Articles of 2009

Cherry & Santa Cruz Win At Commerce Casino

Cherry & Santa Cruz Win At Commerce Casino

By: David A. Avila Dec 17 2009

COMMERCE, CALIF.-Former world title contender Edner Cherry powered through Jovan Jones with ease in a lightweight contest and local hero Leo Santa Cruz scored a knockout win at the Commerce Casino on Thursday. Cherry (21-6-2, 13 KOs) hadn’t fought in more than a year since losing by decision to Timothy Bradley. He took it out on Jones (9-8) for three one-sided rounds as he pounded and pounded...

Pavlik Must Win, And Look Good Doing So

Pavlik Must Win, And Look Good Doing So

By: Ron Borges Dec 17 2009

For everyone involved with Kelly Pavlik BUT Kelly Pavlik, what is important Saturday night is that he A) get into the ring and B) leave it with his WBC and WBO middleweight title belts still in his possession. Anything else is a bonus. But for the long-absent Pavlik, who has fought only once in the last 10 months due to an assortment of setbacks, much more is needed. To defeat light-punching Mi...

VIRGIL HUNTER: Andre Ward Will Be Heavyweight Champ

VIRGIL HUNTER: Andre Ward Will Be Heavyweight Champ

By: Raymond Markarian Dec 17 2009

The holidays are here and Andre Ward started the festivities early. He got a golden belt from Denmark when he dominated Mikkel Kessler last month in Oakland, CA to win the WBA Super Middleweight championship. But instead of gloating on the victory, Ward and the rest of his camp refuse to be complacent. The man spitting wisdom in the newly crowned champion’s ear, counseling against excessive s...

Cuban Rigondeaux Wins In New York

Cuban Rigondeaux Wins In New York

By: George Kimball Dec 16 2009

NEW YORK -- Guillermo RIgondeaux' Miami-based connections were so anxious to showcase the Cuban featherweight before a New York audience that they all but begged their way onto Lou DiBella's final Broadway Boxing card of the year, but they may now be re-thinking the wisdom of that concept. The 880 patrons at BB King's Blues club, on the other hand, got to witness four things no one ...

Edner Cherry, Timothy Bradley & More

Edner Cherry, Timothy Bradley & More

By: David A. Avila Dec 16 2009

After fighting monster after monster Florida’s Edner Cherry gets just a slightly reasonable task today when he faces Jovann Jones (9-7, 4 KOs) in a lightweight contest at Commerce Casino near East L.A. Jones is tough but in Cherry's last fight he fought 12 rounds with Timothy Bradley and before that with Jose Armando Santa Cruz and two fights with Wes Ferguson. Throw in Paulie Malignaggi ...

If Life Was Fair, Miguel Espino Would Win Saturday Night

If Life Was Fair, Miguel Espino Would Win Saturday Night

By: Ron Borges Dec 16 2009

It will be easy to root for Miguel Espino Saturday night when he challenges middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in Youngstown, Ohio. It is nearly impossible to believe he has a chance to win. That is the sad reality for Espino, a 29-year-old, hard-scrabble kid from North Hollywood, CA., who is by all accounts a good fighter and a world champion of a guy. Unfortunately, the world not being the fa...

Memories With Mladinich: Billy Miske Had A Hall of Fame Heart

Memories With Mladinich: Billy Miske Had A Hall of Fame Heart

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 16 2009

Although Dick and Bill Miske are both in their seventies, they vividly recall the family Christmas story that becomes more and more important to them with each passing year. Neither of them was even born in 1923, when their grandfather, heavyweight contender and 2010 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee  Billy Miske, surprised his family with, among other things, a baby grand piano and ...

PAVLIK: On Saturday It Will Be Bombs Away

PAVLIK: On Saturday It Will Be Bombs Away

By: TSS Press Dec 16 2009

“PAVLIK AND ESPINO ARE TWO FREIGHT TRAINS ON A COLLISION COURSE!”- John Bray, Miguel Espino's Trainer YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO (December 16, 2009) – T-minus three days and counting until World Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK (35-1, 31 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, defends his title against the World Boxing Council’s No. 3-rated contender MIGUEL ESPINO (20-2-1, 9 KOs), of Nor...

Pacman Is The TSS Fighter of the Year and the Decade

Pacman Is The TSS Fighter of the Year and the Decade

By: David A. Avila Dec 15 2009

It’s been a decade since Manny Pacquiao thrust into the American boxing scene with his flashing fists and aggressive attacking style. In the last 10 years he’s proven to be as captivating as he is good. Ever since showing up at the now famous Wild Card Boxing gym, the impish Pacquiao with his shock of black hair, bulging calves and coterie of friends has carved his way to greatness with a m...

Pacquiao Steroid Claims By Mayweather Sr. Just Subterfuge

Pacquiao Steroid Claims By Mayweather Sr. Just Subterfuge

By: Frank Lotierzo Dec 14 2009

Ever since current WBO welterweight title holder Manny Pacquiao blitzed Ricky Hatton--who was trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr. for the fight--in two rounds back in May of this year, Floyd Mayweather Sr. has contested that Pacquiao has been taking HGH and performance enhancing drugs. In fact Floyd Sr. has stirred the pot so much with his allegations of Pacquiao taking PED's that Manny will be te...