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TEAM LACY MUST SHOULDER SOME BLAME

The axiom of “win this time, look good next time” may not hold true for Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy. In fact, there might not even be a next time. Lacy showed guts but minimal skill in his razor thin majority decision over Vitali Tsypko at the St. Pete’s Times Forum in Tampa Saturday night, winning in his hometown by scores ... Read More »

LORDS A LEAPING

I’ve never warmed up to the idea of “The Dream Match,” Saturday night’s event featuring Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya. To me, it’s a dream match only in a financial sense. Competitively, it has only the names of the participants to sell to those who don’t know any better. Pacquiao, 47-3-2 (35), a national hero in his native ... Read More »

TRYING TO MAKE TURKEY SALAD

Before we file away in our memory banks last Friday’s Fernando Vargas-Ricardo Mayorga fight, held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, we would just like to leave some commentary on the good, bad, and the ugly of the event. THE GOOD * First and foremost, Don King, the promoter of “The Brawl” along with Main Events, should be commended for ... Read More »

RICKY FATTON HUMILIATES MALIGNAGGI

When you hear little tidbits such as Ricky Hatton’s drop of 42 pounds to be on weight for his junior welterweight fight with Paulie Malignaggi last Saturday night, and then you add into account his 46 fights, the abuse inflicted on his 30 year old body, and Hatton’s legendary love for food and drink, it’s not that much of a ... Read More »

THE REAL TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

For the first time in the eight year history of “ShoBox: The New Generation” there will be a world title unification bout this Friday night, November 21, broadcast on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT. On that night two of the most talented 122 pounders, undefeated IBF super bantamweight champion, Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor, 28-0 (11) from Ontario, Canada, and ... Read More »

LOCK AND RELOAD

Three years ago promoter Gary Shaw had Jeff Lacy, Winky Wright, and the late Diego Corrales as champions and was considered by many as the Promoter of the Year. This year he has Chad Dawson, Vic Darchinyan, and Timothy Bradley as belt holders and you could make a solid argument that this is a superior trio. In addition, as always ... Read More »

THE LAST ROUND AND THE CROSSROAD

I would be remiss not to confess that I drank the Roy Jones Jr. Kool-Aid. As distasteful as it is to now admit, I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I picked Roy to upset the 5-2 favorite Calzaghe in their light heavyweight bout last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. And since a number of my faithful readers have been kind ... Read More »

HI THERE, WELCOME TO WAL-MART

Late Friday evening the rumors began. By Sunday it was common knowledge– Armando Garcia had suddenly submitted his resignation as Executive Officer of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). An unknown party emailed me a copy of the upcoming commission meeting agenda for Tuesday, November 18. At that time Garcia’s resignation will be accepted and an interim Executive Officer will ... Read More »

ROY OUT TO SHOW HE’S STILL RELEVANT

If Roy Jones Jr. hasn’t accomplished anything else while leading up to his light heavyweight bout with unbeaten Welshman Joe Calzaghe this weekend, he’s proven that while just two months shy of his 40th birthday, he still matters in boxing and is capable of creating a buzz. This is no small feat for a man who suffered back to back ... Read More »

DARCHINYAN KEEPS PROMISE, SILENCES CRITICS

In the 1972 hit single, singer/songwriter Albert Hammond sings, “It never rains in Southern California. But girl, don’t they warn ya. It pours, man it pours.” The folks in Southern Cal get more nervous about impending rain than those crazies in the Mid-Atlantic States get about snow, probably something to do with house slides. Anyway, it did rain last Saturday ... Read More »

THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND

This Saturday, November 1, Showtime is featuring an exciting, potential Fight of the Year candidate on their World Championship Boxing program. You have to give the Viacom guys their due. With a smaller budget than HBO they continually match good fights, the kind that real fans enjoy. The main event this week features Cristian Mijares, the WBA/WBC junior bantamweight titlist ... Read More »

LIBRADE’S STOLEN OPPORTUNITY

I don’t see how any impartial observer could have viewed the Lucian Bute-Librado Andrade fight last Friday night without coming away with the feeling that referee Marlon B. Wright was at best incompetent, and at worst, perhaps even the Tim Donaughy of boxing. It’s not much of a choice but on that night he was either a dunce or dishonest. ... Read More »

LAST THOUGHTS ON HOPKINS-PAVLIK

* 43 year old Bernard Hopkins, 49-5-1 (32), pulled off a historic upset unanimous decision, 119-106, 118-108, and 117-109 over middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, 34-1 (30), in a non title fight fought at a 170 pound catchweight last Saturday night. For those who care, I saw it 116-110. The fight was held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey ... Read More »

BRING YOUR OWN RED BULL

The Kelly Pavlik-Bernard Hopkins pay per view event, after under whelming anticipation, will be telecast Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT on HBO PPV with a suggested $49.95 price tag. There’s really no point to this match on the surface, it being fought as a non title light heavyweight fight at a 170 pound catch weight. But Bernard ... Read More »

DOES IT ALWAYS PAY TO ADVERTISE?

There is a school of thought that any publicity is good. I’m not so sure that the folks at EliteXC feel that way at the moment, but they’re handling it in stride. It seems as if everyone is lining up to take a shot at them recently, reminding me of a friend who when told politely that his zipper was ... Read More »

REAL PRIME TIME ENTERTAINMENT

You could make a strong case that this Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing doubleheader (9 p.m. ET/PT) is the best attraction of the fall season. Kudos to the folks at Showtime who put together a pair of must see matches and pulled it off without going the pay per view route. First up on the show is the taped delayed heavyweight ... Read More »

A STAR IS BORN

Last Saturday night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, the network that won 26 Emmys (HBO) presented “The Night of the Rising Stars II” on its Boxing After Dark series, producing an aesthetic, if not financial success. The concept of spotlighting blue chip prospects on a tripleheader with all of the HBO bells and whistles is hopefully ... Read More »

IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID

There’s plenty of boxing available on the tube this weekend, particularly for those unaffected by the crumbling economy. On Friday night, Showtime presents “ShoBox: The New Generation” to get things started at 11 p.m. ET. On Saturday, HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” presents an intriguing tripleheader starting at 10:05 ET/PT, available in high definition. And lastly, there are no less than ... Read More »

EVEN A CAVEMAN COULD DO IT

One of my regular readers wrote me to say that Ricardo Mayorga was “nothing but a Neanderthal street brawler.” I believe that this simple description of the wild, awkward Nicaraguan is spot on and therefore I highly recommend him for a long term deal with Geico. Yet inexplicably Shane Mosley took until 2:59 of round 12 to stop Mayorga and ... Read More »

LOOK FOR MISMATCHES ON HBO CARD

Let’s get right to the point. Jr. middleweight Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, 29-6-1 (23), has about as much chance of beating “Sugar” Shane Mosley as 82 year old Cloris Leachman has of winning “Dancing with the Stars.” But they meet anyway this Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California in a card to be telecast on HBO ... Read More »

LORRAINE CHARGIN BELONGS IN THE HALL OF FAME

Recently the writers were sent a letter from the Executive Director of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Edward Brophy, advising that the election process for the Class of 2009 would begin on October 1. Electors are requested to make their selections, return the completed ballot back to the Hall of Fame, and an independent accounting firm will then tabulate ... Read More »

BLIND OR JUST SHORTSIGHTED?

Last week we reported that the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission declined to reverse the decision made in the ring on August 15 concerning the fight between Ishmail Arvin and Anthony Thompson for the USBO Jr. Middleweight title, making the local fighter, Arvin winner by TKO 6. This week we’d like to add some commentary. First of all, ... Read More »

MINUTE UPDATE #1

* Congratulations to Juan Manuel Marquez for his 11th round TKO of Joel Casamayor. Both men are great fighters, but Casamayor is one of the best of his era while Marquez is one of the best of any era. *Referee Tony Weeks called the fight off immediately after the second knockdown at 2:55 of the round. Casamayor had never previously ... Read More »

NO WAY, NO REPLAY

15 Rounds.com has learned that the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission has apparently decided to uphold the decision made in the ring on August 15 concerning the fight between Ishmail Arvin and Anthony Thompson. Officially Arvin was awarded the victory by TKO 6 in the scheduled 12 rounder when Thompson was unable to continue due to a severe ... Read More »

THE LONG HARD ROAD TO MANNY-OSCAR

When September 6 finally rolled around and we were able to enjoy major league boxing once again after a month’s hiatus, I was as happy as Jay Leno after the writer’s strike. It’s the fighters and the fights that make up the game and create interest in the sport. When you write a column that is primarily based on your ... Read More »

HOME COOKING?

I don’t get it. I honestly don’t see how any impartial arbiter could see Michael “The Great” Katsidis as the victor over Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz Saturday night. Yet Glen Hamada of Washington State did just that before 15,000 partisan fans at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, giving the Australian a 115-113 nod in the fight, broadcast on HBO’s ... Read More »

IT’S WHAT THE GREAT ONES DO

No sooner had Antonio Margarito finished off Miguel Cotto in 11 rounds last July than Margarito was calling for a fight with Oscar De La Hoya. At the press conference following the fight Top Rank CEO Bob Arum repeated Oscar’s statement that he didn’t want to fight a Mexican, but said that he still held out hope that perhaps the ... Read More »

MANNY AND OSCAR: IT’S JUST BUSINESS

As a purist, I was never previously in favor of a Manny Pacquiao-Oscar De La Hoya fight, now scheduled officially for September 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. My reasons are quite simple–just take a look at the Tale of the Tape. Oscar, 39-5 (30), is 5’10½” with a 73” reach. He turns 36 next February 4 and ... Read More »

ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS

DOUBLE REVERSE It was announced early this week that the recent Hasim Rahman-James Toney heavyweight fight has been declared a no decision by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). Toney had been announced as the TKO winner after an accidental head butt in round three after considerable delay and discussion at the commission table. This was after referee Ray Corona ... Read More »

LIGHTWEIGHTS LEAD OFF FOR HBO/GOLDEN BOY

Much like the welterweights earlier this year, the lightweights are now on the threshold of providing some clarity to a stacked, competitive division. In the 147 pound division, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s retirement, for however long it lasts, loosened things considerably while taking Oscar De La Hoya out of the picture with him when their September fight was scratched. Mayweather was ... Read More »