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FOLLOW GARCIA – SALKA PLUS 2 WORLD TITLE BOUTS LIVE FROM RINGSIDE

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Follow all the action as unified Jr. Welterweight champion Danny Garcia takes on Rod Salka in a Welterweight bout live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The action gets underwy at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT with 2 world title bouts as Daniel Jacobs and Jarrod Fletcher vie for the vacant WBA Middleweight title while Lamont Peterson defends the ... 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 »

Sergey Kovalev, and the genuine possibility of being Krushed by an Alien

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By Bart Barry- Saturday in Atlantic City in another hideous but portentous mismatch on HBO, Russian light heavyweight titlist Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev raced through a helpless Australian named Blake Caparello, stumbling out the block and getting flashdropped in round 1 before spearchiseling his way to a TKO-2 result whose time was irrelevant and preordained. For the first time in Kovalev’s ... 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 »

GGG: Golovkin Gores Geale / Good Going Guys

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By Bart Barry- “Geale had the best credentials of anyone that’s gotten in the ring with him. Geale is a former two-time titlist.” – Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler, July 26. Saturday at Madison Square Garden, 32-year-old Kazakhstani middleweight titlist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin stopped Australian challenger Daniel Geale at 2:47 of round 3. It was another attraction-building event televised by ... 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 »

The Soviets are coming

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By Bart Barry- Saturday begins an eight-day Soviet-boxing siege on HBO. No, you’re right, “siege” is more than a bit over the top, and the Soviet Union survives today only in the American minds of Cold Warriors and millionaire defense-contracting executives, and what politicians and media outlets they employ, but those clicks count much as others in online-traffic ratings, so ... Read More »

Anything, please, but a rematch!

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By Bart Barry- When Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fought countryman Alfredo Angulo in March, I attended a viewing party at the home of a Puerto Rican boxing trainer who, despite no rooting ethnic interest whatever, found his home filled by seven other Puerto Rican aficionados. Saturday, when Alvarez decisioned Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara at MGM Grand, by a split decision ... Read More »

Catch-weight controversy fades as both Canelo and Lara make the 155 mandatory

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By Norm Frauenheim= A catch-weight clause in the Canelo Alvarez-Erslandy Lara contract quickly became a forgotten controversy Friday when each fighter weighed in at 155-pounds at the MGM Grand for a Showtime pay-per-view bout Saturday night with a lot hanging in the balance, yet no significant title at stake. It’s a mystery why a catch-weight was in the deal at ... Read More »

Saul Alvarez: The cinnamon reckoning of an American promoter and a Cuban boxer

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By Bart Barry- Saturday at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, home of Floyd Mayweather’s entranceway shrine, Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will make a pay-per-view match with Cuban Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara to determine who will be considered the world’s best junior middleweight until Mayweather returns to the division. Those who consider themselves insiders are, in many cases, expecting an overrated ... Read More »

Lara fighting for his version of The Dream against Canelo

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By Norm Frauenheim- Erislandy Lara, a Cuban defector, calls himself The American Dream. Nothing new about the nickname. David Reid, a junior-middleweight from Philadelphia, got the same name after winning an improbable gold with a 1996 Olympic knockout of a heavily-favored Cuban at the Atlanta Games. His dream ended quickly and sadly. Reid, who won a WBA title in only ... Read More »

Terence Crawford: Ratified with a smile

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By Bart Barry- After nine years of sitting ringside at Top Rank shows – my first media credential came from Lee Samuels, in April 2005 – one flatters himself to think he can discern the difference between a well-built fight and a well-built fighter, noting hallmarks of the promoter’s extraordinary eye for talent and talent for matchmaking in the differences ... Read More »

Feud Fallout: Falling pay-per-view numbers are a sign of the times

Miguel Cotto

By Norm Frauneheim- It’s a season of declining expectations. Miguel Cotto’s dramatic victory over Sergio Martinez represents the third straight time that pay-per-view numbers for a major fight were disappointing. Once might be an aberration. Twice is cause for concern. But three straight? That’s a trend. The reported number for HBO”s PPV-telecast of Cotto-Martinez on June 7 was 350,000. The ... Read More »

In celebration of 0s that went

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By Bart Barry– “Looks like in the next year or two, he is going to be a threat for any featherweight champion.” The quote above belongs to the late Emanuel Steward, an utterance he made about three years ago while watching Gary Russell Jr. decision someone named Eric Estrada, a Chicagoan who then promptly retired with a professional record of ... Read More »

A Look Beyond The Feud: Russell and Lomachenko might provide a glimpse

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By Norm Frauenheim- Much has been attached to the Golden Boy Promotions card Saturday night at the SubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Too much. It’s there mostly because of hope that it represents an initial step beyond the balkanization of a business full of feuding promoters, who get bigger headlines than the fighters do these days. It’s also there because ... Read More »

Chris Algieri: Mind over massacre

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By Bart Barry- Two Saturdays ago in Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden our sport bade a tempered farewell to former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, squinting at a hobbled impostor sent hobbling to his stool by Miguel Cotto, even while recalling fondly the innovator who once, as a 154-pounder, stood brazenly, gloves on thighs, before middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik. Saturday in ... Read More »

Adiós, Sergio, con un abrazo fuerte

Sergio Martinez

By Bart Barry– If we choose to believe all was well with Argentine southpaw Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez’s lower body when the opening bell rang on his match with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, Saturday, a match Martinez’s corner ended after nine rounds and a few perfunctory protests from Martinez, a match that ended with Cotto leading by three insurmountable scores of ... Read More »

FOLLOW MARTINEZ – COTTO LIVE FROM RINGSIDE

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Follow all the action Live from Madison Square Garden when Sergio Martinez defends the Middleweight championship of the world against 3-division champion Miguel Cotto. The action begins at 9 PM eastern time with a 3 fight undercard featuring Andy Lee taking on John Jackson, Jorge Melendez battling Javier Maciel and a rematch between Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Marvin Sonsona. 12 ... Read More »

Hall of Fame induction just the opening bell for the biggest fight in De La Hoya’s life

Oscar De La Hoya

By Norm Frauenheim– Oscar De La Hoya’s induction to the International Boxing Hall of Fame Sunday a few days after the tumult of Richard Schaefer’s resignation as the CEO of his company, Golden Boy Promotions, could be mere coincidence. Could be something else, too. Friendship is the biggest feint of all in a balkanized business defined by shifting alliances and ... Read More »

Carl Froch: Into the breach

Carl Froch

By Bart Barry– Saturday at London’s Wembley Stadium British super middleweight titlist Carl “The Cobra” Froch stood before 80,000 of his countrymen, and across from a particularly obstinate one named George Groves, and told them to set aside the ample achievements of a career he casually calls “unbelievable” and judge his legacy on one criterion: How he acquitted himself in ... Read More »

FOLLOW FROCH – GROVES LIVE

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Follow all the action when Carl Froch and George Groves get it on in an highly anticipated Super Middleweight title rematch that will take place in front of over 80,000 fans in Wembley Stadium. The action begins at 4 PM ET / 9 PM in London. REFRESH EVERY COUPLE MINUTES FOR LIVE UPDATES 12 ROUNDS–WBA/IBF SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE–CARL FROCH (32-2, ... Read More »

Business Sense: Froch-Groves at Wembley is a lesson to feuding promoters about how to keep customers from walking away

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By Norm Frauenheim London’s Wembley Stadium will be the stage Saturday for what figures to be a terrific rematch in the second edition of Carl Froch-versus-George Groves and an even better lesson for what ails the business in North America. It’s pretty simple, obvious enough to be embarrassing. Give the fans what they want. From New York to Las Vegas ... Read More »

Carl Froch, and the art of unjustifiable self-belief

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By Bart Barry- In a “Gloves Are Off” prefight conversation more entertaining than a highlight reel of every eerily scored “Face Off with Max Kellerman” episode HBO has aired, British super middleweight George Groves, dangling awkwardly in a frame hung by his opponent as a man who makes mysterious predictions profound to him alone, assured Sky Sports host Johnny Nelson ... Read More »

Cotto’s ring skill is still his best social skill in fight with Martinez

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By Norm Frauenheim– Sergio Martinez probably won’t ever invite Miguel Cotto to a backyard barbecue. Martinez talks as if he just doesn’t like Cotto. Evident tension between the two is an entertaining sidelight to their intriguing fight on June 7 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. But their middleweight bout is interesting, hard to pick, mostly because it’s really it’s ... Read More »

Juan Manuel Marquez: The definition of a prizefighter

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By Bart Barry– Saturday at the newly reopened Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Mexican “Dinamita” Juan Manuel Marquez and Colorado’s “Mile High” Mike Alvarado engaged in a fight entertaining as any that ends with one guy besting the other by wide, unanimous scores, the way Marquez bested Alvarado. It was an engrossing if ultimately inconsequential tilt that approached today’s premium-cable-prizefight definition ... Read More »

Austin: Gallery Tour and Mandingo Warrior

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By Bart Barry– AUSTIN, Texas – Somewhere round here, likely on currently gentrified streets once mean, James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland roamed and terrorized sparring partners en route to network-darling status, a falling-out or five with trainer Ann Wolfe, a prison stay, a brutal victory over Alfredo Angulo in 2011, and a brutaler victory over Glen Tapia in December. Where he ... Read More »

Options? Chavez Jr. running on empty

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By Norm Frauenheim– There are losers aplenty in the wake of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Gennady Golovkin possibility headed to never-never land, right there alongside the Manny Paquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fantasy. There are the fans, of course. But there’s nothing new about that. Their hopes are always first to take a beating. They’ll be back. But you have to wonder ... Read More »

Marcos Maidana: Unplanned-for, undissuaded

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By Bart Barry– After their Saturday welterweight match at MGM Grand, American Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Argentine Marcos “El Chino” Maidana proffered a study in contrasts as they made their ways back to their respective dressing rooms beneath the Grand Garden Arena. One man, shiny-faced and unmarked, greeted a swarming mass of exuberant countrymen. The other, shuffling slightly with face ... Read More »