Articles of 2007

St-Pierre, Liddell, Clementi Win @ UFC 79

St-Pierre, Liddell, Clementi Win @ UFC 79

By: David A. Avila Dec 30 2007

LAS VEGAS-A reinvented Georges St. Pierre proved he’s ready for the true Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title with a dominating win over Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell returned to the win column in his big showdown on Saturday. St. Pierre took the final chapter in the trilogy with Hughes and now is the UFC interim champion at the 170-pound division.Hughes just shook his head after...

Pavlik Or 'Money': Fighter of the Year Is…

Pavlik Or 'Money': Fighter of the Year Is…

By: Michael Woods Dec 30 2007

There’s nothing like the terror felt when you have a big black bear snarling and snorting and hunting you down, eager to stuff your tender head into his mouth, to make you run as fast as you’ve ever run. Thanks, Dana White, aka the big black bear. Thanks for waking up the semi-slumbering powers that be, and forcing them to acknowledge that boxing needed to step up its game, or be eaten al...

Resolution Time For Harold Sconiers

Resolution Time For Harold Sconiers

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 30 2007

When Harold Sconiers of Tampa, Florida, looks in the mirror these days he doesn’t see the journeyman heavyweight with a 15-17-2 (10 KOs) record that most other people do. What he sees is the dynamic, hard-hitting heavyweight who made it to the finals of the 1996 Olympic Trials, and began his pro career with six straight knockouts and one decision victory. Since being stopped in the first ro...

Steve Cunningham Confident In Germany

Steve Cunningham Confident In Germany

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 29 2007

In January 2006, cruiserweight Steve Cunningham of Philadelphia blasted out Lloyd Bryan in five rounds on the undercard of the Zab Judah-Carlos Baldomir title bout at Madison Square Garden. Afterwards he told a gaggle of reporters that it was his destiny to become a world champion, and that when he did all of the hard work he put into his career would pay off. “I always listen to the little ...

TSS Trainer of the Year: Jack Loew

TSS Trainer of the Year: Jack Loew

By: Michael Woods Dec 28 2007

The trainer of the year award, when given by the Boxing Writers Association, has always been bestowed to a “name” guy. The Futch-Condon Award, which came in to existence in 1990, has gone to George Benton, Eddie Futch and Manny Steward two times apiece. Dan Birmingham, basically an unknown before Winky Wright came to widespread prominence, has also taken the title twice. This year, TSS is ...

Roy Jones Arrives To Bolster NY Knicks

Roy Jones Arrives To Bolster NY Knicks

By: Michael Woods Dec 28 2007

The Knicks are in as sorry shape as any club in the NBA right now. There are teams with more losses than the Knickerbockers, but no squad is in such a sorry state in such a town as New York, where the media knives are long, sharp and perpetually poised to plunge into the unprotected flesh of unpopular public figures. The knives have been aimed at and inserted in Knicks coach and GM Isiah Thoma...

To Chuck Wepner: Happy New Year, Champ

To Chuck Wepner: Happy New Year, Champ

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 27 2007

On Christmas morning I was preparing to head to the airport to catch a flight home to New York when I received my annual holiday call from former heavyweight title challenger Chuck Wepner. During his boxing career, which lasted from 1964 to 1978, Wepner compiled a 35-14-2 (17 KOs) record against such greats and notables as Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Sonny Liston, Buster Mathis, Ernie Terrell...

Road For Touted Amateur Gets Bumpy

Road For Touted Amateur Gets Bumpy

By: Raymond Markarian Dec 27 2007

Amateur boxing is the greatest form of tutorial for young fighters. In recent history, men like Mike Tyson, Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley, and Floyd Mayweather all paid their dues by grinding out impressive amateur careers. Those fighters continued their success from the amateurs and became stars in the pros. Amateur boxing is like grade school for fighters. The successful ones are taught at a...

Female Fighter of the Year: Elena Reid

Female Fighter of the Year: Elena Reid

By: David A. Avila Dec 25 2007

Female professional boxing took a dip this year with fewer bouts between champions and contenders than in the past several years. A number of fighters captured world titles and a few older veterans made their last hurrahs, but one fighter stood out though she only had one fight in 2007, and her name is Elena Reid.Reid, 26, who is better known as “Baby Doll” Reid, won the WIBA flyweight worl...

Gym Punches Up The Holiday Spirit

Gym Punches Up The Holiday Spirit

By: Raymond Markarian Dec 24 2007

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in San Francisco. The Straight Forward Boxing Club held their 2nd Annual Holiday Toy Drive on Friday, December 21st. This occasion was put together in an effort to raise the spirit of underprivileged kids that may not get to celebrate the holiday season in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prospect Karim Mayfield, head trainer Ben Batista, and the rest of ...