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Back To The Future: Douglas-Tyson an escape from today

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By Norm Frauenheim- A week-long celebration of the 25-year anniversary of Buster Douglas’ upset of Mike Tyson is a revealing look at where boxing has been and where it is, or perhaps isn’t these days. Nostalgia is a good thing. It’s a personal attachment to dramatic moments in a rich history that the UFC will never have. But nostalgia is ... Read More »

Back in the USA: Klitschko return is real instead of rumor

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By Norm Frauenheim – Wladimir Klitschko’s return to America coincides with talks that are holding a sport hostage all over again. The heavyweight’s April 25 bout with Bryant Jennings at New York’s Madison Square Garden arrives in time to take attention off the paralysis-by-analysis of you-know-what. It’s impossible to know what’s happening, or who’s to blame, or if the reported ... Read More »

Benavidez goes back to work, hopes for a shot at Jessie Vargas

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Phoenix junior welterweight Jose Benavidez Jr., who won the WBC’s interim junior-welterweight title in a controversial decision over Mauricio Herrera on Dec. 13, plans to resume training on Monday. His trainer and father, Jose Benavidez Sr., said he hopes his son’s next fight is in the spring. However, Top Rank, his promoter, has yet to decide on an opponent or ... Read More »

Pacquiao-Mayweather talks continue, but what’s left to say?

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By Norm Frauenheim– It’s hard to recall when there wasn’t talk about Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado are about to fight for a third time. We’re still talking. Gas prices fall from $5-a-gallon to less than $2. Cheap talk continues. A German Pope quits the Vatican and a pope from Argentina moves in. Still talking. Maybe ... Read More »

Wilder scores a surprising decision for a heavyweight belt

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LAS VEGAS – A lot was promised. Return to Glory, the ads said. The glory will have to wait. But there was a return of sorts. An American-born fighter has regained a version of the heavyweight title. Deontay Wilder did it Saturday night with a unanimous decision, taking the World Boxing Council’s belt from a plodding Bermane Stiverne Saturday night ... Read More »

No Cotto-Canelo: May 2 fight is off the table

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By Norm Frauenheim– LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez still plans to fight on May 2, but it looks as if he won’t be fighting Miguel Cotto. In a story first reported by www.boxingscene.com, Canelo promoter Oscar De La Hoya said Saturday that he is looking for alternate opponents after Cotto did not accept an offer Friday night. “The deadline has ... Read More »

Wilder and Stiverne in a fight to prove there’s still life in the heavyweight division

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – The heavyweights undergo more study than a species near extinction. That means everybody has a theory or maybe an autopsy. They’re either vanishing faster than Arctic ice, or they’ve moved to Germany, or they’re NFL linebackers, or they’ve been eliminated and forgotten by Wladimir Klitschko’s consummate skill. Take your pick. None-of-the-above is the hope ... Read More »

King of the Podium: Don King back in his element at heavyweight news conference

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS — At times, it was bizarre. At times, downright goofy. It was also long-winded, sometimes dull. Yet, it was also unpredictable, often entertaining and controversial enough to keep everybody interested. Welcome to a boxing news conference that has begun to vanish, especially the heavyweight variety. But it was back Thursday, which is another of way ... Read More »

GGG Rx: Golovkin is the relief to boxing’s never-never land

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By Norm Frauenheim– Gennady Golovkin’s stop in Los Angeles Wednesday at the end of an international tour for his Feb. 21 bout with Martin Murray in Monaco was an anti-dote, timely relief from speculation about what’s happening or not happening in negotiations for Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto. Boxing is stuck in never-never land these days, but ... Read More »

A few wishes for a New Year

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By Norm Frauenheim- The New Year gets a quick start, which is another way of saying there’s an early chance to forget about an old – a very old – year summed up by declining pay-per-view numbers. The message in the PPV trend is unmistakable. The customers want to see something different or they’ll pay to see something else altogether. ... Read More »

A forgettable 2014 ends amid hopes for a better year

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By Norm Frauenheim It’s a year that will be remembered for what didn’t happen. There was still no Manny Pacquaio-Floyd Mayweather Jr., despite the resumption of tired talk. Andre Ward, in his prime and perhaps the sport’s greatest pure talent, didn’t fight at all. Take 2014, put it in a hefty bag and bury it where nobody can ever find ... Read More »

Prospects end 2014 in Phoenix with hopes for wins that set them up for a New Year

An old year ends Saturday night at Celebrity Theatre with prospects thinking about next year and a heavyweight champion hoping to restore lost promise on a UniMas-televised card staged jointly by Top Rank and Iron Boy Promotions. Andy Ruiz Jr. (23-0, 17 KOs) looks to extend his unbeaten record and nine-knockout streak against Sergei Liakhovich with a victory a performance ... Read More »

Scorecard controversy leaves no argument about Benavidez’ career

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By Norm Frauenheim Controversial decisions and interim titles are little bit like scars. If you haven’t got at least one of them, it’s time for a different line of work. It’s a mixed bag, but it’s a sure a way to measure progress in a chaotic game. Jose Benavidez Jr. returned to Phoenix from his Dec. 13 victory over Mauricio ... Read More »

Bradley, Chaves fight to a controversial draw

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LAS VEGAS – A draw? Timothy Bradley didn’t see it, not from a left eye that was nearly swollen shut and not from an undamaged right eye. But the judges saw their own way, or three ways to be exact. Put their cards together and the result was a controversial draw with Diego Chaves in an HBO-televised bout at The ... Read More »

Victor Ortiz back with quick TKO and quip

LAS VEGAS — Victor Ortiz is man with many resumes. Movie roles are on one. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is on the other. Ortiz left the studio and went back to work Saturday on the resume that includes his wild loss to Mayweather It went off almost as if it had been rehearsed. Ortiz (30-5-2, 23 KOs) was back at the ... Read More »

Unlike the Pacquiao-Mayweather riddle, Keith Thurman is a real answer to the real question about who and what is next

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By Norm Frauenheim- LAS VEGAS – Boxing’s chessboard is full of potential moves Saturday with dueling cards that include 18 bouts televised by competing networks and each promoted by rivals who are learning how to cooperate. Look for more lessons than solutions, more possibilities than answers, for a business confronted by declining pay-per-view numbers and no resolution to the tired ... Read More »

Alexander grateful for a ring that is a refuge from the Ferguson riots

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS — The ring doesn’t look like much of a refuge. Ropes contain the violence within them. Step inside at your own peril. But Devon Alexander feels more fortunate than ever at his chance to be there Saturday night. It’s his shelter from the storm. “With all the stuff in Ferguson – the rioting and everything ... Read More »

Final Exam: Benavidez faces one in fight to graduate to world class

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – For better or worse, Jose Benavidez Jr.‘s time as a prospect is about to end. It’s his choice. Nobody else’s. The 22-year-old Benavidez listened to alternate possibilities from Top Rank and his father, yet in the end the 22-year-old decided to take the training wheels off his career for a tough, grown-up test against ... Read More »

Two cards, one common fight for relevancy

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By Norm Frauenheim– The arenas and networks will be different. Nearly everything else about dueling cards on Dec. 13 shares a common theme and the same Strip of tourists, vendors, mimes, pickpockets and Las Vegas neon. From the Top Rank-promoted show featuring Timothy Bradley-Diego Chaves on HBO at The Cosmopolitan to Golden Boy’s Amir Khan-Devon Alexander on Showtime and about ... Read More »

Pacquiao-Mayweather has everybody’s vote but the one it needs

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By Norm Frauenheim– Manny Pacquiao has spoken. Freddie Roach has spoken. Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya have spoken. They’re still speaking. We’ve yet to hear from the Republicans and Democrats, but even they’d agree. The bandwagon demand for a Pacquaio-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight is back at the top of the noise meter. It’s as loud as ever. But ... Read More »

Pacquiao not Algieri’s toughest challenge, says trainer

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By Norm Frauenheim– Chris Algieri has had tougher fights than Manny Pacquaio, Algieri trainer Tim Lane said Thursday before Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach said the Filipino would score a a knockout within three rounds. From opposite corners, the trainers had widely — wildly too — different views on how things will play out in a 144-pound bout scheduled for midday ... Read More »

Iron Boy card Saturday in Phoenix

PHOENIX — Phoenix lightweight Victor Castro (12-0, 6 KOs) is scheduled Saturday night for a six-round main event against Robert Rodriquez (7-4, 3 KOs) of Greeley, Colo., at Celebrity Theatre on an Iron Boy Promotions card. Castro is trained by retired junior-featherweight legend Israel Vazquez. The card is scheduled for 14 bouts. First bell is 6 p.m. (MST). Iron Boy ... Read More »

A Collective Face: Fighter of the Year is the current generation from the old Soviet bloc

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By Norm Frauenheim- Sergey Kovalev’s victory over Bernard Hopkins was one thing. His dominance was something else. After awhile, the benefit of hindsight will make Kovalev’s win look predictable. Nobody ever whips the clock, although Hopkins did it longer than anyone ever has. The shutout on the scorecards, however, was a stunning testament to a Kovalev skill set that had ... Read More »

Encounter of Another Kind: Hopkins’ many lives get a defining challenge in Kovalev

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By Norm Frauenheim- Bernard Hopkins’ life as street thug, ex-con, Congressional witness, peace-maker, fighter, promoter, pundit, provocateur, butcher, baker and candlestick maker includes different nicknames, a couple of masks and roles only he knows are still within him. “I’m not human,” Hopkins said in a recent conference call. But he is. There’s an endless array of humanity jammed into that ... Read More »

At The Crossroads: Remembering Ali-Foreman

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By Norm Frauenheim Drivers pass the Lonnie and Muhammad Ali Pavilion Center near downtown Phoenix all the time. It’s just another building at an intersection full of people en route to and from work, school and the mundane. But on Thursday it was something different. If you looked up and saw the name that overlooks the traffic from its location ... Read More »

Mind Games: Pacquiao’s sparring partners better than Algieri? Maybe, says Roach

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By Norm Frauenheim– Chris Algieri is good enough to fight Manny Pacquaio, but he might not be good enough to beat some of his sparring partners. That, at least, was Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach’s suggestion Thursday in a conference call from the Philippines where the Filipino Congressman is training in his hometown, General Santos City, for a Nov. 22 bout ... Read More »

Double Stoppage: Golovkin and Walters score the daily double in crushing wins

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CARSON, Calif. – Going ga-ga for Triple-G continued Saturday in Gennady Golovkin’s campaign to discard the most-avoided title for a shot at Miguel Cotto or anybody else with credentials that would prove his pound-for-pound potential. Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) did it quickly, did it definitively, in a second-round stoppage of Marco Antonio Rubio in front of capacity crowd at Stub ... Read More »

Heavy Price: Overweight Rubio pays $100,000 for 1.8 pounds

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By Norm Frauenheim CARSON, Calif. – Marco Antonio Rubio lost money instead of weight in failing to make the 160-pound limit Friday for his attempt to upset favored Gennady Golovkin Saturday at sold-out StubHub Center. Rubio forfeited $100,000 when he chose not to step on the scale for a second time two hours after he was 1.8 pounds heavier than ... Read More »

GGG: Gennady Going Global

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By Norm Frauenheim– CARSON, Calif. — The GGG at the belt of his waistband isn’t much of a secret anymore. But Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin’s initials might as well be evolving into a marketing acronym. These days, it could be Gennady Going Global. World class means more than a gaudy piece of tin on a plastic belt worth a lot less ... Read More »