Articles of 2005

Showtime Boxing's Greatest Hits

Showtime Boxing's Greatest Hits

By: Editor Dec 27 2005

NEW YORK (December 27, 2005) – Highlights from the most compelling and unforgettable fights of a spectacular year of televising world-class bouts will be shown when SHOWTIME presents “SHOWTIME BOXING: Best Of 2005” on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at 2:15 p.m. ET/PT. The informative, fast-paced, entertaining 30-minute telecast is hosted by SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING’S blow-by-blow commenta...

Francesco Damiani, the Best Italian Heavyweight since Primo Carnera

Francesco Damiani, the Best Italian Heavyweight since Primo Carnera

By: Luca De Franco Dec 26 2005

Francesco Damiani was one of the few Italian heavyweights to make a big impression abroad. Between 1985 and 1993, he fought 32 professional bouts compiling a record of 30 wins (24 KOs) and just 2 losses. He became European, WBC International and WBO world champion, defeating many respected boxers along the way: Eddie Gregg (KOed during the first round), James Broad (on points), Anders Eklund (sixt...

Ali-Marciano Computer Fight Live on DVD

Ali-Marciano Computer Fight Live on DVD

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 25 2005

Over the years Mike DeLisa has made quite a name for himself in the boxing community. Besides writing an acclaimed book about former heavyweight champion James J. Braddock called “Cinderella Man,” which was published by Milo Books in 2005, he co-authored “Philadelphia’s Boxing Heritage, 1876-1976,” which was published by Arcadia Press. He has also contributed to many other books and publ...

In Boxing News: Jones Jr., Hopkins, Sky Boxing Roundup & Nicolay Valuev

In Boxing News: Jones Jr., Hopkins, Sky Boxing Roundup & Nicolay Valuev

By: Chris Gielty Dec 24 2005

In Boxing News Today: Jones Jr. v. Hopkins Roy Jones Jr. vs. Bernard Hopkins is apparently on for March 11: "Ever since Roy Jones' unanimous decision victory against Bernard Hopkins for a vacant middleweight title in 1993, there has been high interest in a rematch." Perhaps I'm only speaking for myself, but given Roy Jones Jr. is 0-3 for his last 3 fights and Bernard Hopkins is 0-2 in his la...

Boxing in Asia … The Last Fights of 2005

Boxing in Asia … The Last Fights of 2005

By: Scott Mallon Dec 24 2005

December is not only Santa’s month to stir the reindeer; it’s also a month chockfull of boxing, with fighters around the world getting some end of the year work in before the holiday layoff. While none of the fights in the last few weeks of this year are incredibly significant, they do involve a few champions, former champions and one or two excellent up and coming prospects and contenders in ...

In Boxing News: Ricky Hatton, Jermain Taylor, Winky Wright, Sweet Pea Whitaker

In Boxing News: Ricky Hatton, Jermain Taylor, Winky Wright, Sweet Pea Whitaker

By: Chris Gielty Dec 23 2005

Today in The Times Ricky Hatton reflects on his fight with Kostya Tszyu. Hatton is, The Times says, the boxer who conquered the world, but did not let his newfound fame change him. The eminently likable Hatton even marvels at his own effort against Tszyu: "normally, in a 12-round fight, you've got to pace yourself but because of the nature of that fight, I don't think I did. So I'd never been that...

Mormeck-Bell: Big thing for cruiserweights

Mormeck-Bell: Big thing for cruiserweights

By: Rick Folstad Dec 23 2005

This guy is a well-kept secret. It’s not his fault, that’s just the way it is. You fight at cruiserweight, you have to expect to be treated like a stranger. Cruiserweights don’t get front row seats, don’t get invited to grand openings, and don’t have to sign autographs. No one ever asks. Be a cruiserweight champion and live in France, well, that’s a double whammy. It’s like being ...

In Boxing News: Ruiz Fires Stone, 2005 Awards, 2006 Fights & Saddam Conspiracy

In Boxing News: Ruiz Fires Stone, 2005 Awards, 2006 Fights & Saddam Conspiracy

By: Chris Gielty Dec 22 2005

Ron Borges reports in the Boston Globe that heavyweight John Ruiz has fired longtime manager Norman "Stoney" Stone. Stone's act has apparently grown old for Ruiz and those around him. The Press Association in the UK bestows its British and World boxing awards for 2005. The Canadian Press has an interesting roundup of Canadian fighters. Joachim Alcine, in particular, is reportedly one to ke...

Norman “Stoney” Stone calls it quits

Norman “Stoney” Stone calls it quits

By: Editor Dec 22 2005

WILMINGTON, Mass. (December 22, 2005) – Colorful boxing manager Norman “Stoney” Stone announced his retirement from boxing today from the comfort of his Massachusetts home. Stone had been two-time world heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz’s manager and cutman for the 20 years, dating back to Ruiz’s amateur days. “I’m done,” Stone said. “I’m tired of boxing and ...

Jeff Jowett Chronicles Obscure Boxing

Jeff Jowett Chronicles Obscure Boxing

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 22 2005

Longtime boxing scribe Jeff Jowett turns up at the most unusual fight venues. He is the first to admit that he’d much rather see a fight in a small hotel ballroom than a glittering casino or even at Madison Square Garden. Having been on the scene since the mid-seventies, he has no shortage of exposure to any of them. “I really started traveling to shows in the late seventies,” said the 62...