Boxing

  • Close friends Barry Tompkins, Steve Farhood, joyfully go into Hall of Fame as a team

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 1 day ago

    The final 60 seconds of the middleweight title fight between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard in Las Vegas on April 6, 1987, were riveting. As the final minute began, the crowd rose, chanting, “Sugar Ray! Sugar Ray!” as if to will the big underdog to victory.

    With 10 seconds left, the announcer silent amid the crowd’s roars, the two men stood in a corner and exchanged blows to the head.

    The bell rang to end the fight, the decibel level rising exponentially as the crowd celebrated the conclusion of a monumental event.

    As the bell clanged, the announcer once again spoke.

    “How do you like it?” he exclaimed. “How do you like it!?”

    It sent chills down the spine of those who heard it in real time, and it still does to those who find the fight on YouTube and watch it again and again.

    It would become perhaps the most iconic call in boxing history, as significant in the sport’s culture as Al Michaels’ call of the final seconds of Team USA’s upset over Russia in “The Miracle on Ice” is to hockey.

    “It’s over. That’s all. And we have a new era in boxing,” Tompkins said.

  • A fighter from cradle to grave, Johnny Tapia deserves Hall of Fame spot

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 4 days ago

    Johnny Tapia would have turned 50 next May, and I have no doubt that had he still been alive, he’d be begging for just one more fight.

    Boxing saved the lives of countless fighters over the years, but none moreso than Tapia. He lived a haunted, loving, tragic and amazing life, dying at the way-too-young age of 45 in 2012 before he could see the moment that made most of his sacrifices worthwhile.

    Tapia was one of seven men elected Tuesday to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, joining former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, multiple-weight champion Marco Antonio Barrera, trainer Johnny Lewis, legendary ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr., judge Jerry Roth, journalist Steve Farhood and broadcaster Barry Tompkins.

    Tapia’s selection is heart-rending for so many. He touched so many lives in so many ways, and despite being one of the toughest men on the planet, he was as needy as a child.

    This is a guy who as an 8-year-old witnessed the rape and murder of his mother. It would haunt him until the end of his days. He never knew his father, who was murdered while his mother was pregnant with him.

    The others all have qualities that earned them their place among the boxing immortals.

     

  • 'Happily retired' Floyd Mayweather flashes $100 million check on Instagram

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 10 days ago

    If there’s one thing that Floyd Mayweather wants you to understand more than anything else, it’s that he doesn’t have to fight for money ever again.

    The retired pound-for-pound boxing king’s name has been rumored to be in talks to come out of his retirement for a massive fight. Some rumors have him tied to UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor while others link him to a return bout with Manny Pacquiao. Either fight would surely rake in a windfall of money.

    However, an Instagram post by Mayweather suggests that the 49-0 fighter is “happily retired” and his proof came in the form of a $100 million dollar check.

    “Gotta love these backseat drivers so worried about another man’s legacy instead of trying to write their own,” Mayweather posted in response to the rumors about his return to the ring. “Ultimately, I will always have the last laugh. This is just one of my many checks, a cool $100,000,000.00 that I still have every dime of.”

    Essentially, Mayweather is responding to everyone who has suggested that he’ll fight again for the money. But, as of right now, Mayweather isn’t interested and has more than enough money to hold him over without a return to the ring.

  • Floyd Mayweather scores surprise meeting with President-elect Trump

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 23 days ago

    President-elect Donald Trump has long dabbled in the fight business. His hotel casinos have sponsored numerous fights and he’s had a long relationship with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

    Last year, Trump and his wife, Melania, attended the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    Apparently, the President-elect struck up a friendship with the superstar boxer. While he is busy hiring members of his administration, Trump took time Wednesday to pose for a photo with his son, Donald Jr., and Mayweather.

    Donald Trump Jr. posted the photo of himself, his father and Mayweather on his personal Twitter account.

    Had a great visit from @FloydMayweather today with @realdonaldtrump. One of the best all time boxing legends. pic.twitter.com/BFQbLMeHlH

    — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 17, 2016

     

  • Juan Manuel Lopez knocks out Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., then brawls with his trainer

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 1 mth ago

    In the sport of boxing, it is expected for the two individuals wearing boxing gloves to punch each other in the face. It is not expected, however, for one of the individuals to end up exchanging punches with somebody not wearing gloves after the fight is over.

    That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night after Juan Manuel Lopez scored an 11th-round knockout against bitter rival Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. After a wild fight between the Puerto Rican rivals, the knockout should have signaled an end to a heated feud. However, right after Lopez won, he began celebrating and headed toward Vazquez’s corner. In a flash, one of Vazquez’s trainers, who had already climbed into the ring, fired a punch at Lopez.

    It set off a bizarre scene where a gloved boxer who had just been in a frantic brawl and a bare-fisted trainer clobbered each other with punches with the trainer actually buzzing Lopez with a couple of shots.

    The hard-hitting Lopez improved to 35-5 with his 32nd knockout while Vazquez fell to 24-7-1.

  • Floyd Mayweather: 'I'm here to say All Lives Matter'

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 2 mths ago

    Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather has always professed to be a proud American first above everything else. And with the growing number of black people dying at the hands of police, the undefeated former champion decided to give his two cents on the present state of affairs in at a recent Mayweather Promotions event.

    Initially, the conversation started off about boxing and why boxers aren’t drawing the numbers like they used to. But Mayweather took it upon himself to address what is going on between blacks and the police.

    “I’m here to say all lives matter,” Mayweather said. “You know, a lot of times, we get stuck, and we are followers. When you hear one person say, ‘black lives matter,’ or ‘blue lives matter,’ all lives matter.”

    Mayweather refuses to place the blame on the police, despite a number of officer-involved incidents this year.

    “It’s not right what is going on in this world on both sides,” Mayweather said. “What I learned from boxing and what everyone can take in real life is to follow directions, follow order. Don’t give nobody a hard time.”

    “There are rules and regulations with everything,” Mayweather said.

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  • Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury retires and then un-retires in wake of failed drug test

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 2 mths ago

    The past couple of weeks in the life of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been nothing short of bizarre. From his curious postponement of his October 29 rematch with Wladimir Klitschko due to being declared “medically unfit” by his manager to failing a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) conducted drug test after being flagged for cocaine that puts his WBO, IBF, and WBC titles he won after beating Klitschko in jeopardy, the 29-year-old’s career has been trapped in a downward spiral.

    The unbeaten and bombastic British fighter anted up further on the mayhem Tuesday morning when he abruptly retired from the sport with an expletive-laced tweet.

    “Boxing is the saddest thing I ever took part in,” Fury tweeted. “All a pile of [expletive], I’m the greatest, & I’m also retired, so go suck a [expletive], happy days.”

    The sudden retirement in the wake of a tumultuous week amassed over 25,000 retweets and turned the boxing world upside down.

    What the future holds for Fury is anyone’s guess. But rest assured that this is far from over.

  • Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury tests positive for cocaine; likely to be stripped of titles

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 2 mths ago

    Things have gone from bad to worse for heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. One week after pulling out of his October 29 rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for unspecified reasons, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) has notified the Englishman that he tested positive for cocaine.

    Fury ended Klitshcko’s decade-long reign as heavyweight champion last November when he defeated the Ukrainian by unanimous decision. However, a rematch with Klitschko was cancelled twice. The first time a Fury ankle injury forced him out of a scheduled July fight. The second time was on September 23 when Fury was curiously declared “medically unfit” and the fight was postponed yet again.

    To complicate his controversial removal from the fight, it was revealed that Fury submitted a random urine test on September 22 in Lancaster, England. The test was flagged for benzoylecgonine, the primary metabolite of cocaine. Fury will have the right to have his “B” sample tested.

  • Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez wins world title in fourth weight class

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 3 mths ago

    The No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world had his hands full, but ultimately accomplished something his hero and fellow countryman Alexis Arguello couldn’t do by winning a world title in his fourth weight class as Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) defeated Carlos Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) by unanimous decision for the WBC super flyweight title.

    It was a sensational fight, full of back-and-forth action that may have caught many fans at The Forum by surprise considering that Gonzalez is known for overwhelming his opponents with his high octane offense and thudding power shots. That was certainly not the case on Saturday as Cuadras made the fight more competitive than anticipated by being crafty and showing off his athleticism.

    “It was a very difficult fight,” Gonzalez said, with swelling under both eyes. “This was the most difficult fight that I’ve had in my career.”

    Although the Nicaraguan made history and cemented his place in boxing’s hall of fame, the story of the fight was Cuadras’ heart and ability to stay in the fight while Gonzalez was unable to detonate one of those thunderous punches to end the night early.