Articles of 2006

Edison Miranda: Xmas Beatings

Edison Miranda: Xmas Beatings

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 22 2006

Edison Miranda's Xmas beatings for Gibbs/Taylor/DiBella Uncrowned middleweight king Edison "Pantera" Miranda (27-1, 24 KOs) isn't the strong, silent type. He's definitely strong his sensational first round KO over Willie Gibbs on HBO's BAD clarified that but judging from the statements he has made since that stunning win, silence isn't his strong suit. The most recent trouble started when W...

Who Fights on Christmas?

Who Fights on Christmas?

By: Aaron Tallent Dec 22 2006

The notion of fighting on Christmas Eve or Christmas day reminds me of a story I once heard about a cockfight gone bad. Some years ago in Cocke County, Tennessee, two young men entered a chicken fight being held on Christmas Eve, robbed the spectators at gunpoint, and fled. They were quickly apprehended by the police. When the alleged thieves were told that bail had been posted for them, they refu...

Joe Calzaghe Not Into Jermain

Joe Calzaghe Not Into Jermain

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 21 2006

Calzaghe saw Taylor/Ouma, scratch Jermain Taylor It looks like Joe Calzaghe's planned stateside debut next summer will not be against middleweight king Jermain Taylor, who's been itching to come up in weight, but not for the reason you might think. The unbeaten WBO super middleweight Welsh sensation defends his crown on April 7 against Contender star, and Providence, RI native, Peter Manfred...

Samuel Peter Opens Up

Samuel Peter Opens Up

By: Rick Folstad Dec 21 2006

Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter is the new king of one-liners.He’s not exactly the reincarnation of Bob Hope, and you won’t find him doing standup at some comedy club in Fresno.But that’s because he’s not trying to be funny. He’s just short with his answers, like a guy who had to catch a train and didn’t have a lot of time to talk. One thing about his answers, though. Alon...

Madonna’S Emile Griffith Flick

Madonna’S Emile Griffith Flick

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 20 2006

Madonna's take on hall-of-famer Emile Griffith According to today's Sun, Madonna, the Queen of Pop, aka the Material Girl, plans on directing her first feature film, called Blade To The Heart, which explores the fatal Emile Griffith-Benny Paret fight from 1962. Madge's company, Maverick Entertainment, is behind the project, which will also presumably deal with the ambiguities of Griffith's s...

Madonna’s Emile Griffith Flick

Madonna’s Emile Griffith Flick

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 20 2006

Madonna's take on hall-of-famer Emile Griffith According to today's Sun, Madonna, the Queen of Pop, aka the Material Girl, plans on directing her first feature film, called “Blade To The Heat, which will focus on the fatal Emile Griffith-Benny Paret fight at Madison Square Garden in 1962. Madonna's production company, Maverick Entertainment, has thrown its weight behind the project, an...

Larry Merchant: In the beginning was the word

Larry Merchant: In the beginning was the word

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 20 2006

When I tell people I’ve got a soft spot for Larry Merchant they sometimes sputter, grow red in the face, and tell me I’m out my mind and need to have my head examined. I usually drop their recommendations in the suggestion box, which is conveniently located next to the shredder on the way to the executive bathroom. But there’s one small problem with those snide, off-the-cuff, below the belt,...

Lumpini Stadium Turns Fifty

Lumpini Stadium Turns Fifty

By: Scott Mallon Dec 20 2006

It is the domain of gladiators and has been the site of countless battles between some of the best boxers and Muay Thai fighters in the world. Much like the Roman Colosseum, Bangkok’s Lumpini Stadium is filled with ghosts of the past. The spirits of gloved warriors who fought for fame and fortune prowl the dimly lit arena with authority day in and day out. Only Rajdamnern Stadium, also in Ban...

The Best of 2006 Awards

The Best of 2006 Awards

By: David A. Avila Dec 20 2006

Twelve months after the world of prizefighting comes to an end for the year 2006, with it come the awards for those boxers who stood out among the thousands of others. Beginning in January 2006 a number of boxers stepped forward to meet each other for some riveting matches that took place in New York, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Las Vegas and other cities around the world.Here are the awards for t...

Destiny and Suszannah Warner

Destiny and Suszannah Warner

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 20 2006

The way newly crowned NABF atomweight (102 pound) female champion Suszannah “Destiny” Warner sees it, destiny played as much of a part in her success in the ring as her tremendous athletic abilities did. For 30 of her 36 years she played soccer, first in her native England, and later in the New York Women’s League where she excelled as a striker and goal scorer on the Barnstonworth Rovers...