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Delayed meritocracy: Kings of the Mic and Timothy Bradley

Timothy Bradley

By Bart Barry- DALLAS – Four miles southeast of this city’s downtown center stands Gexa Energy Pavilion, a 20,000-seat outdoor amphitheater whose stage Friday hosted a deep roster of pioneers in a musical genre then-known as rap – as in Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” – and now known as hip-hop. For those enchanted by the seedling genre in its great ... Read More »

Kovalev deflects talk about Ward, calls Stevenson a piece of bleep

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By Norm Frauenheim- CARSON, Calif. – Light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev said he didn’t watch Andre Ward’s comeback victory over Paul Smith and instead concentrated on his July 25 title defense against Nadjib Mohammedi. “Empty talk right now,’’ Kovalev said Saturday during an hour-long session with reporters before a card featuring Timothy Bradley-Jessie Vargas at StubHub Center. The internet is on ... Read More »

Bradley back at StubHub and recalls “a war grounds”

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By Norm Frauenheim- CARSON, Calif. – Timothy Bradley returns to a place that gave him headache. A career-defining victory, too. This time, he plans to leave without the headache and only a victory over Jessie Vargas Saturday night (6:45 pm PST/9:45 pm EST on HBO) in a welterweight bout he hopes will hit the-re-set button for bigger things in his ... Read More »

Timothy Bradley flushes the anger

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By Norm Frauenheim Timothy Bradley doesn’t stay angry for too long. Maybe that’s because he’s a nice guy. Or maybe he just doesn’t have time for it. But he doesn’t let it metastasize into a career-killing grudge. That’s for a long line of angry young men in a business full of more grudges than catch-weight clauses. So it wasn’t exactly ... Read More »

Verdejo has bone spurs removed from hand

Felix Verdejo

According to Dan Rafael of espn.com, hot shot prospect Felix Verdejo had surgery on his left hand to remove bone spurs. “Good as new,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.com. “Dr. Shin did a terrific job, and there were no surprises with the procedure. We anticipate Felix returning in the fall with the exact date and [television] platform ... Read More »

The talented, the untalented, and the Nipsey Hussle

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By Bart Barry Saturday on BET, American super middleweight world champion Andre Ward made his much-needed return to boxing, stopping in the ninth round a hapless but stubborn Brit named Paul Smith, right about the time NBC served its viewers a terrible main event called “The Battle for Ohio”, from Las Vegas, that ended with welterweight Shawn Porter decisioning Adrien ... Read More »

Ward ready for a test drive, a look at his future, in comeback

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By Norm Frauenheim- Andre Ward’s return from a 19-month layoff Saturday night comes at a time when he has to come back. Everybody’s prime comes with an expiration date. It’s hard to know how close Ward is to the end of what he has done so well, perhaps better than anyone among the leaders in today’s pound-for-pound generation. At 32, ... Read More »

The Axe Man goeth

Nicholas Walters

By Bart Barry– Saturday in Madison Square Garden Theater, the very place Filipino Nonito Donaire’s candidacy for HBO Fighter of the New Century was subverted 3 1/2 years back by a pesky South American, Jamaican featherweight+1 Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters was unable to stretch Colombian featherweight Miguel Marriaga, much to the theater’s icy chagrin. Walters won a unanimous decision, and ... Read More »

FOLLOW LARA – RODRIGUEZ LIVE!!

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Follow all the action from the UIC Pavilion as Erslandy Lara defends the WBA Super Welterweight championship against Delvin Rodriguez. The action begins at 9 PM eastern with a Light Heavyweight fight between Artur Beterbiev and Alexander Johnson 12 ROUNDS–WBA SUPER WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP–ERISLANDY LARA (20-2-2, 12 KO’S) VS DELVIN RODRIGUEZ (28-7-4, 16 KO’S) Round 1 Lara drilling Rodriguez with left ... Read More »

Memo to Mayweather: LeBron James is the true definition of TBE

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By Norm Frauenheim- There’s a lot of talk about TBE this spring. It started with Floyd Mayweather Jr. It continues with LeBron James. But there’s a difference, one that becomes increasingly evident as the drama unfolds in the ongoing NBA Finals. For Mayweather, TBE is a fashion statement, an acronym he wears on caps, T-shirts and anything else for sale. ... Read More »

Remember the Cinnamon: Alvarez wrecks Cotto in Alamo City

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By Bart Barry– “It is a laborious madness and an impoverishing one, the madness of composing vast books – setting out in five hundred pages an idea that can be perfectly related orally in five minutes. The better way to go about it is to pretend those books already exist, and offer a summary, a commentary on them.” – Jorge ... Read More »

FOLLOW COTTO – GEALE LIVE FROM RINGSIDE

Miguel Cotto and Daniel Geale Weigh-in

Follow all the action Live from Barclays Center as Miguel Cotto defends the WBC Middleweight title against former two-time champion Daniel Geale. The action begins at 10:30 PM ET. 12 ROUNDS–WBC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP–MIGUEL COTTO (39-4, 32 KO’S) VS DANIEL GEALE (31-3, 16 KO’S) Round 1 Cotto lands to the body..left to body..jab..jab..Geale lands a right…10-9 Cotto Round 2 Cotto lands ... Read More »

Race To Be Next: Contenders battle to grab A-side power

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By Norm Frauenheim- A shuffle the top of the marquee begins to unfold, almost like a political campaign, in an inevitable transition put into motion by Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao. Despite record-setting revenue, the fight was an artistic flop, yet a sign that the business is moving on in search of new stars. They’re there, on a list topped by ... Read More »

Column without end, part 9

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By Bart Barry Editor’s note: For part eight, please click here. * CARLSBAD, NM – This town is an overpriced outpost on the border of two western states, a dilapidated homebase of sorts for those who might venture to Guadalupe Peak, 8,000 feet in the air, or Carlsbad Caverns, 1,000 feet below ground. It is the nature of adventures they ... Read More »

Another title with another catch-weight is no title at all

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By Norm Frauenheim Amid the clutter of 17 weight classes and more acronyms than letters in the alphabet, there’s something else to hang in that chaotic closest full of belts not worth a decent sanctioning fee at the corner pawnshop. Catch-weights are just another part of the mess. Like a lot of junk, the catch-weight clause is many things. Sometimes ... Read More »

Column without end, part 8

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By Bart Barry– Editor’s note: For part seven, please click here. * San Antonio Museum of Art currently features a retrospective exhibition of works by American painter Jamie Wyeth, son of Andrew. There is real talent in his paintings. Innovation, too. In a series of works that has seagulls depicting the seven deadly sins, Wyeth uses watercolor paint thickened with ... Read More »

Sanchez stops Ramos in 2

David Sanchez scored a 2nd round knockout over Walberto Ramos in a scheduled 10-round Bantamweight bout at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Sanchez dropped Ramos in round one from a right hand. Sanchez scored another knockdown in round two from a hard flurry that was started by a right. Later in the round, dumped Ramos for a ... Read More »

Fans move on while Mayweather, Pacquiao sift through the cash and the remains

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By Norm Frauenheim- Nearly three weeks have passed since Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s decision over Manny Pacquiao in the Letdown of the Century and there’s been no backlash. Canelo Alvarez’ knockout of James Kirkland on May 9 drew HBO’s biggest audience for non-pay-per-view bout since 2006. A week later, there was a capacity crowd at the rebuilt Forum for Gennady Golovkin’s ... Read More »

Dung beetles and Chocolatito: Small, extraordinary creatures

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By Bart Barry- SAN ANTONIO – While hiking Saturday morning I came across my first in-action dung beetle, a needly faced creature pushing a smooth cylinder of cow excrement along a path beside the Medina River. If you do not think a dung beetle is among nature’s most extraordinary creatures, keep reading. Saturday evening, a nearly as remarkable Nicaraguan flyweight ... Read More »

Benavidez, Paez make weight for a bout with some AZ history at stake

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By Norm Frauenheim- PHOENIX, Ariz. – Jose Benavidez Jr. and Jorge Paez Jr. made weight Thursday for a truTV super-lightweight title fight Friday night in a bout that is critical to Benavidez’ future and represents a step in a larger battle to resurrect boxing in Arizona. Benavidez, (22-0, 15 KOs), Arizona’s first champion with a major championship since Hall of ... Read More »

Benavidez hopes to celebrate 23rd birthday with 23rd victory

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By Norm Frauenheim PHOENIX, Ariz. – He turns 23 on Friday. Jose Benavidez Jr. approaches his birthday unbeaten, yet not unchallenged. His record is the product of a jab, an exclamation point that is at the cutting edge of his natural talent. He was born with it. Lots of it. The challenges are a little different. Some are self-imposed. Some ... Read More »

Hit by the Cinnamon stick

Canelo Alvarez

By Bart Barry HOUSTON – Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros, made a fine fight venue, even, or perhaps especially, when its retractable roof winked at its anxious media section, water dropping from the sky, papers rising from the table, before shutting once more just before the main event. Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez then knocked Texan James Kirkland stiff ... Read More »

FOLLOW ALVAREZ – KIRKLAND LIVE

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Follow all the action live as Canelo Alvarez takes on James Kirkland in what figures to be a Jr. Middleweight slugfest scheduled for 12 rounds. The action begins at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT 12 ROUNDS–SUPER WELTERWEIGHTS–SAUL ALVAREZ (44-1-1, 31 KO’S) VS JAMES KIRKLAND (32-1, 28 KO’S) ROUND 1 Right from Alvarez..Good right from Kirkland…Hard right from Alvarez..lef ... Read More »

CANELO READY TO TAKE THE MANTLE FROM MAYWEATHER BUT MUST FIRST GET PAST KNOCKOUT KING KIRKLAND LIVE ON BOXNATION THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

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LONDON (May 8) – Mexican ace Canelo Alvarez says he is ready to claim the mantle of boxing’s pay-per-view star after Floyd Mayweather hangs up his gloves. The 24-year-old light-middleweight takes on big-hitting James Kirkland this weekend, live and exclusive on BoxNation, in an edge-of-the-seat thriller in front of 35,000 at the Minute Maid Park in Texas. Despite refusing to ... Read More »

Mayweather Speaks: Changes mind about a Pacquiao rematch

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By Norm Frauenheim- There are more tired excuses than reasonable explanations for what happened May 2 in the colossal failure to fulfill even a fraction of the expectations for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight. Still, everybody attached to the pay-per-view affair will try. They have to. Believe it or not, there’s even more money to be made. There are ... Read More »

QUOTES FROM CANELO ALVAREZ AND JAMES KIRKLAND MEDIA WORKOUT IN HOUSTON IN ADVANCE OF THEIR CLASH AT MINUTE MAID PARK ON MAY 9 BROADCAST LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING ®

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HOUSTON (May 7) – Canelo Alvarez and James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland hosted an open-to-the-public media workout in Houston on Wednesday, May 6 at Minute Maid Park in advance of their highly anticipated clash on May 9 at Minute Maid Park and live on HBO World Championship Boxing ®. Hundreds of fans came out to the stadium to watch their favorites ... Read More »

The prestidigitation

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By Bart Barry– Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in the best fight of May 2015, so far, American Floyd “Money” Mayweather easily decisioned Filipino Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, and more importantly, he made $100 million. Official scores went: 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110. Only one judge got right a match in which Pacquiao won two rounds, Mayweather possibly lost two rounds, ... Read More »

FOLLOW MAYWEATHER – PACQUIAO LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS

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Follow all the action live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the long awaited super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Maanny Pacquiao is a finally here. All the action begins at 9 PM with a 2 fight undercard featuring world champion Vasyl Lomachenko defending his Featherweight title against Gamalier Rodriguez as well as Leo Santa Cruz battling Jose ... Read More »

Enthusiasm off the scale for Mayweather-Pacquiao

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – It was a carnival and a concert. It was chaotic. Demonstrators protesting domestic violence stood on one street corner. A preacher stood on another. Seek God, he told a passing crowd full of people seeking a ticket that not even God could afford. They spoke Tagalog, English, Spanish, Russian, politics and Hip-Hop. They waved ... Read More »

Some perspective on Mayweather – Pacquiao 

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By Joseph Davey For me and I’m sure many boxing fans, Saturday’s superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao brings with it equal parts excitement for the bout itself and disdain for it’s coverage. For years at a time, mainstream sports media avoids boxing as if it were a plague that could infect the  very image of America’s most “wholesome” ... Read More »