• Canelo and Triple-G agree to fight, but you're going to have to wait for it

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 5 days ago

    Promoters Oscar De La Hoya and Tom Loeffler met in Los Angeles at the Golden Boy Promotions offices on Wednesday to discuss putting together the long-awaited title fight between linear middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and WBA/WBC/IBF champion Gennady Golovkin.

    No deal was signed, though De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez, tweeted following the meeting that the promoters had agreed verbally for Alvarez and Golovkin in September 2017.

    On Tuesday, Tom Loeffler came to @GoldenBoyBoxing's offices and we agreed that the mega fight between @canelo and GGG would occur next fall

    Fans have been clamoring for the fight for nearly a year, but the drumbeat picked up intensity on Nov. 21 after Alvarez defeated Miguel Cotto to win the WBC and linear middleweight belts.

    But Loeffler, who promotes Golovkin, stressed there is still no deal.

    The 15-month delay of pushing the bout to 2017 will allow Alvarez to get comfortable fighting as a fully fledged middleweight and to help Golovkin build his name.

  • Richard Schaefer creates Ringstar Sports, back in promotional business

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 5 days ago

    After an 18-month absence, Richard Schaefer is back in the business of promoting boxing.

    The former Golden Boy CEO, who bitterly split with the company in January 2015, created a company he called Ringstar Sports and is in the process of building a staff and seeking out fighters.

    A prominent Swiss banker, Schaefer joined forces with Oscar De La Hoya in 2000 to build Golden Boy Promotions. He eventually became the CEO of the company and led it to become one of the major players in the business.

    He parted ways with Golden Boy last year and, as part of a confidential settlement that ended a lawsuit between the sides, he remained out of boxing for 18 months before starting Ringstar.

    Schaefer has no staff or fighters currently under contract. He said not only is he open to working once again with Al Haymon, the powerful boxing manager who created the Premier Boxing Champions, but he expects to have substantive talks with him soon.

  • George Foreman provides unique insight on Muhammad Ali on 'The Fight Game'

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 13 days ago

    Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of their 1974 heavyweight title fight in Kinshasa, Zaire, in a fight that became known as "The Rumble in the Jungle." The men became close friends in the years after their bout, and Foreman discusses it in the most recent episode of "The Fight Game with Jim Lampley."

    The broadcast airs for the first time on Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.

    In quotes from Foreman provided by HBO to Yahoo Sports, Foreman recalls a 1978 telephone call with Ali in which the late champion urged him to fight Ken Norton. Ali died at 74 in Phoenix on June 3.


  • Deontay Wilder, promoter file suit over canceled Alexander Povetkin match

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 14 days ago

    Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight contender, and promoter DiBella Entertainment have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against No. 1 contender Alexander Povetkin and his promoter, Andrey Ryabinskiy, as a result of the cancelation of their planned May 21 bout in Russia.

    Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance Meldonium on April 27. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman ruled on May 15 the fight could not proceed as a result of Povetkin's failure. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New York, seeks a minimum of $5 million in actual damages plus additional damages to be proven at trial.

    Ryabinskiy's company, World of Boxing, earned the right to promote the bout via a purse bid in which its bid was $7.15 million. Out of that, Wilder's purse was to be $4,369,365.

    The suit alleges that Wilder and DiBella Entertainment became concerned the bout may not occur in March when Povetkin traveled to Spain just two months before the match. At the time, they were locked in a dispute over drug testing details for the bout.

    Ryabinskiy could not be reached for comment upon the suit.




  • Lorenzo Fertitta said Muhammad Ali shaped the way he promotes UFC

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 17 days ago

    Lorenzo Fertitta was no different Friday than millions of people around the world: The UFC CEO was remembering the legendary late heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali.

    Fertitta grew up in Las Vegas and was a hard-core boxing fan. His first major event he attended came in 1978, a month after his 10th birthday. He attended the Ali-Leon Spinks bout at the Las Vegas Hilton in which an out-of-shape and disinterested Ali lost his title in one of the greatest upsets in the sport's history.

    "I was a young and impressionable kid and I was overtaken by the overall magnitude of the event," Fertitta told Yahoo Sports Friday. "Muhammad Ali was a larger than life figure and this event was quite impactful upon me. I was devastated he lost, but I continued to be a boxing fan and, more importantly, an Ali fan.

    Fertitta, who called Ali "my all-time favorite sportsman," said that while he didn't want to copy Ali's tactics, he took Ali's lead in the way he commanded the public's attention.

    The gloves are in his office at the Red Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

  • Senator names bill designed to abolish the draft after late Muhammad Ali

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 18 days ago

    Perhaps the defining moment of the late former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali's life was his opposition to the Vietnam War. Because Ali refused induction into the Army, he was convicted of draft evasion and banned from boxing in the prime of his career.

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said in a video he posted on social media that he plans to honor Ali's legacy by naming a bill after him that will abolish the draft.

    In honor of Muhammad Ali's life work, I'll introduce the repeal of the draft as legislation with his name on it.

    Paul praised Ali's principled objections to the war.

  • Muhammad Ali to be honored at public funeral in Louisville on June 10

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 23 days ago

    The family of Muhammad Ali has released details surrounding his death and funeral plans for the legendary boxer and humanitarian who passed away on Friday at the age of 74.

    Ali spent five days at an Arizona hospital for what began as respiratory issues that worsened over time. At 9:10 p.m. on Friday, Ali finally succumbed to septic shock “due to unspecified natural causes” with his wife and children by his bedside.

    Septic shock stems from complications due to an infection where toxins in the body can initiate a full-body inflammatory response. It often occurs among the elderly as well as those with weakened immune systems. The infection causes inflammation and tiny blood clots to form, which block oxygen and nutrients from reaching vital organs. The blood pressure drops significantly and leads to respiratory, heart or organ failure and death.

    The service will include eulogies from former President Bill Clinton, journalist Bryant Gumbel and comedian Billy Crystal.

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  • Muhammad Ali to grace Sports Illustrated cover for 40th time

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 23 days ago

    The portrait of Ali comes courtesy of photographer Neil Leifer, who captured Ali during his training camp at the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach on Oct. 9, 1970. Ali was preparing to successfully defend his lineal and The Ring heavyweight titles against Jerry Quarry 17 days later in Atlanta. Ali would stop Quarry in three rounds. The fight is a notable one because Ali was returning to the ring for the first time in more than three years after being exiled from the sport for refusing to serve in the Vietnam War. Michael Jordan is the only athlete to grace the cover of the publication more than Ali with 42 appearances.

    “Muhammad Ali was a singular force of athletics, humanitarianism and social equality unlike anyone in our history. He was a fighter, and a champion, yet many of his most important victories came outside the ring. His legacy defines the very best of who we are and aspire to be,” said Paul Fichtenbaum, Sports Illustrated Group editor.

    The issue will hit stands on June 8.

  • How Muhammad Ali influenced professional wrestling, MMA

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 23 days ago

    With the passing of Muhammad Ali, much of the talk about his legacy surrounds his contributions inside the squared circle. But Ali’s legacy extends beyond the boundaries of the sweet science as his influence bled into the worlds of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts.

    The man known as the “Louisville Lip” is often credited for his influence on the world of professional wrestling and the wrestler’s ability to “cut a promo” in order to sell their upcoming match.

    However, Ali has publicly credited professional wrestling for shaping and molding his ability to promote a boxing match like no other. It was in 1961 when Ali met pro wrestling superstar Gorgeous George that the future boxing champion realized the significance of selling a fight. In the autobiography “Muhammad Ali: His Life And Times,” Thomas Houser documents how the flamboyant and charismatic professional wrestler affected Ali.

    Ali would go on to establish a legacy of pre-fight theatrics that would hold just as much significance outside of the ring as the action inside of it.

  • President Obama: 'Muhammad Ali was a man who fought for what was right'

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 23 days ago

    President Obama is a long-time sports fan who roots hard for many of his Chicago area teams, notably the White Sox and the Bears.

    But Obama also is a boxing fan and, more specifically, a Muhammad Ali fan. In a joint statment with First Lady Michelle Obama released by the White House, Obama noted that he has a pair of Ali's boxing gloves on display beneath the famous photo of Ali standing over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in their second bout in Lewiston, Maine, in 1965.

    Obama's statement is not entirely correct. The photo he refers to was of the Ali-Liston rematch on May 25, 1965. Ali had changed his name after his first fight with Liston in 1964. On Feb. 26, 1964, the day after Cassius Clay knocked out Liston to win the title as a 22-year-old in Miami, Fla., the new champion held a press conference.

    There is a picture of Obama from 2004 when he was running for a seat in the Senate from Illinois in which the Ali-Liston photo is above his desk.

    Obama said he was a fan as a child but respected the man Ali proved to be.