Friday, April 22, 2016
VIVA K2 - THANK YOU FOR THE FORESIGHT OF SUPPORTING WOMEN´S BOXING
THE WBC IS PROUD TO SEE K2 PROMOTIONS ADDING 2 SENSATIONAL BOUTS FEATURING SUPERB WOMEN FIGHTERS.
WOMEN'S BOXING IS GROWING AND 2016 WILL BE THE BEST YEAR YET, CERTAINLY MAKING A STATEMENT IN THE GREATEST MARKET OF BOXING, THE USA. CONGRATULATIONS K2 AND TOM LOEFFLER FOR BELIEVING IN AND SUPPORTING THESE GREAT WARRIORS OF THE RING.
WBC WOMEN'S BOXING COMMITTEE.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
“The greatest fight I’ve ever announced in my 35-year career.” -- Al Bernstein
2005 Round of the Year (Corrales-Castillo 10th): http://s.sho.com/22S8ufr
Bernstein Reflects On Corrales-Castillo I: http://s.sho.com/1MrXRso
Photo Credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
As part of the ongoing 30th Anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, relive the unforgettable 2005 Fight of the Year between world champions Diego “Chico” Castillo and Jose Luis Castillo tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME.
In anticipation of tonight’s “Throwback Thursday” airing, below are links to watch the 2005 Round of the Year (Corrales-Castillo 10th) and a reflection on the slugfest from Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein.
Corrales-Castillo Round 10:
Bernstein Reflects On Corrales-Castillo I:
Corrales-Castillo, and all of the classic fights presented as part of the 30th Anniversary, are available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and via the network’s online streaming service.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Here is a great article about Jessie Vargas, a young champion who is making a difference in his community
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Boxing Fight Night Reporter: Kevin Kayhart
The final curtain fell in grand fashion on the illustrious career of Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night. It was his last pugilistic performance if you believe the Filipino legend’s decision to retire after this third and final installment with Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao (58-6-2 38 KO’s) showed fans he still has the speed and experience to beat a world class fighter — scoring two knockdowns down en route to a unanimous 12 round decision victory over Timothy Bradley (33-2-1 13 KO’s) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
All three judges had it 116 to110 for Pacquiao. “In This Corner TV” host James “Smitty" Smith, had it closer— at 115-112. “This was the best of the three fights. In the end they fought 36 rounds and Manny shows he was the faster fighter, stronger fighter— the better fighter”, said Smith.
The bout started as a ground-game battle for positioning. Then the action picked up in round 4 with both fighters having some flashy moments. The tide appeared to subtly change when Bradley stopped throwing a consistent jab.
The big turning point came in round 7 when Pacquiao knocked Bradley down, although he appeared to be more off-balance then hurt. In round 9, Bradley was hurt by a perfect left hand right down the pipe and subsequently went down again when Manny followed it up with a short left hook that sent him rolling over on the canvas.
Pacquiao went on the hunt from there and kept control until the end as Bradley appeared to look discouraged.
Compubox stats backed up the judges’ decision. Pacquiao threw more and landed more— 122 of 439 total punches for 27.8%. Bradley landed 99 of 302 total punches for 32.8%. The telling number was the lack of jabs by Bradley—landing just 12 of 84 in the fight.
In the media room afterwards, Bradley admitted defeat and had no excuses, “ Manny appeared to always be in the right spot. He was a step ahead of me and I was supposed to be a step ahead of him.” Bradley’s trainer, Teddy Atlas, agreed, “Manny fought a great fight and deserved the win.”
Pacquiao took to the podium and admitted he went for the knockout but couldn’t finish Bradley off, ”I had a dream that I would knock Bradley out, but he is a great boxer. Still, I’m happy with the fight.”
The first edition of this trilogy was back in 2012. Most fans and boxing pundits had Pacquiao winning a convincing unanimous decision, but two of the three judges didn’t agree. Bradley ended up with the split decision win. That fight was the inspiration for the creation of this "Boxing Fight Night" App! The rematch in 2014 was more of the same, only this time Pacquiao was awarded the 12 round unanimous decision.
Now with this latest win, the question on the minds of most—- will Manny Pacquiao retire? He stuck to his decision while in the ring moments after the fight, “This is my last fight. That is the plan. I just don’t know how it feels to be retired. If it feels good I will be retired.” When asked later he said, “ In my heart I’m 50/50, but as of now I plan to retire.” Tim Bradley added, “No, Manny should not retire. He’s the best fighter I’ve ever faced.”
Fight fans will have to wait and see. One thing is for sure— Manny Pacquiao is a first ballot Hall of Famer, and by most accounts, will be considered one of the “greats” of all time.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Check out John Raspanti's column on MaxBoxing.com