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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 »

Mayweather-Maidana 2: Circus of the sagging big top

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By Bart Barry– Saturday at MGM Grand, over which a 20-story Manny Pacquiao banner likely will not drape, American welterweight Floyd “Money” Mayweather will make a rematch with Argentine Marcos “El Chino” Maidana as part of Mexican Independence Day festivities. Mayweather will seek the definitive victory that eluded him Cinco de Mayo weekend. The fight will happen on Sept. 13 ... 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 »

When a quest for great spectacles leaves boxing behind

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By Bart Barry– FORT WORTH, Texas – There was a fight card in my hometown Saturday night, and I didn’t hesitate for a tick to forego it and make holiday plans to spend the weekend hundreds of miles away looking at buildings, yes buildings. In fact, hesitate is the wrong verb altogether because it implies choice, a pause over two ... 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 »

Cory Spinks gives back to USA Boxing; Adds a generation

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By Johnny Schulz- Former undisputed welterweight world champion and future Hall of Famer Cory Spinks has come full circle with his passion for boxing and is contributing to the humble grass roots of the sport that gave him a long and successful career. Since retiring Spinks has become a certified USA Amateur Boxing trainer and has flourished in South Florida ... Read More »

Another afternoon press conference for a local card

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By Bart Barry– The temperature in the parking lot is a reminder just how badly abused is the word “sweltering” by Americans anywhere above of the 30th parallel, a plane deeper than most of the Deep South. Heavy with wet, the heat does not sap or wilt or hang or haunt but envelops, and then saps and wilts and hangs ... 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 »

Prizefighting’s blurrily expressed intimacy

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By Bart Barry– A couple years ago, apropos of violence and documentaries and Pablo Picasso, too, a writer whose work I admire mentioned in a correspondence with me that when he blurred his eyes at an Italian photojournalist’s treatment of pornography he “could arrange a fight image.” The idea has not left me. This column, then, will not treat one ... Read More »

FOLLOW PORTER – BROOK PLUS 2 WORLD TITLE FIGHTS LIVE

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Follow all the action as Shawn Porter defends the IBF Welterweight title against Kell Brook in a battle of undefeated fighters. The action kicks off at StubHub Center with the WBC Lightweight title bout between Omar Figueroa and Daniel Estrada as well as a rematch for the WBC Super Middleweight title between Sakio Bika and Anthiny Direll 12 Rounds–IBF Welterweight ... 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 »

Henri Matisse, and absorbing the lessons of predecessors in a way boxing does not

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By Bart Barry- SAN ANTONIO – This city’s largest art museum, SAMA, is now in the throes of a three-month exhibition, “Matisse: Life in Color,” that is exceptional by any museum’s standard of quality and particularly exceptional by this one’s. Frenchman Henri Matisse, a painter and sculptor and printmaker and papercutter and architect who resides in the top five of ... Read More »

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

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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

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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 »