Monthly Archives: February 2011

gigantic gallery: rios vs. acosta

Wham, ‘Bam Bam’, thank you, ma’am: Gigantic gallery from last night’s Top Rank card at the Palms in Las Vegas – Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios dethrones Miguel Acosta, Mike Lee, Jesse Magdaleno, Aaron Garcia, Andy Ruiz, Robert Marroquin, Anthony Lenk, and more . . . |more|

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Top shots: “bam bam” makes rubble of acosta

Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios celebrates victory over Miguel Acosta to win the WBA world lightweight title, last night at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Rios weathered a tough first few rounds but wore Acosta down by the tenth. Also below: Mike Lee sends the mouthpiece flying out of his opponent’s mouth on the undercard.

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new maturity level for rios

After trading theatrics following a lengthy staredown (below), challenger Brandon “Whack Whack” Rios proceeded to show WBA Lightweight Champ Miguel Costa how he pleasures himself – not once, but twice – bringing a sudden stillness to the cheering crowd at yesterday’s weigh-in held at the Palms in Las Vegas.  

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rios, acosta make eye contact

While Top Rank boss Bob Arum (far left) and trainer Roberto Garcia watch, Brandon Rios makes first eye contact with WBA Lightweight Champ Miguel Acosta at today’s presser at the Palms in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for more photos.

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acosta, rios work out in vegas

Alright, so when a promoter calls the media in to watch a “workout,” it doesn’t mean a fighter is actually going to work out. In fact, you’ll be lucky to get someone shadowbox a round. And that’s exactly what Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios did today. In his schoolboy sweater, he obliged the press to shadowbox [...]

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full gallery of donaire-montiel

Full gallery from last night with report by Matt Richardson . . . |more|

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postfight coverage from vegas

The heir appears Donaire: The punch that knocked out Vic Darchinyan in 2007, launching Nonito Donaire into stardom might’ve been “pretty sweet,” according to the “Filipino Flash.” But the shot that leveled Mexican legend Fernando Montiel, last night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, crowning Donaire king of bantamweights and launching the Filipino on the path [...]

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postfight corner shot of donaire

Above: After celebrating victory over Fernando Montiel, Nonito Donaire gave his thanks to the crowd and to his wife, Rachel.

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jones wins rematch with soto-karass: top shot

Top pick from last night’s rematch between Mike Jones (r) and blood & guts warrior Jesus Soto-Karass at the Mandalay Bay in las Vegas.

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top shots from donaire-montiel

Top shots from last night’s fights at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas: the crowning of bantam king Nonito Donaire, dethroning of Fernando Montiel, and Mike Jones vs. Jesus Soto-Karass rematch:

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montiel, donaire weigh in

“It starts at 3.” “No, it’s at 4.” “We’re gonna start any minute.” “No, they have to do physicals – it won’t be until four, earliest.” “We’re starting right now.”

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‘friendly fire’: donaire vs. montiel

Good friends don’t mean bad fights – just ask Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel . . . |more|

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‘travieso’ crashes presser

Photo: Nonito Donaire jokes with Jorge “Travieso” Arce at today’s press conference held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Donaire takes on Fernando Montiel Saturday night.

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slideshow: jones, donaire, montiel

All the shots from today’s workout at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Mike Jones, Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel . . . |more|

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jones pumped & ready

Looking more like a light-heavyweight than a welterweight, Mike Jones worked gave the media a workout today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Pumped and psyched for Saturday, Jones says he is ready for his rematch with Jesus Soto-Karass.

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“First Black Boxing Champions” released

“The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s” has been released by McFarland Press. The book, edited by Colleen Aycock & Mark Scott, with a foreword by Al Bernstein, also features a hefty chapter by Chris Cozzone. Click here to see on Amazon, or here on the publisher’s site.

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cozzone in current issue of rangefinder mag

Chris Cozzone and his company WriteShot make Rangefinder Mag. What does Manny Pacquiao and blood-and-guts boxing have to do with fluffy-ass weddings? Click on link below to check out. A Wedding is Like a Boxing Match: Both Win by Getting the WriteShot by Martha Blanchfield

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FANtasy match-up in vegas

Funny how things change. When the fight between Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley was announced, most media folk groaned. Mosley – who’d drawn with (another groan) Sergio Mora and lost to Floyd Mayweather, last year, was getting a shot at the No. 1 fighter in the world? The fans didn’t seem to care. Neither [...]

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pacman: justin bieber or bruce lee?

Manny Pacquiao arrived in Vegas today with Sugar Shane Mosley as part of a four-city U.S. media tour, sporting a Bieberlike ‘do.

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fight coverage in el paso 2.11.11

Easy pickings: ‘Nino’ licks Hicks; Snooze button goes off on ‘Junior Time’s’ clock: Instead of a homecoming theme, last night’s fight card at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, headlining the return of unbeaten, untested heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez, might’ve been better served with a theme of “Promises, promises, promises.” For several reasons . . . [...]

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