Friday, January 30, 2015

What to Expect from Boxing on Network TV

Read Karl Freitag's column on what the new deals that Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions will mean in terms of viewership on NBC and Spike TV

Promoter Cedric Kushner Dies

Read Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole's column on the death of long time promoter Cedric Kushner

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Punch That Ended Alvarado's Career?

Photo courtesy of Jet.

As far as I see it, his boxing career is over.  Everything from here on for Mike will be a come back. We love him, he has done a lot for boxing, he is a warrior and he is a Denver hero.  If he never makes it back into the ring again, we wish him a great journey ahead.  He is quoted as saying, "Every time something good happens, something bad follows it." We want nothing more than for good things for Mr. Alvarado followed only by greater things!  Mike, you are one of our heroes.  You are blessed!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Alvarado vs. Rios 3

Saturday Night Denver Colorado will be one of the best trilogy's we have seen in years.  Don't miss it.  The fighters look good and ready to get in the ring.  HBO 9:45 ET/PT.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Froch injury prevents Chavez spring clash, targets summer return

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Legendary Photographer Needs the help of the Boxing World

Please help Tom Casino as he recovers from
several health emergencies. The money will be used
for living expenses and medical bills.

For many years, Showtime sports photographer Tom Casino has artfully captured the seminal moments of athletic competitions and focused too on the needs and well being of others. Now he needs our help.

Back surgery last summer, then a near-lethal pulmonary embolism and a debilitating stomach virus called c.diff, have depleted Tom’s assets, the misery compounded by additional expenses through another six months of physical rehabilitation. Under a best-case scenario, these medical setbacks will cost Tommy one year of work and more than $100,000 in health-care costs. Without our help, food stamps, Medicaid and financial ruin loom his new reality.

Determined to summon a spark of his old vitality, Tom engages in grueling physical therapy three times a week at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, NJ, with the relentless attention to detail that makes him such a gifted photographer. Those who know Tom personally or professionally surely regard his cheerful disposition, caring ways and consistent generosity. If we truly get back what we give in this life, Tom should be due rich assistance.

He has been there for many of us. Now, in his hour of need, let’s turn the lens on him and capture what he means to us. Here’s how you can help.

You can donate online with a credit card at:

If you are uncomfortable donating on line, you can make out a check to “Tom Casino.”   On the memo line please write “Gift,” which will provide you and Tom a gift-tax exemption.  Please mail the check to:

Tom Casino
P.O. Box 58212
Washington, D.C. 20037

Let’s get Tom on the road to a complete recovery.  Feel free to forward this to your colleagues and to contact us with any questions. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Showtime Boxing on Saturday


DATE:                         Saturday, Jan. 17

SITE:                           MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

SHOWTIME Telecast - Live at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT
SHOWTIME EXTREME Telecast - Live at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast)
Telecasts are available on secondary audio programming (SAP) in Spanish

SHOWTIME:              WBC Heavyweight World Championship – 12 Rounds
                                    Bermane Stiverne                   vs.                   Deontay Wilder
                                    24-1-1, 20 KOs                                               32-0, 32 KOs
                                    Las Vegas, by way of Haiti                              Tuscaloosa, Ala.

                                    WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship – 12 Rounds
                                    Leo Santa Cruz                       vs.                   Jesus Ruiz
                                    28-0-1, 16 KOs                                               32-5-5, 22 KOs
                                    Los Angeles, by way of Mexico                       Sonora, Mexico

                                    Junior Welterweights – 10 Rounds
                                    Amir Imam                              vs.                   Fidel Maldonado Jr.
                                    15-0, 13 KOs                                                  19-2, 16 KOs
                                    Albany, N.Y.                                                     Albuquerque, N.M.

EXTREME:                 Light Heavyweights – 10 Rounds
                                    Vyacheslav Shabranskyy        vs.                   Garrett Wilson
                                    11-0, 9 KOs                                                    13-8-1, 7 KOs
                                    Los Angeles, Calif.                                          Philadelphia, Pa.
                                    Heavyweights – 8 Rounds
                                    Trevor Bryan                           vs.                   Dorsett Barnwell
                                    12-0, 9 KOs                                                    12-0, 5 KOs
                                    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.                                       New York, N.Y.

SWING BOUT:           Featherweights – 4 Rounds
                                    Steven Rapadas                     vs.                   Jeremy Abram
                                    Pro Debut                                                        2-1
                                    Sacramento, Calif.                                          Cleveland, Ohio

ANNOUNCERS:        Brian Custer will host the SHOWTIME telecast, with Mauro Ranallo calling the action, Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and Paulie Malignaggi commentating and Jim Gray reporting.  Barry Tompkins and Steve Farhood will call the SHOWTIME EXTREME action.  For SAP, Alejandro Luna will call the blow-by-blow with former world champion Raul Marquez serving as color commentator.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One on One with Bermane Stiverne at Smith and Wollensky

WBC and WBA Getting Closer to the Unification of Titles

Unification of names of the 17 weight divisions

January 13th, 2015.
The WBC and the WBA have agreed in having the same names for all 17 weight divisions, and final confirmation is pending from the IBF. This will clear the so many different names which create confusion among, fans, commissions, media, and all involved in the boxing industry.
Following you will find the history of each division, as well as the final chart with the names.
Throughout the 19th century and edging into the 20th century, the eight original divisions were formed. These were: flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.
Flyweight created on April 24th, 1916 in Liverpool, England. The first recognized title fight was Jimmy Wilde TKO in 11 rounds against Zulu Kid, in London.
Bantamweight created on Jun 27th, 1890. First fight: George Dixon RTD in 19 rounds against Nunc Wallace, in London.
Featherweight created on July 28th, 1891 in San Francisco, California, USA. First fight: George Dixon KO in 5 rounds against Abe Willis.
Lightweight created on January 14th, 1887 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA. First fight: Jack McAuliffe KO in 28 rounds against Harry Gilmore.
Welterweight created on October 30th, 1888 in Fort Foote, Virginia, USA. First fight: Paddy Duffy KO in 17 rounds against William McMillan.
Middleweight created on July 30th, 1884. First fight: Jack "Non Pareil" Dempsey KO in 22 rounds against George Fulljames.
Light Heavyweight created on April 22th, 1903, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. First fight: Jack Root won by UD in 10 rounds against Charles "Kid" McCoy.
Heavyweight officially created on February 7th, 1882 in Mississippi City, Mississippi, USA. First fight: John L. Sullivan KO in 9 rounds against Paddy Ryan.
3 Divisions were introduced after the original 8, which are:
Super Featherweight created on November 18th, 1921, in New York, USA. First fight: Johnny Dundee won by disqualification in 5 rounds against George "KO" Chaney.
Super Lightweight created in 1922, with Pinky Mitchell designated as champion by popular vote, but in the first fight on September 21st, 1926, Mushy Callahan won by points against Mitchell.
Super Welterweight created on October 20th, 1962 in Portland, Oregon, USA. First fight: Denny Moyer won by points against Joey Giambra.
The World Boxing Council has been, is, and always will be a pioneer of insuring boxers fight at their proper weight rather than trying to make dangerous dehydrating sacrifices, or vainly attempting to overreach themselves.
The following divisions were introduced by the WBC over the years as a safety measurement, shortening the weigh difference between one division and another making boxing safer to the contestants.
Minimumweight created at the 1986 WBC Convention in Aruba. First fight: Hiroki Ioka won by UD in 12 rounds against Mai Thonburifarm on October 8th, 1987 in Osaka, Japan.
Light Flyweight established at the WBC's 1973 Convention in Salvador, Brazil. First fight: Franco Udella won by disqualification against Valentin Martinez on April 4th, 1975 in Milan, Italy.
Super Flyweight created during the WBC's 1979 Convention in Casablanca. First fight: Rafael Orono won by unanimous decision in 15 rounds against Seung Hoon Lee on February 1st, 1980 in Caracas, Venezuela.
Super Bantamweight created during the 1987 WBC Convention in London. First fight: Rigoberto Riasco TKO in 9 rounds against Waringe Nakayama on April 3rd, 1976 in Panama.
Super Middleweight created during the WBC Convention in London, England in 1987. First fight: Ray Leonard KO in 9 rounds against Don Lalonde on November 7th, 1988 in Las Vegas.
Cruiserweight was created at the WBC's 1978 Convention in Reno, Nevada. It was amended to 200 lbs., at the WBC's 2004 Convention in Phuket, Thailand. First fight: Mate Parlov draw in 15 rounds against Marvin Camel on December 8th, 1979, in Yugoslavia

1.- Minimumweight 105 47.620
2.-Lightf flyweight 108 48.988
3.- Flyweight 112 50.802
4.- Super flyweight 115 52.163
5.-Bantamweight 118 53.524
6.-Super bantamweight 122 55.338
7.-Featherweight 126 57.153
8.-Super featherweight 130 58.967
9.-Lightweight 135 61.235
10.-Super lightweight 140 63.503
11.-Welterweight 147 66.678
12.-Super welterweight 154 69.853
13.-Middleweight 160 72.575
14.-Super middleweight 168 76.204
15.- Light heavyweight 175 79.379
16.- Cruiserweight 200 90.719
17.-Heavyweight 200+ 90.719+

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Andrey Ryabinsky- WBC Man Of The Year


Andrey Ryabinsky who's helping a stricken fighter, has been awarded the prestigious WBC Man Of The Year Award.
Andrey is  the Russian Professional Boxing Federation Vice President. He has helped the careers of Russian boxers including Dennis Lebedev and the current WBC Silver heavyweight champion, Alexander Povetkin.
Andrey has also volunteered to take care of the Russian fighter, Magomed Abdsulamov, who suffered a unfortunate and critical injury during his bout against Cuban Mike Perez.
At the WBC Convention, held on December in Las Vegas Nevada, the organization named Andrey Ryabinsky its Man Of The Year.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said:
"Andrey Ryabinsky is a calm and humble person who's been helping Magomed Abdusalamov.  Magomed needs some surgeries and Andrey  has been looking out for him as well as for his family. Thank you so much  for this great, magnificent and caring example."
WBC Man Of The Year has been presented to: Nelson Mandela, Carlos Slim and Pope Francis.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Leo Santa Cruz Tops January 17 Showtime Undercard


In The Most Important Heavyweight World Title Fight in the U.S. in Years,
Lethal-Punching WBC Champion Bermane Stiverne Puts His Title on the Line
Versus Unbeaten No. 1 Mandatory Challenger, Deontay Wilder
In the Main Event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Tripleheader

Tickets on Sale Now!!!

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 2, 2015) - Crowd-pleasing WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) puts his title and unbeaten record on the line in a 12-round bout against Jesus "Estrella" Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KOs).  Plus promising world-ranked undefeated junior welterweight Amir "Young Master" Imam (15-0, 13 KOs) will face hard-hitting Fidel "The Atrisco Kid" Maldonado Jr. (19-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round fight, promising an undercard full of action on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). 

The Jan. 17 "Return To Glory" fight card co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions is highlighted by a heavy-duty main-event matchup that has stirred the interest of even the most casual sports fan -- dangerous defending WBC Heavyweight World Champion Bermane "B. Ware" Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs), of Las Vegas by way of Haiti, against unbeaten mandatory challenger Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Tickets for the event are on sale and priced at $500, $350, $250, $125 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person with a limit of four (4) at the $50 price range.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets also are available at or

"2015 is going to be a huge year for boxing and Golden Boy's opening act in Las Vegas will get things started with a bang," said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions.

"In addition to Deontay Wilder looking to bring a heavyweight title back to America for the first time in a decade, longtime favorite Leo Santa Cruz and rising star Fidel Maldonado Jr. -- electric fighters with significant power -- will both appear in separate fights on the undercard, giving boxing fans a chance to see three top stars in action on a single card."

All-action and two-division world champion Santa Cruz, of Los Angeles, Calif., will be making his fourth defense of the 122-pound title he won with a third-round knockout over Victor "Vikingo" Terrazas (37-3-1, 21 KOs) on Aug. 24, 2013. Santa Cruz, 26, is coming off of a second-round technical knockout over Manuel "Suavecito" Roman (17-3-3, 17 KOs) on Sept. 13 at MGM Grand.

Before stepping up a notch in weight, Santa Cruz was the IBF Bantamweight World Champion, winning that belt in June 2012 and making three defenses. An excellent body puncher who is at his best when he keeps up a relentless pace, pressures his opponents and wears them down, Santa Cruz is 7-0 with three knockouts in world title fights.

Santa Cruz, who's as personable and courteous outside the ring as he is ferocious and determined inside, said, "I feel great about my upcoming fight with Ruiz.  He is a strong fighter, undefeated in the past two years and the kind of opponent I want to fight."

"I want to put on a great show on Jan. 17," Santa Cruz continued. "And show boxing fans that I am a strong fighter ready to go to the next level and take on the top, tough fighters in the division: Guillermo Rigondeaux,  Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton and Abner Mares." 

Jesus Ruiz of, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, retired his amateur status at the tender age of 16. He has won five in a row, including a clear 10-round decision in perhaps a career-best performance over Leonilo "Veneno" Miranda (36-7, 33 KOs) in his most recent start on Nov. 7, 2014.

A professional since November of 2006, the 25-year-old  Ruiz will be getting the opportunity of a lifetime in just his third start in the United States (and third outside of Mexico). He won a lopsided eight-round decision over Enrique "Cuate" Quevedo (16-7-1, 10 KOs) on Aug. 24, 2013, in Cabazon, Calif., after losing his U.S. debut on an upset split decision in Tucson, Ariz., in July of 2008.

"I want thank Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME  for this great opportunity to fight for the world title," said  Ruiz. "I know many believe I have no chance, but I am well prepared and ready to give my all. I am  ready for war and ready to leave it all in the ring like a true Mexican warrior."

Like the heavyweights in the main event, Albany, New York native, Amir Imam (pronounced "EE-mom") and Fidel Maldonado Jr., of Albuquerque, New Mexico, are not accustomed to putting in a full night's work. Between them they have gone the distance only six times in a combined 37 fights.

"Amir Imam is a great kid and a very exciting fighter, and this is going to be a very exciting fight," said Hall of Fame promoter Don King. "I think Amir is going to be the next Tito Trinidad.  He can both box and punch and he is going to be a bad man.  I want a title for Amir and this fight with Maldonado is en route to that."

"This is by far the biggest fight of my career and I've got to show the world what I've got,'' Imam said. "I know that Maldonado is a southpaw and he comes forward and throws a lot of punches. I plan on boxing the kid for 10 rounds, but if the opportunity for a KO comes then I will go get it.  I'm not letting anyone take this opportunity away from me.  I have worked too hard for it."

"Maldonado had a great amateur background, he's very smart and he's a very good fighter. It's going to be a great fight," said Imam's head trainer Stacey McKinley. "Maldonado's fought a better class of fighters than Amir but never fought a fighter like Amir and most have not.  He's not strong enough for Amir and Amir will walk straight through him. Amir will be Don King's next superstar."

Imam, an amateur standout and silver medalist at the 2011 U.S. Olympic Trials, "doesn't get paid for overtime" in the professional ranks as 11 of his fights ended in rounds one or two.
The 24-year-old has steadily improved as his professional career has progressed and is 2-0 on ShoBox: The New Generation. In what was expected to be his toughest test, Imam knocked out Jeremy "Hollywood" Bryan (17-5, 7 KOs) in the second round of his  ShoBox  debut on April 12, 2013.

Since the Bryan blowout, Imam's taken a big step up in competition, most notably in his last three fights, beginning with a fourth-round stoppage of then-undefeated Jared "The Quiet Storm" Robinson (14-0) on Feb. 21, 2014, in Cleveland on ShoBox; the following May 10 on a unanimous eight-round decision over Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) (it was Imam's first fight to go the distance since his pro debut in November 2011); and most recently, last Dec. 13 when he stopped Santos "El Toro" Benavides (23-6-2, 17 KOs) in the sixth round.

Maldonado Jr., 23, is a tough, hard-nosed, aggressive-minded left-hander who'd won six straight, five by knockout, before his last outing ended in a third round no contest against Fernando "Picapiedra" Silva  on Dec. 20, 2014, in Cancun, Mexico.

"I have been training hard since my last fight against Fernando Silva, and have had no time off," said Maldonado Jr. "I am ready to get the job done, and I hope he is ready.  My goal is to show fans that I can put on a great show, step up the competition and get ready for a title match one fight at a time."

The NC stopped some of the momentum Maldonado Jr. had regained in the previous 18 months, since suffering his second pro loss on a disputed 10-round split decision to fellow prospect Michael "The Artist" Perez (21-1-2, 10 KOs) on Aug. 24, 2012, on ShoBox in Indio, Calif. Maldonado Jr. was out-boxed and clearly behind on points early but rallied to floor and hurt Perez badly with the last punch of the hotly contested fight in which Maldonado Jr. felt he was robbed.


SHOWTIME Sports® will present ALL ACCESS: STIVERNE VS. WILDER on Friday, Jan. 9 at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

Stiverne vs. Wilder, a 12-round world championship bout for Stiverne's WBC Heavyweight World Title, is co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions. Unbeaten WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz defends against Jesus Ruiz and undefeated junior welterweight Amir Imam meets Fidel Maldonado Jr. in the co-featured bouts. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and will air live on SHOWTIME (10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT). The telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will be televised live on SHOWTIME EXTREME (8 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

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