Articles of 2005

Angelo Dundee Talks Heavyweights

Angelo Dundee Talks Heavyweights

By: Luca De Franco Dec 22 2005

During his 60+ years in the fight game, legendary trainer Angelo Dundee has been involved with five heavyweight champions: Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Ellis, Pinklon Thomas, George Foreman and Adilson Rodrigues. It could be more correct to say four champions, because Rodrigues won the not so prestigious WBF title, but in the eyes of Angelo all titles are the same if they are recognized and the purse ...

Baghdad’s Friday Night Fights

Baghdad’s Friday Night Fights

By: George Kimball Dec 22 2005

NEWS ITEM: Legendary promoter Don King said he would like to host a morale-boosting boxing exhibition in Iraq featuring world champion boxers he represents. King made his comments to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer while appearing on ‘The Situation Room’ last week. Major General Thomas R. Turner II of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division told King earlier this year he would welcome such an even...

In Boxing News:  Joe Mesi, Leon Spinks, Tszyu, The Kronk Gym & More

In Boxing News: Joe Mesi, Leon Spinks, Tszyu, The Kronk Gym & More

By: Chris Gielty Dec 21 2005

Interesting developments this week with heavyweight Joe Mesi. Today in the Buffalo News TheSweetScience.com's own Tim Graham reports Mesi has been cleared by a Nevada judge to resume his career - on what has been termed elsewhere a legal "technicality". This means Mesi is free to apply to state athletic commissions to resume his career, but by no means is assured of being approved as many concerns...

Marciano Book Revised And Expanded

Marciano Book Revised And Expanded

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 21 2005

In 1977, Everett M. Skeehan published Rocky Marciano: Biography of a First Son, the first full-length and long overdue treatment of the great undefeated heavyweight champ. Rocky has a special place in most fight fans' hearts, but the author grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts, birthplace of the Rock, so that special feeling is magnified a thousandfold. The New York Times Sunday Book Review calle...

Zab Judah and the Brash Crew

Zab Judah and the Brash Crew

By: Rick Folstad Dec 21 2005

Next time the fight talk turns to egos, throw in the name Zab “Super” Judah. He belongs up there with the rest of the Brash Crew, guys like Bernard Hopkins, James Toney and “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Next to these guys, Terrell Owens sounds like one of the Osmonds. You don’t hear any of that “aw, shucks,” or “I just got lucky” talk from this crowd. No one is taking the...

Matt Godfrey Starts Year with a Bang

Matt Godfrey Starts Year with a Bang

By: Editor Dec 21 2005

PROVIDENCE (December 20, 2005) – USNBC cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (10-0, 4 KOs), already rated No. 27 by the World Boxing Council, has outgrown his native New England and he plans on making more noise nationally in 2006. Matt, 24, has displayed poise and ring generalship far beyond his age, and he was recently named the No. 4 prospect in the world for fighters with 1...

Joel Julio Live on ShoBox from Cicero

Joel Julio Live on ShoBox from Cicero

By: Editor Dec 21 2005

NEW YORK (Dec. 21, 2005) – Not yet 21 years old, the talented, hard-hitting Joel Julio already is a budding star in the welterweight division. “Julio is arguably the hottest prospect around," says ShoBox expert analyst Steve Farhood. "He is very fast and has natural knockout power. When he demolished Carlos Vilches, a solid fringe contender who had been in with some of the best, Julio sent ...

Don King Boxing Iraq

Don King Boxing Iraq

By: Pete Wood Dec 21 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legendary promoter Don King said he would like to host a morale-boosting boxing exhibition in Iraq featuring world champion boxers he represents. King made his comments to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer while appearing on The Situation Room last week. Major General Thomas R. Turner II of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division told King earlier this year he would welcome such ...

Mormeck and Bell Meet the Press

Mormeck and Bell Meet the Press

By: Editor Dec 21 2005

The first Saturday of every month belongs to SHOWTIME, and 2006 promises to be no different for America’s No. 1 boxing network, now in its 20th year on the air. Following a spectacular 2005, the network that consistently offers fans the best match ups in boxing begins the New Year with an exciting world championship doubleheader Saturday, Jan. 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). I...

Driving Joe Miceli

Driving Joe Miceli

By: Robert Cassidy Jr. Dec 21 2005

I arrived at Joe Miceli’s Long Island home shortly after rush hour. Our journey would take us into New York City and I didn’t have the patience for traffic. Neither did Miceli. I thought I timed it well enough for us to miss the morning rush. As we approached the Long Island Expressway – the bane of local motorists – we see traffic at a standstill. Seated in my passenger seat is Miceli,...