Articles of 2008

The Sage Of The Sweet Science

The Sage Of The Sweet Science

By: Raymond Markarian Dec 23 2008

A true master of his craft, Angelo Dundee views his expertise from a unique angle. Like any expert, the 87-year-old Dundee has built a resume on experience. The Socrates of boxing holds over sixty years of knowledge under his belt. He has seen it all. Therefore we feel privileged to soak up his wisdom. Dundee is a vending machine of boxing information. We give him a token and he gives us a stor...

Avila’s Final 2008 Pound For Pound List

Avila’s Final 2008 Pound For Pound List

By: David A. Avila Dec 23 2008

It’s been a while since the last Pound for Pound listing. These past two months saw a number of the top prizefighters in the world engage in interesting if not provocative fights that shook up the previous listing. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao remains at the top of the list and Israel Vasquez remains at number two after beating a fellow Pound for Pound fighter. Three new additions to the list ...

Roy Jones vs. Holyfield A Possibility?

Roy Jones vs. Holyfield A Possibility?

By: Michael Woods Dec 23 2008

Here’s a little nugget, a little tidbit for you to ponder as you settle in for a long winter’s nap, or get the cookies ready for the jolly fatman, as you cross your fingers that he won’t get stuck in the chimney, or get mistaken for a cat burglar as he makes his way into your apartment via the fire escape. I’m hearing, from someone who heard it from someone, that a Roy Jones-Evander Hol...

Boxing & MMA Usually Don’t Mix

Boxing & MMA Usually Don’t Mix

By: David A. Avila Dec 22 2008

Brazil’s Vitor Belfort wants to make it clear his fight with feared mixed martial arts star Matt Lindland will be a dogfight, but if he ever gets in the ring with Roy Jones Jr… boy oh boy will he give him a whipping. “I’m willing to box two rounds with Roy Jones Jr. and if there isn’t a winner, then we’ll take off the boxing gloves and put on the MMA gloves and fight two rounds in m...

Manny Is The New Floyd

Manny Is The New Floyd

By: Dan Horgan Dec 22 2008

As former pound-for-pound kingpin and four-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. leisurely spends the tens of millions of dollars he made in his 11-year fight career that ended when he retired just over a year ago, Filipino storm Manny Pacquiao has taken Mayweather’s place as boxing’s top fighter – and begun diminishing Mayweather’s legacy by outdoing the Grand Rapids native’s late-care...

Give Me A Go, Joe

Give Me A Go, Joe

By: TSS Press Dec 22 2008

Dear Santa, It’s that time of year again, when I know you’re getting tons and tons of letters from people around the world asking for gifts this Holiday season.  I’ve got to be honest with you though; with the exception of a horrible injustice done to me in Florida on April 12th, I’ve had a great year.  I knocked out Hugo Pineda and Aaron Norwood, was crowned people’s cha...

Russia’s Roman Karmazin Beats Bronco

Russia’s Roman Karmazin Beats Bronco

By: David A. Avila Dec 21 2008

INGLEWOOD, CA.-In front of a largely supportive crowd Roman Karmazin piled on the points in beating Bronco McKart in a middleweight bout, and, in another bout, a super middleweight bout set a record for quickest knockout on Saturday. It was a large fight card with an Eastern European taste featuring Russia’s Karmazin and Michigan’s McKart in a battle of two former world champions at Hollywo...

Something For Joey

Something For Joey

By: Bernard Fernandez Dec 21 2008

Maybe I’m just being cynical, but I’ve always believed that posthumous honors, with few exceptions, are like an umpire’s makeup call. “Yeah, I think I did ring up that batter on a called third strike that was a foot outside. No problem. I’ll call one the other way in the next half-inning.” Former Yankees and Indians second baseman Joe Gordon, who was 73 when he died in 1978,  p...

Almost A GIANT Upset: Valuev Over Holyfield

Almost A GIANT Upset: Valuev Over Holyfield

By: TSS Press Dec 20 2008

Nikolay Valuev got more than he bargained for as Evander Holyfield took it to the giant in Switzerland on Saturday night, and the 7-footer did well to escape with a majority decision, by scores of 114-114, 116-112 and 115-114. “I thought I had done enough to get the win,” Holyfield said to the AP. “Now I have to go home and think about my future.” Holyfield (42-10-2) last fought in Oct...

TSS Prospect Watch: Darren Sutherland

TSS Prospect Watch: Darren Sutherland

By: Ronan Keenan Dec 20 2008

Something was wrong. He saw the right hand coming, but didn’t see it leave.  The punch just grazed the side of his head, but it left a lasting impression on Darren Sutherland. It was supposed to be a routine amateur contest against a visiting boxer from a Russian ‘B’ team, but boxing isn’t a habitual sport. It transpired that the Russian’s thumb sunk into Sutherland’s left eye,...