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
Friday, January 30, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
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
Monday, January 19, 2015
Go to Fightnews.com to read this story
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:
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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Sunday, January 18, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
DATE: Saturday, Jan. 17
SITE: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TELEVISION: SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (Main Card) & SHOWTIME EXTREME (Preliminary Bouts)
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
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
OFFICIAL NAMES FOR BOXING WEIGHT DIVISIONS 2015
|4.- Super flyweight||115||52.163|
|15.- Light heavyweight||175||79.379|
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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