- Kevin Iole at Boxing3 hrs ago
England's Samuel Maxwell may go on to a great professional career and tremendous popular acclaim. However, the light welterweight amateur boxer is going to have to reach extraordinary heights to ever be remembered for anything more than he will be for the photo of him taken during a second-round fight with Kenya's Denis Okoth at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday.
Okoth landed a left hand to the right side of Maxwell's face that a photographer for Reuters captured expertly. The picture captures Maxwell's face at the point of impact, his features completely distorted from the force of the blow.
Maxwell, incidentally, defeated Okoth and has moved on to the semfinals.
The photo is reminscent of the famous photo of Rocky Marciano landing a right hand on the chin of "Jersey" Joe Walcott in 1952 in which Marciano scored a knockout to win the heavyweight title.
The Maxwell-Okoth photo may never be as famous as the Marciano-Walcott shot, but it undoubtedly is one of the best boxing photos ever taken.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing8 hrs ago
Undefeated Antoine Douglas fought Michel Soro to a majority draw last Friday in Verona, New York in the main event of the 200 th episode of ShoBox: The new generation. In a way, it was a typical ShoBox card.
Instead of showcasing an overprotected blue chip prospect paired with an overmatched rookie or journeyman, viewers saw Douglas tested in a way he’d never been before by a game and well-matched opponent in Soro.
Douglas dominated the first half of their ten round bout but the experienced Soro rallied and stole the second half of the contest. At times, Soro even looked close to finishing Douglas.
Scores were 96-94 for Soro and 95-95 (twice). The draw seemed true as the matchup.
Since 2001, fight fans have come to expect this type of event from ShoBox, the hard core little boxing program that could. Gordon Hall, the ShoBox executive producer who has been there from the start, says that the goal is always to do things different, and better.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing1 day ago
When Gennady "GGG" Golovkin knocked out Daniel Geale in the third round of their WBA middleweight title fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York, the most impressive part of it was what occurred during the fight-ending right hand.
Golovkin was out of position, hands down, winding up to throw at Geale when Geale threw a right that landed squarely on Golovkin's nose. Geale is not a big puncher, but the force of the punch pushed Golovkin back ever so slightly and caused Golovkin to momentarily close his eyes.
But when Golovkin threw his right in return, he did so with his right foot off the ground. Geale's right had thrown off Golovkin's mechanics, and so he wasn't able to explode off the right like he frequently does and land a crushing shot.
Triple-G showed his incredible power, though, by hitting Geale so hard he knocked him down and ended the fight even when his balance wasn't nearly perfect or close to what it should have been.
Even though he's 32 years old and Saturday's bout was his 30th professional win in as many tries, Golovkin is still unproven in comparison to some of the hardest punching middleweights who ever lived.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing2 days ago
Daniel Geale was promoted as possibly the stiffest challenge of middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin's career ahead of their title fight Saturday night in Madison Square Garden. In the end, however, Golovkin dispatched Geale with a brutal quickness (Video highlights below).
The Kazakh powerhouse dropped Geale to mat twice before the fight was called off by the referee in the third round. A flurry felled Geale in the second round but the tough Aussie managed to regain his footing and survive.
With thirty seconds left in the third round, Geale landed a right punch to the face of Golovkin but "GGG" ignored it and immediately fired back with his own right hand. That punch ended up being the final one of the bout as it crumpled Geale.
The former champion got back to his feet but was clearly out of the fight as he gamely wobbled around. At that point, the referee stepped in and called a halt to the action.
With the win, Golovkin improves his record to a perfect 30-0, with an astonishing 27 KOs. Geale's loss is his second in his last three outings, and his record dips to 30-3.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing4 days ago
It didn't take coach Abel Sanchez long after meeting Gennady Golovkin in 2010 to be convinced the boxer could become middleweight champion of the world one day, and the trainer let him know as much. However, Sanchez could only guarantee his prediction of "GGG" could promise him one thing - that he would do whatever the coach said, without questioning.
Four years later, the Kazakhstan fighter is indeed a champion and his coach says it's a credit to the middleweight's humility and willingness to learn. "The first thing that struck me with him was his willingness to do whatever you ask him," Sanchez said in a recent interview with Thomas Gerbasi.
"After a kid with 350 amateur fights and nearly 20 professional fights comes into the gym and he's willing to do whatever you ask him, however different it may be from what he's used to, it was refreshing."
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing5 days ago
Bryant Jennings may have felt he was getting a bit overlooked by those focusing on the story and heritage of his opponent on the undercard of this Saturday's Madison Square Garden HBO boxing event, Mike Perez, because he took to a press conference held this week to promote the card and promised action. "He's a Cuban fighter. He will fight to the death. I already know that," Jennings said.
"But one thing that they may not know is that I'll fight to the death as well...Come July 26, we are definitely going to get in that ring and we're definitely going to make it do what it do."
Jennings and Perez are both undefeated heavyweights looking to make the most of the big stage they'll fight one another on as featured fighters on the Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Geale-headlined event this Saturday. Who are you picking to come away with the win - the Philly kid or the Cuban warrior?
Watch video of Jennings at the presser above and then let us know in the comments section!
- Kevin Iole at Boxing6 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather bucked the system for much of his career in boxing, battling with promoters and attempting to change the status quo in order to favor the boxers.
Now, though, Mayweather is officially a part of the system he fought, when his company, Mayweather Promotions, was granted a promoter's license in Nevada.
Mayweather Promotions was licensed three weeks ago in New York, but the ability to promote in Nevada, his long-time home and the boxing capital of the world, was significant.
Mayweather, who faces Marcos Maidana on Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand in a rematch of their May 3 bout, said he could have been licensed long ago, but wanted to make certain the timing is right.
"We didn't want to rush and we wanted to do it when the time was right," Mayweather said following the quick hearing and 5-0 vote in his favor. "That time is now."
The challenge he'll face once his career over is he won't have a star anywhere near himself in his stable. He'll need to develop fighters, as Top Rank's Bruce Trampler did so ably with him and Oscar De La Hoya in the 1990s, and build fighters into ticket-selling and pay-per-view selling attractions.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing6 days ago
Mike Tyson will present fellow former boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield with a trophy commemorating his induction the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Aug. 9, according to a new report. The two rivals have come a long way since their bitter in-ring feud that culminated in Tyson twice biting Holyfield's ear during a fight in 1997, resulting in his disqualification.
The fight was a rematch of their 1996 bout, which Holyfield won via stoppage.
Tyson called the opportunity to meet with Holyfield again and help induct him into the Nevada Hall a "privilege and high honor." Holyfield was seemingly more subdued but no-doubt sincere in saying, of Tyson's involvement, "that's great."
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing6 days ago
Dereck Chisora broke his hand sparring with Alexander Ustinov days before his scheduled heavyweight match up against Tyson Fury in Manchester this Saturday and was forced to pull out of the rematch. Now, the fighter out of Minsk will fill in for the man he was brought in to help during training camp against Fury.
Ustinov, who has also competed in kickboxing and MMA, stands at a towering 6'7 and weighs over 300 pounds. His record stands at 29-1 and he last fought and won a decision over David Tua. For his part, Fury said in released statements that he is happy to still be fighting someone Saturday.
“The first thing is I’m happy to still be fighting this Saturday and that the fans will get what they paid for and see a good fight," he said.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing7 days ago
The middleweight title bout in Madison Square Garden between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale is this weekend's must-see boxing event. The hard-hitting Golovkin is the sport's next big star and Geale is a resilient underdog who wants to steal that spotlight away.
Both men come from different parts of the world but their stories of scrapping through life and working for their families resemble one another, in many ways. In the new HBO mini-documentary (above), fans can get an inside look at the lives, minds and training camps of both Golovkin and Geale.
We recommend checking it out to prepare for Saturday's big bout. There's high-volume training montages as well as quiet moments with loved ones and where the fighters' thoughts are revealed.
So, check it out and let us know who you're picking in the comments section!
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