Articles of 2005

Frankie Figueroa’s Nine Lives

Frankie Figueroa’s Nine Lives

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 29 2005

Junior welterweight Francisco “El Gato” Figueroa was working as a child care counselor in a residential treatment facility in the Bronx, New York, when the boxing bug bit him. It was September 1999 and he and some friends were watching the Oscar De La Hoya-Felix Trinidad bout on television. Although Figueroa had never boxed before, he was a sensational athlete who had excelled at wrestling ...

One on One with Siraphop Ratanasuban of One Songchai Promotions

One on One with Siraphop Ratanasuban of One Songchai Promotions

By: Scott Mallon Dec 29 2005

For over a decade Songchai Ratanasuban (Promoter Songchai) has been Thailand 's #1 boxing promoter/manager and the world's premiere boxing and Muay Thai promoter. His son, Siraphop, and daughter, Pariyakorn, have slowly begun the transition of taking over the reigns of One Songchai Promotions; their stable of boxers includes former champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai and Pichitnoi Sitbangprac...

In Boxing News: Showtime Boxing, Round Of The Year, Stone, Amir Khan, Salita & More

In Boxing News: Showtime Boxing, Round Of The Year, Stone, Amir Khan, Salita & More

By: Chris Gielty Dec 28 2005

A Tip Of The Hat To Showtime Boxing In the New York Daily News Tim Smith writes that 2005 will go down as the year of the rematch and asks: Is the sport better off now than it was a year ago? And will 2006 be a better year than 2005? Smith also lists boxing's winners and losers for 2005. Showtime gets his vote as the big winner for 2005: The cable network broke out of the shadow of HBO with so...

Hannah Gaillard nurses the symptoms

Hannah Gaillard nurses the symptoms

By: Jesse K. Cox Dec 28 2005

As a nurse, Hannah Gaillard knows how to treat a concussion. She knows the symptoms. She also knows there are two ways not to get a concussion in boxing: Don’t climb in the ring or learn to slip as many punches as possible. Of the two options, she went the path of most resistance. She trained, put off work and lived the hackneyed lifestyle of a struggling boxer. And after two years of working...

Atlas at the Controls

Atlas at the Controls

By: Zachary Levin Dec 28 2005

A chill December wind drove everyone at the ribbon cutting ceremony deep into their down coats and fur-lined gloves. All but a resolute Teddy Atlas, who wore nothing but a thin, half-zipped leather jacket. “Eddie Argenio was a guy who knew how to shakedown the crowd,” he said as smiles broke out across a few dozen frigid faces. He tightened his grip on the microphone, his knuckles turning w...

So long Stoney

So long Stoney

By: Robert Cassidy Jr. Dec 28 2005

First came the footage from Germany. It was Norman "Stoney" Stone clutching the WBA belt that his fighter, John Ruiz, just lost on a disputed decision to Nicolay Valuev in a heavyweight title fight. What followed was a melee, which all too often followed the manager. As the footage drew to a close, Stone was nailed with a punch. My thought was, he probably had that coming. Then, a few days late...

Joel Julio Hits Chicago

Joel Julio Hits Chicago

By: Editor Dec 28 2005

Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, along with Kathy Duva’s Main Events and Miller Lite and TCF Bank present the first professional card of the new year as SHOBOX, “THE NEW GENERATION” visits Chicago for the first time on Friday, January 6th at Cicero Stadium. Headlining the evening is a ten-round welterweight showdown between boxing’s hottest pro...

In Boxing News: Fight Of The Year, Judah, Mayweather, Mesi, Hatton & More

In Boxing News: Fight Of The Year, Judah, Mayweather, Mesi, Hatton & More

By: Chris Gielty Dec 27 2005

The Boxing Year That Was Benn Schulberg reveals that his father, Budd Schulberg, considers the first Corrales-Castillo bout the best fight he has ever seen, due to the dramatic pendulum sway in the final round. I was amazed to read this, given that Budd has been watching fights for 70-plus years. It should be no surprise, then, that Dan Rafael of ESPN picks Corrales-Castillo I as his fight o...

Nicolay Valuev: At least the Beast from the East

Nicolay Valuev: At least the Beast from the East

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 27 2005

Nicolay Valuev, 32, is the Russian giant who just decisioned John Ruiz in Berlin to claim The Quietman’s WBA heavyweight title. No Ruiz fight is an aesthetic masterpiece, and his fight with Valuev was no different. Before the bout Ruiz said of Valuev, “He's got a head the size of a Volkswagen. I can't miss hitting him.” Ruiz was right about one thing, Valuev’s head is the size of a...

Jerson Ravelo … Regaining that status

Jerson Ravelo … Regaining that status

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 27 2005

Even though super middleweight Jerson Ravelo was defeated in his very first Olympic bout at the 2000 Games in Sydney, he was still good enough to be considered a blue-chip professional prospect. After all, Ravelo, who was raised in Newark, New Jersey, but because of dual citizenship was able to represent his native Dominican Republic in Sydney, had lost a close decision to an Australian in his ...