Monthly Archives: August 2011

flashback photo: tapia vs. ayala 2

Flashback to October 7, 2000: Johnny Tapia (left) and Paulie Ayala duke it out in their second meeting at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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generation neXt

A great fighter once told unbeaten Jessie Vargas, “This sport is about making the most money, and coming out clean and pretty.” . . . |more|

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lost in 1915 at the border

With no fights to cover until Mayweather-Ortiz week, I’m knee-deep in writing – presently lost somewhere around the border around 1915-1919. My Jan. 1 deadline approaches for “The History of Boxing in New Mexico, Volume I,” due out next year by McFarland Press. Photo above: A ticket stub from the scrapbook of New Mexico’s first [...]

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mares win marred, king kong’s jewel’s crushed

What could’ve been remembered as a classic will now be recalled as a controversy. In a battle of bantams to determine a co-king at 118 or a No. 1 to the recognized ruler – Nonito Donaire, of course – Abner Mares won a marred majority decision over Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko, last night at the [...]

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agbeko-mares: undercard highlights

Why does one of the most anticipated showdowns of the year get a four-bout undercard of “gimme” fights? Got me. The highlight of the undercard was not so much Eric Molina, who took out his carefully chosen foe, but the heart of his opponent, Southern slugger Warren Browning. And here’s a good question: How does [...]

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agbeko-mares: this look said it all

Postfight pick: Thought this shot summed it all up at last night’s post-fight presser. For more shots of last night’s postfight action . . . |more|

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strikeforce at the palms

Sometimes the most boring fights on the planet can produce decent shots. Shouldn’t be that way. Crap fights should translate to crap photos. But at last night’s Strikeforce Challengers show at the Palms in Las Vegas, which had one mediocre fight (the main event), one controversial stoppage in 25 seconds (Ronda Rousey won by submission [...]

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agbeko, mares war tonight

Okay, so only a handful of fight fans crammed into the Hard Rock’s Lounge to watch yesterday’s uneventful weigh-in. Tonight’s bantamweight showdown between Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko and Abner Mares should make up for the slow pre-fight “build-up.” Both fighters made attempts at yesterday’s weigh-in. Agbeko tried to get Mares to flinch during their face-off [...]

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bantam battle for throne

Photo: Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko says Abner Mares will still have a future and a chance to be a bantamweight champion  . . . when he recovers from the loss he will give him Saturday night on Showtime’s finale to their bantam tourney. The tourney will reveal the top champ at 118 pounds . . [...]

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mares, agbeko work out

Go to a Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko workout, leave with a shot of heavyweight Eric Molina. No, I did get plenty of shots of Mares and Agbeko, but this is the shot I liked best. For more shots, check out the slideshow.

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