man who beat the man.
He was a charismatic, flamboyant character who attracted a lot of attention and brought huge crowds with him. Hamed was so big in his day that he appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Manny Pacquiao makes semi-regular appearances on ABC's "The Jimmy Kimmel Show," but it's not like the late night hosts are eager to book boxers as guests.
Hamed, though, gets a lot of opposition, not only from media but also from the fan base.
Most often mentioned is his loss to Marco Antonio Barrera in 2001 and the fact that he unquestioned ducked Juan Manuel Marquez. When adding up whether to vote for him, those are factors against his election, but they're far outweighed by all of his positives.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
By most standards, Marco Antonio Rubio has had a phenomenal boxing career.
He's won 59 of his 66 fights and has scored 51 knockouts. He's a consummate professional, always in shape, always ready to work, always respectful of the sport and his opponent.
In his last fight, Rubio won a WBC world title belt, accomplishing the dream of a lifetime.
"There was an overwhelming sense of happiness, joy and pride," he says of his April 5 knockout of Domenico Spada that earned him the interim WBC middleweight championship.
However, there is a major hole in his résumé that, frankly, may be impossible for him to fix.
Whenever he's stepped up the competition level in his career, he's come up short. Going all the way back to 2004, he was knocked out in just 33 seconds by Kofi Jantuah in a title eliminator in what was then the biggest fight of his life.
Later attempts to scale the big wall, bouts against Kassim Ouma, Kelly Pavlik and Julio Cesar Chavez, similarly ended badly for Rubio.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing5 days ago
Emanuel Augustus, a quality fighter despite being known by many as the clown prince of boxing, is in critical condition in a Louisiana hospital after being shot in the head on Monday.
Augustus, who formerly fought as Emanuel Burton, was 38-34-6 with 20 knockouts in a fight career that stretched from 1994 through 2011. Police have no suspects or motives.
Floyd Mayweather, the top pound-for-pound boxer in the world, has consistently said that Augustus gave him the toughest fight of his career. Mayweather stopped Augustus in the ninth round of an Oct. 21, 2000, bout at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
Prior to his bout against Miguel Cotto in 2012, Mayweather spoke to FightHubTV and lavished praise on Augustus.
Emanuel Augustus was my toughest opponent thus far. His record didn't show his skillset, but the guy was unbelievable.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports5 days ago
All these years later, after training 14 men to world championships, including one to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Abel Sanchez still remains relatively anonymous.
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's coach proved many years ago – long before Golovkin made the windy trek nearly 7,000 feet up the San Bernardino Mountains to The Summit Gym in Big Bear Lake, Calif. – that he is one of the sport's best.
What Sanchez is in the process of doing with Golovkin, who meets Marco Antonio Rubio Saturday in the main event of an HBO-televised card at the sold-out StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., is the kind of transformation that Freddie Roach did with Manny Pacquiao earlier this century.
By the time Pacquiao wandered into Roach's humble Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif., in 2001, Roach was already one of boxing's best trainers. He'd worked with the late Johnny Tapia and future Hall of Famer Virgil Hill, and had learned from Eddie Futch, the greatest boxing coach of them all.
Roach, though, managed to cultivate Pacquiao's exceptional talent and that turned the Filipino into a global sports icon.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports6 days ago
There is a certain arrogance required to be a top-level professional fighter. The best fighters are filled with hubris, believing they'll prevail no matter the obstacle.
It's often difficult for them to wrap their hands around a loss. It's rarely about what the opponent did or the horror of all horrors, the opponent might be better.
But that kind of absolute confidence is required to make it to the top.
Glover Teixeira had plenty of it after winning 20 consecutive bouts and going unbeaten for nine years heading into his title bout with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on April 26 at UFC 172 in Baltimore.
However, performance didn't match confidence as Teixeira took a massive pummeling from Jones. Bruce Buffer wasn't needed to read off the judges' scorecards to understand who won, and who lost, that fight. All it took was a peek at each man after the final bell to know.
Teixeira, though, is one of the rare fighters who acknowledges the ugly truth. Six months after that devastating loss, he's yet to make his first excuse.