Articles of 2006

Peter/Toney Ii: Peter Has The Brutal Punch

Peter/Toney Ii: Peter Has The Brutal Punch

By: Adam Berlin Dec 31 2006

Samuel Peter claims he has dynamites in my two hands? Heavyweight contenders Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter and James Lights Out? Toney get it on a second time this Saturday from the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla. (Showtime). The hard-slugging Peter, unlike Toney, is one of those strong, silent types notorious for letting their fists to the talking one the opening bell sounds, ...

The Sweet Science P4P Rankings for Asia

The Sweet Science P4P Rankings for Asia

By: Scott Mallon Dec 31 2006

There are claims that boxing is dying. Hogwash. The heavyweight division isn’t the only division in boxing and 2007 promises to be a banner year in boxing; especially for boxers hailing from Asia. While Asia isn’t Vegas or Atlantic City, it is a region packed of diamonds in the rough; undiscovered gems and potential superstars who wait for their moment in the sun.The Sweet Science P4P Ranki...

Iceman Stops Tito Ortiz Win Streak

Iceman Stops Tito Ortiz Win Streak

By: David A. Avila Dec 31 2006

LAS VEGAS—UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “Iceman” Liddell’s fists proved too much for Huntington Beach’s Tito Ortiz who was stopped in the third round before a sold out crowd at the MGM Garden Arena on Saturday. The punching machine Liddell (20-3, 13 KOs) repeated his victory in UFC 66 over the much-improved grappler Ortiz who has improved his punching and blocking. Ortiz was tr...

2006: A Pretty Decent Year For Boxing

2006: A Pretty Decent Year For Boxing

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 30 2006

Even with the newfound popularity of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting, the latter of which presented a December 30 pay-per-view extravaganza from Las Vegas that was headlined by Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz, 2006 was a pretty decent year for boxing. While the self-absorbed Floyd Mayweather continues to win, his inability to understand that boxing is as much about entertainment...

Espinoza’s great expectations for 2007

Espinoza’s great expectations for 2007

By: Ralph Gonzalez Dec 29 2006

Managing fighters is a risky and tricky business not for the faint of heart. A win in a packed venue can induce a surge of adrenaline rivaled by few other events. A loss can be devastating, or at the very least costly, since fighters are an ongoing investment that constantly pulls money out of the manager’s pocket. According to Frank Espinoza, choosing the right fighter to manage is the key t...

The Sweet Science 2006 Awards (Thailand)

The Sweet Science 2006 Awards (Thailand)

By: Scott Mallon Dec 29 2006

2006 was Pongsaklek Wongjongkam’s year. He racked up four title defenses, broke the record for consecutive title defenses by a flyweight and successfully made his sixteenth straight defense in November. Former champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai stayed busy against decent opponents while Sirimongkol Singwancha fought just twice, both times against fighters who had little chance of winning.Poonsa...

Liddell/Ortiz II: Whose evolution is more adept?

Liddell/Ortiz II: Whose evolution is more adept?

By: David A. Avila Dec 29 2006

Might doesn’t always make right as many will see when Tito “Bad Boy” Ortiz engages UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell on Saturday. Two years have passed since Liddell and Ortiz first met and now the world anxiously awaits the aftershock of their first encounter with a sold out show at the MGM Grand and an expected record-breaking pay-per-view telecast.Forget abo...

Is ‘06 The Year UFC Choked Out Boxing?

Is ‘06 The Year UFC Choked Out Boxing?

By: Michael Woods Dec 29 2006

With the benefit of hindsight, we may look back at 2006 as the year our beloved sport, the Savage Science, got choked out in the scrap for relevance, acceptance and buzz, by mixed martial arts. In the United States, for all intents and purposes, MMA is synonymous with UFC. This Saturday, two of the UFC’s most marketable and capable stars, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, a soft-speaking, seria...

Holyfield Stuck In Promotional, Financial Quagmire

Holyfield Stuck In Promotional, Financial Quagmire

By: Michael Woods Dec 28 2006

None of us thought that Evander Holyfield would come within sniffing distance of a heavyweight championship again. In 2004, his career, glorious and rewarding, had come to a grinding, pathetic halt. He looked positively geriatric against Larry Donald at Madison Square Garden.Donald, no Hall of Fame talent, made The Real Deal look like a done deal.At that point, we all waited for some years to p...

Yvon Durelle Suffers Stroke

Yvon Durelle Suffers Stroke

By: Adam Berlin Dec 27 2006

The Fighting Fisherman: Hard man faces hard time Former light heavyweight contender Yvon Durelle, 77, who retired from boxing in 1963 with a 90-24-2, 51 KOs record, suffered a stroke earlier this week and is listed in serious condition at a hospital in Moncton, Canada, where he was transferred on Christmas Day. Durelle's wife, Theresa, told the Toronto Star, "He's in serious, serious conditi...