Articles of 2007

My 2008 Wish List

My 2008 Wish List

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 16 2007

The good news for boxing fans in 2007 was that we were treated to more competitive matchups than we’ve seen in recent years. With the January 2008 battle between Roy Jones Jr. and Felix Trinidad coming five years too late, we should be grateful that we saw such compelling bouts as Jermain Taylor-Kelly Pavlik, Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler, Miguel Cotto-Shane Mosley, and Floyd Mayweather versus a ...

The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward…MLADINICH

The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward…MLADINICH

By: Adam Berlin Dec 14 2007

It has been rumored that a theatrical movie called “The Fighter” will soon go into pre-production for release in the summer of 2009. It will be directed by the brilliant Darren Aronofsky, who also directed the lauded 2000 film “Requiem for a Dream,” and will star Mark Wahlberg as junior welterweight Micky Ward and Brad Pitt as Dickie Eklund, Ward’s troubled half-brother.It does not appe...

Edwin Valero: The Legend Continues

Edwin Valero: The Legend Continues

By: David A. Avila Dec 14 2007

Early in his pro career Edwin Valero was a muttered-under-the-breath gym legend in Southern California.Those that saw him spar in various gyms or read about his exploits in various web sites became curious about the Venezuelan boxer with shocking black hair. The legend expanded after each fight ended in a first round knockout.Now Valero defends his WBC junior lightweight title against Zaid Zava...

Bernard Hopkins Plays A Race Card

Bernard Hopkins Plays A Race Card

By: Michael Woods Dec 13 2007

When Bernard Hopkins hooked up with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions in November 2004, jokesters took bets on how long that union would last. Hopkins had recently come off a severely contentious beef with his former advisor, Lou Dibella, in which he had accused Dibella, then heading up HBO's boxing department, of demanding a bribe to place Hopkins on an HBO card. Dibella fought...

Jorge Linares: The Next Alexis Arguello?

Jorge Linares: The Next Alexis Arguello?

By: David A. Avila Dec 13 2007

For some boxing followers the name Alexis Arguello means nothing more than a footnote in the back pages of a boxing almanac, but for those who saw the gallant Nicaraguan boxer with a punch that could stop a subway train, he was the ultimate professional boxer. After more than a decade of full retirement Arguello remains one of the icons of Latino boxers. A man who not only represented his nativ...

Big Fight Aftermath: Avila Journal

Big Fight Aftermath: Avila Journal

By: David A. Avila Dec 12 2007

We drove into Las Vegas around 3 p.m. on Thursday and headed straight for the MGM Grand to get whiff of the atmosphere. It was clear and sunny in California but cool and gray when we arrived in the desert gambling Mecca. As soon as we walked into the lobby area of the hotel where a boxing ring is erected, there were Brits everywhere just mulling around. Toward the bar area by the elevators were...

Gearing Up For Pavlik/Taylor Rematch

Gearing Up For Pavlik/Taylor Rematch

By: Michael Woods Dec 12 2007

When I heard that Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor would be getting it on again, but that the middleweight title wouldn’t be in play, because the rematch would be contested at 166 pounds, I was disappointed. Doesn’t that diminish the event, I asked Taylor’s promoter, Lou Dibella. No, Dibella said, the fight stands on its own merits. There doesn’t need to be any belt on the line. I’m ...

Is Mayweather Following Dempsey's Path?

Is Mayweather Following Dempsey's Path?

By: Raymond Markarian Dec 11 2007

Months before his epic performance against Ricky Hatton I wrote an article about Floyd Mayweather's desire to be recognized as global superstar (Boxing Retirement: A New Political Strategy… Look it up.) At the end of Floyd Mayweather’s post fight interview with Larry Merchant, he hinted at taking a long break from boxing. PBF said that he was ready to take two years off to spend with hi...

Bravo, PBF

Bravo, PBF

By: Michael Woods Dec 10 2007

The Brit had a lot of people believing that he could topple PBF from his P4P throne. And through the first six or so rounds on Saturday evening in Las Vegas, it didn't seem wildly implausible that Hatton's rough and tumble style could do the job that 37 other men couldn't do. But then his stamina lagged slightly, and PBF went into another gear, a gear that nobody else in the game p...

Floyd Mayweather KOs Ricky Hatton

Floyd Mayweather KOs Ricky Hatton

By: David A. Avila Dec 09 2007

LAS VEGAS-There’s only one Floyd Mayweather and he proved to be superior over England’s Ricky Hatton with a resounding victory by knockout on Saturday. The fistic debate is over.In an arena that seemed to be located in the middle of England, not Las Vegas, the WBC welterweight champion Mayweather (39-0, 25 KOs) used his calm demeanor, speed and accurate punching to stifle the pressure of th...