- Kevin Iole at Boxing1 hr ago
It's difficult to place a significance on Gennady Golovkin's two-round decimation of a disinterested Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturdayin Golovkin's West Coast debut.
It was a rousing success in all regards. Golovkin attracted an overflow crowd of 9,323 to the StubHub Center, the largest attendance in the venue's history. He scored his 18th consecutive knockout and added the interim WBC middleweight title to the WBA belt he already owned.
With all due respect to the rest of the division, there is no question that Golovkin is, by far, the finest 160-pound fighter in the world.
The question is how good Golovkin is in terms of the overall sport.
He's 31-0 with 28 knockouts and one of the sport's fastest rising stars. He hasn't gone to a decision since winning an eight-rounder over Amar Amari on June 21, 2008.
- 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 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 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 Boxing7 days ago
Floyd Mayweather is an immense talent, but boxing not only survived, it thrived, long before he ever pulled on a pair of gloves. And, as much as it might jolt his ego, it will survive just fine once he decides he to retire from the ring for good.
Boxing survived the retirements of Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard and it will survive without Mayweather, as well.
For all the good Mayweather thinks he's doing for the sport, the reality is he's doing it far, far, far more harm. Forget the lunacy of not making the fight with Manny Pacquiao, a bout the fans of the sport that he professes to want to please, have been desperate to see. The problem here is that Mayweather's success has led him to believe that it's a sport of one and that he's the only fighter who matters.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing9 days ago
Paralyzed former boxing champion Paul Williams (41-2) appeared overjoyed to be hitting a bag again, recently. The welterweight has not fought since 2012, after being paralyzed by a motorcycle accident.
In the video above, however, Williams puts his gloves back on, rolls up to a heavy bag and gets back to work. Hitting the bag brings a huge smile to the face of the "Punisher," as he says. "I ain't do this in so long, boy."
Seeing a great and young champion like Williams in a wheel chair is heart breaking. More than that, however, seeing Williams' face light up as he finds enjoyment in a simple set of familiar but estranged actions is inspiring.
We wish the 33 year-old warrior all the best as he continues to persvere. Watch the video above and let us know your favorite Paul Williams moment in the comments section!
- Kevin Iole at Boxing11 days ago
Some years, it's simple to fill out the ballot for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. In the modern category, three fighters are elected each year, and with Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe all on the ballot for the first time in 2013, their election was a foregone conclusion.
There is no one this year, however, who is a lock for induction. I will vote for "Prince" Naseem Hamed, as I have done previously, but for some reason, Hamed lacks widespread support and is no better than 50-50 to make it.
There are a lot of good fighters who need to be considered, but there are no slam dunks.
One of the new names on the ballot is former super welterweight champion Fernando Vargas, a 1996 U.S. Olympian. His case is one of the most interesting.
Vargas turned pro in 1997 and had a world title belt around his waist late the following year. He became one of the sport's biggest attractions for the next five or six years and was in a series of notable fights.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing13 days ago
Canelo Alvarez's return to HBO was put on hold when his planned Dec. 6 fight against Joshua Clottey in Houston was canceled Monday so that Alvarez can take care of a lingering left ankle problem.
Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya told Yahoo Sports that the injury is one Alvarez had prior to his July 12 victory over Erislandy Lara in Las Vegas. De La Hoya said it is unlikely the Clottey fight will be rescheduled.
Peter Nelson of HBO Sports said the pay-cable network is discussing plans for a reconfigured card on Dec. 6 with Golden Boy.
There has been talk that Alvarez will face WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in May. De La Hoya wouldn't mention Cotto by name but said Alvarez is eyeing a mega-fight in the spring.
"He'd rather take care of it now because 2015 is going to be a huge year for him," De La Hoya said. "I believe Canelo is going straight to a major fight next year and so he wants to get this taken care of and put it behind him."
De La Hoya said Alvarez aggravated the injury during workout. He called it a strain, but said Alvarez would be taken to a specialist to determine the extent of the damage.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing16 days ago
It didn't take a boxing expert to realize very quickly at the start of his professional boxing career that Floyd Mayweather Jr. was destined to be special.
For those skeptics who remained two years into his career, Mayweather proved himself on Oct. 3, 1998, when he dominated the very tough Genaro Hernandez over eight rounds at the then-Las Vegas Hilton to win the WBC super featherweight title in his 18th pro fight.
It was one of the great performances of Mayweather's career. He was impossible for Hernandez, who was 38-1-1 entering the bout and unbeaten at 130 pounds, to hit Mayweather cleanly. Mayweather's fast hands and accurate punches took a serious toll on Hernandez. After eight one-sided rounds, Rudy Hernandez, Genaro's brother and trainer, stopped the fight.
That caused the 21-year-old Mayweather to drop to his knees near the ropes and say repeatedly, "I've done it! I've done it!"
The HBO broadcast crew of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and George Foreman was smitten with Mayweather that night.
- Evan Doherty at Boxing19 days ago
Sugar Ray Leonard knows about blockbuster boxing bouts.
The six-time world champion became a star during his classic fights against Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, and Marvin Hagler.
But the boxing world has yet to see the modern day equivalent: Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather.
“That’s a highly anticipated match that should’ve taken place years ago,” Leonard told Yahoo Sports’ Melanie Collins. “Why it hasn’t come to fruition, I don’t know.”
Also in the interview, Leonard explained why – in his mind - the bout needs to happen.
Even without Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, Sugar Ray believes the sport is still thriving – but the country’s amateur program needs to improve.
"It's become debilitating...There has to be ways where as that the public – boxing fans, the general public – can follow these boxers as they work their way towards winning the (Olympic) gold medal.”
Leonard believes one man who is helping the cause is promoter Michael King.
King, founder and CEO of King Sports, is promoting a fight this Wednesday night in Santa Monica between Hassan N'Dam and Curtis Stevens for a shot at the IBF Middleweight Championship.