Articles of 2006

Sugar Ray Seales: Take pride in what you do

Sugar Ray Seales: Take pride in what you do

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 19 2006

While representing the United States in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Sugar Ray Seales, a native of the Virgin Islands who had immigrated to Tacoma, Washington as a child, vividly remembers the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of numerous athletes and coaches. When the shooting started, he and many of his teammates, which included Duane Bobick, Marvin Johnson, Ray Russell, Reggie Jo...

Not giving up on Women’s Boxing

Not giving up on Women’s Boxing

By: David A. Avila Dec 19 2006

Liz Quevedo, one of the standout amateur boxers in the country, recently announced her entry to the world of professional prizefighting. Can she be the answer to the rise of the sport?The state of women’s boxing has declined the past few years, especially following the failure of several Las Vegas-like marquee proposed bouts and the unwillingness of television networks to showcase female figh...

Mashaba wins and Ali headed to Africa … again

Mashaba wins and Ali headed to Africa … again

By: Deon Potgieter Dec 19 2006

A sensationally timed short right uppercut by Thomas Mashaba stopped Oscar Leon in his tracks in the third round on Friday night in Kimberly, South Africa. Leon, who was challenging Mashaba for his IBO featherweight world title, protested the stoppage as he felt that he was fine to continue when the referee counted him out. There was no real controversy however as the challenger was still on the c...

Klitschko/Maskaev Negotiations

Klitschko/Maskaev Negotiations

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 18 2006

Klitschko/Maskaev, Sulaiman/King and the footprint of history As an upshot to Kevin Iole's LVRJ piece on the Klitschko-Maskaev negotiations and the progress or lack thereof, I contacted Maskaev's manager, Fred Kesch, to get an update as to where things stand. We have a mandatory against the winner of Toney-Peter, Kesch told TSS, and Klitschko has a mandatory against Ray Austin. But let's loo...

Muangchai Kittikasem: J-Okay

Muangchai Kittikasem: J-Okay

By: Scott Mallon Dec 18 2006

Titles: WBC Flyweight Title (1991-1992), IBF Jr. Flyweight Title (1989-1990)Alias: Muanchai OrathaigymNickname: J-OkayHometown and Birthplace: Chainart, ThailandDivisions: Jr. Flyweight, FlyweightDate of Birth: November 11, 1968Trainer: Sutjai SupalekManager: Song KanchanachusakPromoter: Songchai Ratanasuban Record: 25 – 4 – 0, 17 KO’sIn July of 1990, Muangchai Kittikasem traveled to Phoenix...

Klitschko/Maskaev: Qué Pasa, José?

Klitschko/Maskaev: Qué Pasa, José?

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 17 2006

Klitschko/Maskaev unification bout in Señor Sulaiman's hands For those lost souls who thought a heavyweight unification bout was not only a welcome prospect but an inevitable one, it may be time to think again. Despite the talk of IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko getting it on with WBC champion Oleg Maskaev to once and for all begin unifying the heavyweight division, there appears to be a on...

Klitschko/Maskaev: Que Pasa, Jose?

Klitschko/Maskaev: Que Pasa, Jose?

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 17 2006

Klitschko/Maskaev unification bout in Señor Sulaiman's hands For those lost souls who thought a heavyweight unification bout was not only a welcome prospect but an inevitable one, it may be time to think again. Despite the talk of IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko getting it on with WBC champion Oleg Maskaev to once and for all begin unifying the heavyweight division, there appears to be a on...

Hopkins Goads Joe Calzaghe

Hopkins Goads Joe Calzaghe

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 17 2006

The Executioner beats the Joe Calzaghe drum loudly After unbeaten super middleweight sensation Joe Calzaghe dispatches Peter Manfredo Jr. on April 7 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, his stock will have climbed even further, making his post-Manfredo opponent of even greater interest than it is now. Middleweight king Jermain Taylor, who wants to move up in weight after another easy...

The Boxing Year Ahead

The Boxing Year Ahead

By: Matthew Aguilar Dec 17 2006

The year 2006 wasn't a bad one for boxing.We had the Israel Vasquez-Jhonny Gonzalez slugfest. The Lamon Brewster-Sergei Liakhovich brawl. And the emergence of Manny Pacquiao as an unstoppable beast in the 130-pound division. But '06 may just be a springboard to an outstanding '07—which promises to deliver the kind of thrills and chills that recent years have only approached.Here a...

Is Miranda THE Breakout Star For 2007?

Is Miranda THE Breakout Star For 2007?

By: Michael Woods Dec 17 2006

Damn, that was quick.Max Kellerman officially anointed himself president of the Edison Miranda Fan Club after the Colombian did away with Willie Gibbs in the first round in Miami on Saturday evening’s HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast. Mad Max gushed with Vesuvian enthusiasm after Miranda (27-1, 24 KOs) showed his power in downing Bernard Hopkins’ cousin, now 20-2, a Philly born fighter who...