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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 »

Jermain Taylor’s paper crown includes a dangerous future

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By Norm Frauenheim- Sad spectacles are little bit like jagged scars. They are always there, an uncomfortable reminder that real estate between the ropes is as bizarre as it is dangerous. Jermain Taylor is another chapter in the never-ending tale of a love-affair with stories that unfold like accidents. They are doomed to fail. Leave it up to others to ... Read More »

The old theater feels empty without Dan Goossen

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By Norm Frauenheim– Dan Goossen’s death this week is a reminder that boxing survives because of the characters who have always understood that theater is as fundamental as a good jab. It’s balancing act that includes just the right mix of salesmanship, comedy, opinion and conviviality. Goossen is the face of a passing generation that has worked hard to stay ... Read More »

Game-Changing Day: Canelo celebrates, Mayweather squirms

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By Norm Frauenheim Canelo Alvarez’s jump to HBO from Showtime isn’t surprising. He follows Bernard Hopkins, who took the first step in a move that altered the business landscape with his decision to fight Sergey Kovalev on November 8. It’s hard to know what will happen next. A prediction is a fool’s exercise, especially with unresolved questions about who and ... Read More »

New Phoenix promotional company set for debut

Ben Miranda Boxing Promotions will make its Arizona debut Friday night with a card scheduled for seven bouts at the Phoenix Convention Center. Phoenix super-middleweight Andrew Hernandez (6-0-1, 1 KO) is scheduled for the main event against Rollin Williams, also of Phoenix. Williams is 48-years old, according to boxrec.com. His 43 pro fights include 23 victories, 18 losses, two draws ... Read More »

Ponomarev scores many-sided decision over Rivera

PHOENIX — He is a man of many faces. A baby face. A face of intimidation. He’s man of many styles. Left-handed and right-handed. Heavy-handed, too. In the end, the many sides of Russian welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev provided to be too much for Cosme Rivera Saturday on a UniMas-televised card Ponomarev baffled Rivera with a variety of looks and style, ... Read More »

Splitsville: Mayweather long on drama and short on promises

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By Norm Frauenheim– Floyd Mayweather Jr. is boxing’s undisputed Drama Diva. The latest from The Money Team’s long-running soap opera is an apparent split between Mayweather and his longtime advisor and promotional partner Leonard Ellerbe. So much for the team in TMT. In comments to FightHype.com , Mayweather complained about a breakdown in communication, a lousy ringside seat for his ... Read More »

Ex-Olympians and Mosley’s son set for Phoenix card Saturday night

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By Norm Frauenheim– Top Rank’s attempt to resurrect a dormant Phoenix market continues Saturday night in a partnership with Iron Boy Promotions in a UniMas-televised card at Celebrity Theatre that includes a couple of ex-Olympians, Shane Mosley’s son and a Russian prospect. The prospect, welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (24-0, 12 KOs), faces perhaps his biggest challenge against Mexican Cosme Rivera (37-18-3, ... Read More »

Mayweather stays unbeaten, keeps his fingers and re-ignites talk about Pacquiao

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LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. kept alive his pursuit of an unbeaten legacy. Kept his fingers, too. In a rematch full of some unusual twists and Marcos Maidana’s mouth full of more than a mouthpiece, the result Saturday night at the MGM Grand was predictable. Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) shook off some heavy punches from the wild-swinging Maidana (35-5, ... Read More »

De La Hoya promises major cards in Vegas that could conflict with Mayweather

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By Norm Frauenheim- LAS VEGAS – Oscar De La Hoya got a key to the city Saturday and promised major cards in Vegas around each of the Mexican holidays in May and September. “I have to thank the great Julio Cesar Chavez, because that man got that tradition started,’’ De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, said to fans ... Read More »

No off-the-scale mayhem: Mayweather, Maidana all business at the weigh-in

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By Norm Frauenheim- LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana were all business Friday at a weigh-in that sounded like a rap concert with speakers that packed more power than some of the fighters on the undercard. At 146.5 pounds, Mayweather was a half-pound heavier than Maidana and comparatively understated after days full of off-the-scale controversy generated by ... Read More »

May-vinci Code is just one of Mayweather’s puzzles

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By Norm Frauenheim- LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. has his “May-vinci Code.” Nobody can crack it, he says. And nobody has. His 46-0 record is perfect proof. But impossible puzzles aren’t always confined by the ropes. Mayweather has his own outside of them. Mayweather wants to be liked, a desire expressed in a press-conference rant Wednesday by his promotional ... Read More »

Mayweather, Ellerbe fight to quell controversy over comments about Rice

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his promotional partner Leonard Ellerbe tried to put an end to questions about the domestic abuse scandal engulfing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice Wednesday after the final news conference for his rematch Saturday with Marcos Maidana. The questions continued the day after Mayweather said he wished Rice “nothing ... Read More »

Read This: 50 Cent should issue a public apology to Mayweather

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By Norm Frauenheim– Now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has publicly addressed questions about his reading skills from rapper 50 Cent, here’s another question: Doesn’t Mayweather deserve a public apology? It might be foolish to expect one from the musician, promoter and entrepreneur. But 50 Cent’s insult went beyond foolhardy and sunk into obscene depths. “Making fun of a person because ... Read More »

Mayweather’s many options leave him with no choice?

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By Norm Frauenheim– Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been called the face of boxing about as often as Caesar has been called the face of ancient Rome. Anybody who has been to the modern Rome and walked around the crumbling Coliseum, knows what happened the Caesar’s version. But more on that later. From tickets to T-shirts, Mayweather is the man in ... Read More »

Happy Warrior: Leo Santa Cruz fights the way Pharrell Williams sings

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By Norm Frauenheim- Leo Santa Cruz is known for volume. In boxing speak, that means one thing. Translation: Lots of punches. But the traditional definition applies to Cruz, too. To wit: Call up Pharrell Williams song, Happy, and turn it up. In a sport often known for angry lyrics, Cruz is a happy warrior. Williams’ hit could accompany him on ... Read More »

Mayweather’s List: Porter and Brook fighting to get on it

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By Norm Frauenheim– Getting a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been called a derby and a sweepstakes. There are no rules on how to get in line, if in fact there is one. Still, Shawn Porter and Kell Brook will try to win a chance Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. They’re fighting for Porter’s International Boxing Federation ... Read More »

Game-changer: Hopkins offers a chance at one in dangerous fight against Kovalev

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By Norm Frauenheim– A few days after Oscar De La Hoya talked about upsets during a contentious conference call involving Danny Garcia’s perceived mismatch against Rod Salka , Bernard Hopkins scored the biggest one of the year with his decision to fight Sergey Kovalev in a many-sided move that is bold, risky and perhaps a lesson for a balkanized game ... Read More »

Ya’ll Must Have Forgot: Jones could have been singing about Ward

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By Norm Frauenheim- Roy Jones Jr. continues to fight and we wish he wouldn’t. Andre Ward doesn’t fight and we wish he would. It’s hard to explain and harder to understand. Then again, business-as-usual has never made much sense in a sport where the primary goal is to render the other guy senseless. In one form or another, it gets ... Read More »

Jose Benavidez Jr., Oscar Valdez win in Phoenix

PHOENIX — Jose Benavidez Jr. didn’t waste time. He had something to say. A message, he said. Consider it delivered. A first-round stoppage over Henry Auraad proved to be an explosive statement of what Benavidez hopes to do as soon as possible in a career that began with a bang, yet had been put on hold by hand problems There ... Read More »

Grown-up message: Benavidez hopes to deliver one

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By Norm Frauenheim PHOENIX –- He was a 16-year-old prodigy. Then, he was a 17-year-old prospect with a contract before he had a high-school diploma. Now, Jose Benavidez Jr. is 22 with something to prove. “I want everyone to know that I’m ready for tougher fights,’’ Benavidez said. “It’s time for me to step it up a notch.’’ Benavidez (20-0, ... Read More »