Articles of 2004

Jose Navarro to Fight for Super Flyweight Title on Jan. 3

Jose Navarro to Fight for Super Flyweight Title on Jan. 3

By: Editor Dec 29 2004

While most of us will be reveling in the New Year, Jose Navarro will be preparing for the opportunity of a lifetime. DiBella Entertainment's top-rated super flyweight star gets his chance at a world championship when he faces Katsushige Kawashima for the WBC 115-pound title on January 3 at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan. Navarro (21-0, 9 KO's) puts his unbeaten pro record on the line a...

Godfrey wants to clean up Cruiserweight Division

Godfrey wants to clean up Cruiserweight Division

By: Editor Dec 29 2004

Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Matt Godfrey (6-0, 4 KOs) has made a New Year’s resolution to clean-up the cruiserweight division in New England next year. Like a boxing version of a modern day gunslinger, Godfrey plans to take on the six-state N.E. regions best 176-to-200 pounders, one by one, if necessary, until he’s the area’s King of the Cruiserweights by next summer. “I feel that, ...

Nine Boxing Predictions for 2005

Nine Boxing Predictions for 2005

By: Rick Folstad Dec 29 2004

Nine predictions for the fight game in the year 2005. Remember, you heard them here first: 1. Barring any major facial lacerations, the Jan. 29 title fight between Arturo Gatti and Jesse James Leija for Gatti’s WBC junior-welterweight title will grab early honors for “fight of the year”. Since teaming up with trainer Buddy McGirt, Gatti no longer leads with his face. His rounds-to-cut ratio ...

Raise a Glass for Boxer Valentine Golding

Raise a Glass for Boxer Valentine Golding

By: Jonathan Rendall Dec 29 2004

Valentine Golding was never going to be world middleweight champion. He was a good amateur and professional boxer, however, making a mark in the London ABA championships and, as a pro, always capable of springing an upset against virtually anyone courtesy of his concussive right hand. The Golding right cross was the stuff of legend for a time in London amateur circles after it claimed a long-fo...

Kassim Ouma Jr. Middleweight defense against  Kofi Jantuah

Kassim Ouma Jr. Middleweight defense against Kofi Jantuah

By: Editor Dec 28 2004

IBF jr. middleweight champion Kassim Ouma will defend his title against IBF #12 ranked world contender Kofi Jantuah on Jan 29, 2005, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva.  The 12 round title bout will serve as the co-feature to the WBC super lightweight championship showdown between champion Arturo Gatti and challenger Jesse James Leija....

Emile Griffith Goes the Distance

Emile Griffith Goes the Distance

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 28 2004

Former welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight champion Emile Griffith punched his way into the Boxing Hall of Fame. Griffith was born on February 3, 1938 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and was athletic from the start. “I was a baseball player,” he told me. “I was a catcher.” The fact that Griffith played ball was of some minor interest, but nothing compared to the fights. “...

Manager of The Year

Manager of The Year

By: admin Dec 27 2004

There's nothing easy about managing a professional boxer, if you intend to do it the right way. The feel-good story of the year in this business involves a manager who took a chance on a fighter the sport had cast aside, and how he helped that "nobody" overcome odds and obstacles to become a "somebody" at long last. The boxing manager has become, for the most part, an endangered species ove...

The Final Curtain: Tyson, Holyfield and Jones Jr.

The Final Curtain: Tyson, Holyfield and Jones Jr.

By: David Payne Dec 26 2004

The awards shows have started and the sprouts are on the boil, so the year-end must be almost upon us. Often a time of sadness and quiet reflection, it struck me as an appropriate time to bid farewell to a trio of illustrious fighters we're unlikely to see fighting, meaningfully at least, ever again. Mike Tyson"The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters." (Friedric...

Glen Johnson deserves to be Fighter of the Year

Glen Johnson deserves to be Fighter of the Year

By: Jake Donovan Dec 25 2004

A year ago, Glengoffe Johnson ended his year the same way as his previous four; with one win or less in the calendar year and a lot of contempt for boxing judges. Even with a career-reviving win over Eric Harding earlier in the year, Johnson finished the year with a 1-1-2 record (though it could be argued that it should really read 4-0) and having won only three of his past eleven bouts. The go...

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

By: admin Dec 24 2004

Christmas is as good a time as any to remember the things that mean the most. I want to tell you about two of those things – boxing and family – and how they became interrelated You'll hear it from people who are familiar with my work, whether they're fans or not, whether they understand it or not. Don't get on the bad side of this guy. You've got trouble if CJ's writing...