Articles of 2004

Writer Jack Newfield Dies

Writer Jack Newfield Dies

By: Editor Dec 21 2004

Jack Newfield, whose investigative articles and columns for various New York City newspapers earned him wide respect, has died of cancer at age 66. In boxing circles, Newfield was known for his outstanding - and critical - biography of Don King....

Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko free from promoters

Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko free from promoters

By: Editor Dec 20 2004

The Regional Court (Landgericht) of Hamburg ruled in a decision announced today that Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are no longer under contract with Universum Box Promotion. Universum Box Promotion had argued that their contract with Wladimir Klitschko was valid until Feb. 22, 2005, and that their contract with Vitali Klitschko was good until May 20, 2005. But the presiding judge, Dr. Mückenhe...

Is Tarver Still Better Than Spinks

Is Tarver Still Better Than Spinks

By: Frank Lotierzo Dec 20 2004

This past May 15th, former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver knocked out undisputed light heavyweight champion Roy Jones in the second round of their rematch. Before fighting the rematch with Jones, Tarver was best known for splitting two fights with Eric Harding, winning a solid decision over Montell Griffin, and losing a close majority decision to Jones in their first fight. On the ni...

Postcards from Uncle Al: The Boxing Cutman – Part 2

Postcards from Uncle Al: The Boxing Cutman – Part 2

By: Robert Cassidy Jr. Dec 20 2004

In PART 1 of this 2 part series, author Robert Cassidy introduced boxing cutman, Al Gavin. THERE WAS A TIME when a trainer was required to do it all in the corner. But, like NFL assistant coaches who work exclusively with quarterbacks, the cornerman who only works cuts has evolved out of the theory that two men with two different areas of expertise are better than one man with a general knowled...

Postcards from Uncle Al: The Boxing Cutman – Part 1

Postcards from Uncle Al: The Boxing Cutman – Part 1

By: Robert Cassidy Jr. Dec 19 2004

The postcards arrived from all points of the globe -- Trinidad, England, Poland. They came from small cities in the United States that she had never heard of -- Scranton, Holyoke, Worcester, Bushkill. But they always came. Since Maureen Gavin was young, her father had been sending her postcards. The message was always the same. He missed her and even though he was out of town, she was in his thoug...

Estrada to face Smith on ShoBox Boxing

Estrada to face Smith on ShoBox Boxing

By: Editor Dec 19 2004

Chicago native, Miami based welterweight David Estrada, 17-1 (8KO's) heads to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., on Friday, January 21st for a twelve round showdown with Chris "The Mechanic" Smith, 19-0-1 (12KO's) of Queens, New York, broadcast live as part of the increasingly popular "ShoBox--The New Generation" live professional boxing series headlining a card promoted by DiBel...

IPRO – Improving the Sport of Boxing

IPRO – Improving the Sport of Boxing

By: Joe Dwyer Dec 19 2004

In the mind of the average boxing fan many things plague the sweet science, not the least of which is the officiating which, in the opinion of many, appears either biased or incompetent or both. The mission of IPRO is to raise officiating to the level of other sports. The International Professional Ring Officials (IPRO) is an organization of more than two hundred of the nation’s most respecte...

Antonio Tarver Loses to Glen Johnson

Antonio Tarver Loses to Glen Johnson

By: Matthew Aguilar Dec 18 2004

Glencoffe Johnson, with a superior workrate and a ton of heart, shocked recognized light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver Saturday, winning a 12-round split decision in a thrilling affair at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. With the win, Johnson becomes the “The Ring” 175-pound champion and records the latest surprise in a year dominated by upsets. Johnson won by scores of 115-113 (Mel...

Elder stops Burton on ShoBox Boxing

Elder stops Burton on ShoBox Boxing

By: Editor Dec 18 2004

Ebo “The Extreme Machine” Elder fought courageously, with both eyes nearly closed due to swelling, to knockout Courtney “Killer” Burton to retain his North American Boxing Association Lightweight belt Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”  In the junior welterweight co-feature from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis registered a third-round ...

Glen Johnson – Losing No Longer Possible

Glen Johnson – Losing No Longer Possible

By: Jake Donovan Dec 17 2004

It started out as a comeback, or better yet, an escape from journeyman status. Five non-losing efforts later, Glengoffe Johnson is now in a position where one more win would put him atop the light heavyweight heap. And more importantly, one step ahead of the man he has seemingly followed for the past two years. When “Gentleman Glen” squares off against consensus light heavyweight champion A...