Monday, January 3, 2011

Missing Out???

An exerpt from

Can We at Least Have a Truce?

Mon 20-Dec-2010 10:07

Just recently was the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon, who once famously sang, “Give Peace a Chance.” Well, all we are saying to Top Rank and Golden Boy is can you at least give truce a chance (and make some dang fights)? Because here is but a sampling of what we are missing out on...

- Victor Ortiz (GBP) vs. Brandon Rios (Top Rank): These two haven’t really liked each other since their days in Garden City, Kansas, and they like each other a lot less since they have migrated to Oxnard, California. Not only is there a great storyline here involving Ortiz, who was once trained by Robert Garcia (Rios’ trainer) and how Ortiz bolted Top Rank for Golden Boy, it’s also a fight that looks to be an exciting one on the canvas. Rios might be the smaller guy but he brings heat and we know that Ortiz hasn’t always held up well to guys who are so persistent.
 - Juan Manuel Marquez (GBP) vs. Humberto Soto (Top Rank): Let’s face it; Marquez isn’t getting the third go-round with Pacquiao, so why not make a fight with perhaps his biggest threat at lightweight? Soto is craftier than he is given credit for and Marquez, in his advanced years, has never shied away from a real tussle.
- Michael Katsidis (GBP) vs. Urbano Antillon (Top Rank): Hey, if the winners can meet (in the last fight I just referenced), why shouldn’t the two guys who just lost to them? C’mon, try and tell me this wouldn’t be a fun fight.
- Saul Alvarez (GBP) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez (Top Rank): OK, two huge draws in Mexico; one is the son of a legend, the other, perhaps the most popular young fighter in that country. How could this fight not take place at an Azteca Stadium in front of more than 100,000 fans?
- Daniel Ponce de Leon (GBP) vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa (Top Rank): You have the skill and speed of the Cuban against the brute strength and heavy hands of Ponce de Leon. Yeah, for large segments of this bout, Ponce de Leon would be out-classed but he would always be a threat to turn it around with just one shot.
- Saul Alvarez (GBP) vs. Miguel Cotto (Top Rank): Hey, who says I can only go with a fighter one time here on my list? Alvarez-Cotto at 154 is a big fight and, more importantly, a good clash of styles would be another chapter in the Puerto Rico-Mexico rivalry.
- Abner Mares (GBP) vs. Fernando Montiel/Nonito Donaire (Top Rank): Yeah, I’m projecting here a little bit because Mares still has to defeat Joseph Agbeko in 2011 (no easy task) and Montiel and Donaire face each other on February 26th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. But if Mares gets past Agbeko in the finals of the Showtime bantamweight tourney and he faces the winner of Montiel-Donaire, it would be among the bigger bantamweight contests in recent memory.

Eminem 'to star in boxing movie'

Eminem 'to star in boxing movie'
by Matt Glazebrook, Posted Dec 14, 2010Eminem's debut film role -- that of would-be rapper Jimmy "Rabbit" Smith in the semi-autobiographical '8 Mile' -- had more than a hint of 'Rocky' about it: a working-class white kid from a crumbling industrial city, battling against the odds to succeed in an African-American-dominated field.

His second major thespian turn, according to, will have even more in common with Sylvester Stallone's 1976 breakthrough movie.

'Southpaw' will apparently star Marshall Mathers as a welterweight boxer whose success in the ring is tempered by troubles in his private life. The script -- which will be written early next year -- will again loosely reflect the hip-hop star's own experiences, including his struggle to win approval from his daughter.

The screenplay will be the work of Kurt Sutter, the writer of US motorcycle-club set drama 'Sons Of Anarchy'. "I took meetings with Marshall's producing partners over the past 7 years, looking for something to do together," Sutter explains. "I know he's very selective and doesn't do a lot... He is very interested in the boxing genre, and it seemed like an apt metaphor, because his own life has been a brawl."

The screenwriter says that 'Southpaw' be "a retelling of [Eminem's] struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy."

Chuck Liddell Retires

You've probably heard by now that Chuck Liddell has retired. Here's what Cornerman Boxings resident MMA expert Victor Garcia had to say.

Chuck Liddell
by Victor Garcia

Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, And Randy Couture…possibly the three fighters you can thank for keeping the UFC and possibly MMA altogether alive. Chuck has just retired and it was the right time, I’m gonna miss seeing him in the cage, but I’m always going to remember what he did and for one time he was absolutely the best in the world.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Ever wonder what they’re really trying to say?
Let me cut through the crap.

Excerpt: Sergio Martinez would love to face Miguel Cotto
By Ryan Burton

Martinez's promoter Lou DiBella added, "Cotto is a true warrior who doesn't shy away from anyone. Plus the fight could be at 155 so even if Cotto lost he would keep his belt. That way he could still have big fights versus Chavez Jr. or Margarito. Those fights might even be bigger if Cotto lost because fans may view the fights with Chavez and Margarito as more even. If Cotto won, he would be an even bigger star."

Translating: Lou DiBella

Translation: "Cotto has repeatedly made the mistake of fighting guys shouldn’t have and we’re hoping he’ll do it again for us. We can all “get to the money” with this fight at 155lbs so even after Sergio beats the living day lights out of Cotto he would still have his 154lbs belt. That way he could still “get to the money” against an unproven kid with a big name like Chavez Jr. or a guy like Margarito who’s been pummeled just enough that Cotto might have a shot in a rematch. Those fights might even be bigger if Cotto lost because fans may view the fights with Chavez and Margarito as more even. If Cotto won, he would be an even bigger star."

The Message: “Let’s get to the money”

What they tawn bout? - Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson and the crazy things he says.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Catch me if you Khan

Catch me if you KhanMaidana says he’ll chase Khan down for a KO; Khan says his punching power will send fans home early

Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
With several more champions at large, the true, undisputed king of the 140-pound division might not be crowned on December 11, but fight fans are going to finally know who’s the better man after the dust clears in the long-awaited showdown between quarter-champion Amir Khan, holder of the WBA belt, and his interim-version belt-bearer, Marcos Maidana.
Headlining an all-star Golden Boy lineup at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) is expected to box his way to a victory while Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) has been pegged to win by slugging, if he’s going to usurp the WBA crown.
Neither Khan, nor his trainer, Freddy Roach, see it quite that way.
“A lot of people say Marcos Maidana is a bigger puncher,” says Khan. “But I’m one of the biggest punchers in the division – and I have speed. I never go into a fight thinking I am going to knock my opponent out but this fight, I think, will be a late stoppage or maybe a unanimous decision."
Roach, who trained Khan on the road, first in the Philippines with Manny Pacquiao, then in Texas and, finally, back home to the Wild Card in Los Angeles, says Khan has never looked so good.
“We’re ready for Maidana’s punching power,” says Roach. “But we’ll go after him and, after we break him down, we’ll knock him out in the late rounds.”
That Maidana might not have to sprint after a reluctant Khan is music to the Argentinean’s ears.
“If he wants to stay with me, it’s no secret that it’s my fight,” says Maidana. “But if he moves around? I’m okay with cutting off the ring and beating him in the corners or against the ropes. It’s gonna be my fight either way.”
Miguel Diaz, who’s trained Maidana for the past 10 weeks in Las Vegas, warned the media to expect a much different fighter than the one who struggled against DeMarcus Corley, in his last outing.
“He had a lot of problems in that last fight,” says Diaz. “He came to the U.S. late and fat. But he’s very different now. That fight was a blessing in disguise – he learned a lesson in that fight.”
Both Roach and Khan admit they are not expecting the Maidana who faced Corley.
“We expect him to be in the best shape for Amir,” says Roach.
Khan agrees, saying, “His head wasn’t right on that night. I’ll be ready for the Marcos Maidana who beat [Victor] Ortiz.”
Against Khan, Maidana says he has trained at his best yet.
“I’m very focused for this fight,” he says. “This fight is very important. I’m very hungry to get this junior welterweight title.
“When I hit him with one of my hands, the fight is over.”
“He keeps on saying he’ll stop me with his left or right,” disputes Khan. “If you keep relying on the one punch, we’ll see what happens there.
“He may be the biggest puncher I’ve faced, to date, but it’s all on paper.”
Khan and Maidana share one common foe: Andriy Kotelnik. Last year, Khan won a lopsided decision over Kotelnik while, one fight earlier, Maidana suffered his first loss, by split decision.
“That fight could’ve been a draw or Maidana the winner,” says trainer Diaz. “The performance of both were very similar. There was nothing special in Amir winning and nothing special in Maidana losing. That fight makes no difference in this fight.”
Maidana agrees, somewhat, saying, “I hit Kotelnik much more than Amir did. I hurt him, but this is the past. It has nothing to do with this fight.”
Both fighters expressed interest in fighting the winner of January’s showdown between WBC champ Devon Alexander and WBO champ Tim Bradley – somewhere down the line.
“I don’t really care about that fight,” says Khan, who thinks Bradley will walk away the winner. “I’m 100% focused on this one . . . But all four of us think we’re the best, so let’s prove it. We’re doing it on the 11th and Alexander and Bradley are doing it in January. This time next year, we’ll show who is the best in the division.”
Maidana, expressing a similar I’m-focused-on-this-fight-only statement, says he’s open to fight the winner, “if the conditions and the money is right.”
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer says he won’t rule out trying to unify the division in 2011, but threw several other names as possible foes for the winner of Khan-Maidana.
Besides Zab Judah, the list includes Lamont Peterson and Victor Ortiz, who fight each other in the Dec. 11 co-main event, and Joan Guzman, who fights on the undercard.