Vitali Klitschko will be remembered as one of history’s best, and most underrated, heavyweight championsKevin Iole at Boxing2 days ago
We probably have seen the last of Vitali Klitschko inside of a boxing ring, and that's a very sad piece of news. Despite the lack of appreciation for how exceptional he has been, Klitschko walks away from boxing and into a race for the presidency of the Ukraine as unquestionably one of the best heavyweights who ever lived.
Klitschko did not announce his retirement on Monday, when his management company announced that he would not fight until at least after the Ukraine elections in 2015.
Klitschko hasn't fought in over a year, since stopping Manuel Charr in the third round on Sept. 8, 2012. He'll be 44 on July 19, 2015, and with three years away, it's hard to imagine him coming back in the event he loses the election. If he wins and becomes president, it would of course spell the end of his career.
Klitschko is 45-2 with 41 knockouts. He has been more dominant even than that record shows.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing Experts Blog4 days ago
The only people who are surprised that Adrien Broner lost a fight that he could have, and probably should have, won are those who haven't been watching that closely.
Broner was beaten soundly by Marcos Maidana on Saturday in their welterweight title fight in San Antonio, getting badly outworked in the process. The heavy-handed Maidana threw more than twice as many punches as Broner, scored two knockdowns, and pulled out a unanimous decision to claim Broner's WBA belt.
Broner, 24, was annointed a star far before his time and he wasn't developed at the proper pace. On top of it, he developed plenty of bad habits and still doesn't have a complete game.
He faced shockingly easy competition on the way up and throughout his career and wasn't forced to learn the hard way in the ring. When Floyd Mayweather Jr. was on the rise, matchmaker Bruce Trampler did an expert job matching him. Trampler found fighters who were going to challenge Mayweather in certain areas, and who could push him at a given stage of his development.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing6 days ago
Brandon Rios tested positive for a banned substance following his Nov. 23 loss to Manny Pacquiao in Macau, but vehemently denied taking any illegal substances in a 20-minute telephone conversation with Yahoo Sports on Friday.
In a story first reported by RingTV.com, Rios tested positive for dimenthylamylamine in his post-fight urinalysis. Rios lost a wide unanimous decision to Pacquiao in the welterweight bout at the Venetian Macao.
Pacquiao and Rios were randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). Pacquiao passed all tests given by VADA. Rios passed the first four but failed the final test.
Dimenthylamylamine, commonly known as DMAA, is a stimulant banned by both VADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
It is found in the over-the-counter fitness supplement Jack3d. Rios said he took Jack3d many years ago when he was starting his career, but said his trainer, Robert Garcia, told him he did not need it and to stop taking it. He said he never took it again.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing6 days ago
Mark Kriegel's 2012 book on boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini was outstanding, a compelling peek behind the curtain into the life of a fighter and the relationship that defined him.
The book, which has earned rave reviews, has been turned into a documentary movie, "The Good Son: The Ray Mancini Story," which will air Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Network.
The documentary tells the story of Mancini's meeting with the son of boxer Duk Koo Kim, who died of brain injuries he suffered during a 1982 bout on national television in Las Vegas with Mancini.
It's a captivating, emotional film that handles a difficult subject with ease.
It's an excellent story and well worth your time. Check it out
- Kevin Iole at Boxing6 days ago
Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime will close out what has been one of the best years for boxing in a very long time with an outstanding card, one filled with entertaining, competitive matches.
Buried amid that deep card, however, is a familiar name.
Jermain Taylor, the former undisputed middleweight champion, will fight Juan Carlos Candelo in a 10-round bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
His appearance on the card revives an age-old question in boxing, one that has dogged the greats, like Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and Roy Jones Jr., as well as the not-so-great: Why?
Taylor is 35 years old, and has already suffered a subdural hematoma. To his credit, he took more than two years off after suffering the bleed on his brain against Arthur Abraham, and he passed all of the tests to allow him to compete.
But as we've learned from Frontline's groundbreaking series on brain injuries in the NFL, "League of Denial," as well as the outstanding book of the same name by ESPN writers Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, dealing with brain injuries is a complex and not-so-exact science.
Hey, Max Kellerman: Guillermo Rigondeaux is all yours. I’ll take James Kirkland and Glen Tapia any dayKevin Iole at Boxing8 days ago
The television ratings dropped massively from the co-main event to the main event. Fans streamed out of their seats by the time the second round of the main event had ended.
Media lambasted the fight. Industry people called it unwatchable.
And so, for a second, pretend that you're Peter Nelson, HBO Sports' estimable director of programming, and imagine that you have to figure out what to do with Guillermo Rigondeaux. That's a tougher task than was given Sisyphus, who in mythology was the king who was given the task of rolling a giant boulder up a hill only to watch it come rolling back down again.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist is, without question, one of the sport's most technically gifted boxers. Rigondeaux, though, is all defense in a sport in which offensive prowess is revered. He takes few chances, even when he has someone in front of him like Joseph Agbeko, who literally did nothing offensively in their bout.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing Experts Blog13 days ago
Former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at 95, was a an amateur boxer who had a long-time love affair with the sport.
In 2001, he sat for a brief interview in his home in Mozambique, South Africa, with Larry Merchant, then the boxing analyst at HBO, to discuss the sport. More than 12 years later, that interview remains one of the highlights of Merchant's legendary career.
"There was a regal aura about him," Merchant told Yahoo Sports. "It was an incredible opportunity and experience."
HBO will air part of the interview on Saturday during its boxing broadcast that features Guillermo Rigondeaux against Joseph Agbeko in the main event. Top Rank will broadcast the interview on its international feed of the fight.
When Merchant walked into the room to do the interview, he was warmly greeted by a smiling Mandela. Merhant said he instantly knew that the reports he'd heard about Mandela loving boxing were true.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing14 days ago
Manny Pacquiao's trip to China to fight Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 in Macau was a success on many levels, but not on the pay-per-view front.
Mark Taffet, the senior vice president of HBO Sports, told Yahoo Sports on Thursday the Nov. 23 bout sold 475,000 pay-per-view units and generated roughly $30 million in revenue.
Promoters knew going in that fighting outside of the U.S. would adversely impact the pay-per-view numbers, but they weren't sure how much. In a February interview with Yahoo Sports to announce the signing of two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming, Arum estimated it could be as much as 50 percent.
Taffet feared the decline might even be greater. He said his research indicated that a pay-per-view emanating from outside the U.S. would only get 30 to 40 percent as much as a show started from within the U.S., despite the fact that the show started at the exact same time as it would have had it been in the U.S.
- ecepeda at Boxing15 days ago
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko talked down a quickly-forming mob in Kiev, Ukraine on Sunday, that called for the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovich. According to a report from the LA Times, protesters armed with bricks and flares threatened to storm the Presidential Administration Building Sunday before Klitschko, himself an opposition leader who has said he will run for president of the Ukraine in 2015, got hold of a bullhorn and told the crowd that if they were to use violence, they'd be walking into a "trap."
“I am telling you, get back!” Klitschko yelled at the crowd, reportedly pushing the men near him so hard that they almost fell down.
“You have no business here. Don't fall into a trap!”
Some estimates place the protest at about 200,000 people strong. The LA Times report said that after Klitschko's admonition, "the tense crowd began to reluctantly back up."
- Kevin Iole at Boxing20 days ago
Adonis Stevenson has had a superb 2013 campaign, and even though Floyd Mayweather Jr. seems to have the edge on Fighter of the Year honors, "Superman" remains in contention heading into his WBC light heavyweight title bout on Saturday in Quebec City against Tony Bellew.
Stevenson has scored two impressive knockout wins in 2013, halting Chad Dawson in the first round and then stopping Tavoris Cloud after seven one-sided rounds. An impressive win over Bellew would force voters to at least consider him as 2013 Fighter of the Year.
But more importantly, a big victory for the heavy handed Stevenson would put him in prime position for 2014. First, it will position him for a fight with Sergey Kovalev, a match that would be an absolute donnybrook, should Kovalev, as expected, get past Ismayl Sillakh on Saturday's undercard.
A Stevenson-Kovalev WBC-IBF unification bout would be one of the best action fights on the early 2014 schedule.