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Canelo wins one-sided decision over Cotto

Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez
PPV Weigh-in   11-20-2015
WBC Middleweight Title
Miguel Cotto 153.5 vs. Canelo Alvarez 155
photo Credit: WILL HART

LAS VEGAS -Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto promised a lot. Expected a lot. One promise was fulfilled. Alvarez delivered on a vow to himself and his country. “This is for all Mexicans’’ he said in a tone that was accented …

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Hear The Buzz: It was off the scale for Cotto-Canelo


By Norm Frauenheim- LAS VEGAS – Measuring interest in a fight isn’t exactly a science. It’s more a haphazard adventure. Either a so-called buzz is there, or it isn’t. For a couple of days, media prospectors were sifting though all …

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GGG possibility at stake for Gilberto Ramirez

Gilberto Ramirez

By Norm Frauenheim- LAS VEGAS — Unbeaten Mexican super-middleweight Gilberto Ramirez came to The Strip, hoping to land a shot at the Wold Boxing Organization’s 168-pound title. Turns out, more than just a mandatory will be at skate Friday night …

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Last Chance: Trying to take the dull out Rigondeaux


By Norm Frauenheim- LAS VEGAS – Guillermo Rigondeaux is a master craftsman, yet there’s no market for his craft. He’s unbeaten and unpopular, an unlikely combination and a dilemma for promoters fascinated by his talent, yet still not able to …

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Bradley back on top with KO of Rios

Nov 6, 2015, Las Vegas,Nevada   ---  WBO Welterweight Champion  Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley Jr. and  former world champion Brandon Rios weigh in for their upcoming world title fight, Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on HBO.
--- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2015

LAS VEGAS –Timothy Bradley promised a victory. He also promised a whole new animal. He delivered on the victory Saturday night. But he didn’t have to be a new species. The old one — the Bradley of a few years …

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Bradley-Rios: A great fight to be first on the B-side


By Norm Frauenheim- It’s still very much a puzzle, yet the face of boxing in the post Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao era is falling together, piece by haphazard piece, in a process that continues on November 7 with Timothy Bradley-versus-Brandon Rios …

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ShoBox squeaker: Rob Brant scores majority decision over Rose

Rob Brant

By Norm Frauenheim– PHOENIX, Ariz. – For Rob Brant, there was only relief. For Louis Rose, there was only frustration. For both, there were only cheers from a Celebrity Theatre crowd entertained by the middleweights throughout a close battle in …

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Short Night: Jessie Magdaleno strikes with first-round KO

PHOENIX – Las Vegas featherweight Jessie Magdaleno was looking forward to his first 10-rounder. Still is. Magdaleno didn’t need nine of the scheduled rounds. He didn’t even need all of the first round’s three minutes. Magdaleno (22-0, 16 KOs) looked …

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Carbajal to Gonzalez: The flyweights continue to evolve

Roman Gonzalez

By Norm Frauenheim– Roman Gonzalez and Michael Carbajal are separated by twenty years and linked by history. Saturday that link between two fighters from different generations will come to a rare crossroads, a coincidence, yet still a significant snapshot about …

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Different Paths: Selby wins, Alexander loses on PBC card


GLENDALE, Ariz. – Two fighters, two different directions.. Welterweight Devon Alexander’s career crashed and Welsh featherweight Lee Selby continued to emerge Wednesday night in ESPN-televised bout on a Premier Boxing Champions card at Gila River Arena. Alexander’s hopes at resurrecting …

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Devon Alexander hopes to put some fun back into his career


By Norm Frauenheim- GLENDALE, Ariz. – Devon Alexander promises speed, quickness and some new found power. Mostly, he promises to have fun. It’s the fun, he says, that has gone missing in the latter stages of a career that includes …

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Selby ready to introduce himself to U.S. market against Montiel


PHOENIX, Ariz. – Lee Selby isn’t shy about where he thinks he belongs on the Premier Boxing Champions long list of talented featherweights. He raises the index finger on his potent right hand when asked how he would rank himself …

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New Face of the Game? For now, it looks like uncertainty

Gennady Golovkin

By Norm Frauenheim– It’s been nearly three weeks since the boxing business was left to wonder whether Floyd Mayweather Jr. is really retired or already plotting a comeback. Who knows? Better yet, who cares? The bet here is that he’ll …

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Phoenix featherweight Castro impresses with one-sided decision

PHOENIX – Featherweight Carlos Castro continued to exhibit poise and possible power in an effective mix that might lead to bigger bouts and major cards, scoring a unanimous decision Saturday night over Jose Silveira at Celebrity Theatre. Evident potential was …

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Who Are These Guys? Heavyweights still a puzzle

Tyson Fury

By Norm Frauenheim– It’s hard to now what to make of the heavyweights anymore. Sometimes, they look as if they’re nearly extinct, vanishing faster than starving polar bears in the melting arctic. Sometimes, they appear to be a symbolic corner …

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Iron Boy kicks off busy AZ stretch with Saturday card

By Norm Frauenheim– PHOENIX – The Arizona boxing market, dormant for a couple of years, continues to heat up Saturday night with an Iron Boy Promotions card featuring unbeaten junior-featherweight Carlos Castro at Celebrity Theatre. The Iron Boy promotion is …

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Mayweather’s low PPV number is a sign that retirement is the only option.

Floyd Mayweather

By Norm Frauenheim- Reports of low pay-per-view sales for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Andre Berto fight are more predictable than Mayweather’s victory. Berto, after all, had a better chance at landing the proverbial lucky punch on Sept. 12 than a casual …

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Valdez gets an Oscar for stoppage of Avalos

Oscar Valdez

By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – It was advertised as Oscar Valdez’ toughest test yet. So much for advertising. Valdez made it look easy, displaying a potent mix of smarts, timing and power for a fifth-round stoppage of Chris Avalos …

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